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Artists Babies Bodies

Copyright Date:
1977?

Artist:
Stern, Gerd

Extent:
1 videoreel of 1 (19 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (19 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (19 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (D3) (19 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (19 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

Background:
"Artists Babies Bodies" was created at WGBH and broadcast as part of "Artist's Showcase."

Scope:
Includes a 2" master, D3 and Betacam SP preservation masters, and VHS and 3/4" screening copies of the finished program.

In Gerd Stern's "Artists Babies Bodies" two group interviews are filmed in an unusual manner. While artists talk about public art and architecture, the camera searches out details of their bodies through the use of close-ups. Following this, a group of mothers talking about children and politics is filmed in the same manner. While the conversations amble along in a linear fashion, the viewer's eye is drawn to an earlobe, a crop of hair, a foot, the curve of someone's arm, or a baby's leg.



Producers:
Chiesa, Dorothy (Project Coordinator)
Barzyk, Fred (Project Coordinator)

Coproducer:
New Television Workshop, WGBH

Funders:
Rockefeller Foundation
Massachusetts Council on the Arts

Subjects:
Artists
Mothers
Infants






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