Screening curated by Nicole Yip (LUX Scotland)
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 7:30pm // ACUD Studio
The early 1980s saw an explosion in alternative moving image production connected to the post-punk and industrial music scenes. At a time when the commercial music video industry was just beginning to gather pace, independent labels began to emerge, stridently bypassing censorship and issuing their own releases.
This unique moment gave rise to the Doublevision label, established by Cabaret Voltaire and Paul Smith in 1982 to release video works by themselves and other industrial and experimental artists. The following year, they also started to release records. Cabaret Voltaire had been experimenting with video equipment since around 1979 and many of their affiliates, including Throbbing Gristle, 23 Skidoo, CTI, The Residents, Einstürzende Neubauten and Tuxedomoon, likewise experimented with the use of visuals, film and video. This screening features a selection of material originally released under the Doublevision label, offering an exclusive insight into the diverse and radical nature of music-related moving image production of the time.
Throbbing Gristle: In the Shadow of the Sun, dir. Derek Jarman, 1972-74/1980, super 8mm (transferred to 16mm), 50 min
Kundalini from 23 Skidoo: Seven Songs, dir. Richard Heslop, 1982, 8mm, VHS and U-matic tape (original format), 5 min 30 sec
Vegas El Bandito from 23 Skidoo: Seven Songs, dir. Richard Heslop, 1982, 8mm, VHS and U-matic tape (original format), 3 min
Marys Operation 23 Skidoo: Seven Songs, dir. Richard Heslop, 1982, 8mm, VHS and U-matic tape (original format), 4 min 30 sec
Sidereal (Time Measured by the Movement of the Stars) from CTI: Elemental 7, dir. CTI (Chris Charter, Cosey Fanni Tutti and John Lacey), 1983, VHS (original format), 5 min
Well Spring of Life (Gathering the First Waters of Spring) from CTI: Elemental 7, dir. CTI (Chris Charter, Cosey Fanni Tutti and John Lacey), 1983, VHS (original format), 7 min
Diskono from Doublevision presents: Cabaret Voltaire, dir. Cabaret Voltaire, 1982, U-matic tape (original format), 6 min
Nag, Nag, Nag from Doublevision presents: Cabaret Voltaire, dir. St. John Walker, 1982, U-matic tape (original format), 5 min
Extract from Johnny Yesno from Doublevision presents: Cabaret Voltaire, dir. Peter Care, 1982, 16mm (original format), 3 min
This screening is curated by Nicole Yip (Director, LUX Scotland) and is presented by LUX in association with the touring film project, THIS IS NOW: FILM AND VIDEO AFTER PUNK (1978-85), developed in partnership with the BFI National Archive.
Nicole Yip is a curator and writer based in Glasgow. She has been Director of LUX Scotland since September 2016 and was previously Special Projects Curator at LUX. She has curated exhibitions, film screenings and projects at venues including the Kochi-Muziris Biennale; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Firstsite, Colchester; The Showroom, London and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, where also worked on the inaugural LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images (2012). She is a contributor to Frieze magazine and co-editor of publications including Xerography (Colchester: Firstsite, 2013) and Ulises Carrión: Gossip, Scandal and Good Manners (London: Royal College of Art, 2010). She was a member of the international jury for VIDEONALE.16 (2017) and Document International Film Festival (2016).
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