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Kurt Kren - Action Films

Year: 2004, 48 mins
Code: IN-KurtAction

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Note: the films contain adult themes and strong sexual references.

Kurt Kren´s Action films are the most tangible way of comprehending the nature of Actionist works of art and events today. I´am not referring to the recognizability of an action´s dramaturgical details, but rather to the fact that Kren´s Action films make it possible to immerse oneself into their structural essence so as to grasp their energetic and aesthetic meaning.
(Hubert Klocker)

6/64 Mom and Dad 1964, 3:57 min
7/64 Leda and the Swan 1964, 2:56 min
8/64 ANA 1964, 2:40 min
9/64 O Christmas Tree 1964, 2:56 min
10/65 Self-Mutilation 1965, 5:19 min
10b/65 Silver Action Brus 1965, 2:34 min
10c/65 Brus wishes his Christmas on you 1965, 2:56 min
12/66 Cosinus Alpha 1966, 9:16 min
13/67 Sinus Beta 1967, 5:58 min
16/67 September 20th 1967, 6:53 min

Kurt Kren, born (1929) in Vienna. Begins with experimental 8mm films (e.g. with Konrad Bayer) in the early 1950s. Close contact with Marc Adrian and Padhi Frieberger. Since 1957 films on 16mm with serial montage techniques. Kurt Kren is regarded (besides Peter Kubelka) as an important pioneer of structural film. From 1964 onwards Kren cooperates with the Viennese Actionists Otto Mühl and Günter Brus, as well as the "Op" artist Helga Phillip. 1966 Kurt Kren takes part in the "Destruction in Art Symposion", London, in which the Viennese Actionists appear for the first time abroad. First trip to America in 1968, screenings in New York and St. Louis. That same year, Kren participated in a happening entitled Kunst und Revolution (Art and Revolution) at the University of Vienna at which Kren´s films were confiscated by the police and he was discharged from his job at the National Bank. 1970 participant in the International Underground Film Festival, London. 1971 participant in the Film Festival in Cannes. 1972 begins to produce the Boxen (Boxes), published by Wolfgang Ernst, which contain a partitur, photographs and one Super-8 film. 1976 comprehensive retrospective in the National Film Theatre, London. 1977 takes part in the Documenta 6, Cassel, and Film as Film in the Kunstverein, Cologne. 1978-1989 Kren lives in the USA (partly in the car). Extensive travels and presentations as well as lectures at universities and film schools. 1978 retrospective of his complete œuvre in Millenium, New York and one year later in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 1983 a charity concert given by the punk band Really Red collects 1000$ for Kren. From 1983-1989 work as a security officer at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. 1988 comprehensive show of Kren´s films in the Stadtkino, Vienna. Returned to Vienna in 1989. During the 1990s his work was presented by the mayor museums and cinematheques around the world. 1996 big personale "Kurt Kren tausendjahrekino" at the Wiener Secession. 1998 he died in Vienna.
Co-founder of the Vienna Institute of Direct Art and the Austrian Filmmakers Cooperative.
Member of the Wiener Secession, the Vienna Institute of Direct Art (1966), the London Filmmakers Coop (1967), the New York Filmmakers Coop (1968), the Progressive Art Production Munich (1968), the Grazer Autorenversammlung (1973).




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