Whatever Happened To Gelitin

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Anthology Film Archives NYC
Film Screenings / Programs
October 19 – December 23, 2016
32 Second Avenue (at 2nd St.)
New York, NY 10003 USA
Anthology Film Archives NYC
US premiere of

Wednesday, October 19 | 8 pm
by Angela Christlieb

Thursday, October 20 | 8pm

artist group, Gelitin:  Wolfgang Gantner,
Ali Janka, Florian Reither, and Tobias Urban
Film Screenings / Programs
October 19 – December 23, 2016
32 Second Avenue (at 2nd St.)
New York, NY 10003 USA

Austria, 2016, 82 min, digital
Distributed by Sixpack; special thanks to Gerald Weber.
“Artist Liam Gillick hasn’t seen them.
Director John Waters has no idea where they are. Filmmaker Tony Conrad has
his theories, but he’s not saying. But whoever you ask, the fact remains, the four
members of the Austrian artist group, Gelitin (Wolfgang Gantner, Ali Janka, Florian Reither, and Tobias Urban) have disappeared! So Salvatore Viviano, artist, art dealer, and occasional collaborator in Gelitin performances, sets off on a cinematic search for the funniest boy group in the world. With an imposing microphone in hand, he questions artists, gallerists, and curators about the group’s possible whereabouts. His imaginary quest provides the narrative framework for Angela Christlieb’s tour de force film, which both portrays, and itself, mirrors, the energy of Gelitin’s anarchic operations.
“The quartet rose to fame with border-crossing and visually powerful performances, sculptures, installations, and photos. They roll gleefully in the mud, incite audiences to acts of art destruction, attach stuffed animals to their testicles for a ‘fashion shoot,’ [or] dance naked with spinning tassels attached to their buns…. At one point, art dealer Christian Meyer analyzes, ‘Our world is always trying to rationalize things, an approach that Gelitin deliberately refuses.’
“Christlieb constructs her film out of a wealth of archival material, rhythmically assembled, and interwoven with stories and observations from various interviews. Art dealer Leo Koenig says that Gelitin’s art just makes him want to strip off his clothes, while artist Tom Sachs admits, ‘I wish my life were 10 percent more Gelitin!’ A yearning that will certainly be shared by many after watching this film.” –Nina Schedlmayer, SIXPACK
Both Angela Christlieb and Gelitin themselves will be here in person both nights!
This program is presented with support from the
Austrian Cultural Forum New York;
special thanks to Christine Moser & Arianna Fleur Kronreif.

Anthology Film Archives

is an international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video, with a particular focus on independent, experimental, and avant-garde cinema.

Opened in 1970 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, Anthology in its original conception was a showcase for the Essential Cinema Repertory collection. An ambitious attempt to define the art of cinema by means of a selection of films which would screen continuously, the Essential Cinema collection was intended to encourage the study of the medium’s masterworks as works of art rather than disposable entertainment, making Anthology the first museum devoted to film as an art form. The project was never completed, but even in its unfinished state it represented an uncompromising critical overview of cinema’s history, and remains a crucial part of Anthology’s exhibition program.


F train to 2nd Avenue, walk two blocks north on 2nd Avenue to 2nd Street;
#6 to Bleecker St., walk one block north on Lafayette, then two blocks east on Bond St. (turns into 2nd St.) to 2nd Avenue.

Bus: M15 to 3rd Street.




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