Saturday 30 April 2016
Bloc Projects are pleased to host parts II – IV of a four part screening series from major touring programme THIS IS NOW: FILM AND VIDEO AFTER PUNK, selected for Art Sheffield 2016 by Martin Clark and Lux Special Programmes Curator Nicole Yip.
THIS IS NOW: FILM AND VIDEO AFTER PUNK is a major new touring programme rediscovering key underground films from the post-punk era in the UK (1978–85). This period saw an explosion in artist filmmaking amongst clubbers, art students, new romantics and members of the post-punk scene, who embraced cheap new domestic technologies and used them to bold and uncompromising effect.
The majority of these films have, for the most part, remained unseen until now. As part of a major restoration endeavour, the BFI National Archive has digitally remastered twenty Super 8 and 16mm films from this period, including titles by Isaac Julien, John Maybury, Sophie Muller, The Neo-Naturists, Grayson Perry, John Smith, Cordelia Swann, Jill Westwood and Cerith Wyn Evans.
New ways of thinking about identity, the self and the body were all part of punk’s powerful legacy. 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.
Featuring Cerith Wyn Evans, Steve Barron, John Scarlett-Davis, Mike Mansfield & Adam Ant, Mike Mansfield & Adam Ant, John Maybury, Grayson Perry & Jennifer Binnie and The Neo-Naturists.
The moral, political and symbolic integrity of the image itself is interrogated and overturned in these richly textured films. John Maybury casts Siouxsie Sioux and fashion designer David Holah in one of the singularly most stunning and ambitious Super 8 works of the era, the existential genderfuck Court of Miracles. Young filmmakers bring on the post-modern age.
Featuring John Maybury, Vanda Carter, Isaac Julien, Cerith Wyn Evans & John Maybury.
Provocative filmmakers in the early 1980s pursued occult interests, treating the moving image like a mirror or a crystal ball; a surface of divination to remap perception and question distinctions between what is and what might be, the objective and the subjective, the body and the mind. The programme includes challenging, transgressive work originally connected to the industrial scene.
Featuring Jill Westwood, Cordelia Swann, Michael Kostiff, Akiko Hada, Holly Warburton, Richard Heslop, Jennifer Binnie and Judith Goddard.
THIS IS NOW is presented by Art Sheffield in partnership with LUX and the BFI National Archive. The UK tour has been developed with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.