The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

Marcel Duchamp: Art of the Possible

United States | 2019 | 90 min
Cinematography: Matthew Taylor
Cast: Marina Abramovic, Michel Gondry, Jeff Koons, Joseph Kosuth, Ed Ruscha, Hiroshi Sugimoto
Editing: Matthew Taylor
Music: Smith Jay
Director: Matthew Taylor


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Canadian Premiere

Making its Canadian premiere, this documentary explores the life and philosophy of Marcel Duchamp, one of the most influential modernists of the 20th century. Unpacking the famous American artist and writer’s ideas, the film draws parallels with the historic events of the period and the arrival of the modernist current. Directed by Matthew Taylor, the film highlights the importance of Duchamp’s work on the course of artistic developments and the ways in which his revolutionary ideas continue to shape the 21st century.

International Documentary Film Festival, Netherlands (2019)
Sydney Underground Film Festival, Australia (2019)
UA Cimena Circuit, Chine (2019)


Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor is an American artist and technologist who works in film, sculpture, photography, written mediums and performance.

Taylor is an experienced documentary filmmaker having worked on over 28 projects. Taylor’s filmmaking interests span history, politics, art and culture and he has developed a unique style and hands on approach more akin to fine art sculpture. Working at every stage of the filmmaking process has given Taylor an insight in to nuances that balance his films between information and entertainment.

Taylor has filmed in over 20 countries and conducted dozens of interviews with a wide swath of experts ranging from thought leaders, politicians, artists, and industry titans. Taylor enjoys tackling complicated and controversial topics that bring about eventual change, showing that the medium of film is still a powerful force when in the right hands.

Born in Alexandria, Virginia - outside of Washington D.C. – Taylor’s mother was a New York fashion photographer and his father was a theologian and painter. These various influences, in addition to an early introduction to the works and ideas of Marcel Duchamp, allowed Matthew to construct his own ideas that led to a large body of works across numerous mediums.

Moving from his classical training in painting, drawing, art history and theory, Taylor moved into filmmaking in the late 90’s while still in art school. Starting with short concept films, digital installations, music videos and fashion films, Taylor eventually started making documentaries.

Coming full circle, Taylor directed Marcel Duchamp: The Art of The Possible, a feature length documentary on the life and work of Marcel Duchamp, exploring the critical underpinnings of art in the 20th and 21st centuries.

In addition to his long form work, Taylor has produced and directed over 100 short films ranging from avant-garde to music videos. He has conducted live performance art with the use of emerging technologies such as motion sensors and rapid prototyping. In addition, Taylor worked with members of the San Francisco and New York City ballet merging classical dance and contemporary video cinema.

Biographies have been provided by third parties.
Filmography | Marcel Duchamp: Art of the Possible ; Invisible Hand

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