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Silent Sound
Jerwood Space
Kate MacGarry
Anyone else isn't you
Everybody else is wrong
File under Sacred Music
A Rock 'N' Roll Suicide
The Kids are Alright
The Smiths is dead
Doing it for the kids
The World Won't Listen


Street: behind the cliche
Switch on the Power! Music For People
Surfing the Surface
Rhythm-a-Ning, Derry
Rhythm-a-Ning, Dublin
Viper Basel
Yugoslav Biennial
Far Away So Close
This Much is Certain
Artists Films About Music Culture
We're Coming To Take You Away, Hurrah!!
Shooting Live Artists
Modern Love in London
Modern Love in Düsseldorf
Century City
Kill Yr Idols
Double Life
New Contemporaries
Yerself is Steam
The Hanging Picnic



Art Sheffield flyer for Shooting Live Artists
Art Sheffield 03 flyer for Shooting Live Artists

Shooting Live Artists formed part of ART SHEFFIELD 03, the first city-wide contemporary art event of its scale to take place in Sheffield. The Site Gallery premiered the Shooting Live Artists commissions - an exciting crossover area between performance, digital media and installation. The commissions included Iain and Jane's File under Sacred Music.

Image from the making of File under Sacred Music
Image from the making of File under Sacred Music

This was the first screening and exhibition of File under Sacred Music (20 mins DVD with sound). For File under Sacred Music Iain and Jane took as their starting point a 20 minute long bootlegged video documenting a seminal 1978 performance by The Cramps at Napa Mental Institute in California. They then staged an re-enactment of this performance at the ICA in London on 3rd March 2003 in order to film it. Iain and Jane then edited their film in an attempt to meticulously re-create the content, spirit and degraded, dated aesthetic of the original video.

File under Sacred Music large scale video projection
File under Sacred Music large scale video projection

The Shooting Live Artists exhibition also included work by:

Daniel Gosling, Leslie Hill and Helen Paris, Third Angel, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Ronald Fraser-Munroe, Completely Naked, Furtherfield.

Shooting Live Artists was commissioned by the BBC and the Arts Council of England, with co-funding from Studio of the North and support from b.tv and the Culture Company.

Shooting Live Artists flyer
Shooting Live Artists flyer

"A thrilling and puzzling conflation of impersonation and reality."

Rob Haynes, Metro

Opening party of Shooting Live Artists with Mark Waugh and Katz Kiely
Opening party of Shooting Live Artists with Mark Waugh and Katz Kiely

Shooting Live Artists
Site Gallery
1 Brown Street
Sheffield S1 2BS

29 March - 10 May 2003
Open 11.00am - 6.00pm Tuesday - Friday
11am - 5.30pm Saturday
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Works in this show
File under Sacred Music

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

Related shows
File under Sacred Music
We're coming to take you away, hurrah!
Switch on the Power!
Music for People
Artists' Films about music culture
This Much is Certain

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 sites
File under Sacred Music
Site Gallery
Shooting Live Artists
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