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Video clip of City Motion Space Game

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City Motion Space Game

Alternative Title:
City/Motion Space/Game

2 videoreels of 2 (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
2 videoreels of 2 (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 : sd., col. ; 2 in.
2 videocassettes of 2 : (Betacam SP) (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
2 videocassettes of 2 : (Betacam SP) (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
2 videocassettes of 2 : (D3) (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
2 videocassettes of 2 : (VHS) (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 folder

Copyright Date:

Copyright Holder:
Copyright holder is unidentified.

Materials Date:
1968 - 1969

Feldhaus-Weber, Mary
Morris, John
Solomons, Gus, Jr.

The work was originally created when composer John Morris, writer Mary Feldhaus-Weber, and choreographer Gus Solomons, Jr. were all Rockefeller Artists-in-Television at WGBH. When the work was broadcast on channels 2 and 44, viewers were asked to take two television sets and place them side by side. "City Motion Space Game" was eventually rebroadcast as an episode of "Artist's Showcase."

Includes 2" masters and dub masters, D3 and Betacam SP preservation masters and VHS screening copies. A second pair of Betacam SP tapes was created for exhibition purposes ca. 1996. An introduction for the work when it was aired as part of "Artist's Showcase" exists on 2" and has not been reformatted. A file folder contains correspondence and press releases. Additional file folders archived separately from the New Television Workshop Collection include correspondence, information on music, releases, an interview transcript, and script.

In "City Motion Space Game," a double-channel work, choreographer Gus Solomons, Jr., provides narration and movement for a work created in collaboration with writer Mary Feldhaus-Weber and composer John Morris. Solomons is seen dancing at the Prudential Center, on Boston Common, and in the WGBH studios. When the two channels are viewed side by side, the movements and locations overlap to create a dense tapestry of associated images. Solomons' narration provides a backdrop to the movement. He describes his interest in dance and movement to the viewer and makes suggestions as to how to view the piece. "See what you are interested in looking at at any given moment," he proposes. His tall, lanky frame alternates between everyday pedestrian movements and a technical dance vocabulary. In the studio he works with a complicated grid he has laid out on the floor.

The sound score was composed by John Morris.

Downey, Peter

Hauser, Rick

Kraus, Ray (Video Editor)
Cummings, Walt (Video Editor)

Rockefeller Foundation

Solomons, Gus, Jr.

Modern dance


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