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Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund; I Want Some Insecticide

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Part of NTW Master Dubbing: 8/98

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Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund
I Want Some Insecticide
Series Description

Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund -- WGBH's collaboration with the Institute Of Contemporary Art (ICA) -- offers a co-venture among TV producers from seven countries, each seeking to capture the spirit of a specific environment. Titles include: O PANAMA: a video by James Benning and Burt Barr evoking the mental landscape of a sick man confined to his apartment; TIME CODE; L'IMAGE; STORM AND STRESS; SOLOS, DUETS AND PIZZA: Three dance videos: "Rotary Action", a duet featuring Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane; "Watermotor for Dancer and Camera", with Trisha Brown, and "From and Island Summer", with Karole Armitage; SET & RESET (#4) VERSION 1: Choreographer Trisha Brown performs to music by Laurie Anderson in this video dance piece DAMNATION OF FAUST: story of Marguerite of the Faust legend; MORE TV STORIES: satirizing the relationship between people and their TVs; NEW ENGLAND FISHERMEN - Joan Logue's brief vignettes of fishermen. Series release date: 1985

Program Description

Experimental short video involving stock footage clips, puppets, and music. Among the dominant images are black-and-white shots of arctic scenery, people being disinfected, and cropdusters dropping chemicals. Throughout, dancing mechanical puppets and floating mouths appear over the footage, repeating such phrases as, “It will rain tomorrow,” “insecticide,” and “ice water.” Some of the footage came from the National Archives and the film “Secret Agent.”



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Film and Television
Miller, Branda (Producer and Director)
Nilsen, Fredrik ()
Potts, Rick ()
Chicago: “Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund; I Want Some Insecticide,” 09/15/1987, GBH Archives, accessed April 20, 2024,
MLA: “Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund; I Want Some Insecticide.” 09/15/1987. GBH Archives. Web. April 20, 2024. <>.
APA: Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund; I Want Some Insecticide. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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