• Linda Bilda for Ernst Schmidt Jr.


    Ernst Schmidt Jr. (1938–88) was one of Vienna's most important avant-garde filmmakers and theoreticians. So how can his work be shown other than in a movie theater or in print? Both forms of presentation were employed in a recent survey of his work, a posthumous “collaboration” with Linda Bilda, yet most of the exhibition took place in the gallery spaces of the Wiener Secession.

    An artist living in Vienna, Bilda has been working with Schmidt Jr.'s estate for several years now. There are several salient points of intersection between her work and Schmidt Jr.'s. Both artists proceed by taking visual

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