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Ode To Gravity:
Bruce Hale, John Bischoff, and the Center for Contemporary Art

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 48 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

The Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College is well known for it ambitious schedule of events. In this interview from 1973, John Bischoff and Bruce Hale talk with Charles Amirkhanian about their proposal for a Center for Contemporary Art, which was to operate out of Mills and was to primarily emphasize video works and instruction. Hale describes the difficulties video artists have in getting their work distributed, due to the fact that most artist could only afford to work with half inch tape while TV only broadcasts tapes that are one inch or greater. In addition the United States uses a different video standard and works created using the NTSC standard of the United States can not be played on European PAL standard equipment. Hale’s vision for a video center was to provide professional dubbing services allowing video artists to distribute their work. Although the situation has changed as newer digital technologies have been developed, this historical program helps illustrate the difficulties that artists face when working with a cutting edge technological medium.

Musical Selections:  Wheat Hearts Plus Chicken Breasts / John Bischoff -- [untitled piece for tape] / Bruce Hale
Genres:  Modern Art; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Hale, Bruce; Art, Modern; Video art; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Hale, Bruce; Bischoff, John
Recording Date:  5/30/1973
First Broadcast Date:  5/30/1973
 
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