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Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund; Time Code

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Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund
Time Code
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

“Time Code” is a compilation of works by international video artists. It includes: “Luck Smith” by Gustav Hamos (4:55): A man walks through different digitally enhanced environments, including some sort of steel mill. “Maison” by Bernar Herbert (11:00): In this sad piece two women live together in a house by the ocean. With no spoken text, small details show the growing depression of one of the women, who eventually drowns herself. “Heartbeat” by Mary St. James and Anne Wilson (7:10): In this dizzying montage of images, royalty and regency make fleeting appearances. A narrative is woven through the appearance of doorways, a couple in eighteenth century costumes, boxers, ballroom dancers, Queen Elizabeth, and endless streets. “Montenvers et Mer de Glace” by Robert Cahien and Stephanie Huter (8:13): This piece follows the course of a train that goes to the Alpine resort named in the title. Tourists and hikers travel together to witness this natural beauty. “Sterd (Am Am)” by Jaap Drupsteen (7:57): In this gridlike work, special effects provide “windows” into scenes of public life. “Time Squared” by Branda Miller (6:33): This work, which was commissioned for The Contemporary Art (CAT) Fund, is cataloged separately. “Whiplash” by Xavier F. Villaverde (6:37): This piece combines footage of Spanish carnivals and rituals with staged interactions between circus figures and costume-party goers.



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Compilation films
Video art
Film and Television
Wilson, Anne ()
Herbert, Bernar ()
Miller, Branda ()
Cahen, Robert ()
Drupsteen, Jaap, 1942- (Subject)
Hámos, Gusztáv, 1955- ()
St. James, Mary ()
Huter, Stephanie ()
Villaverde, Xavier ()
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