Video still of File under Sacred Music
Following on from ‘Kill Your Timid
Notion’, DCA presents a series of artists’ films
about music and performance. From the spirit of 1968 to the present
day, from The Cramps to Hip Hop, the focus of each film varies, but
the films share a preoccupation with the experience of and participation
in popular music and youth culture as a collective, shared activity.
During the week, see a different film every day. Or see all the programmed
films together at weekends.
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard: 'File under
Sacred Music' 2003
Tue 28 Feb & 14 Mar
A re-creation of a fabled bootleg video of a 1978 session by legendary
band The Cramps at The Napa Valley State Mental Institution, California.
Johanna Billing: 'Magical World' 2005
Wed 1 & 15 Mar
A moving mix of poetry and politics, this film was a collaboration
with a group of children from a cultural centre outside Zagreb, Croatia.
Nick Replh & Oliver Payne: 'Mixtape'
Thu 2 & 16 Mar
Strangely dreamlike, this film resembles an intimate, personally-selected
musical collage or mix-tape. The visuals are accompanied by Terry
Riley's 1968 remix of Harvey Averne's 'You're No Good'.
Pierre Huyghe: 'Block Party' 2002
Fri 3 & 17 Mar
A documentary on the origins of Hip Hop, with Africa Bambaataa, GrandMaster
Flash, and Grand Wizard Theodore.
Mathias Poledna: 'Actualite' 2003
Tue 7 & 21 Mar
Looking like rock-umentary rehearsal footage of a post-punk band,
'Actualite' was carefully staged using actors on a Hollywood sound
stage. Everything adds to a very specific aesthetic, that of the late
1970's, with the clothes, haircuts, and equipment all part of the
Phil Collins: 'The World Won't Listen' 2005
Wed 8 & 22 Mar
Based on footage taken from a karaoke machine made for fans of The
Smiths in Bogota, Columbia, which only held the backing tracks to
The Smiths 1987 compilation album 'The World Won't Listen' re-recorded
by local musicians.
Mark Leckey: 'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore'
Thu 9 & 23 Mar
An impressive video essay that documents the history of dance culture
in the U.K, from northern soul clubs to acid house raves. Described
as 'a cut-and-paste collective hallucination', it draws on a range
of TV footage of raves and disco scenes.
Mika Taanila: 'Optical Sound' 2005
Fri 10 & 24 Mar
Based on 'Symphony #2 for 12 Dot Matrix Printers' by [The User], a
Canadian artist duo who turn obsolete office technology into musical
instruments, Taanila filmed their performance and layers.
Music For People
Dundee Contemporary Arts
Saturday 25 February 2006 -
Sunday 26 March 2006
DCA Gallery 1, admission free
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