December, 2016

Tutu Woodhouse – a thing I almost made…

I’m determined to make this not good thing into something else, and so something better, during the next three weeks. It’ll involve a complete re-write, new approach, but I’m so game. A video about walking, hats and violent Smurfs.

But this video is currently password protected, for vanity’s sake.



We see it once

Just noticed this photo of Ace City Racers, pausing in front of my video, Women: 8 Films. From, erm, 2014 or something?



Second Chance Man – Christoph Girardet

A chat with Jamie Simpson this morning reminded me of chum Christoph Girardet’s participation in the Tindersticks’ The Waiting Room Project. Christoph made Second Chance Man. Nothing to do with sigur rós at all, sorry Jamie.

Second Chance Man - Christoph Girardet

Second Chance Man – Christoph Girardet

A 13 Point Script for a YouTube Unboxing Video, 2016

Here’s a link to the text bit of a performance I gave at the NAFAE conference in July at the University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts. The performance is called…

A 13 Point Script for a YouTube Unboxing Video

And here’s the visual bit – a silent video…

A 13 Point Script for a YouTube Unboxing Video

Why not try reading along yourself to make the thing?


Video Festival – Transmission – 10 & 11 December

Vicki and Alex, Like the Clouds is in day two of Transmission’s Video Festival. Lots of other treats in store too…788ed65c-1755-4873-88e7-91201e09b41a

Come join us at Transmission for a mini-festival of members’ video work, over two days! This is one of the most exciting parts of our current film screening programme, and is not to be missed!

PART ONE: SAT 10th DEC from 3PM
Works by:

Anne Mie Bak Andersen, Elaine Ang, Peter Basma-Lord, Jennifer Clews, Benjie Cluness, Chantal Ng, Kenneth Davidson, Dora Economou, Michael Davis & Nathan Elliot, Federico Delvecchio, Fionn Duffy, Victoria Evans, Choterina Freer, Warren Garland, Katrine Holmgren, Morwenna Kearsley, Katherine Ka Yi Liu, Ella Ruth Mackay, Steve Mallon, Declan Malone, Michelle Marcoux, Rowan Markson, Jens Masimov, Nicola McCartney, Robert Thomas/James Mills and Paul Chambers

PART TWO: SUN 11th DEC from 3PM
Works by:

Giuseppe Mistretta, Ewan Mitchell, Rebecca Morris, Marija Nemcenko, Danny Pagarani, Holly Hennessy, Stina Runesson, Alan Rutherford, Michael Sacco, John S Savage, Helen Shaddock, Rachel Simpson, Sandra Alland, James Stephen Wright, Richard Taylor, Alexander Storey Gordon, Jane Topping, Anna Wachsmuth,
Kim Yahya, Daniela Zahler, and Dan Shay


Vicki and Alex, Like the Clouds (2015)

Vicki and Alex, Like the Clouds (2015)


Here’s the real reason Curtis’ latest was so depressing:

BBC as Echo Chamber – thanks Torsten. And yet there’s a huge problem with Robin’s critique and that’s the presumption that Curtis believes what he makes his narrator say. No one can believe that. No one, anywhere, ever.

And is it so wrong to want certainties? Time to re-watch The Century of the Self…

Screen shot - Hypernormalisation, 2016

Screen shot – Hypernormalisation, 2016

Hito Steyerl – Politics of Post-Representation

This is good: Hito Steyerl – Politics of Post-Representation



12-Hour Action Group at The Cooper Gallery

In fine, fine company, I attended this whole bally affair, bar a nip out for a noodles and red wine tea. Amelia Jones was slick and professional, though I could have done with more… Laura Mulvey delivered from her couch, and, as ever, was clear as a bell, speaking my language… Fun-filled performances by Linder, JL Williams (and group) and Sarah Smart. Althea Greenan‘s Woman Artists Slide Write was excellent. If only we had run to time and managed to fit in all of Riddle of the Sphinx... Here’s an extract.

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Streetwise – Martin Bell – 1984

After an hour of scrambling around in that internet last week, big thanks to Calum and Stasia for pointing out to me that this whole, heartbreaking, documentary is on YouTube here.


Project X

Watch this terrifying study of a journey and a building here.

“A top-secret handbook takes viewers on an undercover journey to Titanpointe, the site of a hidden partnership. Narrated by Rami Malek and Michelle Williams, and based on classified NSA documents, Project X reveals the inner workings of a windowless skyscraper in downtown Manhattan.

This film is the product of a joint reporting project between Field of Vision and The Intercept.”

Interview with the filmmakers here.


The FBI occupies the entire 23rd floor of 26 Federal Plaza, seen here behind 33 Thomas Street. Still from “Project X”