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HAMLET, MISE-EN-SCENE: EXTRA TROUBLE -- JACK SMITH IN FRANKFURT. Ed. by Sophie von Olfers and Mark von Schlegell. Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2014. Published in association with Portikus, Frankfurt am Main. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 286 pp. with 182 ills. (148 col.). 28 x 22 cm. ISBN 9783956790676 In English.
Publisher's description: This fascinating publication presented in a magazine-like binding assembles recently restored and never-before-published stills, drawings and writings by pioneering American underground filmmaker, actor and artist Jack Smith relating to his (1970-73) film Hamlet in the Rented World (A Fragment), with extensive written and visual material from a 2012/13 adaptation, Hamlet, mise-en-scene, at the Frankfurt alternative space Portikus. Directed by Mark von Schlegell, Hamlet, mise-en-scene retells Shakespeare's most abused tragedy while channeling the ghost of Jack Smith. The two-night performance by members of Stadelschule's Pure Fiction seminar is presented here in color photographs alongside a rare selection of ephemera by Smith from private collections and the Jack Smith Archive. Smith, who became active in NY's underground film community in the mid-1950s, influenced the work of many artists including Matthew Barney, Lauri Anderson, Mike Kelly and more, were recently the focus of a retrospective at MoMA, NY, and a symposium at London's ICA.
Artist(s):Smith, Jack
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1970 — Video/Film/Performance, Several Media
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 168505
Paperbound $28.00    

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