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X - Screen

Film Installations and Actions in the 1960s and 1970s

Saturday, December 13, 2003 to Sunday, February 29, 2004

With X-Screen (Expanded Screen) the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MUMOK) opens the biggest special show since it moved into the MuseumsQuartier in September 2001. At four levels the exhibition offers a unique overview of a hitherto somewhat neglected phenomenon of (media) art history. It features 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.

Vito Acconci, Dara Birnbaum, Marcel Broodthaers, John Cage & Lejaren Hiller, VALIE EXPORT, Dan Graham, Birgit und Wilhelm Hein, Ken Jacobs, Joan Jonas, Kurt Kren, David Lamelas, Malcolm LeGrice, Anthony McCall, Ronald Nameth, Bruce Nauman, Annabel Nicolson, Hélio Oiticica & Neville D’Almeida, Claes Oldenburg, ONCE, Dennis Oppenheim, Nam June Paik, William Raban, Robert Rauschenberg, Hans Scheugl, Gottfried Schlemmer, Ernst Schmidt Jr., Carolee Schneemann, Paul Sharits, Michael Snow, USCO, Stan VanDerBeek, Wolf Vostell, Andy Warhol, Peter Weibel, Robert Whitman.



Curated by Matthias Michalka