Franz John

paranorm Video-Dokumente: Fluxus 
Video/Stills: © ralf roszius 
Die kopierte Galerie
Fluxus
Ansprache:
Hubert Fabian Kulterer, Wien
Galerie paranorm, West-Berlin
20. Oktober - 7. November 1987
Farbe, 34 Min., PAL (4:3-Format)
Edition paranorm

Copy Art

Im 20. Jahrhundert setzten verschiedene Kunstströmungen auf das Unterbewußte. Unter Ausschaltung der Vernunft sollte sich in der Ecriture automatique, im Informel und Tachismus der innere Zustand spontan und unmittelbar im Kunstwerk niederschlagen. Franz John wendet diesen Ansatz auf die Maschine an. Anstelle des Unterbewußten treten die technischen Bedingungen des Kopierers.
Bernhard Buderath
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In: Jazzthetik. 1987



DIE KOPIERTE GALERIE

When Franz John took his „Handy Copymachine" to copy a gallery-space, he not only enshrined himself. By closing all the windows and doors with a copy of their own in the process of performing a piece of art, he not only commented on the context in which we usually perceive art. By using the anarchistic realtime-medium „Handkopierer", he not only produced and reproduced what can no longer be understood as a piece of art, but has to be understood as a tapestry of references, meta-references and meta-meta-references to the „trivial machine": artscene. And all that the perceiving perceiver could see of the „piece" was its deconstruction. Once Franz John had the job done and everything was closed and copied, the gallery was opened again for the public and one day later all that was left neatly packed bundles of copies.
Markus Müller
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In: Èsthetiques des Arts Médiatiques, G.R.A.M.. Montréal, 1995




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