BCMCR is once again partnering with Vivid Projects to support part of its new programme which complements our current exhibition on the history of The Click Club.
19 May 2016
Venue Parkside, Birmingham City University
VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR?
Screening of HOME TAPING (78mins) introduced by Yasmeen Baig-Clifford, Vivid Projects and panel discussion with Richard Heslop and Justin Smith.
Launched with a remit to support ‘minority programming’ Channel 4 started broadcasting in 1982 with a platform for marginalised and controversial content. In 1986 The Chart Show emerged, heavily influenced by the video formats of MTV and unique at the time for replacing presenters with a computer-generated information display. Music video production moved on from a visual music aesthetic to a more commercial footing. With music video forming an increasingly important part of historical studies of the 80s, what is the context for music video now?
Justin Smith and Richard Heslop will discuss these issues and more in a post-screening discussion chaired by Professor Paul Long, Director, Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research.
Justin Smith is Professor of Media Industries, University of Portsmouth and Principal Investigator on the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project ‘Fifty Years of British Music Video, 1965-2015’ in collaboration with Dr Emily Caston, London College of Communication (UAL).
Richard Heslop is an established director of music videos and films, directing videos for artists including The Cure, Happy Mondays, Sinead O’ Connor and New Order, as well as programmes on Channel 4 and the BBC. Selected early films are screening at Vivid Projects 6-21 May, details below.
NOISE + NOSTALGIA is a season exploring the Post-Punk aesthetic in moving image and sound. Comprising film exhibition, screenings and live events, the season features key artists working with film between 1979-87 and examines the means by which moving image culture, it’s making and meaning was disrupted after punk.
Provocative and daring work features throughout the season and this is the Birmingham premiere of the full touring programme ‘This Is Now: Film and Video After Punk’, in partnership with LUX and the BFI National Archive.
Screenings will take place each week as part of the gallery exhibition and include rare Super8 and 16mm films – unseen for a generation – digitally remastered by the BFI National Archive.
The ‘Post-Punk’ aesthetic experiment remains a key influence in artist film and music through the use of found footage, sampling, appropriation, industrial ambience, scratch video and provocative thinking about self and the body. The programme features a wide selection of artists including John Maybury, Gorilla Tapes, Richard Heslop, Isaac Julien, Sophie Muller, The Neo-Naturists, George Barber, Grayson Perry, Tim Pope, John Scarlett-Davies, John Smith, Cordelia Swann and Jill Westwood. NOISE + NOSTALGIA demonstrates how the subculture of the eighties emerges; an increasingly confident and critical remaking of the visual and political environment against a backdrop of mainstream complacency and urban despair. The aesthetic impact of television on visual culture permeates throughout, with artists and film-makers plundering mainstream media for samples and bypassing copyright and censorship, using scratch video and bricolage to subvert the material. These tactics resonate sharply today with free culture ethics and the restrictions of copyright.
UK art schools were key players. Enabled by access to U-matic tape, Super8 film and video technologies, experimental moving image flourished. Daniel Landin and Richard Heslop collaborated with groups including Throbbing Gristle and 23 Skidoo, developing a visionary and influential visual style incorporating Super8 and 16mm for live projection. Artists John Scarlett-Davies and George Barber were key exponents of ‘scratch video’, a politically sharp video-collage movement of the early eighties notable for a highly charged visual style, using colour, music and fast editing in a manner that became the mainstay of youth tv. Scarlett-Davies worked with Derek Jarman on films and music videos, as did Richard Heslop and John Maybury who went on to develop singular work in British independent film.
The screenings from the BFI programme take place at Vivid Projects alongside an expanded exhibition of rarely seen works from the Vivid Projects archive. Selections include the remastered Seven Songs: 23 Skidoo (Richard Heslop), works from Birmingham Film and Video Workshop – an example of the socially engaged work from the franchised Film and Video Workshops across the UK commissioned by Channel 4 – and Fat Of The Land, selected British films 1984-1987, Richard Heslop, Daniel Landin and Joy Perino. Accompanied by weekly archival picks plus research into women musicians in the Post Punk era by artist Cathy Wade.