Documentaries on 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering
(1995-). — 71 videocassettes.
Scope and content:
This series brings together materials associated with a number of documentary films being produced by Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.). Swedish filmmaker Barbro Schultz Lundestam has been making these documentaries since 1996 using factual footage of 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering
mainly filmed by Alfons Schilling in 1966.
Ten films have been planned, and three of these have been completed: Öyvind Fahlström: Kisses Sweeter than Wine
in 1996, Robert Rauschenberg: Open Score
in 1997, and John Cage: Variations VII
in 2006. While these documentaries have been screened at many international festivals, they are not planned for commercial or theatrical distribution. In addition to the master tapes of the films (on video), the series includes preliminary sound/image edits as well as other materials from the production and postproduction phases. These primarily consist of raw video recordings of the interviews conducted to date with 9 Evenings
participants: Per Biorn (engineer), Larry Helios (engineer), Harold Hodges (engineer), Billy Klüver (engineer) Jim McGee (engineer), John Giorno (artist), Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella (artist) and David White (artist). While varying in length (20 minutes to four hours), these interviews provide important information on the origins of the event, its reception and the interdisciplinary collaborations it produced.
Title proper.— Documents in English. — Original documents. — Certain restrictions with respect to consultation apply. — More instalments are expected.
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