Talk/Show - Free Radical (Seminar)
|When:||Wednesday, 11 July 2012|
|Where:||The Film Archive, Wellington|
|Running time:||75 - 90 minutes|
Talk/Show - Free Radical: Len Lye’s legacy in Aotearoa/New Zealand
Presented by Sarah Davy Director, Collect (Acquisitions and Research)
The legacy of New Zealand born ‘maverick modernist’ Len Lye (1901-1980) still has an appealing freshness. There is something for everyone in his diverse output of films, kinetic sculptures, artworks, poetry and prose. Children adore his bright and exuberant ‘dancing line films’, spontaneously jumping up to dance at screenings. His complex artistic and philosophical concerns challenge curators and academics, while his iconic kinetic sculptures ‘Wind Wand’ and ‘Water Whirler’ enliven cityscapes and promote cultural tourism. In a free-ranging discussion we will examine the resonance of Len’s work in Aotearoa/New Zealand, showing several films including Experimental Animation (1934), Rainbow Dance (1936), Trade Tattoo (1937) and Musical Poster #1 (1940).
Free Radical: Len Lye's legacy in Aotearoa/New Zealand is the final installment in this year's Talk/Show programme