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!
PERFORMING THE SELF
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.
AWL_006 THIS IS NOW / PERFORMING THE SELF
Wednesday 25 May 2016
doors open: 8PM
address: Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam