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Magritte sur la Plage

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Summary
This episode of "Artist's Showcase" features "Magriitte sur la Plage" by Ros Barron.

Ros Barron's "Magriitte sur la Plage" is a dramatic movement work featuring the reconstruction of various elements from Magritte paintings and incorporating live bodies at a beach/ocean setting. Plastic letters are arranged and rearranged to spell the words "evil" and ""a vie." Text is spoken in French and English, and unidentified music accompanies the work.

"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
Experimental films, Surrealism, Video art
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