11:30 | FRIDAY 8. 12. 2012 | Theatre K3
lecture – Martin Blažíček
Martin Blažíček's lecture will particularly focus on the personality of Aldo Tambellini and other connections with American expanded cinema. The lecture will include samples and reports from reconstructions of, among other things, Moondial and Black Zero for Tate Modern 2012.
Aldo Tambellini (born 1930 in Syracuse, USA) was one of the less well-known representatives of expanded cinema in New York in the 1960s. His work on boundaries of happening, media-art and visual arts started in 1959 when he settled permanently in New York. Being radical from the very beginning, Tambellini chose the motif Black Zero as the central element of his artistic world. He perceived black in all aspects of its meaning: a central point of energetic emptiness, a synonym of weight as well as an absence of light, a beginning and an ending, a blind spot on the retina and last but not least, a political "black" in the racially conflict filled New York of the 1950s. He is thus one of the little-known artists whose work in the 1960s not only pointed towards new and radical imagery, but also included obvious social and political radicalism, both levels of which were equally manifested in his work at that time. At first painting, then diaprojection, later also film, filled TV monitors and video served Tambellini as a tools. As Nam June Paik, he worked with deformation of television images. For this purpose he had a television set made, by means of which he could bend any image into the shape of a black hole (Black Spiral, 1969). He is one of those artists who were creating the same piece of work all the time, with exaggeration: he was recycling, specifying and transforming used images into new films, videos and intermedia performances. It was through the form of expanded cinema where Tambellini found an ideal place for a radical connection of dance, music, film and electronic images. He uses maximally explosive and attacking forms of experimental film and video art in films and performances Black, Black Zero, Black Round, Black Gate and Black TV. If we were looking for the embodiment of creative radicalism in expanded cinema, indisputably it would be Tambellini.
- Martin Blažíček
8 Dec | 11:30 am | T
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Aldo Tambellini's lecture with samples – Martin Blažíček | Live Animation