Erwin Wurm. The Artist Who Swallowed the World
by Laurin Merz, AUT/CH/DEU 2012, 52'
PHOTOGRAPHY: Johannes Hammel   PRODUCER: Laurin Merz, Reto Caduff
EDITING: Christian Müller   PRODUCTION: PiXiU FILMS in coproduzione con NAVIGATOR FILM, TAG/TRAUM e ZDF,SRF,ORF e in associazione con ARTE
con il supporto di Fernsehfonds Austria, Bundesamt für Kultur, Aargauer Kuratorium Filmfonds Wien, Teleproduktions-Fonds
FILM SCORE COMPOSER: Beat Solèr   DISTRIBUTION: Autlook filmsales
    LANGUAGE: tedesco, inglese; sottotitoli: inglese, italiano

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film Presented at Lo schermo dell'arte Film Festival 2013

With his “fattened” houses and cars, and above all his popular One Minute Sculptures series - which inspired the video Can’t stop (2003) by the Red Hot Chili Peppers - Erwin Wurm has radically transformed the language of contemporary sculpture and the way it’s perceived. Re-working the “social sculpture” of Joseph Beuys--a reference point who emerges from the stories he tells--the noted Austrian artist has taken this form of expression beyond the traditional boundaries of art, contaminating it with performance, photography and video, and using irony as a privileged means of critical reflection. Following the artist at work and during the mounting of several recent shows, from Beijing to Miami, we discover, along with the director, his personality and vision of art.

Laurin Merz
Nato nel 1975 a Aarau, ha studiato cinema e giornalismo presso le Università di Berna e Zurigo, laureandosi nel 2007 nell'ambito del video presso la HSLU (Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst). Ha collaborato con la radio e la televisione svizzera, lavorando inoltre come regista e produttore indipendente. Nel 2006 ha cofondato a Zurigo la società di produzione Pixiu Films.

Born in 1975 in Aarau, he studied cinema and journalism at the Universities of Bern and Zurich. Degree in video at HSLU (Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst). He has collaborated with Swiss TV and radio, and worked as an independent director and producer. In 2006, he co-founded Pixiu Films in Zurich.

Selected filmography
2007 Josephsohn  Bildhauer 2008 1968. Illusion oder Revolution  2006 Pionierfamilie Piccard

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