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Frames of Reference; Walking Up

Part of New Television Workshop.


NTW Dub of Original - 8/98

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Frames of Reference
Walking Up
Series Description

“Frames of Reference” was a series that began circa 1978. Half-hour shows were produced to showcase commissioned and already created works. It was around this time that the focus of the Workshop shifted, to concentrate more heavily on creating works for broadcast. During its time, “Frames of Reference” was the focus of the Workshop’s national arts programming effort. In an attempt to raise funds and foster collaboration, Workshop personnel approached and visited several public television stations nationwide. The major collaborative relationship was with WGBH’s “sister station,” WGBY (Springfield, Mass.). Among the featured artists were Meredith Monk, Remy Charlip, Trisha Brown, and Peter Campus. In 1981, “Frames of Reference” was packaged and offered to PBS, during what is known as “flex time” and was broadcast by WGBH, WNET (New York), and WGBY (Springfield, Mass.). “Frames of Reference” ended as a series ca. 1983, because of a lack of funding. Series release date: 1978

Program Description

As a man walks along a shoreline environment, his camera, pointed down at the ground, shows the movements of his legs and feet. The only sound is of his walking movements and occasionally the sound of waves. His walking takes him over sand, rocks, dirt, and into the water.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Film and Television
Campus, Peter, 1937- ()
Chicago: “Frames of Reference; Walking Up,” 10/06/1978, GBH Archives, accessed April 20, 2024,
MLA: “Frames of Reference; Walking Up.” 10/06/1978. GBH Archives. Web. April 20, 2024. <>.
APA: Frames of Reference; Walking Up. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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