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Video stills from File under Sacred Music

File under Sacred Music (20 mins DVD with sound) is Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard's re-make of an infamous bootleg video documenting The Cramps legendary performance at Napa Mental Institute, California in 1978. The film continues to tour the UK and Europe in screenings, exhibitions and special events. All details are below, with forthcoming and most recent dates at the top.

9th June - 17th September 2006
Switch on the Power! Noise and Policies on Music, Vigo

17th October 2006 - 7th January 2007
Switch on the Power! Noise and Policies on Music, Las Palmas

2nd February - 22nd April 2007
Switch on the Power! Noise and Policies on Music, Vitoria

File under Sacred Music features in the touring exhibition Switch on the Power! Noise and Policies on Music, curated Xabier Arakistain, which brings together 28 artists from the world of art and music who employ similar performative and aesthetic strategies as a means to construct discourses that often convey alternative values and/or political critique. The show also features work by Laurie Anderson, Bauhaus, Leigh Bowery, Diamanda Galas, Dan Graham, Nina Hagen, Lene Lovich, Genesis P. Orridge, Peaches, Siouxsie Sioux and Andy Warhol.

MARCO, Museum of Contemporary Art Vigo, Spain
CAAM, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas, Spain
Centro Cultural, Montehermoso, Vitoria, Spain

13th April - 23rd April 2006
Metropolis Rise: New Art from London. Shanghai, China

29th April - 14th May 2006
Metropolis Rise: New Art from London. Beijing, China

File under Sacred Music features in Metropolis Rise: New Art from London, an exhibition curated by Anthony Gross & Jen Wu (temporarycontemporary). Alongside the film and various related documents and ephemera Iain & Jane will present a specially created version of File under Sacred Music (Reverberation) translated into Mandarin.

CQL Design Center, 50 Moganshan Lu, 200060 Shanghai

Dashanzi 798 Art District, No.4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing

25th February - 26th March 2006
Music for People. Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland

File under Sacred Music features in a series of artists' films about music and performance presented by the DCA. The season also features work by Johanna Billing, Nick Raplh & Oliver Payne, Pierre Huyghe, Mathias Poledna, Phil Collins, Mark Leckey and Mika Taanila. Check out the DCA web site for full details of the programme and to confirm dates and times for screenings.

Dundee Contemporary Arts
152 Nethergate
Dundee DD1 4DY

17th February - 9th April 2006
Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam

File under Sacred Music features in the exhibition iPod Killed The Video Star curated by Ken Pratt and Boris van Berkum at Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam. Please visit the gallery web site for further information and the full line-up of artists in the exhibition.

MAMA Showroom for Media and Moving Art
Witte de Withstraat 29-31
3012 BL Rotterdam the Netherlands

Open Wednesday - Sunday 12:00 - 18:00

Friday 2nd December 2005
Brighton Film Festival 2005

File under Sacred Music will be screened as part of a programme of film-based works by Iain & Jane at CineCity, Brighton's 3rd annual Film Festival.

Presented as part of 'The Basement Screenings' section of the festival, the programme begins at 6pm, and will be
introduced on the night by Michael Connor, Head of Exhibitions at BFI South Bank and the National Centre for the Moving Image. Admission is free.

CineCity 2005
The Brighton Fringe Basement
The Argus Lofts, 24 Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ

11th November - 10th December 2005
Video London in Espai Ubú, Barcelona

File under Sacred Music will be presented at the Cultural Centre of Sant Andreu from 11th November for two weeks. The exhibition will feature work by four artists and after two weeks the work will transfer to Espai Ubu to be screened within a compilation of short works by 21 artists for the remainder of the show.

The programme is co-ordinated by Espai Ubú, and selected by Keith Patrick and Jennifer Thatcher.

Video London
Young video art from London and the UK
Opening Party + night screening
Saturday 12 November 8 -11pm
Espai Ubú, Plaça Prim 2, 08005 Barcelona

Thursday 3rd November 2005
Side Cinema, Newcastle
File under Sacred Music is being screened in Newcastle as part of an evening of artworks that engage in the practice of re-enactment or the technical phenomenon of simulation.

Featuring: Nina Pope & Karen Guthrie, Ben Coode-Adams &
Marcus Coates, Ulrike Kubatta, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Marisa S. Olson, and others.

This programme is supported by the University of Sunderland and coincides with the exhibition “Once More… With Feeling” at the Reg Vardy Gallery.

The Side Cinema is tucked behind the Side Café on Newcastle’s Quayside. The cosy little cinema only seats 52 people and shows a range of films distributed through non- commercial networks.

Further information: www.sidecinema.com

22nd July - 22nd August 2005
Handclaps - at Garage Festvial, Stralsund
Handclaps features films and documentaries oscillating between music, media and art. It comments on pop music phenomena in a non-linear and associative way. Programmed by Tim Tetzner, File under Sacred Music features in the first section of the festival, subtitled 'Pranksters'. For more information and full screening details visit the festival web site.

Handclaps at Garage Festival 2005 / Stralsund
Am Fährkanal 2, 18439 Stralsund, Germany
Garage Festival 2005 info: garage.in-mv.de

Monday 18th July 2005
The Hospital, London
A special one-off screening of File under Sacred Music takes place in the cinema at The Hospital in Covent Garden, London on Monday 18th July 2005. Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard's recent film Anyone else isn't you was exhibited in the gallery at The Hospital throughout June.

The Hospital
24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9HQ

24th - 27th November 2004
18e Rencontres Parralèles, Normandie
File under Sacred Music can then be seen at the Centre d'Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie as part of 18e Rencontres Parralèles. The festival runs from 24th - 27th November.

Le Centre d'Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie
BP 59 € 7 passage de la Poste € 14200 Hérouville Saint Clair
Tel 02 31 95 50 87 - Fax 02 31 95 37 60

18th - 22nd November 2004
Viper Basel International Festival for Film, Video and New Media
File under Sacred Music has been nominated for Viper 2004 taking place in Basel from 18th - 22nd November. A temporary installation is being created at the Gare du Nord in Basel on Saturday 21st November. The festival features screenings, installations, performances, workshops a conference and more. More...

Viper Basel
St. Alban-Rheinweg 64 - 4052 Basel - CH
Tel +41.61.283 27 00 - Fax +41.61.283 27 05

Gare du Nord
Bahnhof für Neue Musik (im Bad. Bahnhof Basel)
Schwarzwaldallee 200, CH-4058 Basel

Saturday 21st August 2004
Vinyl #2 - Redux, Commercial Street, London E1
Vinyl is a series of collaborations with artists and musicians that proposes the construction of a social space in the form of a nightclub, that calls into question its own foundation, in the general terms of sound and image.

The Vinyl #2 event and party at Redux featured a screening of File under Sacred Music alongside work by Kalwinder Bajar, Ellen Cantor, Shezad Dawood, Mark Dean, FLAG, Marc Hulson, Wolfe Lenkiewicz, Melanie Manchot, Steven Micalef, Derek Ogbourne, Paul O’Neill, Douglas Park, Esther Planas, Riviera F, Mark Aerial Waller and music from Paul O’Neill, Riviera F, FLAG; with recordings by Nikki Giovanni and Soul, Funk and Jazz artists from the Revolutionary Era of "Soul!” (1968 -1973)

Friday 20th August 2004
Bowieart Film Night- Portobello Film Festival, Westbourne Studios, London W10

The Bowieart film night was presented as part of the Portobelllo Film Festival. A highlight of the evening was a screening of File under Sacred Music.

The Bowieart Film Nights are an opportunity to catch rarely seen work by a selection of exciting emerging artists based in the UK and USA working in film today. The most recent selection includes a mélange of wit, absurdity, twisted narrative, popular culture and escape into the downright fantastical.

For details visit bowieart.com

26th June - 18th July 2004
From Here To Eternity (and back again) - Generator Projects, Dundee

A group show curated by Dan Howard-Birt featuring File under Sacred Music as well as work by Katy Dove, Nick Evans, Dylan Shipton, Kate Street and Mark Titchner.

Generator Projects is located at 25-26 Mid Wynd, Dundee DD1 4JG, Scotland. For more information contact the gallery at generatorprojects@yahoo.co.uk / 01382 225982.

May 2004
Foundation Adriano Olivetti, Rome

Part of a series of screenings of videos never seen in Italy before, titled Love Me Before I Die #1 a video survey curated by Luca Lo Pinto. Inatalled in the Foundation Adriano Olivetti Project Space at Via G.Zanardelli, 34, 00186 Roma. Visit their web site at: www.fondazioneadrianolivetti.it

Installation view of File under Sacred Music and File under Sacred Music (This much is certain)
Installation view of File under Sacred Music and File under Sacred Music (This much is certain)

March - April 2004
This Much Is Certain - Royal College of Art, London SW7

Presented along with the original notes and shooting script from making the film. This much is certain was an exhibition at the Royal College of Art, London also featuring: Miriam Bäckström, Daniel Baker, Gerard Byrne, Dexter Dalwood, Jeremy Deller, Huang Yongping, Emily Jacir, John Massey, Aernout Mik, Museum of Jurassic Technology, Kirsten Pieroth, Jamie Shovlin, Jeffrey Vallance.

The exhibition catalogue includes a new essay by writer and critic Tom McCarthy - his first-hand account of the events on the day of the filming of File under Sacred Music along with previously unpublished photographs documenting the making of the project. For more information visit: www.cca.rca.ac.uk/thismuchiscertain. More...

Wednesday 11th February 2004
Artist's Films on Music Culture
National Film Theatre, London SE1

An excerpt was screened as part of Artist's Films on Music Culture - films and videos by artists including Mark Leckey, Rodney Graham and David Blandy. The screening was presented in collaboration with the Hayward Gallery. For more information: www.bfi.org.uk/showing/nft/ More...

Gage Festival Programme

Saturday 7th February 2004
Gage Festival, Hull

Screened as part of an annual festival organised by Hull Time Based Arts. This special evening event also featured a live performance by ex-Spacemen 3 main-man Sonic Boom. For more information: www.timebase.org

Friday 19th December 2003
Roadmender, Northampton

Presented at Roadmender on the same night as The Damned played live as part of their UK tour.

Friday 14th November 2003
Schaufenster, Oslo

A special one-night-only event to premiere File under Sacred Music in Oslo at Schaufenster, 20 Seilduksgata 31.

Installation view of File under Sacred Music with Iain and Jane at Charade

October - December 2003
Charade - Impressions Gallery, York

Installed in one of the lower galleries as part an exhibition exploring diverse notions of identity, fantasy and performance. Part of SightSonic 2003, York's International Digital Arts Festival. Visit www.impressions-gallery.com for more information about the gallery. More...

Thursday 28th August 2003
Video Acts ICA Gallery Talk - ICA, London SW1

A gallery talk at the ICA by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard about the Video Acts exhibition and discussing performance based video works. File under Sacred Music was screened alongside selected works from the ICA exhibition including Vito Acconci and Bruce Nauman.

Installation view of File under Sacred Music at Bootleg

Saturday 26th July 2003
Bootleg - Spitalfields Market, London E1

Exhibited as part of a site-specific show curated by Craig Burnett, Pernilla Holmes, Sarah Grainger-Jones, Pablo Lafuente, Tom Morton and Catharine Patha. The project took place in Spitalfields Market. More...

Friday 13th June 2003
We're coming to take you away hurrah!! - ICA, London
Screened in London for the first time at a special event at the ICA organised by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard. Featuring live performances from The Parkinsons, Holly Golightly, Banned and The Courgettes as well as film projections from Core Arts, performances and DJ's in the ICA Bar. More...

Friday 2nd May 2003
Showroom Cinema, Sheffield

First cinema presentation of the film, presented in association with The Site Gallery.

March - May 2003
Shooting Live Artists - Site Gallery, Sheffield

First public presentation of File under Sacred Music. A large-scale projection was installed in Persistence Works next door to the gallery for the duration of Art Sheffield. After this, the film was moved into the gallery as part of the Shooting Live Artists exhibition. More...

Gage Festival Programme

File under Sacred Music

March 2003 -
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File under Sacred Music shows
This Much is Certain
We're coming to take you away, hurrah!
Music for People
Switch on the Power!
Artists' Films about music culture
Shooting Live Artists
Faraway So Close

Related essays and press
'Nests, Puke, Frames and baby Faces', Tom McCarthy
'It Beats Bingo!', The Guardian
'Rewind and repeat to fade' - Art Review
'Psychotic Reaction' - Mojo
'Spastic Fantastic' - Sleazenation
'Would a band by any other name...' - i-D Magazine

Related work
File under Sacred Music (Reverberation)
File under Sacred Music (This much is certain)

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File under Sacred Music
Shooting Live Artists

This Much is Certain catalogue
This Much is Certain catalogue

This Much is Certain catalogue essay: "Two different events, two different event-zones, might have been taking place simultaneously, superimposed over one another in the kind of quantum-logic way the real Cramps, fans of trashy sci-fi, would have loved - but the raw power of Zone One, the Orphic gig-zone, made it impossible to remain safely enclosed within Zone Two, the conceptual art zone." More...

Art Review: "The magnitude and sensitivity of this engagement should not be underestimated. Its terms, beyond any binary, liberal accusations of exploitation, dared to embrace, more extremely than before, the tragic flaw lying between chance and action that makes Forsyth and Pollard's epic structures of re-performance such extraordinary works of art." More...

i-D magazine: "The whole project has an element of predictability that recalls the best of '60s and '70s performance art." More...

Sleazenation: "The most electrifying event the ICA has seen in years" More...


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