ArtStars*: Tony Conrad
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ArtStars*: Tony Conrad

ArtStars* is the TMZ of the Toronto art scene, in the good way: easily digestible, super-short, qualm-less videos about what the city’s self-proclaimed artisans have on offer. Torontoist is teaming up with ArtStars* to bring you one new episode a week (more or less).

Rumored to have named the Velvet Underground, and known to play a mean violin concerto at the Electric Eclectics Festival in Meaford, Ontario, Buffalo-based artist, composer, and experimental filmmaker Tony Conrad is a less-than-charming interview. Maybe he had a bad experience? We are not CityTV.
For his Pleasure Dome screening with Marie Loiser at the Latvian House in December, the seventy-year-old Harvard ’62 grad, who saw his rise alongside Yoko Ono and John Cage, screened his legendary 1965 short, The Flicker, a throbbing black-and-white strobe for thirty minutes (which has been known to cause seizures), among others we didn’t bother to write down.
This is probably our worst interview yet (and yes, the last in the Three Worst Episodes series). As an indie media outlet, Conrad might have thought we would have kept this one hidden, but not ArtStars*.