'+ Post-Screening Discussion
Thu 01 Jan 1970
Dir. Tim Marrinan & Richard Dewey. USA, UK, Belgium, Sweden, 88 mins, 2016.
A probing portrait of Chris Burden, an artist who pushed the limits of creative expression and risked his life in the name of art.
For more than 45 years, Chris Burden’s work has consistently challenged ideas about the limits and nature of modern art. Dubbed ‘the Evel Knievel of the art world’, his pioneering and often dangerous performance works of the 1970s saw him being 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, 197377).
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. His work has influenced a generation of artists but the 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 will explore the life and work of this seminal artist.
‘Excellent. An eye-opener. Almost certain to trigger a hunger for more.’
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
‘A fitting appreciation. Complex, mysterious, but ultimately quite winning.’