So, Tony Conrad was pretty much peak human being... This extraordinary artist/thinker/strategist/interdisciplinary engineer/conceptual architect who spent 5 decades quietly wreaking inspired havoc on the Established and Inviolable, with the righteous eloquence/intensity of, like, Nietzsche but also w/ heart/curiosity/fun. Hubby's doc works like a well-chosen frame for Conrad's art. The whole thing's an utter joy. 4.5
Insight or perhaps just a glimpse into Tony Conrad's life and his art - experimental, countercultural, and so many other layers that it is a bit overwhelming because all this is squeezed into roughly 100 minutes. Absolutely recommended if you appreciate art, especially contemporary and experimental side of it.
Although we're left with the familiar problem of a doco not matching its subject's formal weirdness + singularity, I cant deny the joy of seeing so much of Conrad's work collected and screened in a cinema. To the point where we didn't need talking heads at all. Conrad dispels many stereotypes by making art that is conceptual and democratic, encapsulated lovely by a scene of the punk nerd on set of The Good Wife.
Hugely enjoyable documentary, very well edited. Conrad is a natural performer and Hubby lets his subject reveal himself on his own terms, well backed up by interviews with peers and pundits and some fascinating archival footage. A delight for anyone interested in the 60s NY underground, conceptual art, media studies and/or post-Cagean music. If you're not, it still works as an affectionate character study.
The subject of Tony Conrad is certainly very intriguing, having a long and strange career. The film pauses to showcase his talent and that is when the film is at its best. The film attempts to recreate his experimental range in the process of the film, and that's how it comes off, experimental for its own sake. Never truly earned, it left me feeling cold. If the film left more room for the subject it would be better.
The movie is extremely well made in its documentary form. Certainly informative and entertaining as well. I am usually bored stiff with this kind of sound art, but I must admit that I was intrigued by it here due to the high quality of filmmaking. If you have no interest in the topic (like me) you will still enjoy the film, and if you have ANY interest whatsoever in the art itself then you will over-the-moon.
Le portrait d'un artiste hors du commun, précurseur dans l'expérimentation musicale et cinématographique "minimaliste", complètement méconnu pendant des décennies... Rebelle à toute autorité et à tout consensus, Tony Conrad n'a apparemment jamais cherché à plaire à un public "normal" et a toujours pris des voies de traverse. Ce documentaire lui rend un bel hommage et donne envie de mieux connaître son œuvre.
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.