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New Television Workshop Collection Program MaterialsContemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund



I Want Some Insecticide

Copyright Date:
1986

Copyright Holder:
Branda Miller

Artists:
Miller, Branda
Nilsen, Fredrik (original music and story)
Potts, Rick (puppets)

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

Background:
This work was created for The Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund.

Scope:
Includes a 1" master, Betacam SP preservation master, and VHS screening copy.

Experimental short video involving stock footage clips, puppets, and music. Among the dominant images are black-and-white shots of arctic scenery, people being disinfected, and cropdusters dropping chemicals. Throughout, dancing mechanical puppets and floating mouths appear over the footage, repeating such phrases as, "It will rain tomorrow," "insecticide," and "ice water." Some of the footage came from the National Archives and the film "Secret Agent."

The music, by Fredrik Nilsen, is a disturbing mix of repetitive, mechanical sounds that reflect the nightmarish mood of the piece. The song's title is also "I Want Some Insecticide" and was recorded and mixed at Avantgarde Studios in Oslo, Norway.



Director:
Miller, Branda

Producer:
Miller, Branda

Coproducer:
Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund, The

Editor:
Miller, Branda

Subjects:
Puppets
Insecticides


Genre:
Music





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