BBC4 has commissioned three hour-long factual specials set to explore the subversive world of conceptual art.
Produced in-house, Gaga for Dada: The Original Art Rebels will mark the 100th anniversary of avant-garde art movement Dada with comedian Jim Moir, aka Vic Reeves (pictured), as host. The film will look to restage an early Dada performance in Zurich’s Cabaret Voltaire, where the movement first began, recreate lost artworks and devise new ones to expose Dada history.
Comedians Armando Iannucci and Arthur Smith; filmmaker Terry Gilliam; graphic designer Neville Brody; and artists Michael Landy, Cornelia Parker and Martin Creed also make appearances. Richard Bright serves as exec producer.
Elsewhere, the BBC-produced Bricks! will celebrate the 1976 exhibition of Carl Andre’s 120 fire bricks which were laid out on the floor of the Tate Gallery in London. Award-winning director Clare Beavan will reveal the story behind the contemporary work of art that triggered a national outcry and, as a result, was sabotaged with blue food dye. Tanya Hudson is exec producer.
Finally, the Luke McMahon-directed Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art? will follow James Fox as he attempts to understand the idea behind conceptual art. The film will examine influential works from past and present while meeting seminal artists of the modern day. Sun Dog Pictures’ Sam Anthony serves as exec producer.