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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)

This much is certain was an exhibition curated by the 2004 final year students on the MA Curating Contemporary Art course at the Royal College of Art, London. The exhibition featured File under Sacred Music.

File under Sacred Music (This much is certain)
File under Sacred Music (This much is certain)

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. Also included in the exhibition is File under Sacred Music (This much is certain) - the original notes and shooting script from which the project was made.

Details of File under Sacred Music (This much is certain)
Details of File under Sacred Music (This much is certain)
Details of File under Sacred Music (This much is certain)

This much is certain consisted of four parts: an exhibition, a film programme, talks and a publication. Together they explored the significance of the document and the documentary in contemporary life and art.

Miriam Bäckström, Daniel Baker, Gerard Byrne, Dexter Dalwood, Jeremy Deller, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Huang Yongping, Emily Jacir, John Massey, Aernout Mik, Museum of Jurassic Technology, Kirsten Pieroth, Jamie Shovlin, Jeffrey Vallance
Invitation card for This much is certain

Artists participating in the show were:

Miriam Bäckström, Daniel Baker, Gerard Byrne, Dexter Dalwood, Jeremy Deller, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Huang Yongping, Emily Jacir, John Massey, Aernout Mik, Museum of Jurassic Technology, Kirsten Pieroth, Jamie Shovlin, Jeffrey Vallance.

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

The 216 page publication that accompanied the show includes 'Nests, Puke , Frames and Baby Faces' 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- his first-hand account of the events on the day of the filming of File under Sacred Music along with previously unpublished photographs documenting the making of the project.

"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. At the same time, the very process within which Zone One was framed made Orphic abandonment impossible, for me at least. I felt exhilarated and uneasy at the same time..." More...

Tom McCarthy, This much is certain catalogue

Images from the preview of This much is certain [Photos: Rob Stearn]
Images from the preview of This much is certain [Photos: Rob Stearn]
Images from the preview of This much is certain [Photos: Rob Stearn]

The This much is certain film programme ran every day at the RCA in a specially constructed mini-cinema. Over thirty films were screened, including two selected by Iain & Jane - On the Seventh Day In Waco by Bill Hicks and Kevin Booth and Vinyl by Alan Zweig.

Exterior view of This much is certain, Royal College of Art
Exterior view of This much is certain, Royal College of Art

This much is certain
Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore
London SW7 2EU

13 March to 4 April 2004
Open 12 noon to 9 pm daily. Free admission
For more information, visit the exhibition web site:
www.cca.rca.ac.uk/thismuchiscertain


Images from the This Much is Certain artists' dinner

This Much is Certain artists' dinner
This Much is Certain artists' dinner
This Much is Certain artists' dinner
This Much is Certain artists' dinner


 

 

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This Much is Certain catalogue
Cover of catalogue

Excerpt from 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...

Buy the catalogue

Works in this show
File under Sacred Music
File under Sacred Music (This much is certain)

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Related work
File under Sacred Music (Reverberation)

Related shows
File under Sacred Music
We're coming to take you away, hurrah!
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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
Tom McCarthy's INS
RCA's This much is certain site

 
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