1980s TV show.. ERASED from existence
December 8, 2015 9:20 AM   Subscribe

There was a TV show, early 80s, probably on PBS. Short subject, less than 20 minutes, squeezed in between shows. It was all about Emerging Future Tech! Like microcomputers, art in tech, digital stuff. The host was Laurie Anderson. It has FALLEN off the FACE of the EARTH.

Not on her IMDB, not in anything about 80s TV, nothing. It had to have been in 1982 or 1983 because it was after she put out O Superman and before I went to college.

Anyone? No, its not "Alive From Off Center," that was later.

Asking for a friend. Thanks!
posted by AaronRaphael to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
 
I would've sworn these shorts were shown on NYC public access, not PBS.
posted by Iris Gambol at 9:25 AM on December 8, 2015


Maybe The Live! Show? "Billed as “the variety show of the avant-garde,” The Live! Show was an eclectic half-hour of live, interactive artistic entertainment inspired by the Dada performance club Cabaret Voltaire and the anarchic humor of American television comedian Ernie Kovacs. The program featured interviews and performance work by visiting artists, including Laurie Anderson, Eric Bogosian, Tony Oursler, and Michael Smith, along with musical performances, ersatz commercials, and viewer participation via live call-in segments."
posted by Iris Gambol at 9:28 AM on December 8, 2015


Could you be thinking of "Good Morning Mr. Orwell" (PBS, 1984)? "The most striking piece, though, is Laurie Anderson's solo piece, "The Language of the Future.""
posted by MonkeyToes at 9:33 AM on December 8, 2015


I would've sworn these shorts were shown on NYC public access, not PBS.

Her "public service announcements" can be seen here.
posted by zarq at 9:38 AM on December 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


Random Access? "For the first fifteen years of the Computer Chronicles, when it was still hard to find technology news on television, each episode would end with a five minute summary of the week's personal computer news. Reporters presenting Random Access each week included Maria Gabriel, Kate Megargee, Cynthia Steele, Wendy Woods, Janelle Stelson, and Laurie Anderson."

Link goes to a representative episode. I'm not sure if the Laurie Anderson mentioned in the blurb above is the same Laurie Anderson.
posted by Rob Rockets at 9:43 AM on December 8, 2015 [6 favorites]


Link goes to a representative episode.

More episodes at Archive.org
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posted by MonkeyToes at 9:47 AM on December 8, 2015 [2 favorites]


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