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“1960s Viennese Actionism and Austrian Avant-Garde Practices.” A lecture by Robert Dassanowsky

14 April 2019


A leading expert in Austrian and Central European film studies, Robert Dassanowsky will speak about Austrian avant-garde film makers whose work was influenced by 1960s Viennese Actionism.

Disappointed in classic art forms by the 1960s, a group of Vienna based artists were looking for new mediums, leading to the emergence of a new provocative movement, Viennese Actionism. The shocking performances of the Viennese actionists impacted a lot of people, and instigated the development of video art among other things. Their influence is also evident in the works of Austrian film makers, contemporaries (and participants) of the Vienna Institute of Direct Art, as well as in the films directed by contemporary authors, such as Peter Cherkassky, whose visual manner and approach to subject matter inherit the scent of the ideas which first appeared in Vienna during the 1960s.

The lecture is part of Moscow’s New Austrian Cinema Festival.


Robert Dassanowsky (b. 1960) is producer, film and cultural historian, and writer. An expert in the history of Austrian and Central European cinema, he is director of Film Studies at the University of Colorado (USA), and produces motion and documentary pictures. In 2005 Dassanowsky published his fundamental work Austrian Cinema: A History—the first monograph in English dedicated to the history of Austrian cinema. Other publications include New Austrian Film (2011)—a compilation of essays co-authored with Oliver Speck. Dassanowsky is editor of books about the practice of the Austrian poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Quentin Tarantino’s movie Inglorious Bastards, as well as of the compilation World Film Locations: Vienna (2012).



Free admission with advance registration.

The lecture will be in English with simultaneous translation to Russian.


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