A Brief History Of # 1954

Part of my longtime project A Brief History Of which wants to explore the 20th century culture. As an open curatorial project it grows rhizomatically in various directions. Since late 2009 I am assembling a list of influential works by composers, musicians, writers, philosophers, artists, filmmakers, choreographers and photographers. Next to popular stuff with high artistic impact you´ll find more unknown pieces of avantgarde origin, high next to so called low culture. Gradually the works should be described, interviews should be held and correlations should be researched. Although this project actually must be a work in progress it shall merge into a book and a film sometime.

This is (so far)…

1954


BERTOLT BRECHT, Der kaukasische Kreidekreis

Probenfoto: Bertolt Brecht, Isot Kilian, Hans Bunge, Käthe Rülicke, Manfred Wekwerth, Ernst Busch, 1954



MAX FRISCH, Stiller




DYLAN THOMAS, Under Milk Wood

A play for voices. Produced by Douglas Cleverdon. Speakers: Richard Burton, Richard Bebb, Hugh Griffith, Rachel Thomas amongst others. Issued with the co-operation of the BBC. 1954



ALDOUS HUXLEY, The Doors of Perception




MUSIC OF OUR TIME, Cologne Radio Series (October 19) used only electronically-generated sounds by Stockhausen, Eimert, Pousseur, etc. The pieces used strict serial techniques


EDGAR VARÈSE, Deserts (tape, electronic + live instruments, work completed in 1961)




OTTO LUENING, Fantasy In Space


VLADEMIR USSACHEVSKY, A Poem In Cycles And Bells (pioneer „tape music“ at Columbia University)


BERND ALOIS ZIMMERMANN, Metamorphose (score for a film by Michael Wolgensinger)


ART BLAKEY, Live at the Birdland Vol. 1-3




ELVIS PRESLEY, That’s All Right (Mama)/Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Sun)




BILL HALEY AND THE COMETS, Rock With Bill and the Comets (Essex)




MAHALIA JACKSON, The World´s best Gospel Singer


YOSHIHARA JIRO, Gutai Bijutsu Kyōkai („Concrete Art Association“ formed in July 1954)
Tanaka Atsuko - Electric Dress (Denki-fuku); Tanaka's studio, Osaka, 1957 Gelatin silver print, photographer unknown Allan Kaprow papers



JOHAN VAN DER KEUKEN, Wij zijn 17




FEDERICO FELLINI, La Strada


JOY BATCHELOR, JOHN HALAS, Animal Farm


ELIA KAZAN, On the Waterfront




AKIRA KUROSAWA, Seven Samurai


KENJI MIZOGUCHI, Sansho dayu




ROGER CORMAN, The Fast and the Furious




ALFRED HITCHCOCK, Rear Window

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