Preceded by two films by Tony Conrad: Accordion and Palace of Error and followed by Q&A with Sarlin and media art historian, Laura McGough
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With Tony Conrad: Paige Sarlin’s [six years] (2022)
Saturday, April 8, 2023 -7:30 PM
Anthology Film Archives - 32 Second Avenue, New York, NY
A meditation on the transformations of perception produced by loss, Paige Sarlin’s [six years] marks an anniversary of the filmmaker and musician Tony Conrad’s death on April 6th, 2016, with an assemblage of documentary images and sounds created in the apartment in Buffalo, NY where Sarlin and Conrad lived together.
On the night Tony died, Paige played cello to him for hours as his breathing slowed and changed. This 30-minute video contains excerpts from that audio recorded at Hospice Buffalo and explores the capacity of video to function as a holding space for grief. Balloons will be provided.
To commemorate the premiere (and another anniversary of Tony’s death), [six years] will be preceded by two videos Conrad made with other collaborators.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Sarlin and Laura McGough, media art historian and curator.
Special thanks to Kathy High, Andrew Lampert, Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli, Tony Oursler, Keith Sanborn, and Anna Scime.
ACCORDION (1981, 12 min, video)
Though the accordion can be complex, many people find it relatively easy to learn a simple tune. The first step is to find a good teacher. Once you’ve found a teacher, you must practice regularly to play well – from “How To Play The Accordion” by Tameda Jones, 2022
Tony Conrad with Keith Sanborn and Barbara Broughel
PALACE OF ERROR (1982/2011, 9 min, 16mm transfer to video)
A theory discourse among three participants, enacted in silhouette. - Tony Conrad
[six years] (2022, 30 min, digital)
Like Conrad's classic THE FLICKER, this experimental video begins with a warning and an instruction for the audience. [six years] contains excerpts of audio recorded at Hospice Buffalo on the day that Conrad died and a balloon will be provided as a prosthetic for every viewer. To feel... hold balloon.
TRT: ca. 55 mins