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Teleportraits

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Summary
Gerd Stern's "Teleportraits" looks at parenting and the ties that bind families, through a series of interviews. A father and son, a mother with her son and daughter, and a couple with a new baby respond to questions that have been edited out of the finished work. Their responses are punctuated by moments of silence. The imagery has been manipulated significantly so that faces appear to be saturated with color or doubled. No credit information accompanies this work.

This work was probably created in the mid-to late-1970's at WGBH and was broadcast as part of "Artist's Showcase".

"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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Family, Parenting
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