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Pye Corner Audio: Stasis

I’m aye late to the audio party, but this is fantastic (and only a year old). Not sludgy or maudlin, Stasis is my current favourite to wiggle to. Less ‘creeping dread’ and more ‘dreamy disco with an otherworldly twist’ (thank you Holly Dicker). Buy it here.

Listen to it here.

Oresteia: This Restless House @ the Citz

Now this is more like it. Four and a half hours of angst and bloody violence. Some of row B didn’t know where to look. Utterly jaw dropping, kinda unbelievable was the energy of this thing. Actors must be off their trollies at times, it seems impossible to climb down from this level of commitment and get your bus hame. Thank you to CS for a brutal birthday present! More on the production here.

Yerma

This Young Vic production, directed by Simon Stone, had been getting raves so I popped along to a local live screening. It’s impossible to not be wowed by Billie Piper’s Her, and the staging is impressive and yet and yet… the contemporary dialogue is a little too predictable. I wonder if Federico García Lorca’s original power is lost in 2017? Baby madness. It happens I guess…

Sex Symbols in Sandwich Signs – Stephen Sutcliffe

This is the Sutcliffe show you’ve been waiting for. Get to it…

Sex Symbols in Sandwich Signs takes its title from a damming review of David Storey’s novel ‘Radcliffe’, which was critical of all the qualities Sutcliffe admires, namely its bleak, alienating narrative and ‘garrulous’ characters. The exhibition pulls at the seams of identity, expanding upon recurrent themes in Sutcliffe’s work: self-doubt, obsession, cultural constructs and class conflict. Central to the exhibition, one of two new video works draws parallels between the story of Radcliffe and the unrequited homosexual fixations of British filmmaker, Lindsay Anderson, toward possessive actor, Richard Harris. The exhibition also features a collection of working notes and images from Sutcliffe’s personal archive associated with previous video works, placing emphasis on the central role of collage within his creative thought.”

Nudes Never Wear Glasses – Kate Davis

And still in Edinburgh, Stills made the brilliant decision to show Kate’s new work, alongside her video Charity. Get along to see Kate’s show and read the accompianing text by Lauren Dyer Amazeen… more on the show here.

Jac Leirner – Add It Up

Popped in to the Fruitmarket to see this (superbly installed I should add) show. Upstairs was more interesting than down – smoking allowed. More on the show here.

Carradale and the Mull of Kintyre

…ohmistrollininfromtheseamadesire…

Off on a road trip with S, to track down the home of Naomi Mitchison. And we were denied access to Carradale House, so had to make do with a caravan park owner bored of folk asking, two grumpy dogs and a decent cat. Emergency bird book bought in Campbelltown added facts to speculation, Saddell Abbey carvings were wowed at, Carradale beach filmed as Mars, a puncture at the Tayinloan to Gigha ferry, scones… you get the drill. There’s a Linda Maccartney Memorial Garden which features a statue to rival Ronaldo’s.

 

Blade Runner on the Stairs

Watch this little Hospitalfield moment here.

Peggy Awesh

An email has told me that at the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival this year, this will be happening:

‘New York-based artist Peggy Ahwesh‘s first major presentation in the UK will include an exhibition and three screenings devoted to her vast span of work from the 1980s to the present. In a career that began with Pittsburgh punk and working on set with the late George A. Romero, Ahwesh’s practice uses the innovative, the hilarious, to explore a broad range of questions about artists’ filmmaking and history, documentary strategies, collage, feminism, queerness, punk, transgression, improvisation, childhood, adaptation, humor, hypnosis, video game and internet culture, addiction, pornography, and more.
Ahwesh will be present in Berwick for the Festival to introduce one of the most varied and sublime bodies of work in the field of artists’ film and video.’

Woo hoo! Here are two of her works, chosen at random and both blindingly great…

From Romance to Ritual (1985)

The Third Body (2007)

More on Berwick here.

Ahwesh on UbuWeb here.

 

A summer comes to an end…

…and, bar a research trip to Carradale, thoughts must, inevitably, turn to the education of others. This summer I’ve not watched much, but I have read things. Here they are. A Naomi Mitchison obsession develops. Walter Tevis’ Mockingbird turns out to be wonderful. Ballard – no more required. Love, communication and rabbits all on the bill. No Wodehouse, what?