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Word Works

McMullen, Ken and Beuys, Joseph (2005) Word Works. [Art/Design Item]

Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: McMullen, Ken and Beuys, Joseph

‘Word Works’ is a three-minute filmed collaboration with Joseph Beuys which first entered the public domain as part of the major Joseph Beuys retrospective held in London in 2005. Beuys regarded these works as collective performances.

‘Word Works’ was one of three film collaborations with Joseph Beuys in Dusseldorf of which the other two (‘Discussion with a Gun’ and ‘Joseph Beuys at the Tate and Whitechapel’) have been publicly available for some time. The films provide one of the few documents of Beuys demonstrating his ideas. The research brought together a number of shared preoccupations between McMullen and Beuys including language and meaning, concrete poetry, performance art and the theatre of the absurd, action art and the art object.

‘Word Works’ is a filmed performance piece in which Beuys explores the difference between the written word and physical action as Beuys sets out to associate words with new meanings. It was filmed at the Dusseldorf Academy and in Britain during Beuys participatory seminars on art which were given to invited artists. The researcher also appears in the film as a participant. It was substantially remastered by the researcher for the Beuys retrospective.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Communication
Date: 3 February 2005
Related Websites: http://www.lcc.arts.ac.uk/Ken_McMullen_research.htm
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Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
German Embassy, London, U.K.February 2005
The National Gallery of Victoria, Australia.8 December 2007
Also screened at 'Arrows of Time' exhibition, MOMA, San Francisco, U.S.A.2007
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2009 23:41
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2010 10:09
Item ID: 1446
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1446

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