Sea Tails, 1983

Davies, Molly

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3 videodiscs of 3 (DVD) (22 min., 31 sec. each) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam-SP) (67 min., 53 sec.) : sound, mono, color ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (digital Betacam) (67 min., 53 sec.) : sound, mono, color ; 1/2 in.
3 videodiscs of 3 (DVD) (22 min., 31 sec. each) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Sea Tails is a six-monitor, three-channel, continuous loop video installation that brings together film footage taken by Molly Davies of underwater kite tails fabricated by Jackie Matisse Monnier, and an electronic score derived by David Tudor from tapes of underwater sea sounds. Davies filmed the kites off Nassau in the Bahamas in 1983, while Tudor simultaneously recorded the sounds. The piece consists of three different video tapes made from Davies' original film, each with a different sound track by David Tudor. Sea tails premiered at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in 1983. The piece was subsequently installed in Berlin, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Taiwan, Oakland, California, and New York.
Molly Davies started making experimental films in the late 1960's in New York City. She has collaborated on multi-media performance pieces with artists such as John Cage, David Tudor, Takehisa Kosugi, Lou Harrison, Michael Nyman, Alvin Curran, Fred Frith, Suzushi Hanayagi, Sage Cowles, Polly Motley, Jackie Mattisse, and Anne Carson. Davies currently creates multi-media installations.
Title from label on videodisc.
The individual discs are labeled: left screen, bottom row (DVD 1); center screen, bottom row (DVD 2); and right screen, bottom row (DVD 3).
Open for use by qualified researchers.
The library does not have the six-monitor setup required to install this set of Sea Tails DVDs. To view the Sea Tails video in its entirety see Documentation of Sea Tails video installation, Special Collections accession no. 2004.M.5..
The DVDs comprise transfers of the original PAL tapes used in the premiere of Sea tails at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
The David Tudor papers (Special Collections accession no. 980039-V1) contain one of the original PAL tapes used in the premiere of Sea Tails at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

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