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Rockefeller Artists in Television; Zone in Three Parts

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Rockefeller Artists in Television
Zone in Three Parts
Series Description

The "Rockefeller Artists-in-Television" residency program was created to support artists working in television. It was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation from 1967 through 1970. It was replaced by "The WGBH Project for New Television." While some of the Rockefeller artists, such as Nam June Paik, were already very committed to the medium of video, others were coming to the medium for the first time or from a film background. Paik developed the Paik-Abe videosynthesizer, with Shuya Abe, while working as a Rockefeller artist (though additional funding for the synthesizer's construction was provided by WGBH). The device was used to generate special effects and color enhancements. Artists supported by this program included: Mary Feldhaus-Weber, Marie Cosindas, Lee Lockwood, Stan Vanderbeek, David Wheeler, Nam June Paik, Zone, Newton Wayland, Shoshana Dubiner, Theo Wolfe, Dick Bartlett, Tim Mayer, The Propositions, Tim Hunter, David Silver, and Jean Shepherd. Many of these artists worked collaboratively to create one or more works. Series release date: 1967

Program Description

Three works are featured: Ros Barron’s “Headgame,” Harris Barron’s “Glide,” and Alan Finneman’s “Water Bodies.” All employ collage techniques and are shot in both color and black-and-white. No credit information is included outside of the artists and titles of segments.

“Headgame,” by Ros Barron: Juxtaposed images of a man seated in front of a television set, and close-ups of his face with archival still photographs, men in groups, and “psychedelic” color images.

“Glide,” by Harris Barron: Images of flight, including still photographs of birds and gliders, color footage of airplanes taking off, footage of landscapes taken from airplanes, and portraits of a nude woman costumed in a pilot's hat, scarf, and goggles.

“Water Bodies,” by Allan Finneman: A study of a beach environment, showing people walking along the beach, a lighthouse, a woman inside a room, and rolling in the sand. The soundtrack is composed of found sounds, such as chirping crickets, crashing waves, and a striking clock.

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Broadcast program

Media Type


Video art
Compilation films
Film and Television
Finneman, Allan ()
Barron, Harris ()
Barron, Ros ()
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