Since 2006 I have been showing my films within the context of the live event often in collaboration with writers, musicians and other artists. Frequently the films are shown as extended ‘Expanded Cinema’ pieces using multiple projectors, 35mm slides and effects.
Composition (Live performance plus Q&A@Oblong Cinema 05/07/14)
Performed for the first time expanded as a live performance piece with a collaged audio soundtrack and live reading by the poet Ian Harker. There followed a Q&A and discussion between artist filmmaker Chris Hall, poet and filmmaker Johnny Solstice and the founder of Oblong Cinema Mark Waddington .
and…CUT! (06:55 mins: Super 8 transferred to DV: 2010)
Performed at the Common Place in the weeks after Gideon ‘George’ Osborne announced his ‘comprehensive spending review’. The event was a response to the ‘coalition’ government’s economic shock therapy that featured collaborations between artists, fimmakers and musicians. This film was a direct collaboration between Chris Hall and musician and noise artist Stewart Bannister.
Re-claimed (Film event, former Royal Park School: 2009)
An evening of film and music collaborations in the main hall of the re-claimed Royal Park School building. Included local filmmakers, improvised musical scores and live performance pieces. Included a rare screening of Derek Jarman’s incredible Garden of Luxor with live soundtrack.
Reflections on the Brave New World (12:00 mins/16mm and Super 8mm/2008)
Live multi-projection durational performance using 16mm found footage and manipulated hand-processed Super 8 film. With collaged sound and live audio intervention.
In 1962 shortly before his death, Aldous Huxley author of Brave New World addressed an audience at Berkeley CA with a speech entitled ‘The Ultimate Revolution’.
He reflected on the advances made since the publication of his prophetic novel in 1932 and contemplated the nature of control in advanced democratic societies, where technology plays an increasingly centralised role in the regulation of body and mind.
‘If you can get people to consent to the state of affairs in which they’re living…the state of servitude the state of being, having their differences ironed out, and being made amenable to mass production methods on the social level, if you can do this, then you have, you are likely, to have a much more stable and lasting society. Much more easily controllable society than you would if you were relying wholly on clubs and firing squads and concentration camps.’
Reflections on the Brave New World is a response to a recording of the Huxley speech and was performed as part of EXP24’s night for Leeds International Film Festival in 2008. The work consisted of a prepared film loop edited to a soundtrack using found footage and hand processed Super 8 film. This was synchronised alongside an educational 16mm film featuring an earthworm in preparation for dissection. Confrontational with the interplay between the two images side by side on screen, the piece is suggestive with both the specimen of the earthworm and the face of the woman undergoing external manipulation. Portions of the original voice recording could be heard along with live audio interference and selected readings from Herbert Marcuse’s One Dimensional Man.
The piece was first performed in 2008 at KiNETIKA! EXP24’s event for the 22nd Leeds International Film Festival, there is some footage posted here. It has since been screened in a split screen format and in 2011 was updated and performed at oko‘s expanded cinema event Cinema Corporel.
Transmission (15:00 mins/Multi-projection performance/2008)
Performed as part of EXP24’s Re-form[at] Super 8 workshop screening taking place at the Victoria Hotel, Leeds. Transmission was a durational piece using two synchronised Super 8 projectors. Sound was generated and mixed live.
Breakdown (15:00 mins/Multi-projection performance/2006)
Performed as part of EXP24’s event for Light Night. The performance utilised numerous Super 8 and slide projectors and featured an improvised, live soundtrack using tapes and collaged audio. The event took place under the Dark Arches in Leeds’ Granary Wharf.