Events 10 | 2013
Tues, October 29, 2013
Gerd Conradt: Video Vertov
A Live between Love and Revolution
ZKM_Lecture Hall, 8 p.m.
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With his "electronic Testament" Berlin film-maker Gerd Conradt (*1941) looks back over 50 years of creative work. In "Video Vertov" he introduces the different periods of his life − from the 1968 students’ movement, the search for meaning in an Indian ashram through to the production of the film itself − with stage scenes, and presents the tools of documentary work: from the Super-8 , the 16 mm film through to video and HD. With his delight in experimentation, he is inspired by the Russian documentary film-maker Dziga Vertov.
Throughout his life Gerd Conradt was a searcher, interested in extremes and the transgressions of boundaries. His private life was powerfully influenced by politics and exerted a substantial impact in his films: he thus had contact with the RAF and is a friend of Holger Meins, about whom, among others, he made the film »Starbuck – Holger Meins«. With a retrospective on five decades of German history, Conradt masters the path from the private, via media history through to the universal − since "video" means "I see".
The film music stems from the prog rock band Agitation Free, which went down in Berlin pop-history during the 1970s. By way of this special connection of sound and image a unique collaboration emerges: Berlin contemporary and pop-history becomes Berlin art of the present. An intoxication of time.
After the presentation a discussion on the main issues of the film and media sector will take place.
Other films by Gerd Conradt: "Der Videopionier", "Die Spree − Sinfonie eines Flusses".
Book: Daniela Schulz, Gerd Conradt
Camera: Hans Rombach (BVK), Gerd Conradt
Cut: Astrid Vogelpohl
Online and Sound Editor: Sebastian Schmidt
Music: AGITATION FREE, Gustl Lütjens, Frederic Rzewski, Ariel Shibolet
Production: kinoglas-films, Daniela Schulz
Duration: 90 minutes
- subject to change -
Photo: Poster of "Video Vertov"