Documentary of Beuys Work in London

by McMullen, Ken

Film: 16mm 1972


Continuing the work done in Dusseldorf, the Arts Council gave a grant to document the political Beuys' happenings in the Tate and Whitechapel Galleries. The film presents the dilemma that occurred as to whether the event was primarily one of political ideology or an aesthetic happening. Unlike films made in the documentary tradition, the film attempts to register the events as they actually happened - i.e. when speech was unintelligible it was recorded as it was heard, when the event moved to a pitch of hysteria the film makes no attempt to explain.

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