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Titel:     22/69 Happy End
Director     Kurt Kren
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22/69 Happy End
Year: 1969
Country: Austria
Length: 04:19 min
Premiere: no data
Medium: Film
Category: Avantgarde/Arts
Orig lang.: no dialogue
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Kurt Kren

Born: 1929 in Austria // Died: 1998 in Austria

Kurt Kren was born in Vienna in 1929 to a German mother and an Austrian father of Jewish decent. In 1939 the ten-year-old was sent via „Kindertransport“ (organized by the British Refugee Children Movement) to Rotterdam. In 1947 Kren returned to Vienna and was given a job at the National Bank by way of reparation. Shortly afterwards associated with members of the Art-Club, a circle of progressive artists. In 1955 Kren bought his first Regular 8 camera and became a member of an amateur filmmakers’ club, Klub der Kinoamateure. Some of his first artistic experiments with film were made in collaboration with the poet Konrad Bayer. As of 1957 Kren created his first 16mm film and in 1960 made his first serial montage film of many to follow. It is due to these early serial works that Kren is considered one of the most influential pioneers of structural filmmaking. From 1964 through 1966 Kren made films based on “material actions” staged by Otto Muehl and Günter Brus performed exclusively for Kren and several photographers. In 1966 he participated in the Destruction in Art Symposium in London, during which the Viennese Actionists made their first international appearance. In 1968 Kren took his first trip to America to present his films in New York and St. Louis. In the same year, he was wrongly accused of filming the scandalous Action Art and Revolution staged at the University of Vienna, directly leading to the termination of his bank job. In 1971–1976 Kren lived in Cologne. 1972–1973 he produced a series of 5 boxes, each containing a super 8 print of one of his films, a copy of its handwritten score and several stills. In 1976 he moved to Munich, participated in Kassel’s documenta 6 in 1977, and emigrated to the US in 1978. In 1979 Kren married Marnie Rogers and they lived for a few months in Europe on a DAAD scholarship. After returning to America they divorced in 1980 and Kren moved to California, without a steady address and sometimes living out of his car. In 1981 he worked with a group of housewreckers in New England, making money from the wood they salvaged. Kren subsequently moved to Austin and then relocated to Houston, Texas. From 1983 to 1989 Kren worked as a security guard at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. His films were presented in many different cities and prints sold to numerous international collections. In 1989 Kren returned to his homeland and was provided an apartment and a small pension by the Austrian government. In 1997 he worked as an actor and cinematographer for Christoph Schlingensiefs’ Die 120 Tage von Bottrop. Co-founder of the Vienna Institute of Direct Art (1966) and of the Austria Filmmakers Cooperative (1968). Member of the Vienna Secession, the London Filmmakers’ Coop (1967), the New York Film-Makers’ Cooperative (1968), P.A.P. Munich (1969) and of the Assembly of Authors in Graz. His work is distributed by sixpackfilm (Vienna), Light Cone (Paris), LUX London, Canyon Cinema (San Francisco) and New York Film-Makers’ Cooperative. Kurt Kren died in 1998.
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List of Movies
10/65 Selbstverstümmelung // 1965
10b/65 Silber - Aktion Brus // 1965
10c/65 Brus wünscht euch seine Weihnachten // 1965
11/65 Bild Helga Philipp // 1965
12/66 Cosinus Alpha // 1966
13/67 Sinus Beta // 1967
15/67 TV // 1967
1/57 Versuch mit synthetischem Ton // 1957
16/67 20. September // 1967
17/68 Grün - rot // 1968
18/68 Venecia kaputt // 1968
19/68 White-black // 1968
20/68 Schatzi // 1968
22/69 Happy End // 1969
23/69 Underground Explosion // 1969
24/70 Western // 1970
25/71 Klemmer und Klemmer verlassen die Welt // 1971
2/60 48 Köpfe aus dem Szondi-Test // 1960
26/71 Zeichenfilm - Balzac und das Auge Gottes // 1971
27/71 Auf der Pfaueninsel // 1971
28/73 Zeitaufnahme(n) // 1973
29/73 Ready-made // 1973
30/73 Coop Cinema Amsterdam // 1973
31/75 Asyl // 1975
32/76 An W + B // 1976
33/77 Keine Donau // 1977
34/77 Tschibo // 1977
35/77 Dogumenta // 1977
3/60 Bäume im Herbst // 1960
36/78 Rischart // 1978
37/78 Tree again // 1978
38/79 Sentimental Punk // 1979
39/81 Which way to CA? // 1981
40/81 Breakfast im Grauen // 1981
41/82 Getting warm // 1982
42/83 No film // 1983
43/84 1984 // 1984
44/85 Foot´-age shoot´-out // 1985
45/88 Trailer // 1988
4/61 Mauern-Positiv-Negativ und Weg // 1961
46/90 Falter 2 // 1990
47/91 Ein Fest // 1991
48/94 Fragment W.E. // 1994
49/95 tausendjahrekino // 1995
50/96 Snapspots (for Bruce) // 1996
5/62 Fenstergucker, Abfall, etc. // 1962
6/64 Mama und Papa (Materialaktion Otto Mühl) // 1964
7/64 Leda und der Schwan // 1964
8/64 Ana - Aktion Brus // 1964
9/64 O Tannenbaum // 1964
Das Walk // 1956
Klavier Salon 1. Stock // 1956
Krendo // 1990
Rom (Fragment) // 1956
Wirehead // 1997
   
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