New Television Workshop Collection

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Bob's Master

Copyright Date:
1978

Copyright Holder:
Bob Burns

Artist:
Burns, Bob

Extent:
1 videocassette of 1 (28:40 min.) ; sd., col. and b&w

Background:
Post production was completed at Synapse. The work was acquired by the Workshop for broadcast as part of "Artist's Showcase."

Scope:
Includes a single 3/4" copy of the work.

In this jumble of images we see the reflection of dancing lights in some sort of liquid, which is revealed to be the contents of a coffee cup; a couple traveling downstream in a canoe; a tepee raising; a band playing in a parade at a Disney-themed amusement park; differing analyses of beauty contests; and a viewer giving conflicting reactions to the Burns work. The larger narrative and the connections suggested by the juxtaposition of these images are left largely to the viewer.

In a song that accompanies the credits, a man sings, "I'm a video artist, babe."



Funders:
New York State Council on the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications





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