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Badischer Kunstverein

Badischer Kunstverein

Non-profit organization
Screening: Two Generators Rodney Graham studio 3 06.06. 9.15 pm
  Thursday, 6 June, 9.15 pm
Film screening
Rodney Graham: Two Generators
Canada 1984, 35mm, 4 mins
Duration of screening: ca. 60 mins

"Two Generators" is Rodney Graham's first film work. Shot at night, in black and white, the film shows a section of a small river near Vancouver, illuminated with industrial lights powered by two diesel generators. As the sound of the roaring generators fights with that of the rushing river, the viewer sees the lit portion of the waterway, and distant mountains. The length of the film - four and a half minutes - was determined by the duration of a standard roll of 35mm film stock.

Graham settled on a format for presenting this work that mirrored the formal conventions of the traditional film house: A projectionist would dim the 'theatre' lights, open theatre-style curtains, and project the brief film until it ran out and light from the projector filled the screen. The curtains would then be closed, the 'house lights' brought back up, the film rewound, and the procedure repeated.
In its current version, the curtains have been eliminated, creating a formal allusion to the disappearance of this convention in today's multiplex theatres.
Graham's "Two Generators" is a condensation, an homage, and a rumination on the basic devices that created modern cinema.

In cooperation with Kinemathek Karlsruhe.
Location: Studio 3, Kaiserpassage 6, 76133 Karlsruhe

Free admission!

Rodney Graham, b.1949, Abbotsford, CA; lives and works in Vancouver, CA. Often associated with the "Vancouver School of Photography", Graham has earned international acclaim for his rigorous use of film, literature, music and philosophy within his work. In 1997, he represented Canada at the 47th Venice Biennale.

Thursday, 6 June, 7pm
Guided tour through the exhibition
with Roos Gortzak

In the context of the exhibition:

Conceptual Art in Canada:
The 1960s and 70s

Part I: 19.04.-23.06.2013
Part II: 28.06.-08.09.2013

For more information on the accompanying program, please visit:

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
With the kind support of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Embassy of Canada, Berlin.

Badischer Kunstverein
Waldstr. 3
76133 Karlsruhe

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Opening hours:
Tu, We, Th, Fr 11:00-19:00
Sa, Su 11:00-17:00

Rodney Graham, Two Generators (Filmstill), 1984

Screening: Two Generators Rodney Graham studio 3 06.06. 21:15 Uhr/9.15 pm
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