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Alfons Schilling

1934, Basel (Switzerland); lives in Vienna (Austria)

Alfons Schilling shooting Alex Hay's performance Grass Field, 1996.
Photo by Peter Moore © Barbara Moore/Licensed by VAGA, NY.
Alfons Schilling was born in Basel, Switzerland, in 1934. From 1956 to 1959, he studied at the Akademie für angewandte Kunst (Vienna, Austria). While there, he worked closely with members of the Viennese Actionism movement (primarily Günter Brus). In 1962, Schilling moved to New York, where he lived until 1986. While his work of the 1960s was first and foremost an exploration of optical phenomena through installations, photography and painting, he also made a number of films between 1965 and 1977 (1). Since 1990, he has been a visiting professor at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna.

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Vincent Bonin © 2006 FDL

(1) These films include: 9XL-Es war einmal (35 mm), 1965; 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering (16 mm), 1966; Zeitraum (16 mm), 1977; 64 paintings (16 mm), 1977. Schilling also filmed the performance Snows (1967) by American artist Carolee Schneeman. See: Alfons Schilling: Ich/auge/welt = The Art of Vision (Wien/New York: Springer, 1997).