FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER | 7PM – LATE
Revolution 33 // Bring Your Own Beamer
Vivid Projects’ acclaimed 33 REVOLUTIONS programme concludes this winter with Bring Your Own Beamer, a one-night event curated by Antonio Roberts.
Armed with projectors, an army of artists will beam their responses to the Revolutions call in Vivid Projects’ space.
Hailing from Birmingham and beyond, exhibiting artists include: Antonio Roberts, Pete Ashton, Sam Alexander Mattacott, Dom Breadmore, chromatouch, Daniel Salisbury, David Checkley, Mark Murph, Natalie O’Keeffe, Ben Waddington, Tim Neath, amongst others.
Music on the night will be provided by Pete Ashton, Alex Juno and Swoomptheeng DJs.
Bring Your Own Beamer (BYOB) is an international series of one-night exhibitions inviting artists to convene and explore the art of projection in an immersive environment of moving light, sound and performance.
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Vivid Projects, 16 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B’ham, B5 5RS
Vivid Projects and Flatpack Festival present a special 16mm screening of films by the Kuchar Brothers. Twin brothers from The Bronx, Mike and George have created a do-it-yourself cinematic style that celebrates the common man but does so in style oozing with “kitchen sink” Hollywood excess.
“They were giants. They inspired four to five generations of militantly eccentric art fans. To me they were the Warner Brothers of the underground.” – John Waters
Starting in the mid-50s with a string of shorts shot on the regular-8 format, they switched to 16mm around 1965 and began making their own films. George sadly passed away in 2011, so Little Joe, a magazine about queers and cinema, mostly, have teamed up with Copenhagen-based Jack Stevenson to honour both brothers, presenting a selection of their work from Jack’s own 16mm collection.
This event is presented in partnership with Flatpack, a film festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every March and Scalarama, a celebration of cinema in all its forms taking place nationwide throughout September 2013.
In the spirit of Scalarama, the Kuchar Brothers 16mm programme will be followed with a special screening of Michael B Clifford’s 1991 documentary Scala (35mins).
Made shortly before the cinema’s untimely demise, the film is pretty much the only walking talking piece of footage of the crazy old world that was and in some ways still is the Scala. Featuring a number of inhabitants that could be found there during its heyday, the film captures an era when the audience, not just the film makers, suffered for the art!
Advance tickets cost £6 and are available here.
This event takes place at:
Vivid Projects, 16 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B’ham, B5 5RS
E: email@example.com | www.vividprojects.org.uk
Vivid Projects’ eight month opening season ’33 Revolutions’ concludes this autumn with a packed programme of events which ask the question: can art and popular culture act as a catalyst for social change? Full events programme below.
05 – 07 September
Revs #19 – 21 // FREE SCHOOL: POETRY, CARNIVAL, POLITICS
Programme of music, film and spoken word interrogating notions of art, revolution and the controversial figure that was Michael X, curated by Ian Sergeant. Includes an evening of live performance (Fri 06 Sep) featuring dub-griot Kokumo, DJ Bobbie Gardner and visual artist Matt Watkins. Full programme details here.
07 September, 4pm (£3 on the door)
Revs #22 – 23 // CALL TO ARMS
Bristol Radical Film Festival join us for a special screening of films on the Black Panther Party. The screening is followed by a Q&A discussion with Anthony Killick (Bristol Radical Film Festival) and director Hugo Levien. Full programme details here.
11 September, 6-9pm (£5 on the door)
Revs #24 – 26 // 33 REVOLUTIONS
Vivid Projects is joined by In Place of War and Un-Convention for the launch of their new digital album Voices of the Revolution. The evening sees live performances and collaborations from international musicians including Alesh and Dhazda D, alongside discussion with the organisation’s founders and community members. Catch them in Birmingham before they go to Festival No. 6! Full programme details here.
13 September, 7pm (£6 advance)
Revs #27- 28 // SCALARAMA: THE FILMS OF THE KUCHAR BROTHERS
Flatpack Festival and Vivid Projects celebrate cinema on 13 September with a 16mm screening of films by the Kuchar Brothers – twin brothers from The Bronx who created a do-it-yourself cinematic style that celebrates the common man but does so in style oozing with “kitchen sink” Hollywood excess. Full programme details and tickets available here.
19 – 21 September
Revs #29 – 32 // REBEL GIRL
Rebel Girl explores the history and legacy of the 1990s Riot Grrrl movement including film from acclaimed video artist Jennifer West alongside Lucy Thane’s documentary following Bikini Kill on their 1993 UK tour. There’ll also be a special talk tracing the UK riot grrrl scene from writer, journalist and zine scene veteran Cazz Blase, a workshop with Craftivist Collective founder Sarah Corbett, and a ‘specially curated playlist from Birmingham’s own Atta Girl. Full programme details available here.
Rev 33 // THE FINAL REVOLUTION
Save the date for our final revolution featuring a whole host of collaborators!
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All events take place at Vivid Projects, 16 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5RS | www.vividprojects.org.uk
Thu 06 – Sat 22 June, open Thu-Sat, 12-5pm
Revolutions 10-13 // A Certain Sensibility: Films from the English Underground
This new exhibition draws together works from film makers key to the more radical trajectory of the English underground movement of the late 70s/early 80s.
Drawing on the ‘New Romantic’ and avant garde cutup/collage aesthetic, Vivid Projects presents key works from Richard Heslop, Marc Karlin and Derek Jarman.
EXHIBITION & EVENTS PROGRAMME
Week 1: Thu 06-Sat 09 June, 12-5pm daily
Seminal film and music video director, Heslop began his career operating a live multi-projection for British industrial/ post-punk band 23 Skidoo. Heslop has also worked as cinematographer for Derek Jarman and directed music videos for legendary bands including The Smiths, New Order, Happy Mondays, The Cure, and The Shaman.
Vivid Projects presents three films from Heslop’s body of work including ’7 songs’ (1983) with the music of 23 Skidoo, ‘FU GI’, and his award-winning debut feature ‘The Child and The Saw’ (1983).
Fri 07 June, 7.30pm (tickets £5 adv/ £7 on the door)
TALK: Dave Haslam: Searching For the Young Punk Rebels
Music historian and legendary Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam will explore and celebrate music activity in Birmingham from 1976 to 1982, drawing on interviews with Lesley Woods, Kevin Rowland, and Duran Duran’s John Taylor (among others). The event is followed by an in conversation with Jez Collins, founder of Birmingham Popular Music Archive, reflecting on collective and personal memories of Kahn & Bell, Barbarellas, Fashion, Ranking Roger and other memories from a very creative era in the city’s cultural history.
Advance tickets £5 + 95p booking fee available here: http://vividprojects.eventbrite.co.uk
Sat 08 Jun, 2pm (admission £3 on the door)
SCREENING: Chris Petit, Radio On
Don’t miss this one-off screening of ‘Radio On’ [dir: Chris Petit, 1979], one of the most striking feature debuts in British cinema. A haunting blend of edgy mystery story and existential road movie, ‘Radio On’ is crammed with eerie evocations of English landscape and weather. Stunningly photographed in monochrome by Wim Wenders’ assistant cameraman Martin Schäfer, Radio On is driven by a startling new wave soundtrack featuring David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Lene Lovich, Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric, Robert Fripp and Devo, and reveals an early screen performance by Sting.
Week 2: Thu 13- Sat 15 June, 12-5pm daily
Described as one of the most significant unknown film-makers working in Britain during the past three decades, Karlin was a central figure in the radical avant-garde of the 1970s and made a major contribution to the shaping of Channel 4.
Vivid Projects presents a selection of his works alongside a one-off screening of Night Cleaners on Saturday 15 June at 2pm.
Sat 15 Jun, 2pm (admission £3 on the door)
SCREENING: Berwick Street Collective, Nightcleaners
Made by the Berwick Street Collective of which Karlin was a member, Night Cleaners is a defining film, depicting the work and activism of the women who clean London’s offices, and combining formalist experiment and political will with an unsentimental humanity.
Week 3: Thu 20 – Sat 22 June, 12-5pm daily
Innovative, esteemed and controversial, Derek Jarman (1942 – 1994) produced works which were technically original, aesthetically radical and which constitute an astonishing personal and public record of England in the last quarter of the 20th century.
Vivid Projects presents three of Jarman’s works: ‘Pirate Tape’  featuring William S. Burroughs and FM Einheit and cut to a loop of Burrough’s voice with sound by Psychic TV: Genesis P-Orridge, Peter Christopherson (COIL), Geff Rushton, (COIL), Alex Fergusson (Alternative TV), John Gosling (Zos Kia) and Paula P-Orridge; ‘TG: Psychic Rally in Heaven’ , an experimental film featuring a 1980 performance by Throbbing Gristle; and ‘The Last of England’ (1987), a poetic depiction of what Jarman felt was the loss of traditional English culture in the 1980s.
Sat 22 Jun, 2pm (admission £3 on the door)
SCREENING: Derek Jarman, The Last of England’
Join us for a one-off screening of Derek Jarman’s ‘The Last of England’ – a dark and personal meditation on England under the Thatcher-era of conservatism.
“Wrenchingly beautiful… one of the few commanding works of personal cinema in the late ’80s.” – The Village Voice
A Certain Sensibility: Films from the English Underground is presented as part of 33 REVOLUTIONS, Vivid Projects’ 8-month opening season which asks the question, can art and culture be a catalyst for social change?
Vivid Projects | 16 Minerva Works | 158 Fazeley Street | Birmingham | B5 5RS | E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.vividprojects.org.uk
Toolkit: Going for Gold
Wednesday 15 May, 6.30–8pm
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR
£4 / £2 conc. / Free to ESP members
This informal toolkit will cover various aspects of application-making and presenting work and yourself in the context of an interview. The session will be led Ruth Claxton, artist and Associate Director at Eastside Projects and Zoe Lippett, Exhibitions and Artists’ Projects Curator at The New Art Gallery Walsall, who will draw on their experience both of applying for opportunities, and appointing artists and curators for residencies, projects and jobs.
They will discuss good practice for presenting yourself, your experience and your work in written applications and formal conversations at a range of levels.
The toolkit will be guided by you so come equipped with examples and questions to make the most of this session and Ruth and Zoe’s expertise.
To sign up for this email email@example.com
The moment has arrived…
The Flatpack Festival programme has gone live and tickets are now on sale!
It’s time to feast your eyes on the full 11 days of films, exhibitions, installations, shorts, animations, AV spectaculars, live music, restored classics, claymations, parties, walking tours, local history, world premieres, music videos, documentaries, 3D thrills…and…well, what are you waiting for? See for yourself!
The programme is available online HERE
See you there!
One Applination under a Groove
8pm Friday 31 August to 8am Saturday 1 September 2012
Grand Union, in conjunction with Hooky Street Press and BAZ productions, will be hosting a 12 hour application writing all-nighter / ‘extreme writing event’.*
One Applination under a Groove invites artists, writers and whoever wanders in from local nightclubs by mistake, to write all night in response to a series of quick-fire application writing challenges, tasks and briefs set by art world ‘think-tank’ BAZ.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in taking part. Places are limited to 100.
Participants should bring a laptop if they have one, sleeping bag and biro. Energy focused beverages and food will be available throughout the night. A FREE fry-up will also be provided as reward for the 12 hours of fictitious – and potentially quite pointless – proposal writing.
Writing produced during the event will be collated into a print on demand publication which all participants will receive a FREE copy of.
One Applination under a Groove is part of the Hooky Street Press project – a new art-writing initiative co-ordinated by Chris Poolman exploring the role, use and value of humour in art-writing.
BAZ are an art-world ‘think-tank’ based at Grand Union.
* Writing West Midlands terminology. Think abseiling whilst reading Terry Eagleton.
From 6th-10th August the Craftspace Collective will bring 15 new arts graduates to the City Centre to produce original temporary new artworks for In:Site, a graduate festival of creativity. Birmingham Cathedral grounds will be transformed by young artists who will fabricate creative surprises in familiar surroundings.