Updated date: Thursday, February 5th from 7:30pm-9:30pm
A special event to coincide with the exhibition Otto Piene & Electronic Art in New England.
For more than ten years Fred Barzyk was the Director of WGBH’s New Television Workshop. This groundbreaking program started with the production of The Medium is the Medium, the first time in the U.S. that artists were allowed in a broadcast television station. The artists included Allan Kaprow, Nam June Paik, Otto Piene, James Seawright, Thomas Tadlock and Aldo Tambellini. Each produced a short experimental video and Otto Piene’s Electronic Light Ballet is in the present exhibition, Otto Piene & Electronic Art in New England. Boston Cyberarts Director George Fifield will sit down with Barzyk and discuss this prescient program and Barzyk’s subsequent involvement with the most cutting edge artists of the time followed by a Q&A.
About Fred Barzyk
Fred Barzyk has produced and directed television programs for PBS, HBO, NBC, ABC, and CBS. He was awarded VENICE FILM AWARD in 1985 for best Television Director Worldwide for his HBO drama, Countdown to Looking Glass, and the PEABODY Award for the drama Tender Places. Mr. Barzyk has been noted for his work with some of America’s finest actors — Matt Dillon, Christian Slater, John Taylor Thomas, Claire Danes and others. Mr. Barzyk is also noted for his experimental work — the first double channel TV drama (two home TV’s and two broadcast channels were needed for viewing), the first interactive TV drama for Qube, and the first Video Art work.