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Pioneers in Art and Science: Metzger

Alternative title
Metzger
Synopsis
A documentary on the life and work of Gustav Metzger, founder of Auto Destructive Art. This film looks at the Scale of Metzger’s achievements and his contribution to contemporary culture. From Freud to Vermeer, from Nazi design to the importance of drawing and the films of Leni Riefenstahl, Gustav Metzger speaks about the influences which have shaped both his own work and the culture of our time. He witnessed the rise of Nazism as a small child in Nurnberg in the early 1930s. He escaped to Great Britain in 1939 and trained as an artist before founding the auto-destructive art movement in 1959 which has influenced a generation of younger artists including The Who’s Pete Townshend. Metzger pioneered the use of computers in art and with his ‘Liquid Crystal Light Projections’ which were incorporated into the stage shows of Cream and The Who at London’s Roundhouse, and he defined the visual culture of the psychedelic era.

The DVD contains 111 minutes of additional features including sections on: Auto Destructive Art; Freud ; Leni Riefenstahl; Vermeer; Artist Emigres; Nazi Design and the rise of Nazism; Gustav Metzger’s work and career from 1959 to the present day
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2004
Year of production
2004
Subjects
Art
Keywords
computer art; modern art; auto-destructive art; Metzger, Gustav; psychedelic art

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£14.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
139 minutes
Year
2012

Sponsor

Name

Arts Council of England Interdisciplinary Arts Department

Distributor

Name

Concord Media

Email
sales@concordmedia.org.uk
Web
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Phone
01473 726 012
Address
Rosehill Centre
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Ipswich
IP3 9BG
Notes
A long-established, not-for-profit organisation with a large collection DVDs, specialising in the sectors of general and mental health, child care, race relations, war and peace, addictions, the third world, ecology, civil rights, personal relationships, educational issues, and social work training. Concord also handles titles made for the Graves Medical Audio-visual Library. Sale on DVD. Formerly known as Concord Video and Film Council. In 2014 Concord began to offer selected films as Video on Demand, via Vimeo.
Name

Pinnacle Entertainment

Web
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Phone
0208 309 3600
Address
Heather Court
6 Maidstone Road
Sidcup
Kent
DA14 5HH
 

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