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New Television Workshop; Music Image Workshop: Tristan and Isolde

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The Prelude and Liebestod, A Visualization of an experience within Music, Ron Hays: Original show Sync track on head, Has sync count in audio under opening credits

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New Television Workshop
Music Image Workshop: Tristan and Isolde
Series Description

The New Television Workshop originated at WGBH in 1974 to support the creation and development of experimental video art. This experimental programming included dance, drama, music, performance and visual arts on video and film. As early as 1968, WGBH was committed to the development of video art through residency programs, with artists such as Nam June Paik. Many of these early works (pre-1974) were broadcast both locally and nationally. Fred Barzyk, a WGBH producer and director, was the Workshop's Executive Director from 1974 to 1982. Susan Dowling was Executive Director from 1982 to 1993. In 1993 the Workshop ceased production at WGBH. Major broadcast series created by the Workshop included "Artist's Showcase," "Frames of Reference," "Dance for Camera," "Poetry Breaks," and "New Television." Individual works were created for "Visions," a series produced by WNET (New York), and "Alive From Off Center," a series produced by KTCA (St. Paul - Minneapolis). The Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund was co-founded by the Workshop and Boston's Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) in the 1980's, to commission works by video artists. Series release date: 1974

Program Description

1975: This work features an elaborate play of sound, color and light. Abstract images manipulated into a tunnel effect seem to carry the viewer deeper and deeper into the space of the monitor. Some existing footage is incorporated, including the surface of a body of water. This work appears to have been divided into several sections, including "Prelude" and "The Love Death." The music is Richard Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde." Directed by David Atwood.

Alternate Title: Prelude and Liebestod



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Video art
Film and Television
Susan Dowling (Producer)
David Atwood (Director)
Dowling, Susan (Series Producer)
Hays, Ron ()
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