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City Archives

Copyright Date:
1977

Copyright Holder:
Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Artist:
Foreman, Richard

Extent:
1 videocassette of 1 (28 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

Background:
Originally created with the support of the Walker Arts Center, "City Archives" was broadcast as an episode of the WNET Television Laboratory's series Video/Film Review, ca. 1979. At WGBH, it was broadcast as part of "Artist's Showcase."

Scope:
A 3/4" tape, which appears to be at least a second generation copy and shows signs of deterioration, is the only "master" of this work.

"City Archives" was written and directed by Richard Foreman, founder and director of the Ontological Hysteric Theater. He serves as the narrator for this work, discussing the power of "the foreign" and images, talking directly into a microphone in a purposely stilted manner and addressing questions to the viewer. A sort of classroom overpopulated by adults sets the stage for the work. Phrases are written and erased on a blackboard, and women gaze out a window, physically supporting planks of wood. The cast gathers around the makeshift bedside of a woman and wanders through what appears to be a library. The performers appear in a small garden and at a movie theater, speaking only to occasionally echo Foreman's remarks and with elaborately choreographed movements and stillnesses. Foreman's text questions strategies for documenting experience, the notion of place and a city, and the process of writing.



Director:
Foreman, Richard

Producer:
Minnesota Public Programming Corporation

Editor:
Zappia, Marco (Videotape Editor)

Performers:
Bjornson, Maja
Cada, Jim
Berlovitz, Barbara
Braun, Tom
Crepeau, Kathleen
Grant, Joan
Isaacson, Pearl
Pillsbury, Henry
Weise, Richard
Western, T. J.
Westgate, Jene
Anderson, Eric
Barnard, Jane
Comer, Mary
Cowles, Sage
Dillard, Leigh
Foley, Melissa
Formanek, Ingrid
Fuller, Susan
Gaddis, Pat
Galusha, Emily
Holmes, Scott
Holonbek, JoAnn
Karl, Liz
Kawamura, Lani
King, Adam
Lassila, Ruth
Lazarow, Mike
Marcus, Steven
Mattius, Gail
Mussnil, Ann
Nisks, Joni
O'Brien, Terrence
Olson, Lora
Pierson, Cynthia
Schoch, Carlotta
Shopmaker, Becky
Silverman, Robin
Tilli, Carl
Ward, Melinda
Wood, Rebecca
Zarrilli, Phillip

Subjects:
Experimental theater


Ontological Hysteric Theater

Genre:
Dramas





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