Tony Conrad - Completely in the Present a Petr Válek
Vašulka Kitchen Brno

The House of Arts
Malinovského nám. 2, Brno
Open: Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm

30.7.2020 19:00 – 20:30

At the occassion of the last day of the exhibition "Figments and Other Vermins", we would like to invite you to the author's sonic entertainment performed by Petr Válek, followed by a video projection of a documentary film about Tony Conrad. A time-lapse portrait of the radical artist, activist, theorist and educator Tony Conrad (1940-2016) - an iconic figure in experimental music, film, performance and video of the second half of the 20th century, the director Tyler Hubby filmed for several years and incorporated many materials from Conrad's personal archives. Tony Schmalz Conrad was one of Woody and Steina Vašulka's contemporaries and friends who undoubtedly inspired their work in the beginning. Born in New Hampshire, he studied mathematics at Harvard and composition at Berkeley, worked as a programmer, and in the early 1960s met John Cage in New York, ideas of Karlhainz Stockhausen and members of Fluxus. He did not perceive music, film, performance, video, installation as separate media, but as tools that technology allows artists to approach the public and to transform the society. He played guitar in the band Primitives (which later formed Velvet Underground), and recorded the legendary LP Outside The Dream Syndicate in Europe with the German art rock band Faust. With La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela, John Cale and Angus MacLise, he founded the Dream Syndicate, or Theater Of Eternal Music - a radical revision of not only Western music and tuning, but art in general. Tony was also a pioneer of American structural film, the use of computers in art, and his contribution to defining American musical minimalism was critically acclaimed only in the last decades of his life. With Woody and Steina Vasulka, Paul Sharitz, Hollis Frampton and Peter Weibel, he was teacher at the Center for Experimental Film, Video Art and Electronic Media at Buffalo University since the mid-1970s.

Vasulka Kitchen would like to thank director and producer of the documentary for the permission to screen the film in Brno House of Art

The screening and performance is free of charge.

It is a hommage to Tony Conrad and Woody Vasulka