Performances and live action from:
Catling & Grisoni
David Blandy features:
Soul & Dance Exchange Flashback
Heroes Alliance UK
Tai Shani screening:
Terry Smith with:
and also showing work by
Helen Newhouse Charlotte Turton
The ICA is located on
The Mall, London SW1.
Box office 020 7930 3647
Contact: David Gryn
for more information
ICA - LIVE WEEKEND - PERFORMANCE etc
David Blandy, Tai Shani, boyleANDshaw, Terry Smith, Brian Catling, Aura Satz and Propositions
Produced by David Gryn. ICA London 6-9 May 2010
For the first in a series of three Live
Weekend programmes - David Gryn, director of Artprojx is producing several artist days of live art/expanded theatre/performance events, screenings and music.
Jo Mitchell - image from Concerto (the live performace at the ICA)
Each day will feature artist projects throughout the day and night:
David Blandy (Thurs 6 May)
Tai Shani (Fri 7 May)
boyleANDshaw (Sat 8 May)
Brian Catling (Sun 9 May)
Terry Smith (Sun 9 May)
Aura Satz (Sun 9 May)
David Blandy on the 6th May will feature DJ's from Ninja Tune. Tai
Shani's performance on 7th May 'Screentest: R-R-Rhine Peacetime 82'
will be performed twice with the audience able to witness the
rehearsals throughout the day. Film and Video Screenings selected by Tai Shani include:
William Greaves, Jacques Rivette, Cartune Xprez, Jen Wu, Damon
Packard, Jim Hollands, with Music by DJ
Owen Hills (of Wooden Spoon and Dollboy).
Artprojx will present films and videos by various artists throughout
the weekend including: Shoja Azari, Jo Mitchell, Mark Leckey, Lynne Marsh, Ashish Avikunthak, Matt Stokes, Brian Catling & Tony
Grisoni, David Blandy and Damon Packard.
This is an opportunity for artist experimentation, taking risk and trying out the unexpected. Join us at the ICA.
FREE ENTRY TO ALL EVENTS - some may require advanced booking due to capacity
Midday – 11pm Lower Gallery - David Blandy
7pm – 11pm Theatre & Bar – Artprojx Screenings, David Blandy and Ninja Tune DJ's
7.30pm and 9.15pm Lower Gallery – Tai Shani performances x 2
(Get In for performances from midday – 6pm - public access)
Midday – 11pm – Theatre - Tai Shani selected & Artprojx screenings
FREE ENTRY (advance booking required – limited capacity – 150 each performance)
Midday – 11pm Lower Gallery – boyleANDshaw
7pm – 11pm – Theatre & Bar – boyleANDshaw selected & Artprojx screenings
boyleANDshaw with David Gothard present The Scuttler in collaboration with Sam Belinfante, Patrick Coyle, Adam James, JocJonJosch, Plastique Fantastique, Harold Offeh, Malin Ståhl, Malachy Orozco, Michelle Butterly, Keeley Forsyth and Max Reinhardt
Midday – 9pm Lower Gallery – Terry Smith performance and rehearsals
4pm – 8pm Theatre – Brian Catling and Aura Satz performances, Artprojx Screenings
Audiences are welcome to see rehearsals (when possible) or view the selected screenings when there is no live activity. The ICA bar will be open at all times.
The ICA is located on The Mall, London SW1.
Box office 020 7930 3647
Artist and Project Information
Choose Your Character
As part of David Gryn's LIve Weekend at the ICA, David Blandy's day, "Choose Your Character" on Thurs 6th May, will celebrate a variety of different fan-behaviours and sub-cultural obsessions that reflect the artist's own passions. Including rooms featuring a Street Fighter IV tournament and Turntablist DJing, alongside a record market and Cosplayers
Features live music from Infinite Livez, King Cannibal, turntablists DJ Phaze, DJ Shorty, DJ CutWild, g-man and Priority Deluxe, music stalls from Ninja Tunes, Big Dada, Rough Trade, Soul & Dance Exchange and Flashback, hardcore fighting game tournament organisers Neo Empire and cosplayers the Rebel Legion and Heroes Alliance UK. Ninja Tune will be hosting the new Funki Porcini album listening party ('On' released on May 3rd).
David Blandy (b. 1976, London) lives and works in London, using video,
performance and comics to address identity formation and its
relationship to popular culture. Blandy searches for his cultural
position in the world, often useing humour to ask just how much the
self is formed by its immersion in the world of records, films and
television, and whether the answers to life’s questions can be found
in these mass-produced objects. He has exhibited at venues such as The
Bluecoat as part of the 2008 Liverpool Biennial, Turner Contemporary,
Margate, The Baltic, Gateshead, Spike Island, Bristol, 176, London,
Artprojx Space, Platform China Project Space, Beijing, and Museu da
Imagem e do Som de São Paulo, Brazil and at various international
screenings by Artprojx. His work is distributed by LUX.
Screentest: R-R-Rhine Peacetime 82
Performance: 7:30pm & 9:15pm Main Gallery (30mins)
On a sound stage, an actress is being filmed auditioning for a role in a fictitious film based on a strange, actual sequence of events that took place in West Germany in the hot summer of 1982. Over the course of 25 days in three unrelated, tragic incidents members of the US and UK peacetime army stole tanks and rampaged through various German towns and countryside leaving behind a trail of destruction, ultimately driving themselves over bridges and into trains to their deaths. The actress Maya Lubinsky is auditioning for the role of Katja Riemann, a young woman who gets run over by a tank driven by Private Charles S. Keefer, her boyfriend.
In this expanding screentest which occurs on a fractured timeline, the lives and fictions of Katja Riemann, Maya Lubinsky and Maya’s body double overflow and hemorrhage into each other creating a spiraling narrative told through film, heroines, anti-heroines, animated props, an overbearing narrator and a Neanderthal from a parallel universe.
The performance is accompanied by a live score by David J. Smith (Guapo, Stargazers Assistant and Amal Gamal Ensemble)
ICA Theatre Screenings:
United States, 1968, 75 minutes
In his one-of-a-kind fiction/documentary hybrid Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One, director William Greaves presides over a beleaguered film crew in New York’s Central Park, leaving them to try to figure out what kind of movie they’re making. A couple enacts a break-up scenario over and over, a documentary crew films a crew filming the crew, locals wander casually into the frame: the project defies easy description. Yet this wildly innovative sixties counterculture landmark remains one of the most tightly focused and insightful movies ever made about making movies.
Céline and Julie Go Boating - Phantom Ladies Over Paris
Dir: Jacques Rivette 1974, 193min
A story about story-telling, Jacques Rivette's self-referential classic centers on the fanciful world of two women literally lost in the stories they tell each other. Celine (Juliet Berto) and Julie (Dominique Labourier) go from sharing a story about a haunted house to being part of a story about a haunted house -- or is it a real haunted house that has been called up by the story? The film blurs the line between the telling of the story and the story itself, as Celine and Julie, like Alice in Wonderland, become part of a surreal, drug-induced parallel universe; also like Alice, they ultimately become the heroines of the story that first imprisoned them. Rivette celebrates the magic of stories, and more broadly of imagination, adventure, and friendship, as essential elements of life; the themes are familiar from his other movies, but the tone is more playful. This enigmatic and fanciful film is not for all tastes, but, for its many devotees, it is one of the most distinctive and imaginative movies ever made.
Part psychedelic insurrection, part cartoon road show, they harness the energies of video artists who remix commercial imagery to the extent of anarchy and animate their way out of Sunday Morning Cartoons. Previous shows have included Paper Rad, Bruce Bickford, Takeshi Murata, and Shana Moulton, who have since been featured in the Whitney Biennial, the MOMA in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, and many others.
Jen Wu – Half Light
The dead weight of a sleeper drifts between the syncopal darkness of the cinematic night and the waning daylight of a world that feels no less other. Shifting between modes of cinematic identification, inhabiting surrogate bodies and self obliteration in the face of the familiar Half Light sensitively makes manifests a mesmeric, recondite and affective territory.
Damon Packard – Spacedisco One
To sum it up. "Spacedisco One" will not only shatter your perception of reality as we know it, it will break it in half ad infinitum, pairs of two, so am I, pairs of two, so are you, until the soul's binary code is revealed and, biting its own tail, destroyed in the blink of a serpent's eye. You will melt like a marshmallow in the furnace of hell. And if everything has been said and if everything has been done, we still have the possibility to make a movie about it, a sequel to reality.
Jim Hollands – Here
(3D glasses will be supplied)
A hallucinogenic dissolution between the screen and the viewer forming a radical new art agenda for the 21st century.
Here is a seventy-minute remix of a rarely seen existing work written by Joe Orton, called ‘The Erpingham Camp’. Originally screened on TV in 1966, it has been experimentally remixed in sound, image and words, with subtitles, and partly in anaglyphic (red/cyan) 3D. Large parts of the work operate under flicker frequencies of 8-13hz, and as such are viewable by epileptics or those prone to seizure at their own risk.
DJ set in Bar from 7pm
Owen Hills (of Wooden Spoon and Dollboy). Kraut and cosmic musics
Tai Shani (1976) is an artist living and working in London. Fantastical and televisual, Tai Shani's performances and films contain cartoon props and extravagantly costumed large casts of archetypes and pseudo-historical characters drawn from popular culture and counterculture mythologies. Referencing early science fiction, Greek tragedy and theatrical spectacle they are accompanied by voice over soundtracks reminiscent of radio plays that alternate between familiar fictional styles and narratives and self-reflexive texts that delve into the mechanics of simulatory channels and their agency. Often dramatising historical phenomena, Shani seeks to underpin the axis point of their transformation from historical to fantastical. Chaotic, a-historical and non-linear in form, Shani's work explores fictional strategies, the cinematic corruption of memory as well as conflicting temporal structure in the 'real' and the mediated.
Recent Tai Shani exhibitions and performances include:
The Herzeliya Biennial, Israel; The Royal Academy, London; The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Spike Island + Arnolfini, Bristol; A Foundation, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; ARTIS Centre for Fine Arts Hertogenbosch, Stedelijk Museum Hertogenbosch; Liverpool Biennial 08; Artprojx at Rio Cinema, Dalston.
She also writes and performs music as Cherry Mash Cherry.
Photo: Biggi Stiller 2010
Title: The Filthy Songs Of Their Fathers, a performance by boyleANDshaw with Adam James and Malin Ståhl
boyleANDshaw with David Gothard present The Scuttler in collaboration with Sam Belinfante, Patrick Coyle, Adam James, JocJonJosch, Plastique Fantastique, Harold Offeh, Malin Ståhl, Malachy Orozco, Keeley Forsyth and Max Reinhardt.
For the ICA they will be presenting and developing a new durational performance-based work called The Scuttler, collaborating with an array of artists, actors and musicians in an improvised and experimental way to bring to this new work to life throughout the various spaces of the gallery.
boyleANDshaw have worked in partnership since 2007, producing dense works with multiple and repeated socio-cultural, philosophical and aesthetic references and themes. Committed to exploring collaborative practice, they frequently elaborate their projects with other artists and performers. They consider themselves to be catalysts, producing conditions for the creation of the new and the unanticipated.
Their performance pieces include Dynamite Fighter (Artprojx at GSK Contemporary, Royal Academy, 2008), The Funnel of Love (176 Gallery, 2009), Maiastra, Please Sing! (Romanian Cultural Institute, 2009) and The Filthy Songs Of Their Fathers (Guest Projects, 2010). Among their current projects is an exploration of I Rise In Flame, Cried The Phoenix by Tennessee Williams, which they have been developing at the National Theatre Studio.
The Foundling: DRUNK AND DISORDERLY
The final part in a quartet of performances to be presented
at the ICA
The last chapter of the Foundling project Drunk and Disorderly will be workshopped as part of an open rehearsal and performed. This forms the last of four distinct parts, which includes Lost and Found (performed
at the Tete a Tete Opera festival in London 2008), Hide and Seek, (performed at the The Foundling Museum 2009) and Sticks and Stones (performed at St George’s Church in Venice 2009).
The Foundling project was developed through collaborative performances with the composer Ian Dearden, the singer Linda Hirst, the trombone player Miguel Tantos and the cello player Oliver Coates, which took place at in the Foundling Museum and at live performances in Venice and London.
The video works include texts by the writer Mel Gooding spoken by the actor Julian Bird. This performance includes Linda Hirst, Miguel Tantos, Oliver Coates and Danny Standing
TURNTABLE TABLEAU, a film performance.
Aura Satz performs a talking book ventriloquist act, followed by a live soundtrack to her film on gramophone grooves. The hypnotic footage of spinning sound patterns is accompanied by a spiralling multivocal counterpart, a cornocupia of voices recounting a tale of mourning and technology, a forensic love-story of sorts in which the voices overlap, echo and pre-empt each other. The cinematic stage is animated by a voice-over carousel, a spinning tableau vivant, a canon of voices amplified by horns set on a rotating stage.
Aura Satz completed a theory/practice PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art, where she held a Henry Moore Foundation Post-doctoral Sculpture Fellowship. Since 2004 she has been a fellow at the London Consortium. She has performed, exhibited and screened her work nationally and internationally, including FACT (Liverpool), Site Gallery (Sheffield), Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea di Trento (Italy), De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill-on-Sea), the Zentrum Paul Klee (Switzerland), Whitechapel Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), the AV festival (Newcastle) and the IV Bienal of Jafre in Spain.
In 2008 she had solo shows at Beaconsfield Gallery and Artprojx Space, and her film 'Automamusic' has since been screened by Artprojx at Tate Britain, Site Gallery, LOOP festival Barcelona. She is co- founder of the 'Automatic Ensemble' project, which premiered in Switzerland in January 2009. During 2009-2010 Aura has been artist-in-residence at the Ear Institute, where she completed a film on gramophone grooves and sound inscriptions, funded by the Wellcome Trust. Forthcoming exhibitions and performances will take place at the Jerwood Space, the Barbican and the Wellcome Collection. Her projects can be seen online at www.iamanagram.com
Mr Rapehead is new 30 minute work made for the ICA extends his
obsessive manipulation of the mysterious and enigmatic atmospheres by
interrogating them with threats of violence and humour.
BC was born in London in 1948. He is a poet, sculptor and performance
artist, who is currently working in video and live work. He has been
commissioned to make solo installations and performances in many
countries including; Spain, Japan, Iceland, Israel, Holland, Norway,
Germany, Greenland and Australia His last solo show Antix at Matt’s
Gallery drew much critical acclaim. He is the founder of the
international performance group The Wolf In The Winter, whose most
recent manifestation in the UK was at The South London Gallery. His
video work moves between gallery installation and narrative films made
in collaboration with Tony Grisoni. They also produce the no holds
barred Cabaret Melancolique.
Catling’s permanent monument for the site of execution at the Tower of
London was unveiled in 2007. Eight books of Catling’s poetry have been
published and his work has been included in many anthologies. Etruscan
Press have just produced an anthology of his poetry; A Court Of
Miracles. This year he finished the Vorrh, his epic 1500 page prose
trilogy. He is currently preparing performances for future shows in
Amsterdam, Norway and Liverpool. He is Professor of fine art at the University of Oxford, and acting
head of The Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art.
Propositions is a project selected by Terry Smith that brings together a diverse body of work by nine current and past students from Wimbledon College of Art.
Artprojx will present films and videos by various artists throughout the weekend:
Ashish Avikunthak – Kalighat Fetish
Shoja Azari – Windows
David Blandy - My Philosophy
Catling & Grisoni – Vanished: A Video Séance & The Cutting
Mark Leckey – Cinema-in-the-Round & Shades of Destructors
Lynne Marsh - Planterwald (premiere)
Jo Mitchell – Concerto for Voice & Machinery II
Damon Packard - The Untitled Star Wars Mocumentary
Matt Stokes – Long After Tonight
Kalighat Fetish, 1999, 22 mins
Kalighat Fetish (Kalighat Athikatha), 16mm transferred to DVD.
The film attempts to negotiate with the duality that is associated
with the ceremonial veneration of the Mother Goddess Kali- the
presiding deity of Calcutta. It delves into the subliminal layers of
consciousness, underlying the ritual of Kali worship. The film
ruminates on the nuanced trans-sexuality that is prevalent in the
ceremonial performance of male devotees cross-dressing as Kali, in an
act of obsessive devotion. 1999, 16mm, Color, 22 minutes.
Ashish Avikunthak is an experimental filmmaker who has been making
films in India from the mid nineties. His films have been shown in
various film festivals around the world. His short film Kalighat
Fetish won the Best Documentary award in 2001 at the Tampere Film
Festival, Finland. His films have been exhibited at the Tate Modern,
London, Centre George Pompidou, Paris and Pacific Film Archive,
Berkeley among other locations. He has had retrospective of his works
at Goethe Institute, Calcutta (2004), Les Inattendus, Lyon (2006) and
at Yale University (2008). He has recently finished his first feature
length film, Shadows Formless, which had its world premier at the
Locarno Film Festival in 2007. He has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology
from Stanford University and currently teaches at Yale University.
Windows, 2006, 84 mins
Shoja Azari weaves together a loosely constructed narrative based on 9
single-shot scenes in which windows play a central role in the
storytelling. This dark, violent vision of American society presents
scenes of office rage, rape, and gun violence. Using the image of a
window as a unifying motif (and in one case, the mind's eye), Azari
mediates between the internal and the external. In each sequence, he
creates an elaborate visual choreography. As the camera pans, tilts,
and tracks through the cinematographic space, the protagonists enact
their own dramas across different planes of action. Throughout this
process, Azari invokes the viewer's imagination by adroitly exploiting
the tension between on-screen and off-screen action. This combination
of controlled camera movements and narrative suspense recalls such
disparate filmmakers as Michael Snow and Alfred Hitchcock.
Shoja Azari was born in Shiraz, Iran, in 1958. He moved to New York
City in 1983 and received an M.A. in Psychology from New York
University. In 1997 he met artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat, and
together they have created a body of work (short films, video
installations, and a multimedia theater piece) that has been exhibited
around the world. Azari's debut feature film K, based on three works
by Franz Kafka, screened at the Venice Film Festival. Windows is his
My Philosophy (compilation), 2010, 60mins
"So, you're a philosopher?
Yes, I think very deeply... (repeat and scratch)"
Excerpt from My Philosophy, Boogie Down Productions, Jive/RCA 1988
For My Philosophy, David Blandy brings together a selection of his
work from the past 8 years, all of which explores ways to live life in
the modern world. Where do we find ideas to believe in if organised
religion and philosophy no longer feel relevant, if popular culture is
the only authoritative voice to which we have access? Blandy seeks
answers to life's questions from Ben E. King, Bruce Lee, Robert
Johnson and David Carradine.
The programme will include two of his most recent films; Samurai Story
(2008), in which Blandy tries to live by the code of the Samurai in a
Japanese garden in Cheshire, which features a soundtrack written by
English Dub legend Manasseh; and Crossroads (2009), which investigates
the mythology around Robert Johnson, where Blandy, as the Blues
Legend, takes a trip to the Mississippi Delta to find the crossroads
where the bluesman made his legendary pact with the Devil.
David Blandy has just recently been announced as the winner of The
Times/The South Bank Show Breakthrough Award, presented by Sir Ian
McKellan at a ceremony shown on British national television.
BRIAN CATLING & TONY GRISONI
Vanished ! A Video Séance
VANISHED! A VIDEO SEANCE
Vanished! A Video Seance by Brian Catling and Tony Grisoni funded by
the Arts Council of England. This collaboration between
poet-performance artist and the screenwriter has produced a hybrid
work that uses atmospheric narrative to unwind the compelling true
story of "Gef, a spirit in the form of a mongoose with small yellow
human hands". The Father, Mother and Duaghter living in bleak
isolation each tell the story, revealing their complex and hidden
relationship which became a national curiosity.
“Scarier than Blair Witch," wrote Jonathan Romney in The Guardian.
“Vanished! comes into its own, making the most of ideas associated
with projection: we are literally seeing the family’s fantasies and
disturbances projected on screen... this is not simply a story of a
folie à trois, but apparently a drama of deception and abuse…
tellingly, nothing is spelled out."
A professor lays claim to a preserved body unearthed in a peat marsh.
He announces that the body is that of a 2,000 year old Iron Age man -
an aristocrat - a Prince of the Fens - a willing sacrifice. An old
woman cackles at the exhibited corpse. She says its the body of a
lover of hers when a girl - a salacious fool who fell in the marsh one
drunken evening on his way back from seeing her. The professor goes
into a spin. He withdraws his precious find, goes home to seek comfort
in his wife, a faded beauty, trapped in comatosed sleep. At night, the
old woman goes to find her lost lover. The professors wife
sleep-walks. And out in the marsh, something stirs...
“...making up such a bizarre apocryphal yarn is the sort of stunt that
American independent film-makers would pull. It couldn’t happen in a
British art gallery, could it?" Jonathan Romney.
Born in London in 1948. He is a poet, sculptor and performance artist,
who is currently working in video and live work. He has been
commissioned to make solo installations and performances in many
countries including; Spain, Japan, Iceland, Israel, Holland, Norway,
Germany, Greenland and Australia His recent solo show Antix at Matt’s
Gallery drew much critical acclaim. Four years ago he founded the
international performance group The Wolf In The Winter, whose most
recent manifestation was at The South London Gallery. His video work
moves between gallery installation and narrative films made in
collaboration with Tony Grisoni. They also produce the no holds barred
Cabaret Melancolique. He is professor of fine art at The Ruskin School
of Drawing & Fine Art, University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Linacre
Tony Grisoni worked in many different areas of film making before
turning to screenwriting. QUEEN OF HEARTS, 1989 was his award winning
first feature directed by Jon Amiel. He has worked closely with a
number of directors including Michael Winterbottom, John Boorman,
Julian Jarrold, James Marsh, Anand Tucker and Terry Gilliam (FEAR &
LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS and TIDELAND). Grisoni is also proud to count
himself amongst the crew on board the ship of fools: THE MAN WHO
KILLED DON QUIXOTE.
In 2001, Tony Grisoni made the trek along the people smugglers’ route
from the Pakistan/Afghan border, through Iran and Turkey to Europe
with the director, Michael Winterbottom. The resulting film, IN THIS
WORLD, won the 2002 Berlinale Golden Bear.
Shades of Destructors, 2005
A dark and baroque narrative based on a Graham Greene story about the
destruction of a house in post-blitz London.
A video lecture where “the artist offers a compilation of his talks on
film, television and video about the relationship between object and
Mark Leckey (b.1964) is an artist whose obsessions range from the
utmost refined fin-de-siecle decadence to '80s clothes and club
culture. He is together with Ed Liq, Bonnie Camplin, and Enrico David,
the founder of the band donAtelier. His video 'Fiorucci Made Me
Hardcore' which has reached cult status is a rigorous research on the
world of dance and identification constructed through labels and
tones. Music escapism and ambiguous sexual identities are the pivots
around which Leckey constructs a succession of images whose
fascination has to do with an ungraspable visual seduction. Leckey has
exhibited widely in the UK at Tate Britain, the ICA as well as in the
United States and Europe. (Bio drawn from Kulturflash). Leckey is
currently Professor of Film Studies at the Staelschule in Frankfurt am
Main in Germany.
Plänterwald, 2010, 18mins
Lynne Marsh's new single-channel video installation Plänterwald takes
as its protagonist a derelict amusement park at the edge of the city
of Berlin. Here, the masses are present through absence, as the park's
policed borders isolate it from public space. The work plays on the
absurdity of the use of force in relation to the decay and
obsolescence of the site. Plänterwald pursues Marsh's exploration of
worlds contained by an internal logic, and quietly, yet
relentlessly-like the defunct roller coaster-echoes the rumbles of
deep social and political fault lines and their explosive potential.
Lynne Marsh's practice is located at the intersection of performance,
cinema and the status of the image, at the convergence of cultural and
social concerns that operate in speculative fiction, choreography, and
staged events. Marsh's recent video works shot respectively in a
sports stadium and a TV studio investigate the inscription of
individual bodies in architectural environments built specifically for
mass consumption and mass cultural expression. Using codified
cinematographic techniques (extreme angles, sweeping, panning and
zooming shots), her vocabulary draws on the languages of video games,
sports coverage, television broadcasting, and the cinematography of
the early twentieth century.
Lynne Marsh was born in Canada and has been living and working in
London since completing her MA at Goldsmiths' College in 1998. Her
video installations have been exhibited in solo exhibitions at
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2007), Steve Turner Contemporary, Los
Angeles (2008) and the Musée d'art contemporain de Montreal (2008)
with an accompanying catalogue. Her work can be seen in an upcoming
group show entitled There is no audience, at Montehermoso,
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain in May.
Concerto for Voice & Machinery II, 2007,
HD video transferred to DVD, 40 mins
Concerto for Voice & Machinery II, was a one-off performance that took
place at the ICA on 20/2/07 and was a commissioned re-enactment of the
infamous performance by Einsturzende Neubauten and other musicians at
the ICA on 3/1/84. Composed around the use of industrial machinery,
the destruction of raw materials and ultimately, the theatre stage;
the original performance developed through dynamics of spontaneity and
improvisation towards an ultimately chaotic ending. The performance in
2007 took the relationship between that spontaneous event and the
necessary choreography that a re-enactment demands as its dynamic,
creating a desired and idealistic construct of the event, whilst
simultaneously exploring issues around expectation and the authentic
The 40 minute video explores the narrative of events that took place
at the ICA on 20/2/07 of the one-off performance of CVM II and
highlights the difference between the myth of the unfilmed original
and the inherent stagedness of the rehearsed re-enactment.
Jo Mitchell was born in Northamptonshire in 1965, graduated from
Goldsmiths with her MA in Fine Art in 1999 and lives & works in
The Untitled Star Wars Mocumentary, 2003, 50mins
The documentary Lucasfilm does not want you to see. It has to be seen
to be believed. Contrary to some opinions, this WAS all in good fun.
There is nothing caustic about any of it, I would hope Lucas himself
could have a laugh. It may be a bit much for his kids though, not
Director of numerous shorts and features spanning the past 27 years
back to 1982, (the incredible year that started it all) including "The
Untitled Star Wars Mockumentary", "Apple", "Dawn of an Evil
Millennium", "Sage Stallone: Portrait of a Madman", "The Early 70's
Horror Trailer", "Al's Techno Bar", "Chemtrails", "Lost in the
Thinking", "RollerBoogie III", the micro-budget "SpaceDisco One" and
the 286min 2001 mega-epic "Reflections of Evil" See
www.awayteamfanclub.com/reflectionsofevil for more details. As of
early 2009 completed an adaptation of Miyazaki's Nausicaa of the
Valley of the Wind. Quoted as saying "Too many months and years have
and continue to waste away from life's challenging hurdles. If there's
something to learn, fine but it's too bad the work possibilities that
could have been have to suffer along the way. The human life-span is
Long After Tonight, 2005, 6mins45secs
Original: Single-channel, Super 16mm film and audio transferred to
Long After Tonight documents a specially-organised event staged in St
Salvador's Church, Dundee. Parts of 'Sally's', as St Salvador's was
fondly known, were used during the 1970's as a venue for the city's
first Northern Soul nights. Although these sessions were held in an
adjoining hall, for the purposes of the film permission was sought to
use the church itself. By transposing the event to the unique interior
of the nave, the dancers are surrounded by the beautifully gilded and
ornate religious imagery of the building, thus creating a connection
between the location and the activity as expressions of faith,
commitment and shared purpose. The people that participated in the
filming came together from across the UK, some having attended the
original events held at Sally's. This link to the roots of the scene
in Dundee, and the Northern Soul fraternity as a whole, is critical in
establishing a heightened sense of unity and emotion evident in the
Matt Stokes's practice stems from a long-term inquiry into
subcultures, particularly musical ones. He is interested in the way
music provides a sense of collectivity, acting as a catalyst for
particular groups to form, shaping and influencing people's lives and
identities. Stokes's works are often context-specific; he immerses
himself in a setting and area of interest, through which
collaborations with informal communities arise. After a process of
collecting stories, information and materials related to their
histories and values, Stokes produces artworks that depart from his
research and take on a conceptual and aesthetic life of their own
through films, installations and events.
Matt Stokes was born in Penzance, Cornwall and has lived and worked in
NewcastleGateshead since 1993. His recent solo exhibitions include
these are the days (Arthouse, Austin), Real Arcadia (LüttgenMeijer,
Berlin), Now is Early (VOID, Derry), Long After Tonight (Kavi Gupta,
Chicago and Ziehersmith, New York), [un]promised land (Attitudes
espace d'arts contemporains, Geneva), Lost in the Rhythm (Temple Bar
Gallery, Dublin), and Pills to Purge Melancholy (Collective,
Edinburgh). He recently had shows at 176, London and BALTIC Centre for
Contemporary Art, Gateshead.