Michael Landy RA is the ‘Out To Lunch’ interview guest in the Spring 2009 issue of RA Magazine. Among other projects, Landy has been working on a documentary on the work of Swiss artist, Jean Tinguely, H2NY. Here is a short extract:
H2NY Director: Michael Landy, RA Producers: Bay Garnett, Daisy Garnett & Nikki Weston
Michael Landy’s documentary charts his fascination with Swiss artist, Jean Tinguely's 1960 art work Homage to New York, the most famous of Tinguely's auto-destruct machines. Having taken three weeks to construct, the machine took twenty-seven minutes to destroy itself in front of an invited audience in the Museum of Modern Arts' Sculpture Garden. Both a celebration and meditation, the film is Landy’s testament to his relationship with Homage to New York. It echoes, extends and reflects on what happened on that rainy night forty-nine years ago. The full-length version of Michael Landy’s film runs for twenty-seven minutes.
The film was supported by the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation, Arts Council England & the ICA as part of the BRITDOCART scheme. For more details including information on how to find out about screenings, visit: www.britdoc.org/real_films/film/h2ny
This film can be seen in full for the first time as part of the forthcoming exhibition 'Joyous Machines: Michael Landy and Jean Tinguely' at Tate Liverpool (2 October 2009 - 10 January 2010). A whole section of the exhibition will be dedicated to Jean Tinguely's Homage to New York (1960). Michael Landy's documentary film and a selection of his impressive series of drawings (he has made over 160 in total), will be presented alongside photographs, films and relics of the original event. For more information visit www.tate.org.uk/liverpool/exhibitions/joyousmachines/