Items of note

Twists in the Cord (or) Other Extensions of the Telephone

Before I head up to Hospitalfield in time for FIELDWORK International Summer School – Summer Festival, and thanks to a purchase of Civic Radar, a massive monograph of Lynn Hershman Leeson, I’m gorging on all things LHL today. Here’s a link to her 1994 ‘history of the telephone docudrama’, if you can believe the pigeon-holing, Twists in the Cord (or) Other Extensions of the Telephone.

And here’s a shot of Lorna. Off to watch Teknolust now…

Peter wins Best PKD Short Film at the 5th Annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival 2017

Peter wins Best PKD Short Film at the 5th Annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival 2017

Thank you to Dan Abella, the PKD crew and to all the filmmakers I met this week. A superb festival… I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. No really, at one point I was surrounded by alien abductees…

Here’s a Facebook thang.

Now, how to wear those laurels..?

Free Fire

The new Ben Wheatley/Amy Jump film is so well written, there’s not a bullet that doesn’t count. Hilarious too. The only downside for me is genre, but that’s a personal thing, init. When there’s a Wheatley/Jump American high school film out…

Free Fire Trailer but don’t watch this before you get to the pictures…

Interview here.


Blade Runner 2049

Here’s the trailer.

Here’s an nme article.

It looks like it’s a geekfest of refs – Officer K indeed! I’m excited though.

Men – in the future.

Berlin Report

Ably assisted by the students of University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts, I saw some things in Berlin. A man walking a pig, for instance.

I also saw a lot of art ‘n’ that. One post only, as you’ll be familiar with the itinerary…

Along with the big work by big lads, the Hamburger Bahnhof had a magnificent Adrian Piper show on, The Probable Trust Registry: The Rules of the Game #1-3, (numbers one and two, nosey) and the usual strip of belters (including Thomas Schütte, Pipilotti Rist and Isa Genzken/Wolfgang Tillmans).

The Bauhaus Archiv remains intact, this week showing loads of images of lassies in shorts, lassies on stairs, lassies doing gymnastics (the odd male Bauhaus student was photographed too, mostly in their suits strangely: ah, they were different times) and there is a show by Jasper Morrison too. He gives good fork.

Buchholtz Galerie was looking wealthy, I don’t think we need to worry about them, but my favourite bits of the current show, full of favourites (inc. Trisha Donnelly and Mark Leckey), were actually the photos by Hervé Guibert. A bit of the PR blurb: The writer and photographer Hervé Guibert travelled to Japan in 1984 for the newspaper Le Monde to visit Akira Kurosawa on the set of his film Ran. Despite the title of these photographs – “Tournage Ran II & III” – these two are the only known prints that Guibert made from this visit. They show extras on the film set in soldier costumes as they doze or rehearse poses in a wooden fortress.

Loads going on at KW Institute of Contemporary Art. Hanne Lippard’s audio piece Flesh was the stand out for me.

At C/O was Watched! Surveillance, Art & Photography which was a little like a mini Electronic Superhighway, including the ubiquitous Hito Steyerl (I just can’t get enough, it’s fine) and a brilliant but too wee installation by Meriç Algün Ringborg, Doppelgänger, from Which No One Will Ever See, 2012.

Cindy Sherman was at SPRÜTH MAGERS. If you like this sort of thing? asks SM, and I do.

The Jewish Museum had on Cherchez la Femme, which included lots of wig info – you know I love that. And that space, the one that gives your body a tiny inkling. More on the building here.


Sans Soleil

Revisiting Marker’s 1983 Sans Soleil this weekend was like visiting an old friend, one who has aged beautifully and is more inspirational than ever. Sigh.

Watch it here.

Screen Shots – Sans Soleil…

Screen Shot - Sans Soleil

Kate Davis – Charity

Thanks to Kate Davis, I popped along to the World Premier of Charity, the film made with the support of the 2016 Margaret Tait Award and Lux Scotland. Great to see a chum’s work in Cinema 1 at the GFT, and a full house. More about Kate and her work here


Is Chris Marker’s collage/collection of all sorts of works. Respectfully clunky, but maybe the only way to see Immemory without Macintosh OS9.


Here’s a little thing about formats.

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Working for six days on the trot has clearly resulted in a feeding frenzy for my eyeballs. Here’s one for Iain, a turner, though presumably a well behaved one.

Directed in 1960 by Karl Reisz from Alan Sillitoe‘s novel.

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (credits only)

Chat écoutant la musique – Chris Marker

In honour of Method’s appreciation of The Soft Machine earlier today, here’s the first of three Chris Marker films…

Chat écoutant la musique

From his collection Bestiaire aka Petit Bestiaire (1990), consisting of three ‘video haikus’. And now for owls and the zoo…

An Owl is an Owl is an Owl

Zoo Piece