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Kurt Kren - Structural Films

Year: 2004, 65 mins
Code: IN-KurtStruct

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

Kurt Kren´s achievements with regard to the montage of short cuts in his early works was many years ahead of the rest of the (film)world, in both form and content. Kurt Kren was a pioneere: an avantgardist in the classic and best sense of the word. A filmmaker who knows how to think in images like few others in this trade, and who realized these images in films that are among the most beautiful and most important in cinematic history.
(Peter Tscherkassky)

Currently uploaded Köpfe Aus Dem Szondi-Test

1/57 Versuch Mit Synthetischem Ton (Test) (1/57 Experiment With Synthetic Sound (Test)) 1:23 min ,
2/60 48 Köpfe Aus Dem Szondi-Test (2/60 48 Heads From The Szondi-Test) 4:19 min,

3/60 Bäume Im Herbst (3/60 Trees In Autumn) 5:03 min,
4/61 Mauern Pos.-Neg. Und Weg (4/61 Walls Pos.-Neg. And Way) 6:09 min,
5/62 Fenstergucker, Abfall Etc. (5/62 People Looking Out Of The Window, Trash Etc.) 4:48 min,
11/65 Bild Helga Philipp (11/65 Helga Philipp Painting) 2:29 min,
15/67 Tv 4:08 min,
17/68 Grün-Rot (17/68 Green-Red) 2:56 min,
20/68 Schatzi 2:29 min,
28/73 Zeitaufnahme(N) (28/73 Time Exposure(S)) 2:56 min,
31/75 Asyl (31/75 Asylum) 8:26 min,
32/76 An W+B (32/76 To W+B) 7:42 min,
36/78 Rischart 3:02 min,
37/78 Tree Again 3:46 min,
38/79 Sentimental Punk 4:30 min,
49/95 Tausendjahrekino (49/95 Thousandyearsofcinema) 2:40 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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