Movie marathons: Kaldor public art projects
In association with Making art public
Delve into the life and practice of a different Kaldor Public Art Project artist every second Sunday of the month throughout the exhibition. From documentaries to feature films, both about and by the artists, this selection of inspiring and rarely-seen works offers insight into some of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists.
In November, we look at performance artist Marina Abramović. The program features documentaries about the artist and her practice, as well as rarely-shown footage of Abramović and Ulay’s 1981 visit to Australia, and their interaction with UNSW College of Fine Arts students at an intensive bush retreat workshop. The selection of films showcases Abramović’s dedication to exploring the human condition and the role of art as a transformative experience.
2nd Sunday of the month
8 September 2019 - 9 February 2020
How to get your ticket
Tickets can be booked in advance online via Qtix one month prior to each screening. First ticket release Thursday 8 August 10am.
Limited tickets may be available outside the Centenary Auditorium from 1 hour before each screening. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
See: Film ticket FAQs
Films start at the advertised time. Doors open 30 minutes before. Latecomers not admitted.
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Related exhibition: Making art public
Movie marathon: Christo and Jeanne-Claude Session 1
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Dir: Michael Blackwood 1995/2005 (remastered 2019)
58 mins 16mm-to-digital Colour Unclassified 15+
Christo and Jeanne-Claude met in Paris in 1958 and began an extraordinary adventure in art and life. In this portrait, the indefatigable duo reflect on their collaborative projects and persistence in the face of obstacles, as they work towards Wrapped Reichstag, a landmark event in the history of both art and politics.
© Michael Blackwood Productions
Christo’s valley curtain
Dirs: Albert and David Maysles, Ellen Hovde (1974)
28 mins 16mm-to-digital Colour
This film was the first collaboration between the Maysles brothers and Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Christo’s valley curtain celebrates the dramatic hanging of a huge orange curtain between two Colorado mountains and the powerful effect it has on the local community.
Movie marathon: Christo and Jeanne-Claude Session 2
Dirs: Albert and David Maysles, Antonio Ferrara (2007)
87 mins Digital Colour
Albert and David Maysles began filming The gates in 1979 and concluded in 2005. The film chronicles the installation of The gates – from the project’s conception and planning, via numerous bureaucratic obstacles, to the final realisation of the landmark project in Central Park. The gates is a testament to Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s passion and dedication to realising their work.
Movie marathon: Jeff Koons Session 1
Jeff Koons: Diary of a seducer
Dir: Jill Nicols 2015 (UK)
65 mins Digital Colour Unclassified 15+
As the Jeff Koons retrospective travels from the Whitney Museum in New York to the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Jeff Koons: Diary of a seducer follows the controversial artist, uncovering his private life and the way in which he has blurred boundaries between art and consumerism.
The Jeff Koons show!
Dir: Alison Chernick (2004)
48 mins Digital Colour Rated M
The film offers a portrait of Jeff Koons, told through the perspective of Koons himself, along with curators and fellow artists. The Jeff Koons show! attempts to discover both the man and the artist behind the sensationalist headlines.
Movie marathon: Jeff Koons Session 2
Jeff Koons: Beyond heaven
Dir: Bobby Sheehan 2009 (US)
42 mins Digital Colour Unclassified 15+
Jeff Koons: Beyond heaven is as colourful as the artist it studies. The documentary takes an in-depth look at Koons and his work, featuring interviews with the artist as well as advocates and critics of his kitsch practice. This is woven together with footage of Koons’ post-pop sculptures, photos, and paintings including The banality series, Michael Jackson and Bubbles, Three ball 50/50 tank and Rabbit.
Dir: N/A 1995 (AU)
26 mins Digital Colour Unclassified 15+
This footage of Koons’ Puppy was created in 1995 and offers a candid glimpse into the process of developing the 10th Kaldor Public Art Project. The documentation is a testament to the collaboration between the artist, local workers, and the Kaldor Public Art Projects team as they work to create the iconic work.
Movie marathon: Marina Abramović Session 1
The space in between: Marina Abramović in Brazil
Dir: Marco del Fiol 2016 (Brazil)
88 mins Digital Colour
Director Marco del Fiol’s film follows Abramović on a journey through Brazil in pursuit of what she calls 'people and places of power.’ Combining road movie and spiritual thriller, the documentary tracks the artist’s investigations into sacred rituals and local communities. This physical journey leads to personal discovery, as Abramović reflects upon her memories and pain.
Movie marathon: Marina Abramović Session 2
Beyond the tick gate
Dir: Ian Howard 1981 (Australia)
24 mins Super 8-to-digital Colour
Beyond the tick Gate is a unique documentation project by Professor Ian Howard; artist and previous Dean at UNSW Art & Design (1998 – 2013). Digitised from Super 8 film and Porto-Pak video, the 24-minute film features Abramović and Ulay’s visit to Australia during the winter of 1981, and their interaction with UNSW College of Fine Arts students at an intensive bush retreat workshop. Ten students, first year to post-grad, were chosen to participate in the workshop, which took place 700 kilometres north of Sydney in the tiny town of Whiporie. Anticipating that this workshop would be significant, Ian and his partner Lucienne recorded the proceedings, resulting in hundreds of feet of Super 8 film, video and audio tape documentation. The screening of the rarely-seen work is exclusive to Kaldor Public Art Projects’ Making art public movie marathon series.
Bob Wilson’s life & death of Marina Abramović
Dir: Giada Colagrande 2012 (Italy)
57 mins Digital Colour
Bob Wilson’s life & death of Marina Abramović follows the coming together of director Robert Wilson, performance artist Marina Abramović, singer and composer Antony Hegarty and performer Willem Dafoe, to create an experimental ‘quasi opera’ based on Abramović's biography. Through rehearsal footage and interviews with the artists, we gain insight into their unique collaboration and the excitement and challenges of making an experimental theatre work.
Movie marathon: Bill Viola Session 1
Bill Viola: The road to St Paul’s
Dir: Gerald Fox 2017 (Italy)
101 mins Digital Colour
Shot over 12 years, Bill Viola: The road to St Paul’s documents Viola and his wife and close collaborator Kira Perov’s odyssey to create two permanent video installations for London’s St Paul’s Cathedral. The work, Martyrs and Mary, was the first art commission of its kind to be installed in Britain’s most famous religious space.
Movie marathon: Bill Viola Session 2
Dir: Bill Viola 1991 (US)
55 mins Digital Colour
The passing combines sleep, dreams and the drama of waking life into a stunning masterpiece. Viola represents his mortality in such forms as a glistening newborn baby, his deceased mother, and the artist himself, submerged under water. Starkly rendered in black and white, The passing explores the idea of a permeable conduit between the real and surreal.
Hatsu-Yume (First dream)
Dir: Bill Viola 1981 (US)
58 mins Digital Colour
Hatsu-Yume (First dream) was produced by Viola while he was an artist-in-residence at the Sony Corporation in Japan. Unfolding as a dreamlike trance, Hatsu-Yume is a startlingly beautiful, metaphorical work. Viola fuses a personal observation of Japanese culture with a metaphysical contemplation of life, death and nature, achieved through a symbolic exploration of video’s relation to light and reflection.