Kurt Kren

One-Man Show () color & b/w, 72 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $275.00

Kurt Kren

2/60: 48 Heads From The Szondi-Test (1960) 16mm, black and white, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Following early experiments on 8mm between 1953 and 1957, [Kren] made his first 16mm film VERSUCH MIT SYNTHETISCHEM TON (1957), including a drawn soundtrack beginning to develop the notions of formal relationships between simple images. But his next three films, made between then and 1961, showed the systematic direction of his work most clearly: 48 KOPFE AUS DEM SZONDI TEST (1960) and BAUME IM HERBST (1960) being shot according to system, and MAUERN-POSITIV-NEGATIV UND WEG (1961) being edited that way. It is also evident in these films and is confirmed in his next, FENSTERGUCKER, ABFALL, ETC. (1962), that even if Kren rejected poetic or narrative intention, the images of his work were in no way neutral, arbitrary or convenient fillers for a mathematical system." - Malcolm Le Grice, Abstract Film and Beyond, 1977 "[I]n this concentrationary universe, no one's his own self, everyone's everyone and nothing. Ruthlessly executed, the formal idea becomes a gruesome philosophical jest." -- Raymond Durgnat, International Times, 1966

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Kurt Kren

3/60: Trees During Autumn (1960) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

"The first embodiment of [a] concept of structural activity in cinema comes in Kren's BAUME IM HERBST, where the camera as subjective observer is constrained within a systematic or structural procedure, incidentally the precursors of the most structuralist aspect of Michael Snow's later work. In this film, perception of material relationships in the world is seen to be no more than a product of the structural activity in the work. Art forms experience." -- Malcolm Le Grice, Abstract Film and Beyond, 1977

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Kurt Kren

4/61: Walls Pos Neg. Way (1961) 16mm, black and white, 6.75 min

Genre: Experimental

"In a flickering symbol shattering image shattering, total collage technique, he energizes the cinema frame with a unique thing-ness that energizes the viewer." -- Al Hansen, Ecce Homo, 1967

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Kurt Kren

5/62: Maggoty Moon (1962) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Kurt Kren

6/64: Papa & Mama (1964) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

"With the making of his sixth film, 6/64: MAMA AND PAPA, Kren introduced subject-matter that was considered at that time to be highly revolutionary or even explosive. He began filming 'actions' and 'happenings' staged by Otto Muehl and Gunter Brus, and by the Vienna Institute for Direct Art." -- Stephen Dwoskin, Film Is

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Kurt Kren

7/64 Leda & The Swan (1964) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

"Kren's next film was 7/64: LEDA AND THE SWAN, also based on a Muehl materialaktion. The almost convulsive use of juxtaposition reappears here, but the captured gesture assumes a more erotic sensitivity, though the 'action' itself was primarily a gradual destruction of the erotic." -- Stephen Dwoskin, Film Is

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Kurt Kren

8/64: Ana-Action Gunther Brus (1964) 16mm, black and white, 2.75 min

Genre: Experimental

"8/64: ANA is Kren's first film of an 'action' by Gunter Brus. This three-minute film was far more akin to the American-style 'happening' in that the content was not particularly extreme. It was built up from items such as broken bicycle parts, a nude model, pieces of furniture, and these elements were then obscured or transformed by having a layer of paint thrown on them. "Kren films short sequences from many different angles, using high-contrast black and white film to create an effect not unlike that of a painting by Robert Kline." -- Stephen Dwoskin, Film Is

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Kurt Kren

9/64: O Tannenbaum (1964) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

"In 9/64: O CHRISTMAS TREE, Kren offers a more visually descriptive development of a Muehl 'action.' The images have been chosen to follow a more dramatic sequence, probably because the action itself contained a wide range of images and materials ...." -- Stephen Dwoskin, Film Is

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Kurt Kren

10/65-67: Self Destruction (1965) 16mm, black and white, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"Kren's 10/65: SELF-MUTILATION is developed from a Gunter Brus 'action.' What the film emphasizes is the surrealistic drama of symbolic self-destruction that Kren drew out of Brus's action, pacing out each gesture so that one gets a tense, iconoclastic revelation of a man covered in white plaster lying surrounded by razor blades and a range of instruments looking as if they have been taken from an operating theater. The blades, scissors and scalpels are gradually inserted into him in a ritualistic self-operation." -- Stephen Dwoskin, Film Is

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Kurt Kren

11/65: Helga Philipp Painting (1965) 16mm, black and white, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"11/65: BILD HELGA PHILIPP is an optical abstraction of an optical abstraction: Kren has simply intercut filmed movements and sections from an Op painting by Helga Philipp - the result is motion opticals." -- Stephen Dwoskin, Film Is

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Kurt Kren

12/66: Cosinius Alpha (1966) 16mm, black and white, 9.25 min

Genre: Experimental

"Kren's last film to include any direct reference to Otto Muehl is 12/66: COSINUS ALPHA, a 10-minute film that completes a cycle of elaborate sensual montages and materials." -- Stephen Dwoskin, Film Is

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Kurt Kren

13/67: Sinus Beta (1967) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Montage of several shots, as from actions of Muehl and Brus at DIAS 1966 in London, from my film 2/60: 48 HEADS FROM THE SZONDI TEST, etc.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Kurt Kren

15/67: T. V. (1967) 16mm, black and white, 4.25 min

Genre: Experimental

"... Kren's next important systematic film is TV (1967). In TV, the system is different in kind and pace from that which exists in much of his other work. Instead of operating primarily at the kinetic level, or with rapid perceptual rhythm, this film involves the audience in a conceptual and reflexive process. Five short sequences, each about eight frames long, are all shot from the same viewpoint in a quay-side cafe. They show a window, broken by the silhouettes of objects and people within the cafe and by the passage of people and a ship outside. Each shot containing some small movement is repeated in the film 21 times, in mathematically determined order. They are separated by short, equal sequences of black spacing, except that longer black sequences separate larger phrases of repeats from each other rather like punctuation. The significance does not lie in the mathematical sequences as such, but in how the viewer attempts to decipher the structure." -- Malcolm Le Grice, Abstract Film and Beyond

Rental: $20.00

Kurt Kren

16/67: September 20 (1967) 16mm, black and white, 6.75 min

Genre: Experimental

"The Viennese appear to have the closest of contacts with the American underground. Kurt Kren's 20 September... represents the most anti-aesthetic and most consistent venture. English film-makers describe Kren's film as an 'Eating, Drinking, Pissing and Shitting film,' and indeed, we see a day in the life of a man reduced to drinking beer, eating cabbage and then excreting its remains - and the camera work is so unspeakably crass that even hard-baked observers do not react without embarrassment." -Theodor Schroder

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Kurt Kren

17/68: Green-Red (1968) 16mm, color, 3.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Meditation on green and red bottles.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Kurt Kren

18/68: Venecia Kaputt (1968) 16mm, black and white, 1 min

Genre: Experimental

"In 1968, Kren made VENECIA KAPUTT, which lasts only six seconds, and utilizes scratching on film to erase an image of Venice." -- Malcolm Le Grice, Abstract Film and Beyond

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

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