Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)

Allan Kaprow

06 Mar - 27 Apr 2012

Allan Kaprow, Time Pieces, 1973/2012
Allan Kaprow
March 6 – April 27, 2012

Curator: Kathrin Becker

Allan Kaprow (1927-2006) as an artist and art theorist worked on the development of improvised forms of performance art, and in 1958 coined the term “Happening”. He has realized over 250 happenings, including Time Pieces for the n.b.k. project ADA—Actions of the Avant-garde I (1973). The video Time Pieces is a co-production with the Video-Forum of the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. The work shows the participants as they are recording sounds of their pulses and breathing, listening to them, and exchanging them with partners over the telephone and face-to-face. The unique Berlin tape of the premiere of Time Pieces was digitally remastered in 2011, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Video-Forum and for the first time, is now on view in the n.b.k. Showroom in this new version. This presentation exemplifies, that the Video-Forum, apart from its activity of collecting, co-producing and mediating, is also entrusted with the digital restoration and archiving of video art.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 7 pm
Video / Art / Cinema

Lecture by Helmut Draxler (art theorist, author and critic, Berlin), afterwards talk with Dieter Daniels (Professor of Art History and Media Theory, HGB Leipzig) and Hito Steyerl (artist, Professor of experimental film and photography, UdK Berlin)

On the occasion of the book presentation Time Pieces. Video art since 1963, catalogue of n.b.k. Video-Forum 1971-2011, published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, 2012

Tags: Kathrin Becker, Allan Kaprow, Hito Steyerl