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April: Video Space

Harry Smith, from Early abstractions, 1941-57, film still

Harry Smith, from Early abstractions, 1941-57, film still

Harry Smith, from Early abstractions, 1941-57, film still

Admission free / During normal opening hours


Until 18 April, we’re screening an international programme of films by a selection of rare and iconic artists, including Harry Smith, known for his extravagant abstract animations, Wolf Vostell and founding member of Fluxus, George Mancunias.



Harry Smith

Earlier Abstractions (1941-47)


"For thirty years Harry Smith worked on these movies, secretly, like an alchemist, and he worked out his own formulas and mixtures to produce these fantastic images." Jonas Mekas


Early Abstractions is a collection of seven short animated films created by Harry Everett Smith between 1939 and 1956. Each film is between two and six minutes long, and is named according to the chronological order in which it was made. Smith was known for producing extravagant abstract animations, often creating effects by painting or manipulating the celluloid by hand. Themes of mysticism, surrealism and dada were common elements in his work.



Wolf Vostell

Sun in Your Head (1963)


In 1958 Wolf Vostell introduced a then-new medium to art, combining, in Transmigration, a slashed canvas with a flickering TV screen. Sun in Uour Head, 1963, Vostell's early film montage, made media history. Using moving television images, Vostell demonstrated the medium's potential as an aesthetic language long before video tape became accessible.



George Maciunas

End after 9 (1966)

1000 Frames (1966)


George Maciunas was a Lithuanian-American artist, known as a founding member of the Fluxus community of artists, architects, writers, musicians, and designers. His main goals were simplicity and fun.

What is Video Space?

A changing monthly programme of films in our first floor Video Space.


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