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Storm and Stress

Extent:
1 videoreel of 1 (47:53 min.) : sd., col. ; 1 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (Betacam SP) (47:53 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (VHS) (47:53 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (47:53 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 folder

Copyright Date:
1986

Copyright Holder:
Doug Hall

Artist:
Hall, Doug

Background:
"Storm and Stress" was created by video artist Doug Hall for The Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund. It was also broadcast as an episode of "New Television." Kathy Rae Huffman, The CAT Fund curator, served as executive producer. "Storm and Stress" was also an installation (as well as a single-channel video) that was shown at the Institute for Contemporary Art, and included a Tesla experiment within a caged space.

Scope:
Includes a 1" master, Betacam SP preservation master, and 3/4" and VHS screening copies of the completed program. Black-and-white 8 X 10 photographic prints show monitor stills from the work.

The work presents images of extreme weather conditions and scientific attempts to monitor them, in a collage format. The inclusion of testing footage from research laboratories gives "Storm and Stress" the suggestion of a documentary. As the succession of images unfolds, the viewer is exposed to violent rainstorms, with much thunder and lightning; tornadoes; a raging fire; and stormy conditions at sea. Each of these weather conditions is set off by images showing human interaction with them. Scientists attempt to recreate and measure thunder and lightning inside a sterile building; a group of individuals driving in a car follow a nearby tornado and measure its force; firefighters attempt to stop a blaze; and men in a boat measure waves. Some of this imagery is shot in a handheld, point-of-view style, as in the case of the tornado chasers and the men on the boat. The sound score consists almost solely of the natural sounds of the footage -- the discussion of the persons depicted and the sounds of the weather itself.

At one point, Giuseppe Verdi's "Requiem" mass serves as accompaniment.



Producer:
Huffman, Kathy Rae

Coproducer:
Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund, The

Editors:
Hall, Doug
Bay Area Video Coalition (Offline Editing)
Mason, Merle (Offline Editing Consultant)
Weissman, David (Offline Editing Consultant)
San Francisco Production Group (Offline Editing)
Dann Lutz (Effects Consultant)
LO Mack (MX Editor)

Funders:
National Endowment for the Arts
Massachusetts Council on the Arts, New Works Program

Subjects:
Forest fires
Lightning
Weather


Genre:
Nature works

See Also:
New Television, Episode 308 (1987)





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