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Klaus Lutz

30 Sep — 30 Dec 2016

A selection of Klaus Lutz films - rarely seen in the lifetime of the artist - is presented as part of Incorporated !, 2016 edition of Les Ateliers de Rennes - Biennale d’Art Contemporain and at à Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain Brest. The screening of Klaus Lutz' film Arabia takes part in a series of exhibitions providing a revaluation of forgotten or little known historical practices. Along with Bruno Pélassy's  or Luis Ernesto Arocha's works, Klaus Lutz's approach brings an offbeat and historical perspective on emerging practices shown at the art center.

The oeuvre of Swiss artist and filmmaker Klaus Lutz adds up to a densely interlaced universe all of its own. Based on the premise that written language would soon be replaced by entirely visual communication, Lutz created an intricate sign system that he deployed across a whole range of media (16mm film, film still, drawing, performance, etching). Initially, his preferred media were small-format dry-point etchings and copperplate engravings of narrative image sequences, some of them based on the writings of Robert Walser, whose work was of crucial importance to Lutz. Later, Lutz turned to experimental filmmaking and film performances. By means of multiple exposures, various types of lenses, and self-constructed apparatuses, he created films that combined and over-layered animation, performance, drawings and scenes shot on the streets of New York, where he had been living since 1993. Lutz shot the films all by himself in his one-bedroom East Village apartment. Reminiscent of early silent movies by Georges Méliès or Charlie Chaplin, the films relate the adventures of one man, Lutz himself, in a quixotic universe between dream and... [lire plus]

In part of Incorporated! - Les Ateliers de Rennes, biennale d'art contemporain, 5e édition

With the support of Pro Helvetia