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INDEX #024: Peter Weibel - Depiction is a Crime / Video Works (1969-1975)

Austria. Experimental/Videoarte. 120 minutos
Título Original: INDEX #024: Peter Weibel - Depiction is a Crime / Video Works
Director: Peter Weibel
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Formato: DVD  Calidad: DVD
Idioma: Alemán   Subtítulos: Inglés

Peter Weibel's (earlier works) (...) belong to the heroic years of a period of upheaval in which everything seemed possible in art. However, the artist not only made his appearance as a critic of public media but took the opportunity of presenting his own themes... (Hans Belting)
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Conceptually, the "Tele-Actions", as Peter Weibel called a series of works, which were begun in 1969 and continued on into the 1970s, contain a delightful contradiction. Actions have an immediate and spontaneous character. They are akin to performance and usually take place before a public and, in the case of art, predominately in gallery spaces. The Vienna Actionism which, at the time had already passed its zenith provides pertinent examples of this. (...) And yet the "Tele-Actions" were meant for television, where the predominant expectation was that programmes are transmitted in a mostly anonymous and, at any rate, ritual format. From the outset, the medium established a distance between programme and public, whereas reverse actions generated contacts between the actors and their viewers. The television viewer at the time must have experienced this as something of an assault when the programme was "disturbed" by an unexpected impostor who refused to abide by the rules.

Weibel (wanted) (...) to claim TV for art, something which had little if anything to do with simply presenting art on television. The intention was far rather concerned with "doing" art there and hence, mobilising a new public. (...) the "Tele-actions" differ from other such similar attempts in that they critically analyse the images shown on television and, as a consequence, the television itself, namely, they expose the place of the act such that the images make visible the common cliches shown there. They thwart the apparent truth of TV images by means of an intervention whereby the TV is revealed as a producer of illusions. The alarmed viewer should thereby be made aware of just how little he usually managed to see and the extent to which stereotypes predominate in this repertoire of images.

-excerpt from Hans Belting

FILMS INCLUDED:

PUBLIKUM ALS EXPONAT 1969, 1:20 min
MEHR WÄRME UNTER DIE MENSCHEN 1972, 2:30 min
ABBILDUNG IST EIN VERBRECHEN 1970, 1:30 min
INTERVALLE 1971, 1 min
TV-NEWS (TV-TOD II) 1970, 5:50 min
SYNTHESIS. EIN/AUS 1972, 1:50 min
TV-AQUARIUM (TV-TOD I) 1970, 1:30 min
THE ENDLESS SANDWICH 1969, 2 min
JEDE AKTION LÖST EINE ANDERE AUS 1967, 20 sec
IMAGINÄRE WASSERPLASTIK 1971, 50 sec
SWITCHERSEX 1972, 5:35 min
TRITITÄT 1975, 8:35 min
SELBSTBEGRENZUNG - SELBSTBEZEICHNUNG - SELBSTBESCHREIBUNG 1974, 12:40 min
PARENTHETISCHE IDENTITÄT 1974, 3:10 min
MONODROM 1972, 5:30 min
HAUSMUSIK 1972, 17:55 min
ZEITBLUT 1972, 4 min