The Communication Studio

New Video Workshop

WGBH Video Technical Director (1973-75)

In the early 70's local PBS channel WGBH in Boston initiated a "studio" for experimental video in Watertown, MA with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation.

The Value Proposition

I was one of the first interns there:

  • Served as Technical Director for collaborative creative productions using the Paik-Abe videosynthesizer.
  • Led field video research laying groundwork for a cross-cultural children's program.
  • Assisted in arts productions working with local Boston area artists (dance, performance, documentary).

Collaborative Dance

The Paik-Abe VideoSynthesizer generated a dazzling fusion of camera & gloopy, mesmerizing visual effects. Most often abstracted music & dance.

Video Research: Children's Program

3-2-1 Contact

In the late 70's Children's Television Workshop was researching a new show that was intended to present scientific principles. I led a team that interviewed Hispanic and Black kids - in order to provide some context for the perceived target audience.

Our work eventually emerged as the PBS series "3-2-1 Contact"