A First Quarter

Lawrence Weiner

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Lawrence Weiner, A First Quarter (still), 1973.

An Other Cinema: Apparatus and Histories A First Quarter
Lawrence Weiner

85 Minutes
Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York

September 6–20, 2021

“Using the structure of a feature film as its basic format, A First Quarter adopts the principles of Nouvelle Vague cinema as its role model. Simultaneous realities, altered flashbacks, plays on time and space are all components of the form and content of the film. Because it was originally shot in video and then kinescoped to 16mm film, A First Quarter has acquired a poetic, soft look. The dialogue consists entirely of the work as it is spoken and read, built, enacted, written and painted by the players. As the scenarios build, they appear as tropes, one after another.” (Alice Weiner)

A First Quarter is presented as part of the program An Other Cinema: Apparatus and Histories, curated by Lukas Brasiskis and designed to precede the online symposium The State of the Moving Image (September 17–19).

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Film, Contemporary Art
Video Art, Montage, Time
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Lawrence Weiner, a key figure in Conceptual Art, has long pursued inquiries into language and the art-making process. From his pioneering installation works of the 1960s and ’70s through his new digital projects, Weiner posits a radical redefinition of the artist/viewer relationship and the very nature of the artwork. Translating his investigations into linguistic structures and visual systems across varied formats and manifestations, Weiner has also produced books, films, videos, performances, and audio works.

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