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Video clip of Easy Living

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Easy Living

Extent:
1 videoreel of 1 (18:41 min.) : sd., col. ; 1 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (18:41 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (18:41 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

Copyright Date:
1984

Copyright Holder:
A Lord, McGowan, Backus Production

Artists:
Lord, Chip
McGowan, Mickey

Background:
"Easy Living," 1984, was created by Chip Lord and Mickey McGowan for The Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund.

Scope:
Includes a 1" master, a Betacam SP preservation master, a VHS screening copy, and a 3/4" screening tape, which also includes Ilene Segalove's "More TV Stories."

The work follows the movements and activities of individuals represented by miniature objects, most notably the kinds of dolls, locations, and accessories affiliated with model construction. The objects are manipulated off-camera, and thus appear to be moving independently. A caption indicates that the events begin Saturday, August 23 (year unspecified), at 9:15 a.m. Cars move through parking lots and a car wash. New captions indicate the progression of time as the day moves on. A man is seen playing golf; cars pull up at the beach and a drive-in theater; members of a family watch television at their home, a cop makes rounds, and a drag race takes place. All of these activities are suggested very subtly. The sound score is very minimal, with occasional spoken remarks and sound effects.



Directors:
Lord, Chip
McGowan, Mickey
Backus, Jules (Director of Photography)

Coproducer:
Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund, The

Editors:
Lord, Chip
McGowan, Mickey

Funder:
Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities

Subjects:
Automobiles
Family
Miniature objects


See Also:
More TV Stories





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