Optical Poetry: Oskar Fischinger Retrospective

Kreise (Circles) (still) 1933–34 / Director: Oskar Fischinger / © Fischinger Trust, courtesy Center for Visual Music

From the 1920s to the 1950s, avant-garde filmmaker and artist Oskar Fischinger brought together abstract art, cinema and music to create his highly innovative moving-image works. Fischinger participated in Germany’s period of artistic experimentation and interdisciplinary cross-fertilisation following World War One, when artists were developing ideas about light, cinema and abstract art, including German Expressionism’s cinematic explorations of light and shadow, and Bauhaus experimentation with projections of light and colour. This program of new and preserved 35mm prints from the Centre for Visual Music (CVM) in Los Angeles includes Fischinger’s classic visual music films and rarely seen experiments.

The Gallery has recently acquired the HD video installation Raumlichtkunst (Space-Light-Art) c.1926/2012, a reconstruction by the CVM of Fischinger’s multimedia film and music performances. This landmark work will be shown for the first time in Australia at the Gallery, after acclaimed recent exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

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Talk | Oskar Fischinger, Raumlichtkunst and Visua l Music
1.00pm Saturday 30 August, Cinema A, GOMA

Followed by the screening of ‘Optical Poetry: Oskar Fischinger Retrospective’ at 2.00pm.
Join Cindy Keefer — archivist, curator and Director of the Centre for Visual Music — as she presents Fischinger’s work and discusses CVM’s preservation and promotion of his legacy, her new book on Fischinger, and the process of restoring the original nitrate 1920s film materials to reconstruct his historic performances as the HD video installation Raumlichtkunst.

‘Optical Poetry’ is presented in association with the Centre for Visual Music, Los Angeles