Off The Page Bergen 2017:
Tony Conrad: Completely In The Present
Friday 27 January
The new documentary Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present (Tyler Hubby, 2016) introudces the diverse life of artist, musician, filmmaker and experimentalist Tony Conrad (1940-2016). The film premiered in Chicago in June, and was very well received.
The film is introduces by Bergen Kunsthall director Martin Clark and artistic director of Borealis festival, Peter Meanwell. Film finishes at ca 23:00.
An unpretentious portrait of a singular artist. It requires no prerequisite knowledge of the subject, but it never shies away from its complex radicalism. – Matt Krefting, The Wire
Tony Conrad died in April 2016, 76 years of old. Conrad was influenced by the compositional ideas of John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen while studying mathematics at Harvard. He was a founding member of the Theatre of Eternal Music in the 1960s alongside La Monte Young, John Cale Angus McLise and a host of other figures sentral to the avant-garde scene in New York in the 1960s and 70s. Some will also note that The Velvet Underground never would have seen the light of day without him.
Tony Conrad was a pioneering figure in relation to the emergence of so-called structural film during this period, with his directorial debut Flicker (1996) that consisted of alternating black and white images that resulted in pulsating stroboscopic effects. In later years he worked as a professor at The University of Buffalo, New York together with Woody & Steina Vasulka, Paul Sharits, Hollis Framton and Peter Weibel among others.