Interviews Conducted by Kathy - Experimental Television Center
EXPERIMENTAL TELEVISION CENTER Video History: Making Connections Conference (October 16-18, 1998) Interviews Conducted by Kathy High - 40 - BODE (Cont.): environment that was about the electronic arts. And so there was now an obvious connection. I mean, now it’s really obvious, obvious. But, you know, there was something that I had to deal with, but maybe that I saw also, that had to do with having studying cinema, being aware of electronic sound devices, and a bit about the history of that, in that a connection could be made between them. One other overlay, which is, like, sort of a half-parent, brother, who’s eleven years older than I am, Ralf Bode, who’s a cinematographer, and who in the late sixties and then early seventies was making films like Saturday Night Fever, that he was the director of photography on, and a whole slew of actually very successful and actually significant films, and stylistically significant films, was also part of sort of some kind of personal dialogue that I was dealing with that had to do with production and making things. And with that as a kind of framing, I could… You know, I still don’t know how that all gets processed, but the notion of electronic cinema and the making of then a body of work— and having seen the model of new American cinema as a way for people to deal with personal image making, and notions about tools, and the notions of personal scale in the making of things, is something that continues to interest me, nourish me, and is, you know, stylistically, some of what— (tape stops, re-starts) HIGH: Ok, so continue. BODE: Yeah, ok.
EXPERIMENTAL TELEVISION CENTER Video History: Making Connections Conference (October 16-18, 1998) Interviews Conducted by Kathy High - 41 - HIGH: Say your name again, just ’cause… BODE: Peer Bode. HIGH: Continue. BODE: Yeah, so… I guess all that I quickly wanna add to that is that I had the very, very good fortune of deciding somewhere along the line of seeking out people who were interested in these kinds of things, and had at the same time, the very good fortune of finding myself, as I said, in Binghamton and having the connection with the Experimental Television Center there. And also the cinema department that brought through Larry Gottheim, and Ken Jacobs, and Peter Kubelka, and Nicholas Ray, and Dan Barnett, and Sol Levine(sp?), and a very active new American cinema scene that was happening. And after I was in Binghamton, I went to Buffalo and continued that experience, in terms of the meeting up and dealing— or experiencing Woody and Steina Vasulka at the department for media study, Paul Sherrits(sp?), and Hollis Frampton, and Jerry O’Grady(sp?), and got to get sort of like a second part to my education, which was of a very, very different sort than what I had gotten in Binghamton. And when I got out of that educational experience, I came back to Binghamton and became involved with the Experimental Television Center and did some museum shows and a number of workshops and various things, and— on a voluntary basis; and then managed to connect up with a program that existed in the late seventies called SETA, that was something