Field Trip To The Video Dimension

January 1st, 1980 - January 1st, 1980 | PROJECT

As an outreach program, Barb Finkleman of All American Cablevision of Columbus, OH arranged a field trip to the public access video studio in the basement of the Main Branch of the Columbus Public Library system in 1980 so that inner city children could see and meet music video producer Marshall Barnes and view his creation, The Last Communication through an arrangement with Cowtown Records and Videoworks and the Columbus Public Library. The children, all elementary school aged, listened to Marshall explain his work and the role of a video producer, as well as how a studio works. They then viewed The Last Communication, a 30 minute video animated space rock symphony that had been described by some as "Saturday morning cartoons for children on Mars". Of special note, the children were mesmerized and at one point, spontaneously began singing with the music in one section, prompting surprise from both Marshall and Barb but confirming Marshall's suspicions that children will respond to abstract stimulus within certain psychological parameters that can be exhibited aurally and visually. It was the beginning of the concrete data that years later would result in his science of technocogninetics.

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Team Members

Marshall Barnes, Principal Investigator
All American Cablevision, Contributor
Cowtown Records and Videoworks, Contributor
Columbus Public Library, Contributor


Funding Source: Donor


Access and Inclusion: Urban
Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Art | music | theater | Social science and psychology | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Community Outreach Programs | Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Media and Technology | Public Programs