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Title

Bondi

1979

Artist

Paul Winkler

Germany, Australia

22 Jun 1939 –

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  • Details

    Date
    1979
    Media category
    Time-based art
    Materials used
    16mm film shown as single-channel digital video, colour, sound
    Dimensions
    duration: 00:14:00
    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by the Patrick White Bequest 2022
    Location
    Domain Theatre foyer
    Accession number
    90.2022
    Copyright
    © Paul Winkler
    Artist information
    Paul Winkler

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  • About

    Paul Winkler emigrated from Germany to Australia in 1959. Upon arriving in Sydney, Winkler – a bricklayer by trade – attended screenings at the Workers’ Educational Association and devoured books on filmmaking at the Mitchell Library. This self-education inspired an internationally-acclaimed experimental film practice which privileged form, rhythm and materiality over conventional narrative.

    From the 1960s onward, Winkler was a leading light for artists’ moving image in Sydney (and Australia) and toured his work extensively across America and Europe. His practice is a unique example of formally innovative, local filmmaking by a working-class artist operating outside the purview of the ‘art world’ proper.

    Bondi (1979) employs in-camera matting to divide images of the beach, water, sky and sand into alternating horizontal bands. Seen today, the work appears like a premonition of climate apocalypse, with waves lapping at Bondi’s shopfronts. Like Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bondi offers a striking vision of the ‘Sydney tourist postcard’ exploded.

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