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Charlie AHEARN, DOIN' TIME IN TIMES SQUARE (1991; 39 min.) Intense street life struggles on a
single corner over a three-year period as seen out the window of film-maker's family apartment. "About how
one's perception of middle-class domestic life is transformed by a situation which physically threatens and
socially undermines it" Amy Taubin,Voice. Shot in Hi-8, played German ZDF TV, NY Film Fest '93.
ALL COLOR News Sampler (1978, 28 min.) A remarkable collection of clips from the feature news program for cable TV. Hard, gritty, this is the early political and socially oriented work by artists now well-known as sculptors and filmmakers. Includes John Ahearn, Tom Otterness (Subways, Golden Gloves Boxing & Rats in Chinatown); Scott & Beth B (NYPD Arson & Explosions Squad vs. FALN); and Charlie Ahearn (Bums Under the Brooklyn Bridge).
Dave CHANNON, Best of Volcanic Video (1990-93; 100 min.) Highlights of way-out access cable show by sculptor features "renegade" art expression, doc- and mockumentary, downtown and off-off performance. Scenes of boho life today.
CAVE GIRLS (1982, 28 min.) A tape by collaborating women artists who develop a pre-thought fantasy of
a prehistoric culture of women. Rife with home-made exoticism, this well-received piece verges on the grand themes of female identity. Kiki Smith & Ellen Cooper conceived this post-feminist work, dancer Cara Brownell produced "Cave Girls", and it includes music by the Bush Tetras and Y Pants.
Peter FEND, Italy Wins World War III: 1990 Summit (1983, 28 min.) Visionary TV producer and
artist Peter Fend leads a strange live cable colloquium on the shape of the world and nation-states as they
might look from space after a series of "ecological wars". A basic primer on the bent of Fend's artistical scientific synthesis.
Moving a River (1988; 25 min.) Explication of satellite data suggesting Iraq changed the course of rivers
in the Middle East through gigantic military engineering projects, thereby changing their physical border
with Iran. Includes trailer for OECD corporation's satellite image-vending project. Especially provocative
in light of the Gulf War.
Rik LITTLE The Church of Shooting Yourself (1993, 120 min.) Selected programs from the avant public-access cable show. Features World Trade Center in the wake of the terrorist bombing, LES rockers Reverb Motherfuckers, beat reunion at Wm. Burroughs book signing, and protest against Time-Warner's attempted wipeout of public cable. Also a visit to Jim Morrison's grave, and more.
Mary McFERRAN, Homage to May 19th (1984, 28 min.) and Framed (1987, 20 min.) "Homage" recreates an interview with the radical 1960's Weather Underground member Kathy Boudin. Photographs, television, news footage and written text are combined to explore Boudin's transition from a secure upbringing in Manhattan to her activist stand of the '60s and her participation with the armed Left and the Brinks armored vehicle robbery in Nyack in 1981. Framed (with dancer/performer Dianne Torr) uses materials gathered from the 1917 interrogation of Mata Hari by the French.
Alan MOORE, Raptures of the Deep (1981, 28 min.) A live TV b/w production spoofing Jacques Cousteau; the bathyscaph discovers undersea psychiatry and merpeople. Includes an "advertisement" by Peter Fend, and a skit by performance artist and painter Ilona Granet.
Glenn O'BRIEN, TV Party (1980-82, 30 min.) A sampler of the late-night talk show produced by this columnist for Artforum and Interview. Features the house band conducted by Walter Stedding in skits with David Byrne, Debbie Harry, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and dozens of other downtown celebrities during the Mudd Club's heyday. A vital document of NYC artists' cable during the formative days of the 'New Wave' epoch. Adult situations.
Sophie VIEILLE, Four Fashion Horses (1983; 28 min.) Colorful imaginative studio set-ups present clothes by artists & innovative designers. Designed as a sales scheme, the tape vividly presents a little-known convergence of art & fashion.
POTATO WOLF, Spring 1984 (28 min.) Extracts from: George Schifini's philosophy, Albert DiMartino's Tesla, Bradley Eros & Aline Mare's Erotic Psyche, Corber & White's live wedding, Moore's nightmare theater, and McFerran's Homage to May 19th.
Walter ROBINSON, The Love Show (1982, 28 min.) A live TV production by the painter & writer features painted titles, taped and live skits on the perennial theme; a gem of its kind.
Walter ROBINSON & Paul H-O, Art TV Gallery Beat (1993, 30 min.) A flaneurist video verité tour of NYC galleries and museum shows (Biennial, Burden, Serra, Klein, Kiefer, etc.). This is an art TV show as art, full of feigned adolescent sauce. Sampler cut from the cable show.
Willoughby SHARP, W. Sharp's Downtown New York (1986, 58 min.) Distilled from 13 hours of cable TV, this show is hosted by the noted video pioneer & publisher. Artists are profiled in on-location clips, and include an impressive roster: Kathy Acker, Laurie Anderson, Rebecca Howland, Kipper Kids, Gracie Mansion, Michael Smith, Cookie Mueller, Carlo McCormick, Amy Downs, Spada, many more. Nightspot locations from 8B.C. to Palladium. Now reads as a taste of the mid-'80s downtown scene in its glory.
Kathleen WHITE, Dr. Jekyll & Ms. Hyde (1980; 34 min.; with Penny White) A myopic visionary, Dr. Jekyll pursues her need for change and power through a labyrinth of falls, fires, transformations and escapes. This b/w studio production gains much of its power from the elaborate hand-painted sets & simple
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