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Neo Geo: An American Purchase

Copyright Date:
1989

Copyright Holder:
Peter Callas

Artist:
Callas, Peter

Extent:
See the record for "New Television, Episode 609 (1990)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

Background:
Broadcast as a segment of Episode 609 of the 1990 season of "New Television." The piece was created while Callas was engaged in residencies with the Visual Arts and Crafts Board of Australian Council, P.S. 1 -- Institute of Art and Urban Resources, the Experimental Television Center, and The Video Synthesis Studio. The Fairlight CVI Computer Graphic System was used.

Scope:
See the record for "New Television, Episode 609 (1990)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

"Produced by Australian artist Peter Callas while living in New York City, īNeo Geo' is a hand-drawn video portrait of the contemporary American cultural landscape. National stereotypes -- Uncle Sam, cowboys, Smokey the Bear, and a progression of nightmare images are all vividly redrawn, layered, and processed to bring to the surface the darkness that lies in American cultural memory, inscribed as it often is with symbols of money, violence, and jingoistic bravado." -- WGBH press release

The piece is approximately nine minutes long.

"Rolling" by Stephen Vitiello and "Battle of Algiers" by John Zorn provide musical accompaniment for the work.



Editor:
Feist, Rick (CMX Editor)

Funders:
New York State Council on the Arts
Pennsylvania Arts Council, The
National Endowment for the Arts
Standby at Editel

Subjects:
Popular culture -- United States


Genre:
Animation





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