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In "Inertia," a person remains seated in a desert setting. Through time-lapse techniques, the sun rises and sets. Clouds move swiftly across the sky. Finally, the person leaves and walks away. Voiceover text implores the viewer not to consider the figure as a permanent part of the landscape. There is relatively little credit information, and what is there is difficult to read.

This appears to have been broadcast as part of "Artist's Showcase" and considered for inclusion in "Landscape in Motion."

"Artist's Showcase" was a series designed to showcase video art and experimental work from WGBH. The program ran on Sunday evenings at 11 P.M., from the fall of 1976 through 1982. In the early 1970's, "Artist's Showcase" was the only consistent broadcast outlet for many of the Workshop productions. Most materials of broadcast quality created at WGBH in the mid-1970's were shown as part of this series. Additionally, earlier video art experiments and segments of related shows, such as "Mixed Bag" or "What's Happening Mr. Silver" were broadcast under these auspices. This series was also a broadcast outlet for a handful of works by video artists that were not created at WGBH but only acquired for this purpose. Some compilation reels showing highlights of Workshop activity were also broadcast.
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