Despite the fact that Swedish-American filmmaker Gunvor Nelson has been one of the most significant women in the avant-garde film tradition since the mid-60s there has been no comprehensive overview of her work and its various contexts. At last the publication of
Gunvor Nelson and the Avant-Garde fills the gap.
The essays in the book are divided into four parts which offer four contexts for exploring the audiovisual connections to the work of Gunvor Nelson: conceptual mappings regarding the avant-garde and the avant-garde tradition; historical contexts in the USA and in Sweden; contemporary practices in production and distribution; the films of Gunvor Nelson in relation to the American Avant-Garde as well as her video works since the 90s. The book closes with an extensive interview with Nelson herself.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2003. XIV, 162 pp., 17 fig.
Contents: John Sundholm: Avant-Gardes and Modernisms – Malcolm Le Grice: Three Strands of Experimental Cinema: Abstraction,
Symbolism and Existentialism – David E. James: «The Movies are a Revolution»: Film and the Counterculture – Henrik Orrje:
New Beginnings: Swedish Experimental Film from Past to Present – Paul Arthur: «I Just Pass my Hands Over the Surface of Things»:
On and Off the Screen, Circa 2003 – Pip Chodorov: The Paradox of «Film Art» and of Distributing Analog Works in the Digital
Age – Steve Anker: Gunvor Nelson and the American Avant-Garde Film – Astrid Söderbergh Widding: The Material World Transformed:
Gunvor Nelson’s Videoworks – Anders Pettersson: Interview with Gunvor Nelson.