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  • The Sun Film by John Cage/Richard Lippold

    The Sun Film by John Cage/Richard Lippold

    Courtesy Center for Visual Music

  • John Cage/Richard Lippold, Still from The Sun Film

    John Cage/Richard Lippold
    Still from The Sun Film

    Courtesy Center for Visual Music

  • Jud Yalkut Still from Turn, Turn, Turn

    Jud Yalkut
    Still from Turn, Turn, Turn

    Courtesy Jud Yalkut and CVM

  • Jordan Belson Still from Quartet, unfinished film

    Jordan Belson
    Still from Quartet, unfinished film

    © Center for Visual Music

  • Oskar Fischinger Ornament Sound

    Oskar Fischinger
    Ornament Sound

    © Center for Visual Music

  • Oskar Fischinger Still from Spirals

    Oskar Fischinger
    Still from Spirals

    © Center for Visual Music

  • Oskar Fischinger Still from Studie nr 5

    Oskar Fischinger
    Still from Studie nr 5

    © Center for Visual Music

From absolute film to psychedelia, a programme of revelatory moments from the history of visual music and kinetic art. This selection explores lost, legendary and rare treasures found in the archives of Center for Visual Music (CVM). Featuring rare works by Jordan Belson, including two unreleased films, the unfinished Quartet and the premiere of the restoration of the infamous LSD, plus a reel from the legendary San Francisco Vortex Concerts (1957–9), and the rarely screened Bopscotch.  Oskar Fischinger’s early films Spirals and Ornament Sound and Charles Dockum’s Mobilcolor Performance, a later color-light projection composition, provide insights into the history of kinetic art and synthetic sound as does the UK premiere of the lost John Cage and Richard Lippold film of The Sun, a kinetic art sculpture. In memory of Jud Yalkut (1938–2013), a new preserved print of Turn, Turn, Turn, ‘a kinetic alchemy of the light and electronic works of Nicolas Schoffer, Julio Le Parc, USCO, and Nam June Paik’ with sound by USCO.

The programme, featuring many new preserved 16mm and 35mm prints, is introduced by archivist/curator Cindy Keefer of CVM.

Spirals, Oskar Fischinger, Germany,  c.1926, 35mm, black and white, silent, 3 min

Studie nr 5, Oskar Fischinger, Germany, 1930, 35mm, black and white, sound, 3 min

Ornament Sound, Oskar Fischinger, Germany, c.1932, 35mm, black and white, sound, 2 min

Bopscotch, Jordan Belson, USA, 1952, 16mm, colour, sound, 4 min

Vortex 5 presentation reel, Jordan Belson, USA, 1959, 16mm, black and white, silent, 7 min

LSD, Jordan Belson, USA, c.1962, 16mm, colour, sound, c.5 min

Turn, Turn, Turn, Jud Yalkut, USA, 1966, 16mm, colour, sound, 10 min

The Sun Film, John Cage & Richard Lippold, USA, 1956, 16mm, colour, silent, c.6 min

The Sun, Variations within a Sphere No. 10 [documentation], John Cage & Richard Lippold, USA, 1956, 16mm, colour, silent, c.7 min

Mobilcolor Performance film, Charles Dockum, USA, 1970, 16mm, colour, silent, 11 min

Quartet (unfinished), Jordan Belson, USA, c.1983, 16mm film transferred to HD, colour, silent, 10 min

Programme duration 70 min

Tate Film is supported by Maja Hoffmann / LUMA Foundation