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04.03.2004 - 28.03.2004, Karlsruhe
Sozialmatrix. Werke 1965-79 (in Zusammenarbeit mit dem ZKM)
Peter Weibel’s artistic career personifies some of the milestones in the history of art since the mid-1960s, such as literary performances, expanded cinema, happenings, concept art, context art, closed-circuit video installations and computer-based works. Having dealt in depth with language theory and the conditions under which reality is constructed, Weibel has demonstrated consistent originality in the works of art he has created since 1965, which attracted international attention from the outset. To mark Weibel’s 60th birthday the Meyer Riegger Galerie and the ZKM are presenting a selection of his works from 1965 to 1979. They include examples of his early concrete and visual poetry, concept and context art, expanded cinema, action lectures, performances and happenings, videotapes and installations as well as the musical project Hotel Morphila Orchestra.
THE PETER WEIBEL FILM NIGHT
Film Video Music
19 March 2004, 20.00 – 01.00 hrs
ZKM Media Theatre
Admission €8 / €4
The ZKM is taking the occasion of the Peter Weibel Film Night to screen a selection of experimental films, concept videos, feature films, and commercial and musical clips that Peter Weibel produced from the mid-1960s onwards as an artist, musician, director and scriptwriter as well as films in which he appeared as an actor. Some of these films have not been shown for years or, indeed, were regarded as lost.
Weibel produced his first films in association with the Viennese experimental cinema (Kurt Kren, Peter Kubelka, Hans Scheugl, Ernst Schmidt Jr.), in which he examined the organisational, cultural and technical freedom this technology had to offer. From the end of the 1960s he continued these formal aesthetic experiments in the medium of video, although his work now focused mainly on performances and surreal shorts. In the 1970s, Weibel produced programmes for Austrian television in which he used deviating images to confront and challenge everyday forms of usage and to tap the creative potential of the mass medium. Since he regarded every new kind of image technology as an opportunity to develop an alternative cinematic syntax, he embraced computer-based video montage and image generation at an early stage.
The diversity of Peter Weibel’s cinematic oeuvre (he has also written screenplays for feature films as well as producing a commercial and music clips) reveals several interconnecting elements: an analysis of the world by means of linguistic structures and the technical conditions of communication as well as serious criticism – laced with anarchic humour – of the norms of society and the art system.
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Peter Weibel,"Sozialmatrix", 1965 -1979
Installation view, 2004, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe