x-screen – Filmische Installationen und Aktionen der Sechziger – und Siebziger Jahre


Author: Matthias Michalka
Publisher: Walther König, Köln
Year: 2004
ISBN: 388375725X

Softcover, first edition, German, 27,8 x 22 cm, 216 pages


X-Screen zeigt Film- und Videoprojektionen der 60er und 70er Jahre.

Interviews von Maxa Zoller mit Malcolm LeGrice, Gabriele Jutz mit Birgit Hein, Matthias Michalka und Sabeth Buchmann mit Anette Michelson

Künstler: Vito Acconci, Dara Birnbaum, Marcel Broodthaers, John Cage & Lejaren Hiller, E.A.T. / Robert Rauschenberg, Valie Export, Dan Graham, Birgit & Wilhelm Hein, Ken Jacobs, Joan Jonas, Kurt Kren, David Lamelas, Malcolm LeGrice, Anthony McCall, Ronald Nameth, Bruce Nauman, Annabel Nicolson, Claes Oldenburg, ONCE, Dennis Oppenheim, Nam June Paik, William Raban, Hans Scheugl, Ernst Schmidt Jr., Carolee Schneemann, Paul Sharits, Michael Snow, USCO, Stan Vanderbeek, Wolf Vostell, Andy Warhol, Peter Weibel, Robert Whitman

With X-Screen (Expanded Screen) the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MUMOK) opened the biggest special show since it moved into the MuseumsQuartier in September 2001. At four levels the exhibition offered a unique overview of a hitherto somewhat neglected phenomenon of (media) art history. It featured film installations and documentary material (films, photographs, texts, drawings, and posters) by 36 Austrian and international artists.

As new communication technologies and mass media like film and television became ubiquitous, the sixties and seventies saw the emergence of interdisciplinary approaches to movies and their audience. X-Screen shows how artists and filmmakers of that time transformed the traditional projection arrangement in cinemas by staging actions, multimedia shows, multiple projections, happenings, environments, and installations, and how they thus contributed to a new perception of media imagery, physical space, and the human body.

Early multimedia works from New York’s Expanded Arts scene and Pop Art are showcased just as much as Austrian and international examples of Structural Film and Expanded Cinema. Furthermore, the show features several film installations that connect to the spatial and physical articulations of Minimal Art and Conceptual Art.

X-Screen provides intriguing insights into documentary material and artworks created in a crucial phase of artistic and social upheavals; some of this art has not been on display for several decades. The show elucidates an issue neglected for far too long - the historical relation between art and cinema, still one of the most topical questions of contemporary art.

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