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Screen: Special Showings

Burden

When: Fri., Oct. 21, 7 p.m. 2016

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21

BURDEN

To the untrained eye, what Chris Burden did by electrocuting himself in the name of art in 1973 and what members of the Jackass crew did in running through a gauntlet of Tasers suspended by strings may not be immediately clear. But Burden, perhaps best known for having himself crucified on the hood of a VW Beetle, was after something far beyond mere survival or stunt mastery. Once he (no doubt wisely) retired his self-harming artistic palette in the seventies, Burden entered a fruitful second act as the creator of mind-bending installation art, like his sixty-five-foot tower built from Erector set pieces. The documentary Burden, showing on Friday as part of the Full Frame Road Show, offers a comprehensive, multimedia portrait of this undeniably fascinating artist, replete with footage from the early years that still has the capacity to shock. —David Klein

FULL FRAME THEATER, DURHAM
7 p.m. free, www.fullframefest.org

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