2 performers, 2 musicians, 5 channel audio, 2 channel video
Performances at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art/Melbourne Festival, Melbourne (2010), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2012)
0:15 From Protest to Resistance
3:06 Solitary Confinement
7:14 Richter arrives, Meinhof writes
11:49 Meinhof calls out to Astrid Proll. Prison guard intervenes.
15:21 Richter considers his practice
19:57 Meinhof and Richter discuss their differences
25:39 Baader's record player
28:58 Identity parade
30:54 Richter makes a start
Richter/Meinhof-Opera has its origins in the controversial painting series October 18, 1977 by Gerhard Richter. The paintings depict scenes surrounding the apparent suicides of jailed members of the notorious Baader/Meinhof Gang responsible for a deadly campaign to overthrow the West German establishment. Derived from archival newspaper photographs, the paintings caused a sensation when first exhibited in Germany in 1989. Richter's technique rendered the images ambiguous, his intentions obscure.
Drawing on the writings of both Richter and Meinhof and records of actual events Richter/Meinhof-Opera entangles art with politics, the real with the ritualised and the personal with the State.
Credits at the end of the video
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