open Vault

WGBH Media Library and Archives

California One

  • Cite

Summary
The Poetry Center of San Francisco State University takes the words of several poets and sets them to images of the California landscape. Computer-generated imagery by video artist Stephen Beck accompanies some of the pieces. Music is by Patrick Gleeson.
Poems include:
"Resonant Valley" by Jose Montoya
"Liver" by Bobbie Louise Hawkins
"She Who" by Judy Grahn
"Blood" by Dale Herd
"She Tries: Reflections on a Student's Homework Assignment" by Reginald Lockett
"An Opinion on a Matter of Public Safety" by Edward Dorn
"Rainbow Grocery" by William Dickey
"Smokey's Gettin' Old" by Jessica Hagedorn
"In Your Shoes" by Jack Marshall
"Sylvester St. Elmo Hope" by K. Curtis Lyle

Originally created for a West Coast series called "Western Exposure" and presented by the Bay Area Video Coalition, "California One" appears to have been broadcast as an episode of "Artist's Showcase." Produced and directed by Wendy Blair and Martha Olson.

"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.
Topics
Poetry, Poetry reading
Tags (0)
Add Tag Add Annotation