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  1. Defining Filmaktion ; an online exhibition by the British Artists' Film & Video Study Collection

    QuellenartStrukturierte Informationsangebote>>Thematische Websites>>; Elektronische Volltexte & Multimedia>>Sonstige Volltexte / Multimedia>>
    UrheberReynolds, Lucy
    Schlagworte FWFilmklub; Filmgeschichtsschreibung; Filmwissenschaft; Großbritannien
    Beschreibung "For a year or more, Le Grice, Nicolson, Raban and co performed together under the group name of Filmaktion, showing at Gallery House in March 73… and at the Festival of Independent Avant-Garde film at the ICA and NFT in September of 73. This grouping would seem to have been of considerable value to those involved, since each emerged with a much enhanced sense of individuality as a filmmaker.
    David Curtis, 1978 postscript to 'English Avant-Garde Film: A Chronology', first published Studio International magazine 1975. David Curtis's brief description gives a fleeting, and tantalising, mention of a group of experimental filmmakers who have since become acknowledged as significant figures in the canon of British experimental cinema. For who were 'those involved'? And what did they do which was of such 'considerable value'? Little is really known about Filmaktion. Was this the name adopted by a group of like-minded artists pioneering new forms of expanded cinema? Or did it refer to a series of live action events and screenings in the early years of the 1970s? It soon became clear that there was very little historical writing beyond Curtis's mention to give me more information on Filmaktion. The only other secondary source reference to the group was a mention by Michael O' Pray in his anthology 'The British Avant-Garde Film', in the context of the London Filmmakers Co-operative of the early 1970s. The core members of the group are often perceived as Malcolm Le Grice, William Raban, Gill Eatherley and Annabel Nicolson; who had met at the London Filmmakers Co-operative during the early 1970s, and had presented expanded cinema programmes together for several years. But what evidence was there that they called themselves Filmaktion? It began to emerge from conversations with Le Grice, Raban and Nicolson that Filmaktion was not necessarily a group at all. William Raban was clear that the term Filmaktion was only used as a collective title for a week of film events at the Walker Art Gallery and in a recent interview for the X Screen exhibition catalogue (MUMOK, Vienna 2004), Le Grice confirms that "[F]ilmaktion was never a formal group. Filmaktion was the title of an exhibition at the Liverpool Walker Art Gallery in 1972.That was the first time we ever used the term." Information about the venues where they performed and exactly what the nature of the events were seemed equally insubstantial, with Curtis's mention above remaining one of the only references. In addition, Eatherley, Le Grice, Nicolson and Raban recently recreated a number of expanded events under the title Filmaktion for the Live In Your Head exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2000), adding another retrospective picture of Filmaktion to the one I had already formed. In order to find Filmaktion amongst this conflicting information, I turned to the primary materials held at the AHRB British Artists' Film and Video Study Collection (BAFVSC). By going through files of publicity, film programme listings, newspaper and magazine reviews and previews from the1970s I hoped to find some answers to the riddle of who and what Filmaktion was. The evidence that I garnered built a different picture from the one I had expected, providing a valuable insight into a unique period in the history of British experimental filmmaking and what has become defined as 'expanded cinema'. It soon became clear that the identity of Filmaktion was rather more complex than I had first supposed. This exhibition presents the materials that I found and the story that they told." (Information des Anbieters)
    Inhaltsverzeichnis/StrukturIntroduction; Looking for Clues
    Themen FWFilm>>Biographie, Filmgeschichte; Film>>Künstlerische Filmgattungen
    RVK FWAP 44930; AP 54000
    DDC FWHistorische, geografische, personenbezogene Behandlung
    geographischer BezugEuropa, Westeuropa>>Britische Inseln>>; Europa, Westeuropa>>England und Wales>>
    zeitlicher Bezug20. Jahrhundert, 1900 – 1999>>1970 - 1979>>