The early 1980s saw an explosion in alternative and independent moving image production. Clubbers, art students, new romantics and members of the postpunk scene used cheap domestic technologies to subvert the mainstream media and to find new modes of expression. Artists defied conventional ideas about how film should be made and who should make them. New ways of thinking about identity, the self and the body were all part of punk’s powerful legacy. Female, gay and black filmmakers pushed forward; squatting flats, clubbing and developing new styles and techniques together.

In collaboration with EYE, who will present two other excellent programs from the THIS IS NOW series on June 14, introduced by curator Will Fowler. More info => here!


John Maybury, The Union Jacking Up, 1985


This unlikely cocktail of visionary experimental films and bright, brash pop videos shows how visual culture changed radically at the start of the 1980s. Genre boundaries became blurred and the use of masks and make-up challenged the conventions of identity construction and representation – often to the sound of a catchy electronic melody.

Still Life With Phrenology Head, UK, 1979, dir. Cerith Wyn Evans, 14 min

Human League: Don’t You Want Me, UK, 1981, dir. Steve Barron, 4 min

Chat Rap, UK, 1983, dir. John Scarlett-Davis, 15 min

Adam Ant: Stand and Deliver, UK, 1981, dir. Mike Mansfield & Adam Ant, 3 min

Adam Ant: Prince Charming, UK, 1981, dir. Mike Mansfield & Adam Ant, 3 min

The Modern Image, UK, 1978, dir. John Maybury, 13 min

Solitude, UK, 1981, dir. John Maybury, 13 min

Bungalow Depression, UK, 1981, dir. Grayson Perry & Jennifer Binnie, 4 min

The Private View, UK, 1981, dir. The Neo-Naturists, 7 min

THIS IS NOW: FILM AND VIDEO AFTER PUNK is a major touring project that looks at artists’ film and video from the post-punk era (1978–85) in the UK, developed by LUX in partnership with the BFI National Archive.

Wednesday 25 May 2016
doors open: 8PM
tickets: WORM
address: Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam