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Ganapati: A Spirit in the Bush

Extent:
1 videoreel of 1 (44:47 min.) : sd., col. ; 1 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (44:47 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 folder
See the record for "New Television, Episode 307 (1987)" for additional descriptions of videos containing this work.

Copyright Date:
1986

Copyright Holder:
Daniel Reeves

Artist:
Reeves, Daniel

Background:
It was created for The Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund and broadcast as a segment of Episode 307 of the 1987 season of "New Television."

Scope:
Included are a 1" master and 3/4" screening copy of the work. An 8 X 10 black-and-white photographic print showing a still image from the work exists. See the record for "New Television, Episode 307 (1987)" for additional descriptions of videos containing this work.

"Ganapati," by video artist Daniel Reeves, is a collage-style sequence of images, and examines the issues of cruelty to animals, focusing on the treatment of elephants. Sections were filmed on location in Kenya, India, and Thailand. Much reference is made to the respect paid to elephants by some spiritual practices, where they are considered to be deities. Older moving image footage is incorporated, which shows a circus elephant being killed, and performing elephants in film, television advertisements, and nature shows. A variety of text sources are quoted in the form of voiceovers, including works by Rudyard Kipling, Rainer Maria Rilke, Chief Seattle, Federico Garcia Lorca, and original writings by Daniel Reeves. The work is approximately 45 minutes long.

Music includes Sufi improvisations by Nezih Uzel and Kudsi Ergunner, works by the Burundi artists, and a xylophone solo by Htaw Pine. Daniel Reeves provides additional synthesizer music.



Coproducer:
Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund, The

Editors:
Crawford, Tom (CMX editing and digital video effects)
High, Kathryn (CMX editing and digital video effects)
Feist, Rick (CMX editing and digital video effects)
Schazenbach, Robin (Editing Assistant)
von Heflin, Kirk (Editing Assistant)

Funders:
Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, New Works Program
National Endowment for the Arts
New York State Council on the Arts
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Experimental Television Center
Multivision, Massachusetts

Subjects:
Animal welfare
Animals
Elephants


Genre:
Nature works

See Also:
New Television, Episode 307 (1987)





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