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In 1926\, the German filmmaker Oskar Fi schinger pioneered one of the first immersive multimedia pe rformances using abstract films\, creating dynamic new possibilities for ci nema as an art form.

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Fischinger was a major figure in the development of filmic abstraction and ‘visual music’. Like László Moholy-Nagy\, who prese nted Fischinger’s work at the Bauhaus\, he developed a radical approach to abstraction working with light\, space\, time and movement. Using dazzling colour and experimental animation techniques including unique wax experimen ts\, Fischinger strove to push aside narrative and reduce cinema to pure pl ane\, scale\, motion\, rhythm and colour\, in search of the absolute.

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Fo llowing a period of early experiments with Hungarian composer Alexander Lás zló\, Fischinger devised multiple 35 mm projector performances\, which incl uded colour filters and slides. He later adopted the term Raumlichtkuns t (space-light-art) for these events\, which he described as ‘an intox ication by light from a thousand sources.’

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After emigrating to Hollywood in 1936\, Fischinger worked briefly in the studio system\, most notably cr eating designs for Walt Disney’s animated film Fantasia. This coll ision between the concerns of high abstraction and more popular forms is em blematic of Fischinger’s career\, which complicated the relationship betwee n the avant-garde and mass culture.

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This installation is a reconstructio n of Fischinger’s performances from around 1926 by the Center for Visual Mu sic\, Los Angeles. Using Fischinger’s original nitrate materials from the p eriod\, the newly restored 35 mm films have been transferred to HD and digi tally restored with added colour.

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Oskar Fischinger was born in Gelnhause n\, Germany in 1900. He emigrated to Los Angeles in 1936\, where he lived u ntil his death in 1967.

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Tate Modern display curated by Stuart Comer in a ssociation with Cindy Keefer\, archivist\, Center for Visual Music. Music C onsultant: Richard H. Brown\, Ph.D.

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Film restoration supported by an Avant-Garde Masters Grant\, funded by The Film Foundation\, administered b y The National Film Preservation Foundation (US).

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Thanks to: Ba rbara Fischinger\, The Fischinger Trust\, Cinemaculture\, Film Technology C o.\, Inc.\, Jörg Jewanski and William Moritz.

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DTEND:20130512 DTSTAMP:20141129T001906 DTSTART:20120601 GEO:51.5081675;-0.0951608 LOCATION:Tate Modern\,Bankside \nLondon\, SE1 9TG SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:OSKAR FISCHINGER\, Oskar Fischinger UID:231821 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR