Tony Conrad (born Anthony S. Conrad in 1940 in Concord, New Hampshire) is an American avant-garde video artist, experimental filmmaker, musician/composer, sound artist, teacher and writer. His father was Arthur Conrad, who worked with Everett Warner during World War II in designing dazzle camouflage for the US Navy.
Conrad is a graduate of Harvard University (A.B., 1962, major Mathematics).
Support for Conrad’s work has come from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the State University of New York, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Conrad’s most famous film, The Flicker (1966), is considered a key early work of the structural film movement. The film consists of only completely black and completely white images, which, as the title suggests, produces a flicker when projected. When the film was first screened several viewers in the audience became physically ill. (Rapid flashes produce epileptic… read more
a punctured void. a noisy mirror. a bewitching birth of broken images. an aggressive, challenging question. a deadeningly mechanical vacuum only occasionally pausing to breathe in a hopeless silence. the flicker drifts in an independent, self-contained plain. it could easily be a dark star. calm yet threatening. a frightened animal