Window Projections | Every day from sunset to 02:00 AM. "I am an Artist" by Les Levine

I am an artist, Les Levine (1975) © Les Levine / n. b. k.

Mon, 01/08/2024 -
Sun, 01/14/2024

Goethe-Institut Montreal

n.b.k. Video-Forum | Window Projections

The Goethe-Institut Montreal, in cooperation with the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), presents a screening programme of 20 video works from n.b.k Video-Forum’s extensive video art collection, curated by Anna Lena Seiser (Head of Collection n.b.k. Video-Forum).

The individual films will be shown for a week at a time sunset to 2:00 a.m. on the display windows of the Goethe-Institut at 1626 Boul. St-Laurent, Montréal, Québec, H2X 2T1, Canada and can be viewed on an indoor screen during the Goethe-Institut's opening hours:

I am an Artist

Les Levine
Collection Video-Forum, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) 

In his video I am an Artist, Les Levine walks the streets of New York and insists on a “pure” concept of art: he’s an artist, and thus could not get involved. Yet he constantly adresses the camera following him with his monologue as well as curious passersby. By playing with communicative structures Levine, in his work constantly questions the social system that is art with ironic and provocative statements. 

The conceptual work of video and media art pioneer Les Levine (*1935 in Dublin, lives in New York) centers on playing with structures of communication. He understands art as a social system, which he repeatedly challenges with ironic and provocative positions. Levine shot his first videos with the Sony Portapak camera as early as the mid-1960s, and he created the first closed-circuit video installation in 1968.