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They Always Say That Time Changes Things, But You Actually Have To Change Them Yourself

  • Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA USA (map)

This series of short films, titled after a statement by Andy Warhol, studies how time has been interpreted by experimental artists from 1963 to the present. Taking the conceptual films of Warhol as a point of departure, the underlying theme is the fundamental way in which the camera documents and manipulates real time.

Warhol utilizes both of these cinematic devices in "Kiss", when time appears to freeze. Jorgen Leth integrates documentation into his practice and further moves in a new direction by placing his subjects in a virtual void where the camera dictates experience. The ensuing trajectory of contemporary artists engage the many ways that the camera communicates passage of time, whether through simply recording an event or creating a hyper-real world with new technologies.


Andy Warhol, “Kiss”, 1963
Bas Jan Ader, "Broken Fall (Organic)", 1971
Jørgen Leth, "The Perfect Human", 1967
Christian Marclay, "Telephones", 1995
Joe Diebes, "Scherzo", 2008
Annika Larsson, "Hockey", 2004
Reynold Reynolds, "Secret Life", 2008
Carlo Zanni, "My Temporary Visiting Position From The Sunset Terrace Bar", 2007

Additional Information: Hammer Museum

Produced by Aktionsart, in partnership with the Hammer Museum. 
Curated by Julia Fryett and Michele Thursz.

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