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Contexts

Copyright Date:
1976?

Artist:
Burgy, Donald

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


Scope:
This work exists on a 3/4" compilation tape. It has been reformatted to Betacam SP and VHS.

Donald Burgy's "Contexts" is a commentary on communications. "All communications are transformed by the contexts through which they pass," a man tells us at the onset of the work. As this man continues to deliver observations, the camera pulls back repeatedly to reveal that he is speaking from a television screen. This effect creates a seemingly infinite loop of video within video. No credit information is included, although the work is included on a tape with Burgy's "One Many" and may have been created at the same time with the same personnel. This piece is under three minutes in length.



Performer:
Burgy, Donald

Subjects:
Communication
Mass media


See Also:
One Many





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