Rockefeller Artists-in-Television, 1968-1972
30 videoreels : sd., col. ; 2 in.
20 videocassettes (Betacam SP) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
8 videocassettes (D3) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
15 videocassettes (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
8 videocassettes : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
Organization and Arrangement:
Organized by Program :
City Motion Space Game
I Wish I Might
Jesus: A Passion Play for Americans
Video Commune (Beatles from Beginning to End)
Zone in Three Parts
The "Rockefeller Artists-in-Television" materials were created before the creation of the New Television Workshop. They were processed as part of this Collection because of their relationship to video art and experimental work.
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.
Includes mainly finished programs of the "Rockefeller Artists-in-Television" projects, most of which were broadcast. The works of only about half the artists listed above have been located in the WGBH Archives. This series contains some of the earliest funded video art at WGBH as well as other works of an experimental nature. Little documentation about these projects has survived.
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