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New Television; Lauf der Dinge, Der

Part of New Television Workshop.

Approximate date: 1987

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New Television
Lauf der Dinge, Der
Series Description

"New Television" began as a local pilot production of WNET (New York) in 1986. In 1987, WGBH signed on as co-producer, and the shows were aired in Boston and New York. In 1988 and 1989, KCET (Los Angeles) and WETA (D.C.) became producers in association. In 1991, PBS picked up "New Television," and it was broadcast nationally. The following year, the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, replaced WNET, WETA, and KCET as co-producer with WGBH. In 1993, WGBH ceased to be a co-producer for the series, and the "home base" moved to Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) in Hartford, CT.

"New Television" commissioned, produced, and acquired programming. In its early years, "New Television" broadcast works commissioned by The Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund. Increasingly, experimental films as well as video works were broadcast as a part of this series. Many of the later episodes of "New Television" contain works that play with and deconstruct the documentary genre. Series release date: 1986

Program Description

"The Way Things Go" examines simple laws of physics, presenting a symphony of cause and effect, using simple household and industrial items. In an empty warehouse, a succession of events take place that set into motion a prolonged chain reaction. Tires, ladders, ramps, garbage bags, and bottles twist, spin, tilt, and fall, hurtling into one another with a domino effect. Bottles full of water are tipped over and spill into cavities below, the increased weight of which sets attached wheels into motion. Candles and lit objects are propelled into space, causing explosions and traveling fires. The events are presented with very few edits. The work is approximately 31 minutes long.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Film and Television
Hans Ulrich Jordi (Producer)
Marcel Hoehn (Producer)
Weiss, David ()
Fischli, Peter ()
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