summer break: we are closed until August 29 (orders will be processed in priority as soon as we are back)—many thanks for your patience!
les presses du réel

A Crime Against Art (DVD)

 - A Crime Against Art (DVD)
The film of a trial for crime against art.
“A Crime Against Art” is a film based on the trial staged at an art fair in Madrid in February 2007. Inspired by the mock trials organized by André Breton in the 1920s and 30s, it playfully raised a number of polemical issues in the world of contemporary art: collusion with the “new bourgeoisie,” instrumentalization of art and its institutions, the future possibility of artistic agency, as well as other pertinent topics.
The trial begins with the assumption that a crime has been committed, yet its nature and evidence are allusive and no victims have come forward. The testimonies and cross-examinations become an attempt by the Judge (Jan Verwoert), the Prosecuters (Vasif Kortun and Chus Martínez), and the Defense Attorney (Charles Esche) to unravel the nature of the puzzling “crime against art.” Set as a television courtroom drama and filmed by four camera crews, the film serial presents a condensed 100 minutes version of the trial.
With Keti Chukhrov, Charles Esche, Anselm Franke, Liam Gillick, Vasif Kortun, Maria Lind, Chus Martínez, Setareh Shahbazi, Jan Verwoert, Anton Vidokle.
Edited by Hila Peleg.

Produced by unitednationsplaza and published with BDV, Paris.
published in 2008
English edition
13,5 x 19 cm
DVD Multizone, NTSC, 100 minutes
ISBN : 978-3-905829-37-2
EAN : 9783905829372
in stock
view video sample
A Crime Against Art (DVD)

 top of page