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Kumu Documentary. Burden

Kumu Documentary. Burden

Time: 17.05.17  18:00–19:30
Location: Kumu auditorium
Price: Free of charge

Dir Tim Marrinan, Richard Dewey, USA 2016, 86 min
In English

For more than 45 years, Chris Burden’s work has consistently challenged ideas about the limits and nature of modern art. His pioneering and often dangerous performance works of the 1970s earned Burden a place in art history books while still in his early 20s. He had himself shot (Shoot, 1971), locked up (Five Day Locker Piece, 1971), electrocuted (Doorway to Heaven, 1973), cut (Through the Night Softly, 1973), crucified (Trans-fixed, 1974), and advertised on television (4 TV Ads, 1973–77). But as the 70s progressed Burden became disillusioned with the expectations and misconceptions based on his early works and, as the pressure grew, the line between his life and his art blurred.
Burden quit performance art in the late 70s and had to artistically reinvent himself, going on to create a multitude of assemblages, installations, kinetic and static sculptures, and scientific models. His work has influenced a generation of artists and has been exhibited around the world, but the provocative nature of his art coupled with his sense of privacy mean that most people know the myth rather than the man. Now, having followed Burden creating new works in his studio and with access to his personal archive of images, video and audio recordings, BURDEN is the first feature documentary to fully explore the life and work of this seminal artist.