This is Now: Film and Video After Punk
This is Now: Film and Video After Punk Opening Night
This is the opening night and U.S. premiere of This is Now: Film and Video After Punk, a major touring program from the British Film Institute that features digitally remastered underground films and music videos from the post-punk era in the United Kingdom (1979–1985). This evening we will present two programs of films and videos.
Program One - Performing the Self: 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. This program includes the following films:
Still Life With Phrenology Head
Dir. Cerith Wyn Evans, UK, 1979, video, 14 min.
Human League: Don’t You Want Me
Dir. Steve Barron, UK, 1981, video, 4 min.
Dir. John Scarlett-Davis, UK, 1983, video, 15 min.
Adam Ant: Stand and Deliver
Dir. Mike Mansfield & Adam Ant, UK 1981, video 3 min.
Adam Ant: Prince Charming
Dir. Mike Mansfield & Adam Ant, UK 1981, video, 3 min.
The Modern Image
Dir. John Maybury, UK, 1978, video 13 min.
Dir. John Maybury, UK 1981, video 13 min.
Dir. Grayson Perry & Jennifer Binnie, UK, 1981, video 4 min.
The Private View
Dir. The Neo-Naturists, UK, 1981, video, 7 min.
Program Two – Home Taping: The mainstream media was treated like a giant library to be plundered for provocative play and subversion in the early 1980s. Whether filming their TV screen with a Super 8 camera or deftly copying tape-to-tape, artists grabbed and juxtaposed disparate material to disrupt the dominant ideologies of the age and create new visual music. The program includes notable examples of the Scratch Video phenomenon.
The Attitude Assumed: Still Life With Still Born
Dir. Cerith Wyn Evans, UK, 1980, video, 19 min.
Skinheads and Roses
Dir. Jill Westwood, UK, 1983, video, 7 min.
Jeffrey Hinton, UK, ca. 1983, video, 23 min.
Dir. George Barber, UK, 1984, video, 7 min.
Dir. George Barber, UK, 1983, video, 2 min.
Dir. Duvet Brothers, UK, 1984, video, 4 min.
The Commander in Chief
Dir. Gorilla Tapes, UK, 1984, video 4 min.
Art of Noise: Legs
Dir. George Barber & George Snow, UK 1985, video, 4 min.
Dir. Cordelia Swann, UK, 1982, video, 4 min.