Close Up

7 March 2020: Tribute to Tony Conrad


Close-Up and LUX are proud to present a special screening in memory of the late-great Tony Conrad on what would have been his 80th Birthday, with a rare screening of three of his 16mm films – including his classic stroboscopic film The Flicker – alongside Jack Smith’s Scotch Tape.

Introduced by William Fowler

Scotch Tape, Jack Smith, 1959-1962, 3 min, 16mm
The Flicker, Tony Conrad, 1966, 30 min, 16mm
Straight and Narrow, Beverly Conrad & Tony Conrad, 1970, 10 min, 16mm
Film Feedback, Tony Conrad, 1974, 14 min, 16mm

"Tony Conrad (1940-2016) was an American avant-garde video artist, experimental filmmaker, musician, composer, sound artist, teacher, and writer. In 1966 he made his first film The Flicker which is regarded as a landmark in structural film making. The film consists of alternating positive and negative film stock, producing a black and white flicker effect when projected. He approached the film by considering the relationship between the subjective psychological conditions of the flicker, and its relation to narrative and storytelling. He says, "I had felt that my own experience with flicker was a transporting experience in the way that movies affect the imagination at their best by sweeping one away from reality into a completely different psychic environment." – Tate

Please note: due to the flashing lights in a number of these films, they may not be suitable for people with epilepsy or other light sensitivity conditions.

Presented in partnership with LUX