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Medium Is the Medium, The

Extent:
1 videoreel of 1 (ca. 30 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (ca. 30 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (ca. 30 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (ca. 30 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (ca. 30 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (ca. 30 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (D3) (ca. 30 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (ca. 30 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 30 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
3 folders

Copyright Date:
1969?

Artists:
Tambellini, Aldo
Tadlock, Thomas
Kaprow, Allan
Seawright, James
Piene, Otto
Paik, Nam June

Scope:
Includes several 2" masters, Betacam SP and D3 preservation masters, and VHS, 3/4", and Betacam SP screening copies. None of the copies appears to have credit information. The VHS copy (dubbed from one of the 2" masters) has time code. One folder contains press releases. Color negatives of monitor stills and slides documenting production of the various segments exist.

Six artists were invited to work with television technicians for the creation of "The Medium Is the Medium." Aldo Tambellini's work "Black" features images from slides, films, and television monitors and the responses of children. The work, which is black-and-white, opens with abstract circular designs and moves into street scenes and images of children's faces. At one point the children are heard discussing blackness and racial identity. Thomas Tadlock's "Architron" makes use of an "electronic optic machine" of his own invention, which creates kaleidoscope-like patterns of color and light. Allan Kaprow's "telehappening" "Hello," makes use of multiple monitors to help people in various locations throughout Boston make contact with one another. "Hello?" they call out, searching for familiar faces amid a jumble of monitors. WGBH producers David Atwood and Fred Barzyk are seen along with Allan Kaprow, Alvin Lucier, Nam June Paik, David Silver, Gus Solomons, Jr. and others. In James Seawright's "Capriccio" two dancers depicted in negative and positive images overlap in an array of colors. In Otto Piene's "Electronic Light Ballet" a young woman is levitated with hot-air balloons against a backdrop of feedback and colorful designs. In Nam June Paik's "Electronic Opera #1," a topless dancer and three hippies have their images manipulated and distorted, saturated with additional color. Richard Nixon and other well-known figures are twisted up. Voiceovers issue commands to the audience: "This is participation TV." Paik instructs the viewers to close and open their eyes at certain intervals. Just when it appears the work is about to start over again from the beginning, the voice implores viewers, "Turn off your TV set."



Coproducer:
Public Broadcasting Laboratory (PBL)

Performers:
Atwood, David
Barzyk, Fred
Kaprow, Allan
Lucier, Alvin
Paik, Nam June
Silver, David
Solomons, Gus, Jr.

Genre:
Image-processed works





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