Official Trailer for 'Burden' Documentary About the Artist Chris Burden

March 17, 2017
Source: YouTube

Burden Doc Trailer

"I'm not about death, I didn't want to die, but I wanted to come close." Magnolia has debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled Burden, telling the story of artist Chris Burden, who made his place in art history in 1971 with dangerous performances. The film features Burden himself, as well as Jonathan Gold, Marina Abramovic, Frank Gehry, Alexis Smith, and Brian Sewell. The description says the doc examines "the artist’s works and private life with an innovative mix of still-potent videos of his 70s performances, personal videos and audio recordings, friends fellow students and colleagues, critics’ comments and latter day footage at his Topanga Canyon studio, all peppered with his thoughts and musings through the years." This definitely looks fascinating, and I'm intrigued to learn more about Burden and his motivations for this.

Here's the trailer (+ poster) for Richard Dewey & Tomothy Marrinan's doc Burden, from YouTube:

Burden Doc Poster

Chris Burdern guaranteed his place in art history in 1971 with a period of often dangerous and at times stomach-churning performances. After having himself purposefully shot, locked up in a locker for five days, electrocuted, and crucified on the back of a VW bug, Burden reinvented himself as the creator of truly mesmerizing installations and sculptures, from a suspended gigantic flywheel that seemingly spins on its own, to an assemblage of antique streetlights rewired for solar energy and illuminated outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Burden is co-directed by filmmakers Richard Dewey and Tomothy Marrinan, of short films for Chris Burden previously. This first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016. Magnolia will release Burden in select theaters + on VOD starting on May 5th this summer. Curious?

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  • It's an odd one, loads of this stuff I find a bit embarrassing when you turn up to a show and folk are doing this stuff. It's hard to take seriously. The documentary will be pretty good I reckon, just to see what daft stuff he gets up to, I'd never heard of him before, so will give it a go.
    • Bo
      I've never had much interest in people like this guy. I refrain from even referring to him as an artist. I think he's more a revelation of the human condition and the human ego and it's need to aggrandize itself and to seek attention. I would find him and this film about him a serious burden (I shall not apologize for the intended pun) upon myself so will, with great awareness, not subject myself to it or him....good luck with it if you do decide to give a go, as you, Carpola.
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        • Bo
          Well said, and obviously, I!
      • Sometimes over the years being a painter, I've met a lot of people like this, 'conceptual' thinkers, mostly I've found them to have a liking for cocaine and beer as a combo, never a good thing for ideas - See Michael Bay (minus the beer). Usually it's a self absorbed self sucking-off scene that as an outsider it seems like a load of empty nonsense, which it is. Where the craft is gone and it's all about the ideas. I try and watch these things so when I speak to these artists I can understand their 400 page manifesto cocaine/booze speak.
        • Bo
          Ah, travel in interesting circles, I see. Loved you reply...thanks, as it made me chuckle quite a few times. Performance itself is a weird thing if one thinks about it. I like a lot of the Rolling Stones songs, but have zero interest in watching them, 'him', perform and dance around the stage. I do have to hand it to Jagger though as Sympathy For The Devil is a great song with amusing and ironic lyrics and of course Richards putting it together musically. But watching them perform, not my cup of tea...cheers!
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