I discovered the world of Polish animator Piotr Kamler after searching on YouTube for films scored by composer Bernard Parmegiani, whose music I came across via UbuWeb. Parmegiani and Kamler were both colleagues of musique concrète mastermind Pierre Schaeffer, and they participated in the experimental research arm of the French television station O.R.T.F. founded by Schaeffer in 1960. Some have dubbed the abstract films and animations created under Schaeffer's management of the O.R.T.F. "concrete cinema." Today I will be posting films by Kamler produced during his tenure in this department as well as some examples of his later work. These clips originate from the 2007 DVD Piotr Kamler, à la recherche du temps.
Germany’s first computer graphics were jointly produced in 1960 by the artist Kurd Alsleben and the physicist Cord Passow. They worked on an analog computer which was linked to an automatic drafting unit and transformed parameters of a differential equation into deviations and disturbances.
A portrait of Eliane Radigue, produced by the Austrian IMA (Institute for Media Archeology), which observes Eliane in her workspace, operating the ARP and talking about the process of composing and recording.
Produced by WGBH-TV in Boston, the Medium is the Medium is one of the earliest and most prescient examples of the collaboration between public television and the emerging field of video art in the United States. WGBH commissioned six visual artists Allan Kaprow, Nam June Paik, Otto Piene, James Seawright, Thomas Tadlock and Aldo Tambellini to create original works for broadcast television. In pursuing their individual aesthetics, these artists produced works that explored the parameters of the new medium, from image processing and interactivity to video dance and sculpture.
Produced by WGBH. Executive Producer: David Oppenheim. Producers: Ann Gresser, Pat Marx. Director: Fred Barzyk.
From Braniff Airlines 1968 "When You Got It, Flaunt It" ad campaign. Salvador Dali was another celebrity featured in the campaign, to view that video, go here.
Julia Bryan-Wilson's recently published Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era, is the first book dedicated to the history of the Art Workers' Coalition. Her analysis of AWC members Carl Andre, Robert Morris, Hans Haacke, and Lucy Lippard opens up a rich discussion of the complexities of the term "art worker" and the relationship between art and labor. An excerpt of the opening chapter of her book has been made available through the Temporary Services website and paper, Art Work: A National Conversation about Art, Labor, and Economics. You can access it here:
An audio version of this article was recorded by independent curator Joseph del Pesco and released recently through the SFMoMA blog. Del Pesco has started to gather recordings of all of the articles in Art Work, available here:
This post is part of a series on art production and economy by Rhizome's Curatorial Fellow Jenny Jaskey. The first post was an interview with Caroline Woolard of OurGoods.org, which can be accessed here.