Joseph Beuys / TRANSFORMER
Director/Producer: John Halpern
Original Score: Michael Galasso
Video Design Concept: Les Levine
“Beuys contagious, strident and humorous personality advocate for the transformation of each us and the global evolution of society through a vigorous form of cultural activism – Social Sculpture.” – John Halpern, director, Joseph Beuys/TRANSFORMER.
“Halpern adapted Video Technology to Beuys’ Theories on Aesthetics, Politics and Spirituality to Create a Sensational Visual Adventure.”
~ Dr. Harold Szeemann, Director, Venice Biennale
“This Documentary Captures the World of an Artist at the Pinnacle of His Fame.”
~ Forrest Spencer, N.Y. Times All Movie Guide, 2007
TRANSFORMER, a collaboration with Beuys and film director John Halpern, is a journey through Beuys’ life and works- as Beuys personally installs and narrates the most complete and intricate assembly of his sculpture, to-date, before the camera. Beuys’ iconic statements and intimate thoughts about the world, social engagement, ecology, economy form an unusual, creative and empowering television sculpture and portrait.
In TRANSFORMER, one of the great legends of contemporary art, avant-garde German sculptor – Joseph Beuys, speaks in depth about his life, work and actions with fellow artist, John Halpern.
Filmed on location at Beuys’ historic 1979, New York Guggenheim exhibition, Beuys and Halpern lead us through a private tour of Joseph’s personal life and its correlation to his controversial work, aesthetics, “social sculpture,” and socio-political theories and actions.
We experience how Beuys’ life, vision and self-image changed after Russians gunned down his German fighter plane during World War II. We hear his philosophical ideas, theories about the purpose of art, his creative sensibilities and techniques – his candid opinions about mankind, ecology and the precarious state of the world.