Show and Tell #9
Film screening: Tony Conrad, The Flicker, 1966
Jack Smith, Flaming Creatures, 1963
Introduction by Marc Siegel: Flickering, Flaming
March 6, 2020

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Jack Smith, Flaming Creatures, 1962-63, Film Still, Copyright Jack Smith Archive, Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels

Friday, March 6, 2020, 6 – 8 pm
Show and Tell #9
Film screenings:
Tony Conrad, The Flicker, 1966
16 mm, b/w, 30 min
Jack Smith, Flaming Creatures, 1963
16 mm, 45 min

Flickering, Flaming—an introduction by Marc Siegel, Professor for Film Studies at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
(in English)

With the double presentation of The Flicker and Flaming Creatures, the Kölnischer Kunstverein is showing two films in the framework of the current exhibition, both of which were made as collaborations between Tony Conrad and Jack Smith in the early 1960s in New York and caused scandals. Under the title Flickering, Flaming, film theorist Marc Siegel will outline the unexpected production of the flicker film from Tony Conrad’s experience with Jack Smith.

In 1962, Conrad graduated from Harvard University and moved to New York City, where he associated primarily with experimental musicians and underground filmmakers. He even became roommates with the notorious filmmaker Jack Smith, who prompted Conrad to apply his musical experiments to making movie soundtracks. Conrad’s own career as a filmmaker began on March 5, 1963, when he, Smith, and Mario Montez, Smith’s muse, became entranced by the flickering light of an old projector. Conrad had learned in college about the effects of this phenomenon on brain waves, and so he attempted to make a mind-altering film of nothing more than black and white frames, based on “harmonies” between the frequencies of the flickering light—a procedure similar to his work with sound frequencies. Praised by critics for its structural qualities, audience reactions at the premiere of The Flicker at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on September 15, 1966, ranged from nausea to hallucinations.

Tony Conrad produced the soundtrack for Jack Smith’s legendary film Flaming Creatures. Smith’s films are characterized by an unusual low-budget aesthetic and innovations that immediately attracted the praise of the critics. But the open approach to sexuality led to censorship: in 1964 the film triggered one of the biggest scandals in film history and was banned. Soon after, Smith began to use the medium of film not as an independent work, but as a component of performances. Flaming Creatures, probably his most famous film, celebrates a tumultuous harem party with boundless erotic excesses in glamorous black-and-white images.

Marc Siegel is Professor of Film Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. His book A Gossip of Images is forthcoming from Duke University Press. In 2014, he edited a special issue of the journal Criticism dedicated to Jack Smith. He is a founding member of the Berlin-based art collective CHEAP. In 2009 he co-curated a massive festival at the Arsenal-Institut für Videokunst and HAU in Berlin, called LIVE FILM! JACK SMITH! Five Flaming Days in a Rented World, which had a spinoff version in Frankfurt/Main at Mousonturm and the MMK Museum of Modern Art in 2012. In this context, he worked with Tony Conrad.


Show and Tell #8
Arjan Stockhausen: Ja (Null Piece), 2020
February 18, 2020


Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 6 – 10 pm
Arjan Stockhausen, Ja (Null Piece), 2020
4-channel audio file, 240 min

NO! This sound piece is no sound piece. To listen to this sound piece, do not listen to it. Do not lie down on the floor to listen. Do not lie down on the floor, not to listen. Listen to the silence during the sound, do not listen to the sound during the silence. Do not think of an object while listening, the sound is the object. To lie down on this piece, become this piece, at least. YES!

The program is part of the exhibition TONY CONRAD at the Kölnischer Kunstverein.

The events in the framework of Show and Tell are sponsored by:


With the kind support of:


As a guest:
reiheM – Concert Series for Contemporary Music, Electronics and New Media
December 6, 7 and 13,


As a guest at the Kölnischer Kunstverein:
reiheM – Concert Series for Contemporary Music, Electronics and New Media

Friday, December 6, 2019, 7 – 11 pm and Saturday, December 7, 2019, 11 am – 7 pm
Music from a Frontier Town
Sound and video installation

Friday, December 6, 7.30 – 8 pm
Michaela Melián in conversation with Prof. Anke Ortlepp

Re-education. 1,630 vinyl records from the remainder of the public library of the Munich Amerikahaus (1945–1997) are at the centre of Michaela Melián’s sound and video installation “Music from a Frontier Town”. Visitors are invited to personally select this find from the basement—a selection of jazz, spoken word, classical and new music LPs from the 1950s and 1960s, with which the USA presented itself as a pluralistic cultural nation—and to play it on a DJ console. The Munich artist, musician and radio playwright Michaela Melián, who has received many awards, is known for her often expansive multimedia exhibitions and concerts.

In collaboration with the Department of North American History of the Historical Institute of the University of Cologne.

Admission is free.

Friday, December 13, 2019, 6 – 10 pm
(Admission possible at any time)
For modified chessboard and live-electronics (German premiere)

Chess players: Holger Lieff, Endre Tot, N.N.
Musicians: Peter Behrendsen, hans w. koch, Tobias Grewenig, Dirk Specht

Highlight at the end of the reiheM–Anniversary year 2019—With 4 hours of “Reunion after Cage”. This 114th event completes the circle of the very first reiheM event in January 2009: “Variations on Variations after John Cage” (also by and with Peter Behrendsen and hans w. koch).

John Cage’s REUNION for prepared chessboard and live electronics was first performed in Toronto in 1968: with Marcel Duchamp, John Cage and Teeny Duchamp as chess players as well as the musicians David Behrman, Lowell Cross, Gordon Mumma and David Tudor. The distribution of sounds in space and their volume are determined by the positions of the chess pieces, not by the musical and taste preferences of the musicians. Even the chess players are not able to influence the music by certain moves or positions.
In the sense of Cage’s idea of an egoless, non-intentional music, winning or losing becomes secondary—”a purposeful purposelessness or a purposeless play”.
The chessboard used in this performance follows the original Lowell Cross constructed in assigning the fields to the inputs and outputs, but was equipped with modern technology (computer programming and MIDI).
The chess game is flanked by thematically relevant projections of works by the artists Takako Saito and Shigeko Kubota.

A project by Peter Behrendsen and hans w. koch.

Admission fee: 10,- / 8,-

Further information:

Reihe M – Concert Series for Contemporary Music, Electronics and New Media – Cologne is organized by Mark e.V. and supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne and the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Filmscreenings during Solito by Julien Ceccaldi


Filmscreenings during the exhibition Solito by Julien Ceccaldi
September 8 – November 11, 2018

Thu 9720, 6 pm
Kunihiko Ikuhara, La Fillette Revolutionnaire Utena, 1999 (in the original with German subtitles)

Tue 9/25, 6 pm
Catherine Breillat, Barbe Bleue, 2009 (in the original with Engl. subtitles)

Thu 10/11, 6 pm
Catherine Breillat, La Belle Endormie, 2011 (in the original with Engl. subtitles)

Thu 10/18, 6 pm
Mori Masaki, The Door into Summer, 1975 (in the original with Engl. subtitles)

Thu 10/25, 6 pm
Catherine Breillat, 36 Fillette, 1988 (in the original with Engl. subtitles)

Wed 11/7, 6 pm
Chantal Akerman, Golden Eighties, 1986 (35mm, in the original with German subtitles)
with an introduction by Juliane Duft

Public program
Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda. The Auratic Narrative

The Auratic Narrative

Public program:

April 11, 2019, 9 pm
Moulting (2019), slideshow with Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda

May 14, 2019, 11 am – 6 pm
Moulting (2019), slideshow by Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda

May 28, 2019, 7 pm
Show and Tell # 1
Scalalogia and The Wheel of Life (2019), Book Launch with Jasmin Werner and a lecture by Philipp Kleinmichel in conjunction with a concert by pogendroblem

Show and Tell is an ongoing, autonomous series of events with shifting formats. Various guests are invited to participate, among these artists, writers, and musicians.

June 6, 2019, 7 pm
Letters (2019) and Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda x Teruo Nishiyama (2017), Double Book Launch with Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda

June 19, 2019, from 5 pm
Double Screening
films selected by Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda

5 pm Westend (D 2001) by Markus Mischkowski and Kai-Maria Steinkühler
89 min, 35 mm, b/w, German with English subtitles

6.30 pm L for Leisure (USA 2014) by Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn
73 min, color, English

Public guided tours on Thursdays

April 25, 2019, 5 pm with Miriam Bettin
May 23, 2019, 5 pm with Lukas Flygare (in English)
June 6, 2019, 5 pm with Nikola Dietrich

Public guided tours on Sundays

May 19, 2019, 3 pm with Jasmin Werner
June 23, 2019, 3 pm with Jasmin Werner