New Television Workshop Collection

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Primordial Soup

Copyright Date:
1976

Artist:
Stadnik, George

Extent:
1 videoreel of 1 (ca. 15 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (ca. 15 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (ca. 15 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

Background:
Mark Allen and Jack Pines assisted with the technical direction and videosynthesis. The work was broadcast as part of the "Artist's Showcase" series.

Scope:
"Primordial Soup" was mastered with a piece called "A Color Piece for Television" on tapes labeled with the title of the former work. These include a 2" master, a Betacam SP preservation master, and a VHS screening copy.

In this image-processed work, vibrant color is contrasted with black and white. Twig- and branch-like images appear to dance, slowly turning. Three-dimensionality is implied by the movement of "objects" in space. The work is approximately ten minutes in length.

Electronic sound and music provide the score. Wind and water sounds are included. The soundtrack was composed by Bill Gangi.



Producer:
Chiesa, Dorothy (Production Coordinator)

Coproducer:
New Television Workshop, WGBH

Editors:
DeVitt, Doug
Demers, Leo

Funders:
Rockefeller Foundation
Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities

Subjects:
Color
Trees


Genre:
Image-processed works

See Also:
Color Piece for Television, A





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