Tony Conrad. Completely in the Present
A black and white portrait of Tony Conrad
A documentary film by Tyler Hubby
Wed, 12.07.2017, 8 pm CEST

For 22 years, Tony Conrad has been accompanied by filmmakers Tyler Hubby and Paul Williams. The result is an artistic documentary, examining the pioneering life and works of filmmaker, musician, artist and educator, Tony Conrad. 
Producer Paul Williams will say a few words about the film. 

Sometimes referred to as the Bill Murray of the Avant Garde, Tony Conrad is one the great American artists of our time, yet to the world at large he remains virtually unknown. Since the early 1960s, Conrad’s films and musical compositions have been the stuff of legend.

Conrad was an early member of the »Velvet Underground« and toured with »Sonic Youth« in the ’90s. He collaborated with contemporary artists such as Tony Oursler and Mike Kelley and has spent decades re-wiring generations of young minds as a professor and media personality in Buffalo, New York.

His vast conceptual multimedia repertoire has challenged the very foundations of art, film and music and questioned entire belief systems.

This definitive film will place Tony Conrad’s fifty years of influence at the forefront and explore his profound impact on generations of artists. Combining intimate footage of Tony and his collaborators shot over the last twenty years, his own archive of recordings and films, and interviews with fans and colleagues, the film will reveal not only a playful approach to life and art making but one that is motivated by a deep sense of powerful, political radicalism.

Organization / Institution
ZKM | Karlsruhe