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Free Public screening: Joseph Beuys’ Public Dialog

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24 MARCH 2006
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“ Everyone is an Artist” – Now What?

Free Public screening: Joseph Beuys’ Public Dialogue,
Saturday 8 April 2pm at the New Zealand Film Archive

Exhibition, No. 10* opens at The Engine Room
Opening celebration 5.30pm 11 April 2006
12 – 29 April

The Engine Room in association with the New Zealand Film Archive presents a free public screening and discussion of Joseph Beuys 1974 video Joseph Beuys’ Public Dialogue.

Joseph Beuys’ Public Dialogue comprises of Beuys first public appearance in the USA and his difficult attempt to explain his ideas to the gathered public. In conjunction with this screening Tao Wells, American, academic and conceptual artist, will be holding a public discussion to explore possible meanings behind Beuys' famous assertion that "Everyone is an artist". Wells (b1972) is a Senior Tutor at Massey University College of Creative Arts and is the author of Learn Art: The Avant-garde and Education and The New Avant-garde: issues from art of the seventies.

This event will be followed by the exhibition No. 10* at The Engine Room Gallery opening 11 April 5.30pm. No. 10* will include the re-screening of the original Beuys video as well as new findings generated from the public discussion. *Learn Art: The Avant-garde and Education. 2003 Available Massey University Library Collection.

Joseph Beuys (pronounced "Boyce") (May 12, 1921> January 23, 1986) was a German Conceptual artist who produced work in a number of forms including sculpture, performance art, video art and installations. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential European artists of the second half of the 20th century and was a founding member of the first political Green party.

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