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12 Sep. 2009

Book launch for Peter Dudar's Duchamp Slash Riefenstahl

Peter Dudar
1 pm - 3 pm

Art Metropole is pleased to launch Peter Dudar’s new screenplay titled Duchamp Slash Riefenstahl.

Please join us on Saturday September 12, from 1-3 p.m. to meet the author.

Duchamp Slash Riefenstahl is thematically multi-dimensional. On one level, it is an edgy erotic fantasy; on another, it is an interpretation of significant trends in twentieth century culture.

Artist, Marcel Duchamp and filmmaker, Leni Riefenstahl are featured as d/r‘s protagonists in a surreal screenplay that cheats geographical and historical realities. The two icons find each other after abandoning their respective life’s works, events that were actually separated by 16 years in real time.

In this “place divided from the rest of the world” the action takes place within Duchamp and Riefenstahl’s works, minds and desires. Congruities with other artists such as Jean Cocteau, Dziga Vertov, Yves Klein, Jackson Pollock and Michael Snow are revealed. d/r also considers related concepts of contemporary physicists such as Werner Heisenberg, Hermann Minkowski, and Albert Einstein.

Peter Dudar was originally a painter (Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto), then an installation artist.

He next created the performance art partnership Missing Associates with dancer/choreographer Lily Eng. Missing Associates were part of the first Canadian performance art tour of Europe, organized by the Centre for Experimental Art and Communication (CEAC). In subsequent years Missing Associates showed their work extensively throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe, in diverse venues including Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal; PBS Television, USA; Salvatore Ala Gallery, Milan; Internationaler Kunstmarkt, Düsseldorf; Performance Art Festival, Beursschouwberg, Brussels; Galerie Nächst St. Stephen, Vienna; Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti, Zagreb.

As Missing Associates wound down their activities, Dudar continued working as a filmmaker. His films were shown internationally in diverse venues such as TVOntario; Grierson Film Seminars; National Gallery of Canada; American Film Festival, New York; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Tate Gallery, London; Internationaal Cultureel Centrum, Antwerp; Uppsala Film Festival, Sweden; Cavallino Gallery, Venice; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas.

Dudar has received arts awards (Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Film Development Corporation, etc.) in various disciplines including visual arts, choreography, film production, screenwriting.

Peter Dudar is currently working in photography and video.

  1. Peter Dudar - Duchamp Slash Riefenstahl