Sonic Celluloid

Date: 21 March 1999 | Season: Seasons | Tags:

Sunday 21 March 1999, at 10:30pm
London ICA Theatre

An evening of music & film from the lofts of New York presented by Mark Webber & Robert Worby as part of the Sonic Arts Network’s Cut & Splice Festival 1999.

A programme of electroacoustic music will be accompanied by screenings of:
Ira Cohen, The Invasion Of Thunderbolt Pagoda, 1968, 31 min
Tony Conrad & Beverly Grant Conrad, Coming Attractions, 1970, 77 min


Film Environments

Date: 24 September 2004 | Season: Expanded Cinema 2004 | Tags: , ,

Friday 24 September 2004, at 8pm
Dortmund PhoenixHalle

Four Square surrounds the audience with a quadrupled flicker film of solid colour frames. Light Music is an environmental double projection as musical composition, exploiting the properties of the optical film soundtrack. (What you see is what you hear.) Anthony McCall’s films are projected through a thin mist to give an apparently sculptural presence to a projected beam of light. In Doubling Back, two identical, moving sine-waveforms, create a fluid, organic volume of light for the spectator to observe or be immersed within.

Beverly & Tony Conrad, Four Square, 1971, 18 min, 4 screen environment
Lis Rhodes, Light Music, 1975, 25 min, 2 screen environment
Anthony McCall, Doubling Back, 2003, 30 min, 1 screen environment

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Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain

Date: 26 September 2004 | Season: Expanded Cinema 2004 | Tags: , ,

Sunday 26 September 2004, at 8pm
Dortmund PhoenixHalle

Tony Conrad, Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain, 1972, c.90 min, music performance in film loop environment
Tony Conrad and guest musicians will perform a minimal drone composition for violin, bass and his unique long string instrument. A live concert performance within a shifting, multi-projection environment of rapid, flicker film loops, originally presented at The Kitchen (New York) in 1972.

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Demonstration: Pickled Film

Date: 8 December 2006 | Season: Expanded Cinema 2006 | Tags: , ,

Friday 8 December 2006, at 3pm
Stuttgart Württembergischer Kunstverein


In a radical approach to film preservation, Tony Conrad will discuss and prepare Pickled Film, methodically mixing raw film stock, vinegar, vegetables and spices.

Tony Conrad, Pickled Film, USA, 1974, 16mm performance, colour, sound, variable duration

Performance: Tony Conrad

Date: 10 December 2006 | Season: Expanded Cinema 2006 | Tags: , ,

Sunday 10 December 2006, at 8:30pm
Stuttgart Württembergischer Kunstverein

Tony Conrad presents two performances that propose alternative systems of film production and refer back to a sequence of interventionist works he made in the mid-1970s Bowed Film combines Conrad’s interests in film and musical minimalism. For Sukiyaki, unexposed film strips are stir-fried in the traditional manner prior to their unique projection.

Tony Conrad, Bowed Film, USA, 1974, 16mm performance, b/w, sound, variable duration
Tony Conrad, Sukiyaki, USA, 1973, 16mm performance, colour, sound, variable duration

Tony Conrad

Date: 13 June 2008 | Season: Tony Conrad | Tags:

13—15 June 2008
London Tate Modern

Tony Conrad is a pivotal figure in contemporary culture. His multi-faceted contributions since the 1960s have influenced and redefined music, filmmaking, minimalism, performance, video and conceptual art. Known for his groundbreaking film The Flicker, his involvement in the Theatre of Eternal Music and the evolution of the Velvet Underground, and collaborations with a host of luminaries including Jack Smith, John Cale, Mike Kelley and Henry Flynt, Conrad remains a radical figure who challenges our understanding of art history. This special weekend at Tate Modern will feature a major new performance for the Turbine Hall and screenings of Conrad’s extraordinary film and video work.

Curated by Stuart Comer, Alice Koegel and Mark Webber. Assistant Curator Vanessa Desclaux.

With thanks to Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne; Ed Carter, Lumen/Evolution; Tracey Ferguson; Florian Härle; Tony Herrington, The Wire; Branden W. Joseph; Christophe Kniel and Ilja Mess; Neil Lagden; Elliot Landy; David Leister; Marie Losier; Eric Namour, [no.signal]; Jay Sanders, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York; Chloë Stewart; Ann Twiselton, MIT Press; Steve Wald; Richard Whitelaw, Sonic Arts Network.


Tony Conrad: Flicker and Process Films

Date: 13 June 2008 | Season: Tony Conrad | Tags:

Friday 13 June 2008, at 7pm
London Tate Modern

Minimal cinema with maximal effect. Few films provide the intense, stroboscopic viewing experience of The Flicker, a non-objective film composed only of opaque and clear frames, and a pulsing electronic soundtrack. Conrad’s cinematic debut still astounds audiences four decades after its creation, and will be screened together with other works exploring audio-visual harmonics and the radical production processes of cooked and electrocuted films. 

The screening, introduced by Tony Conrad, will be followed by a reception to celebrate the publication of “Beyond the Dream Syndicate” (Zone Books/MIT).

Tony Conrad, The Flicker, 1966, 30 min
Tony Conrad, Curried 7302, 1973, 2 min
Tony Conrad, 7302 Creole, 1973, 1 min
Tony Conrad, 4-X Attack, 1973, 2 min
Tony Conrad, Film Feedback, 1974, 14 min
Tony Conrad, Articulation of Boolean Algebra for Film Opticals, 1975, 10 min excerpt
Tony Conrad, The Eye of Count Flickerstein, 1967/75, 7 min
Beverly & Tony Conrad, Straight and Narrow, 1970, 10 min


Tony Conrad Takes On Video

Date: 14 June 2008 | Season: Tony Conrad | Tags:

Saturday 14 June 2008, at 6pm
London Tate Modern


Tony Conrad investigated the conditions of video production and presentation in a series of tapes which deconstruct or re-appropriate the techniques of TV. Exploiting the reflexive nature of the medium, he critiques the electronic image and notions of history, theory and authority with an irreverent sense of humour. Postmodernism was never this much fun! The artist will introduce this programme of rarely seen works.

Tony Conrad, Concord Ultimatum, 1977, 10 min excerpt
Tony Conrad, Redressing Down, 1988, 18 min
Tony Conrad, Ipso Facto, 1985, 7 min
Tony Conrad, Lookers, 1974, 4 min excerpt
Tony Conrad, Egypt 2000, 1986, 13 min
Tony Conrad, No Europe, 1990, 13 min
Tony Conrad, Accordion, 1981, 5 min
Tony Conrad, In Line, 1986, 7 min


Uprojectable: Projection and Perspective

Date: 14 June 2008 | Season: Tony Conrad | Tags:

Saturday 14 June 2008, at 10pm
London Tate Modern

This major new live performance by Tony Conrad is especially conceived for the latent sound and immense scale of the Turbine Hall. Emerging from an installation inspired by the hum of the former power station’s one remaining generator, Conrad’s sonic and visual feast will incorporate an amplified string quartet, electric drill and motors, phonograph arms, film projection and shadows which loom high above the audience.

Conceived and performed by Tony Conrad.

MV Carbon, cello
Tony Conrad, violin
Angharad Davies, violin
Dominic Lash, bass

Steve Wald, production manager
Delta Sound, sound design
Chloë Stewart, projection

This is a free event as part of UBS Openings: Saturday Live.

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Tony Conrad in Conversation

Date: 15 June 2008 | Season: Tony Conrad | Tags:

Sunday 15 June 2008, at 3pm
London Tate Modern

Tony Conrad will discuss his radical breakthroughs in film, video, music and performance with Branden W Joseph, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Columbia University, and author of “Beyond the Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the Arts after Cage” (Zone Books/MIT).

The discussion will include a screening of Tony Conrad: DreaMinimalist, the latest in Marie Losier’s ongoing series of film portraits of avant-garde artists (Mike and George Kuchar, Guy Maddin, Richard Foreman). The film offers an insightful and hilarious encounter with Conrad as he sings, dances and remembers his youth and his association with Jack Smith. Marie Losier will be in attendance.

Marie Losier, Tony Conrad: DreaMinimalist, 2008, 25 min

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