Herbert Foundation

17.09.2017, 1.30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Conference: Gerry Schum - TV as a Fireplace

Ger van Elk, The well shaven cactus, film still from Gerry Schum, Identifications – Fernsehausstellung II, 1970.

Film maker and programmer Gerry Schum (Cologne, 1938-1973) was a pioneer in the art and media landscape of the 1960s and 1970s. In collaboration with Ursula Wevers, Schum realized for German television Fernsehgalerie; a unique and unconventional exhibition project that offered artists the opportunity to create a new artwork specifically for the medium television. By broadcasting the works on public television, Schum managed to break the usual art circuit of museums and galleries and bring art work in the living room.

Land Art (1969) and Identifications (1970) are the two main television exhibitions. With these two works, Schum abandoned the current format of the art documentary and invited artists like Joseph Beuys, Gilbert & George, Alighiero Boetti, Jan Dibbets, Richard Long, Mario Merz and Robert Smithson to make a piece of art specifically for television.

In the context of the exhibition Time Extended / 1964 – 1978. Part II, the Herbert Foundation organizes the symposium Gerry Schum -TV as a Fireplace in collaboration with Art Cinema OFFoff.

With lectures, conversations and screenings, Schum’s vision, his oeuvre and unique position in the international arts and media landscape are discussed. During the symposium, Land Art (1969) and Identifications (1970) will be displayed.

14:00   welcome
14:15   Robyn Farrell: Gerry Schum, vision and oeuvre
14:45   screening: Land Art
15:15   break
15:30   Eric de Bruyn: Schum within the mediascape of Germany
16:15   screening: Identifications (selection)
16:45   panel with Jan Dibbets, Eric de Bruyn and Robyn Farrell
17:00   end of the conference
17:00 – 19-00: Visit of the exhibition Time Extended / 1964 – 1978. Part II

Practical details

Language: English
Location: Herbert Foundation, Raas van Gaverestraat 108
The admission fee is 14 euros (8 euros for students) and should be paid in cash. Limited seats available. Please reserve in advance by sending an e-mail to reservation@herbertfoundation.org

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