PUNK. Its Traces in Contemporary Art

The persistence of rage and unease in contemporary
artistic production.

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art, punk, situacionisme, activisme, música, dadaisme, no wave, rock, fanzines, music, activism, dadaism, situacionism

"[...] Because beyond the question of feeling ripped off, mixed in with the poor sound, Sid’s blood and the euphoria of some in contrast to the disappointment of others, all elements that would come to conform the imagery and attitude of Punk, Greil Marcus fixes on how Johnny Rotten grinds his teeth as he rolls his r’s singing “Anarchy in the UK”. This is the anchor point, the place where he detects there is a secret sound running through the twentieth century, that this grinding of teeth contains an anger and malaise that stems from much further back. It is an intuition. Something akin to realizing that the Dadaist howls of Kurt Schwitters reciting the UrSonate on February 14, 1925 in the house of Irmgard Kiepenheuer in Potsdam, like those of Hugo Ball reciting “Karawane” dressed up in bits of cardboard that forms claw-like hands and a pointed hat, in the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich in 1916, like the sounds of "Hurlements en faveur de Sade", by Guy Debord, the Situationist,

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    By the late 1950s, Guy Debord made a radical avant garde film called 'Hurlement en Faveur de Sade' in which a series of black screens, along with some commentary, announced the end of visual naivety. Debordís movie was a form of visual suicide, a radical critique of the image perceived as being not only totally uncritical, but also always subservient to ideological manipulation. That is why Debord used the humorous phrase: Le cinema est mort, passons directement a la discussion. The word followed by action was supposed to replace the image followed by inaction or contemplation.

  • The Provo Group In a series of actions and public interventions in Amsterdam and other Dutch cities between 1965 and 1967, the anarchist counterculture movement Provo unleashed multiple attacks on the social structures of the state, mixing absurd humour and cynicism with an attempt to awaken a ...

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    The Provo movement – which borrowed its name from the term used by Dutch sociologist Wouter Buikhuisen to talk about “young hooligans” – was founded by Robert Jasper Grootveld and Roel van Duyn in May 1965.

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    Andy Warhol was born in 1928 in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania). In 1945 he enrolled at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he studied drawing and painting. After graduating in 1949, he moved to New York, where he soon achieved success as an advertising illustrator. In 1963 he decided to locate his residence and studio on East 47th Street. The place, which was known as The Factory, soon became a haunt of artists, musicians, famous people and members of the New York avantgarde. In the sixties, from his need to overstep the conventional boundaries of art, Warhol began to experiment with other artistic disciplines. First came the cinema; he turned The Factory into a film studio where he was to shoot more than 500 films, most of them lacking a structure or a script. Then came music; he became manager of the band The Velvet Underground and organised multimedia happenings called The Exploding Plastic Inevitable, which combined performances, dance and music.

  • Felix Kubin brings us back the vitality of the Neue Deutsche Welle through lost tracks published on tape between 1981 and 1993. Ràdio web MACBA Check out more information about the audio. This program is a Ràdio web MACBA production.

  • ZickZack label founder Alfred Hilsberg and author Frank Apunkt Schneider talk about the cultural, social and political conditions in Germany at the end of the seventies that gave rise to a radical new type of music, which Schneider describes as 'the undirected aggression of the freed noises'. Ràdio ...

  • Ann Lee, an illiterate factory worker in mid-eighteenth century Manchester, England, founded the Shaker religion. She saw an answer to the troubles of the working class. Heterosexual marriage produced a multitude of starving children whose cheap labor was exploited by factory owners. The Bible ...

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    Rock My Religion has become a prime reference when speaking of the relationship between art and rock music, in particular in the case of punk. This video documentary examines the punk scene in New York. Graham rejects the uncritical treatment of rock music, assuming a more distant position in order to produce a sociological and anthropological analysis: punk as a new religion.
    Excerpt from the catalogue "PUNK. Sus rastros en el arte contemporáneo"

  • Mike Kelley was born in 1954 in the city of Wayne, near Detroit (Michigan). He studied at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (1972-76) and, later, at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia (California), where he attended classes given by Douglas Huebler and John Baldessari, among ...

  • A cult figure in the Californian underground circles of the seventies known for his pungent critique of American capitalism, Raymond Pettibon began making a series of home videos in the eighties. They were made with friends and featured artists and musicians who had supported him from the beginning ...

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  • Film: 45 min, color, sound Based on Videotapes by Vito Acconci: Claim Excerpts (1971), Contacts (1971), Focal Points (1971), Pryings (1971), Theme Song (1973) Featuring: Nancy Paradis, Andre Paradis, Roosevelt Flenourg, Heather Kennedy Directors: Paul McCarthy, Mike Kelley Producers: Steve Cioffi, ...

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  • A monographic on the work and historical context of Vagina Dentata Organ, featuring interviews with Marc Valls, Pau Riba, Paco Alvarado, Xavier Cot, Eliseu Huertas i Cos and Marc Viaplana. Ràdio web MACBA Check out more information about the audio. This program is a Ràdio web MACBA production.

  • Antoni Hervás talks about “expanded fanzines”, hold-ups, about his grandmother, mermaid theme parks, Hercules, photocopies, and about approaching play as a system of resistance. Ràdio web MACBA Check out more information about the audio. This program is a Ràdio web MACBA production.

  • Jordi Colomer studied Art at EINA, Art History at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and Architecture at the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona, all in the context of the progressive Barcelona of the eighties. After a brief foray into abstract painting he soon began to ...

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