APOLLOVISION
Modernity

Ferdinand Kriwet
13 min
Germany 1969 - 2005

During the 1960s and 70s Ferdinand Kriwet made art works for broadcast, publication and performance alongside writing Concrete poetry. Apollovision also exists as a book and an audio piece documenting the Apollo 11 spaceflight in 1969. Kriwet, who was in US at the time of the launch, filmed the story via its channels of dissemination in the American media, referring to the piece as a “bild-ton-collage” or “sound-picture-collage”

Ferdinand Kriwet
(1942) Germany

Ferdinand Kriwet is a multimedia artist and poet who has produced many seminal films and sound works for radio and television, in particular throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Kriwet created the work Apollovision whilst in America at the time of the Apollo moon launch, his aim being to compose a work derived from all the information he gathered on radio and television about the Apollo 11 launch.

Kriwet is most well know for his sound collages, originally broadcast on German radio. He describes these works as 'H??rtexts / Radio Texts - pieces composed of noise, sound bites and samples, which include 'Apollo America' (1969), 'Voice of America' (1970), 'Campaign' (1973), all snapshots of American media at the beginning of the 1970s and 'Radioball' (1975) and 'Ball' (1974), reflecting soccer sports in Germany in the 1970s. His politically engaged and avant-garde approach was influenced by aesthetic and Conceptual currents in Constructivism, New Music, Beat Generation and Pop.

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Ferdinand Kriwet Apollovision 1969-2005 © courtesy of the artist / BQ K??ln



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