Bruce Conner (born in 1933 in McPherson, USA, died in 2008 in San Francisco, USA) studied at Wichita University and received his BFA in Art at Nebraska University in 1956. He then attended the Brooklyn Museum Art School and the University of Colorado on a scholarship. From 1957 he lived and worked in San Francisco, where he quickly assimilated into the Beat community.
Conner is known for his use of found-object assemblage in collage, sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking, performance, and film. A pioneer of American experimental cinema and rhythmic editing, Conner weaved together decontextualized fragments of found footage and cinematic marginalia, such as newsreels, B-movies, stock footage, educational and industrial films. A Movie (1958) was his breakthrough work in this genre.
1958 A Movie 1961 Cosmic Ray 1964 Vivian 1965 Ten Second Film 1966 Easter Morning Raga · Breakaway 1967 Report · The White Rose · Looking for Mushrooms 1968 Antonia Christina Basilotta 1969 Permian Strata 1973 Marilyn Times Five 1976 Crossroads 1977 Valse Triste · Take the 5:10 to Dreamland 1978 Mongoloid 1981 Mea Culpa 1982 America is Waiting 1995 Television Assassination 1996 Looking for Mushrooms (long version) 2004 Luke 2006 Eve-Ray-Forever; video installation · Three Screen Ray; video installation · His Eye is on the Sparrow 2008 Easter Morning
Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018