New Television Workshop Collection
New Television Workshop Collection Program Materials Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund



Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund, 1984-1987

Extent:
11 videoreels : sd., col. ; 1 in.
10 videocassettes (Betacam SP) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
10 videocassettes (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
10 videocassettes (D3) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
13 videocassettes : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
2 folders

Organization and Arrangement:
Organized by Program :
CAT Fund Documentation
Double Lunar Dogs
Easy Living
Evol
I Want Some Insecticide
Irony
L'Image
More TV Stories
New England Fishermen
Sudden Difficulties
Time Code
Time Squared
Water Catalogue, The

Background:
The Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund was a joint venture between Boston's Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) and WGBH's New Television Workshop. Funding came from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities' New Works program in 1983. Codirectors were WGBH's Susan Dowling (New Television Workshop Director, 1982-1993), and David Ross (ICA Director). Kathy Rae Huffman served as curator and producer. The Fund's primary objective was to award money to video artists for new works. Among the funded artists were Bill Viola, Tony Oursler, Laurie Anderson, and Marcel Odenbach. The goals were to foster excellence in the exploration of television as a creative medium, broaden video art's international audience through broadcast and gallery exhibition, and increase revenues for artists from the distribution of their works in all markets. Many of the works were broadcast as part of "New Television," and appeared in festivals worldwide. The Fund was also used to sponsor international symposia among curators, distributors, and producers to help promote the growth of video art. In 1990, the ICA assumed full sponsorship of the Fund, where it continued for another year.

Scope:
Includes videos, mostly finished programs, of works created for the CAT Fund. Some of these tapes only existed on 3/4" screening tapes, from which preservation masters have been created.

CAT Fund works which were broadcast as part of "New Television" or "Alive From Off Center," have been described with the series under which they were broadcast. These include: "New Television": "As If Memories Could Deceive Me" by Marcel Odenbach, "Ganapati" by Daniel Reeves, "I Do Not Know What It Is that I Am Like," by Bill Viola, "O Panama" by Burt Barr, "Storm and Stress," by Doug Hall, and "Damnation of Faust: Will-O-the-Wisp" by Dara Birnbaum; and "Alive From Off Center": "The World of Photography" by Michael Smith and William Wegman, and "What You Mean We?" by Laurie Anderson.









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