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Frames of Reference; Reverie, The

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Frames of Reference
Reverie, The
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

In "The Reverie," which is approximately three and one-half minutes in length, moving images of actual human subjects overlap and dissolve with realistic black-and-white drawings depicting the same subjects. The work ends with images of a stark horizon. The music is from "Oxygene," by Jean Michel Jarre. Produced by WGBU, Bowling Green, Ohio. Directed by Ken Miller.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Video art
Experimental films
Film and Television
Miller, Ken (Director)
WGBU (Producer)
Liston, Margaret ()
Hilty, Thomas ()
Babylon, Debra ()
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