Len Lye: A Biography

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Auckland University Press, 2001 - 436 Seiten
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"The eventful life of this largely self-educated young man from the working class took him to bohemian circles in Sydney and then to Samoa where he clashed with the colonial administration for identifying too closely with the Samoans. He worked his way by sea to London where leading artists and writers were fascinated by Lye, a wild man from the colonies who was creating avant-garde works of art. His films for well-known producer John Grierson won him international awards. Inventing ways to make films without a camera he became one of the pioneers of the genre later known as the 'music video'. He worked with many famous creative people (including Robert Graves, Dylan Thomas, Alfred Hitchcock, and the Surrealists). He subsequently moved to New York's Greenwich Village and became a leading figure in the 'kinetic art' movement of the 1950s and 1960s. With his belief in sexual freedom, his scorn for authority and his lifetime commitment to experiment, he never slowed down.
 

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Introduction
1
part one sense games New Zealand Australia Samoa
3
The Flash
7
Cape Campbell
12
The First Sketchbook
17
Composing Motion
23
Modernism
30
HeiTiki
38
part three free radical USA New Zealand
206
Willkie
211
A Rorschach Test
217
Ann Hindle
223
Paintings and Poems
230
Shoe of My Mind
238
Gracious Living with Little Money
245
Madison Avenue
253

Sydney
45
Kinetic Theatre
52
Samoa
57
Deportation
63
Jack Ellitt
68
part two individual happiness
77
Stoker Sculptor
79
Batiks
85
Jane Thompson
96
The Seven and Five Society
101
Robert Graves and Laura Riding
107
Mallorca
114
A Wedding
121
Peanut Vendor
127
A Colour Box
133
The Birth of the Robot
142
Rainbow Dance
148
Public and Private
153
Surrealism
159
The English Walt Disney
165
The World and Ourselves
171
Individual Happiness Now
175
Going to the Top
184
War Films
189
Kill or Be Killed
198
Rhythm
258
Free Radicals
263
Going on Strike
268
Tangibles
273
Dance of the Machines
280
Sartorial ThriftShop Style
291
The Movement Movement
300
A Flip and Two Twisters
305
Life in the Sixties
315
The Snake God
324
Genetics
330
The Absolute Truth of the Happiness Acid
337
Utopias
348
Homes
352
New Plymouth
360
Relationships
367
Direct Film Apprentices
371
Quitting the Lot
376
Epilogue
381
Acknowledgements
389
Endnotes
392
Tusalava
424
Index
430
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Über den Autor (2001)

Roger Horrocks was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004 and is the founder of the department of film, television and media studies at the University of Auckland. He cofounded the Auckland International Arts Festival, Alternative Cinema, Artspace, NZ On Air, and NZ On Screen, and served on many industry boards. He is a director of documentary film company Point of View Productions and is the author of Art That Moves: The Work of Len Lye.

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