A non-fiction film examining the pioneering life and works of artist, musician, and educator, Tony Conrad. One the great American artists of our time, yet to the world at large Conrad remains criminally under appreciated.
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Tony Conrad: Completely in the PresentDirected byTyler Hubby
Introduction to minimalist music and contemporary art, backward and forward.
Conrad gives us a recipe on how to exploit present state at length, and oppose pre-set orchestration - commonly taken for granted.
Caught this at the Buffalo International Film Festival in 2016. I am also lucky enough to have known Tony personally and took a few of his classes in the late 90s when he was teaching at the University of New York at Buffalo (UB). Amazing guy and this film does a great job of detailing his life. He is missed.
I have been listening to Tony Conrad's music religiously (and that is the right word, because it is enveloping spiritual music) since I was a teenager in the 90s. And I have read a lot about him. I knew of his films and his art exclusively from books. And I knew next to nothing about the man. However adequate-or-better this doc is, I left it giddy, as though I had just had the time of my life w/ a super fun person.
He's a fucking genius. He did the sound for Jack Smith's FLAMING CREATURES (1963). He worked with Lou Reed and John Cale and clearly was an influence on The Velvet Underground. He took film to another level by frying, roasting, sauteeing and pickling it. A goddamn visionary for sure.
An unconventional & bizarre doc on an unconventional & bizarre artist. Making a film on a man who was a filmmaker, a musician and a teacher at the same time is not an easy task - but American director Tyler Hubby remarkably fulfilled such a challenge. The film escavates on the man himself and on his story as a human even before caring about his work, alterning rarely seen footage with spontaneous chattering on art.
A Harvard graduate who wants to eat the cheapest food and pay the cheapest rent possible and, while doing it, bring the death of composition and turn what we knew about art completely on its head. Sounds too good to be true - but, yep, he's all true!