New Television Workshop Collection

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



Sudden Difficulties

Copyright Date:
1986

Artists:
Gulla, Katherine
Sellars, Peter
Spatz-Rabinowitz, Elaine

Extent:
1 videoreel of 1 (ca. 20 min.) : sd., col. ; 1 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (ca. 20 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (ca. 20 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 20 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 20 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

Background:
"Sudden Difficulties," 1986, was created by Katherine Gulla for The Contemporary Artists Television (CAT) Fund.

Scope:
Includes a 1" master, Betacam SP preservation master, and VHS and 3/4" screening copies.

It documents a collaborative performance and installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston by the painter and sculptor Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz and the theater artist Peter Sellars. The video work was created by Katherine Gulla. In "Sudden Difficulties," Sellars and Spatz-Rabinowitz talk about the process of creating the piece. Dancer Bonnie Zimmering performs the actual work, in which a woman arises from bed and interacts with transforming props.



Director:
Gulla, Katherine

Producers:
Gulla, Katherine
Dowling, Susan (Executive Producer)

Coproducer:
Katherine Gulla Productions

Editors:
Dorsey, Debbie
Gattuso, Paul (Online Editor)
Russ, Kathryn (Assistant Online Editor)

Funders:
National Endowment for the Arts
Boston Arts Lottery
Massachusetts Artists-in-Residence Program

Performers:
Zimmering, Bonnie
Spatz-Rabinowitz, Elaine
Sellars, Peter

Subjects:
Experimental theater
Installations (Art)


Genres:
Documentaries and factual works
Dramas





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