I Want the Beatles to Play at My Art Center! - Video from the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter Archives 1968-2012


This DVD presents seminal works of music, performance, dance, theater and installation art from the nearly 50-year history of Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK). When HOK founder Sonja Henie exclaimed that she wanted The Beatles to play at her art center, in essence, she expressed its founding ambition to produce and stage a lively cross-artistic program that captured the contemporary spirit of the day in live form. This release is filled with previously-unreleased material from HOK's history, and shows for the first time Kjartan Slettemark dressed up as a poodle in 1975, Mauricio Kagel's commissioned piece "Ex-Position" from 1978, and the brilliant recording of John Cage reading "Muoyce" in 1983. "And now we take the first step into the future." Former director Ole Henrik Moe added this bold statement when HOK opened its doors to the public in 1968. The museum of the future at Høvikodden would position dynamic time-based art alongside its collection of modernist masterworks of paintings and sculpture, demonstrating how the various forms art elaborate and collaborate with each other. Instead of expanding its art collection, the majority of HOK's budget would go to events and exhibitions, to the production of new time-based works, and not least, to document ephemeral art. I Want the Beatles to Play at My Art Center! presents a small selection from Henie Onstad Kunstsenter's video archives. The DVD contains a newly-restored version of Pål Bang-Hansen's promotional feature "A Forum of the Arts" from 1969, where amongst others, Arne Nordheim performs his commissioned work for HOK Solitaire. For the first time one can see what the Norwegian Studio for Electronic Music looked like in 1975 and view an excerpt from Terje Rypdal's opera "Orfeus vender seg og ser på Eurydike." In addition, the DVD contains more recent productions with artists like MoHa!, KILLL, Stephen O'Malley, and Christopher Nielsen/Masselys. This release accompanies the exhibition I Want the Beatles to Play at My Art Center! -- Tidsbasert kunst ved HOK 1968-2011, opening October 28, 2012 at HOK with performances by Deathprod and Nils Bech. The exhibition and releases are curated by Lars Mørch Finborud. *DVD is only available in European PAL format (not compatible with North American NTSC DVD players), region free.