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September, 2018
Last chance to see – An Introduction at The Pharmacy Sat. 6th Oct. 11-3pm

Last chance to see – An Introduction at The Pharmacy Sat. 6th Oct. 11-3pm

Make sure you get along to a special opening of An Introduction – our group exhibition of work by students, alumni and staff of Fine Art, UoC Institute of the Arts. Thanks to the curators of The Pharmacy, the space will be open from 11-3pm on Saturday 6th Oct. 2018. By popular demand after a packed opening event last week.

 

Introducing… Blade Runner at Borderlines Book Festival, Carlisle

Introducing… Blade Runner at Borderlines Book Festival, Carlisle

I’ll be introducing a screening of Blade Runner (Director’s Cut, 2007) at Borderlines Book Festival on Friday. Now as you know, I’m no film theorist, so I’ll be talking about the film’s relationship to PKD’s Do Andoids Dream of Electric Sheep, production gossip and why Blade Runner is great fun to play with. And if anyone wants to geek out on further BR discussion, of the original(s) or 2049, or discuss dystopian fictions in general, I’ll see you in the bar after the screening.

8pm Tullie House Friday 5th October 2018 – Get your ticket here.

There are loads of other things to get to at Borderlines too – Pat Barker and Lucy Mangan are in town for instance. Full list of events lives here.

From Borderline’s webpage…

 

Do Androids dream of Electric sheep?/ Blade Runner

Philip K. Dick’s Dystopian novel, Do Androids dream of Electric sheep? was filmed by Ridley Scott as Blade Runner,  and has become an enduring Science Fiction classic.

Released in 1982, the film is set in a dystopian future Los Angeles of 2019, in which synthetic humans known as replicants are bio-engineered by the powerful Tyrell Corporation to work on off-world colonies, and stars Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos.

Jane Topping will introduce the film and lead an informal discussion, after the screening, on Blade Runner and our fascination for dystopian stories in literature and film.  Jane is Programme Leader of the BA (Hons) Fine Art at the University of Cumbria. Blade Runner was central to her PhD thesis and so she brings both the perspectives of a fan and an academic. She won ‘best short film’ for her production Peter which was shown at the 5th Annual Philip K Dick Science Fiction Film Festival in 2017.

Film running time: 117 minutes, plus discussion. Certificate 12

nou Screening at The 16th edition of International Festival Signes de Nuit, Paris

nou Screening at The 16th edition of International Festival Signes de Nuit, Paris

Delighted to be screening nou in Paris in a couple of weeks time. It’s the 16th Edition of the International Festival Signes de Nuit, the very first festival to screen Peter, way back in the yesteryear of 2014, so it’s particularly special that nou, Peter‘s sequel, will be seen in this context. The festival runs 4-14th Oct 2018 at Maison du Japon, Maison du Japon, Cité Universitaire de Paris. Full programme to follow… nou is playing as part of International Competition, Cinema in Transgression
# 2 – Monday 8th Oct. from 10pm…

nou screening at The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival, NY

nou screening at The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival, NY

My latest video, nou, will be making its North American Premiere at The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival in at The Producer’s Club, New York, on Saturday 6th Oct. Loads of interesting performances going on, including ‘THE PSYCHEDELIC MAESTRO’, Simon Boswell playing at the Mercury Lounge.

A huge thank you to Dan Abella, Jon Stevens and the team at PFMF.

 

 

Nigel Kneale

Nigel Kneale

Thinking about stone, about the smooth and the rough, about the digital and the analogue and cutting things up has sent me down a Nigel Kneale route. Here’s a link to The Stone Tape (1972) – everyone raves but it’s just too overwrought for me, and I like a bit of Bronte, as you know.

Here’s a link to a BBC Timeshift on Kneale – worth it for the home-made alien hands alone. And I would have loved to have seen the lost play The Road.

And last but of course not ever least is personal fav. Leonard Rossiter in The Year of the Sex Olympics (1968). I once painted the back of a leather jacket with a portrait of Rossiter. Off to look it out…

http://infinitejest.wallacewiki.com/david-foster-wallace/index.php?title=Subsidized_Time

My Life in the Bush of Ghosts – Byrne/Eno

My Life in the Bush of Ghosts – Byrne/Eno

This is what I’m listening to as I work today, after Cary Wolfe‘s essay on analog/digital has got me all spectral, listening for crackle, needing some jerky texture…

Listen to it here.

The Bear

The Bear

Close the internet! This is my colleague R’s new house mate. I kid you not. This is The Bear.

As of today, no further cats are required.

Pamela Doove, amongst others

Pamela Doove, amongst others

Always a risk to go see telly, live, but The League of Gentlemen was pretty perfect.

Pamela Doove’s audition

Review of show on The Guardian here.

Dylan Moran in Edinburgh

Dylan Moran in Edinburgh

He has actual jokes, which is sort of confusing now. Though they are good jokes. And he has stopped drinking, and obviously we should be supportive of such decisions. And yet, and yet…

Maybe I went to see Bernard Black and saw Dylan Moran. Must happen a lot. I mean, that must be a HUGE problem for Dylan Moran, in almost every way.

Here’s a very cool space man drawing from Moran’s website:

Hymns for Robots – Noctium Theatre at Carlisle Fringe

Hymns for Robots – Noctium Theatre at Carlisle Fringe

When do I ever get to Carlisle Fringe? Never. So this year I made sure I caught Hymns for Robots, at The Old Fire Station. I hadn’t even realised that Delia Derbyshire had lived in Cumbria. Some interesting interpretations of interviews with Derbyshire and quite a few magical moments of sound, though I would have loved more…

More about the show here.

Noctium Theatre website here.

Loads of Derbyshire info on Open Culture here.