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This Is Now – Film and Video after Punk

Popped into this Glasgow Film Festival compilation of film and video at the Tramway yesterday and caught these:

THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY (15.55– 17.10) Provocative filmmakers in the early 1980s pursued occult interests, treating the moving image like a mirror or a crystal ball; a surface of divination to remap perception and question distinctions between what is and what might be, the objective and the subjective, the body and the mind. The programme includes challenging, transgressive work originally connected to the industrial scene.

Jill Westwood, The Wound, 1984, 18 min Cordelia Swann, Winter Journey in the Hartz Mountains, 1983, 12 min Michael Kostiff, Liquid Video, 1983, 10 min Akiko Hada, The Branks, 1982, 7 min Holly Warburton, All Veneer and No Backbone, 1980-84, 5 min Richard Heslop, 23 Skidoo: F.U.G.I., 1983, 5 min Jennifer Binnie, Grayson/Flowers/Jewels, 1985, 3 min Judith Goddard, Lyrical Doubt, 1984, 16 min

VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR (17.10 – 18.00) Early independent video releases were the revolutionary, DIY antidote to a television system that was only just gearing up to a fourth channel. They bypassed censorship and provided a platform to the marginalised and unsanctioned. This eclectic selection includes a very rare John Smith title and punchy, stuttering Scratch Video works by The Duvet Brothers, Kim Flitcroft & Sandra Goldbacher, Gorilla Tapes and George Barber.

John Smith, Echo and the Bunnymen: Shine So Hard, 1981, 32 min The Miners’ Campaign Tapes: The Lie Machine, 1984, 16 min

Codrelia Swann’s Winter Journey in the Hartz Mountains was the clear winner for this appropriator.

For the full line up, see the Tramway website here.

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