KURT KREN: ACTION FILMS

“Kurt Kren's Action films are the most tangible way of comprehending the nature of Actionist works of art and events today. I’m not referring to the recognizability of an action's dramaturgical details, but rather to the fact that Kren's Action films make it possible to immerse oneself into their structural essence so as to grasp their energetic and aesthetic meaning.”

– Hubert Klocker, Art Historian & Curator

"In the works, which Kren filmed during Brus's actions, the plasticity is revoked, the body stretches itself out in material and therefore becomes - in contrast to the Mühl films - more difficult to differentiate from the surroundings, from the other objects (old bicycles and all types of scrap metal)."

"In Kurt Kren's body-cinema, the human is no longer the measure of all things. Naturally, this type of condensation of the body is unthinkable without a radical breaking open of chronological time. (...) A time cycle par excellence can be, for example, the body's metabolism, which generally follows a moderate economy (the constant chain of the intake of food - processing, digesting, energizing, excreting) which, in a certain sense forms a history, the narrative of energy exchange in the body."

– Michael Palm

 
 
 

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Format: DVD-PAL / Region 0
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KURT KREN: ACTION FILMS
(Austria, 1964 - 1967)

Director: Kurt Kren

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6/64 MOM AND DAD (6/64 MAMA UND PAPA)

• 3:57 minutes
• 16mm
• Color
• Silent

7/64 Leda an the Swan (7/64 LEDA MIT DEM SCHWAN)

• 2:56 minutes
• 16mm
• Color
• Silent

8/64 ANA 

• 2:40 minutes
• 16mm
• B&W
• Silent

9/64 O Christmas Tree (9/64 O TANNENBAUM)

• 2:56 minutes
• 16mm
• Color
• Silent

10/65 Self-Mutilation (10/65
SELBSTVERSTÜMMELUNG)

• 5:19 minutes
• 16mm
• B&W
• Silent

10b/65 Silver - Action Brus (10b/65 SILBER - AKTION BRUS)

• 2:34 minutes
• 16mm
• B&W
• Silent

10c/65 Brus wishes his Christmas on you (10c/65 BRUS WÜNSCHT EUCH SEINE WEIHNACHTEN)

• 2:56 minutes
• 16mm
• B&W
• Silent

12/66 COSINUS ALPHA 

• 9:16 minutes
• 16mm
• Color
• Silent

13/67 SINUS BETA

• 5:58 minutes
• 16mm
• B&W
• Silent

16/67 September 20th (16/67 20. SEPTEMBER)

• 6:53 minutes
• 16mm
• B&W
• Silent

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Total Running Time: 00:45:25

Published By: Index DVD

Booklet Text: Michael Palm, Hans Scheugl (Bilingual German & English)

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