Saturday, January 24, 2009

Light Industry: Branden Joseph on Tony Conrad and Beverly Grant in Europe

Tuesday's presentation with Branden Joseph is entitled "The Roh and the Cooked: Structural Film, Actionism, Paracinema." On Tuesday the 27th, the show begins at 7:30 PM, and it costs $7 at the door. Light Industry is at 55 33rd Street, on the third floor.

Actionism sounds kind of like what Obama is asking from everyone, right? No more complain-ism, bemoan-ism, or big idea-ism without we're in for the real deal. That makes this that much more relevant.

An associate professor at Columbia, Joseph's most recent publication is Beyond the Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the Arts after Cage (Zone Books, 2008). I'll bet some copies are at this presentation.

Here's the run down from the calendar:

Branden W. Joseph will discuss the travels of Tony Conrad and Beverly Grant throughout Europe in the early 1970s. Their itinerary, and the transformations in Conrad’s work upon his return to the United States, sheds light on the particular “crisis” of experimental cinema at the time and the manner in which it was (temporarily) overcome. Revising current understandings of the notion of there being “two avant-gardes” (as Peter Wollen famously put it), an examination of Conrad’s development and his interactions with Malcolm Le Grice, Wilhelm and Birgit Hein, and Otto Muehl will outline another line of avant-garde development. Drawn from Conrad’s personal archives and other research, this talk covers material that is not included in the author’s recent book, Beyond the Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the Arts after Cage. The talk will be preceded by a screening of relevant films: Kurt Kren, Mama und Papa (1964); Malcolm Le Grice, Little Dog for Roger (1967); Wilhelm and Birgit Hein, Roh Film
; Annabel Nicholson, Slides (1970); and Tony Conrad, 4-X Attack (1973), Curried 7302 (1973), and 7302 Creole (1973).

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