Haphazard screenings sprung from a no-brand, 1000 lumen 480p digi-projector, sometimes in concert with an equally sub-optimal analogue one. Films for friends, even if they aren't interested. Projections for an audience of none.
1 - TEST REEL
19th July 2016
5 cans down, an aborted rooftop projector rig. Ross Sutherland's VHS tape memory trip Stand By For Tape Backup, hurled clumsily but appropriately onto a wall. Grief excised through analogue miscellanea - cut, looped, flipped and warped, until the meaning behind the image is teased out.
Stand By For Tape Backup (2015, Ross Sutherland) 63min
2 - HUNG, DRAWN
5th August 2016
Two batches of rough cuts from miscellaneous Japanese animations of the 2000s, light and dark. Two Satoshi Kon joints, one showing the parade scenes in Paprika that inspired Christopher Nolan to make Inception, and another a micro-masterpiece from the minute-long AniKuri portmanteau series. *Ghost in the Shell director Mamoru Oshii’s entry to the same series Project Mermaid, the film Takashi Murakami made for Louis Vuitton, Atsuko Fukushima’s entry to the Genius Party compilation, Hideki Futamura’s Sci-Fi oddity Limit Cycle, Kunio Kato’s supremely charming The House of Small Cubes, and a bunch of anime music videos, some official like Akira animation director Koji Morimoto’s disturbing wonderwork for the Ken Ishii track Extra and others fan-made like other Rez OST track Fear. And two slices of the surreal, colour popping creativity of Masaki Yuasa, the Rhapsody scene from his feature Mind Game, and Kick-Heart, a short funded on Kickstarter and released online.
Ohayo (2008, Satoshi Kon) 1min
Ken Ishii - Extra [Official Video] (2007, Koji Morimoto) 4min
Death Grips x Neon Genesis Evangelion [AMV] (2014, Paclac) 5min
Akira - Hospital Scene (1988, Katsuhiro Otomo) 3min
Limit Cycle - (2007, Hideki Futamura) 18min
Linkin Park - Breaking the Habit [Official Video] (2004, Joe Cahn) 3min
Adam Freeland - Fear x Paranoia Agent [AMV] (2007, chenalos) 5min
Project Mermaid (2008, Mamoru Oshii) 1min
Mind Game - Rhapsody Scene (2004, Masaki Yuasa) 2min
Paprika - Parade Scenes (2006, Satoshi Kon) 3min
The House of Small Cubes (2009, Kunio Kato) 12min
Kick-Heart (2013, Masaki Yuasa) 13min
Superflat Monogram (2003, Takashi Murakami) 5min
Genius Party (2007, Atsuko Fukushima) 5min
3 - MOMMY LOVES CHAPPiE
21st August 2016
You've seen Chappie. (Right?) But have you seen Chappie in 4K UltraHD™? (???) Have you seen the alternate ending? You keep watching Chappie until it all comes together, until you're able to transfer your consciousness, until you can grow a mullet as iconic as Hugh Jackmans, until you feel the need to write fanfiction about Chappie. You keep watching Chappie until they make another one. You keep watching Chappie until you understand that the outside is just temporary and what’s inside you is what's you, what mommy loves. You keep watching Chappie until you can think about nothing but Chappie. You just keep watching Chappie until it all makes sense.
Chappie (2015, Neill Blomkamp)
4 - FOUR WHEELS GOOD
2nd September 2016
A fumbled micro-history of the skate video in some of it's stranger forms, spliced, botched and shuffled, built through the act of discovering it. Featuring parts from The Bones Brigade's super early The Search For Animal Chin, Bronze's much more modern, net-art infused Solo Jazz, Alien Workshop's decidely avant-garde Time Code, and Blind's Spike Jonze directed Video Days, amongst others. Followed by Larry Clark's long-since-seen, possibly terrible 90s skate/youth culture film Kids, written by an 19 year old Harmony Korine; and a few films by William Strobek for Supreme and Lev Tanju for Palace, two new chroniclers of modern youth and culture who's work is inspired by the generation who came before them.
Four Wheels Good [Skate Video Parts Compilation] (19xx-20xx) 53min
+ Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3 PSX Tournament
Swoosh (2015, William Strobek) 3min
Pussy Gangster (2016, William Strobek) 10min
Um Palace Bro (2012, Lev Tanju) 3min
Niggaz Wit Altitude (2013, Lev Tanju) 7min
Kids (1995, Larry Clark) 91min
5 - THE PURITY OF UNARMED COMBAT
2nd November 2016
Flesh, blood and latex. Two mighty videogame adaptations from a glory era of overblown pomp, presented with SNES and Mega Drive emulation alongside. As game-heroes-made-real wage operatic warfare of the body and mind onscreen, virtual combat is staged simultaneously - blow for blow, glove against glove, joystick to joystick. "This is our tournament, remember? Mortal Kombat. We fight it."
Street Fighter (1994, Steven E. de Souza)
Mortal Kombat (1995, Paul W. S. Anderson)
+ Super Nintendo & Sega Mega Drive systems
6 - 2HYPE
25th November 2016
A celebration of the greatest music video director of all time, with a screening of his first (and only) feature, Belly, a rhapsodic, visually inventive crime drama starring Nas, DMX, Az and Method Man, amongst others. As a warmup, a short programme of some of the many music videos he shot around the same time. "Fuck a book, man." To follow, a throughline of the work of a new luminary of the field, Kahlil Joseph, whose arresting, emotive videos for Shabazz Palaces, Flying Lotus, FKA Twigs and others have lead to him working with Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce in recent years. Some of his videos, and then Lemonade, which he has a co-director credit on, in it's entirety.
Notorious B.I.G - Big Poppa (1995, Hype Williams) 4min
Tupac Shakur ft Dr. Dre - California Love (1996, Hype Williams) 6min
Blackstreet ft. Dr. Dre - No Diggity (1996, Hype Williams) 4min
Ol’ Dirty Bastard - Shimmy Shimmy Ya (1995, Hype Williams) 3min
Missy Elliot - The Rain [Supa Dupa Fly] (1997, Hype Williams) 4min
Busta Rhymes - Gimme Some Mo' (1998, Hype Williams) 3min
R Kelly - I Believe I Can Fly (1998, Hype Williams) 5min
Belly (1998, Hype Williams) 96min
Shabazz Palaces - Black Up (2011, Kahlil Joseph) 4min
Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes (2013, Kahlil Joseph) 4min
Kendrick Lamar - m.A.A.d (2014, Kahlil Joseph) 14min
Lemonade (2016, Kahlil Joseph, Beyoncé Knowles) 46min
7 - NO PLACE FOR US IN THIS WORLD (WIP)
“There’s always going to be these types of kids. It’s an extension of what every teen feels – they don’t fit in, the world doesn’t understand them. It’s that age, the insecurities and confusion.” 20 years after the release of the conclusive part of Gregg Araki's informal 'Teenage Apocalypse' trilogy, a revisitation of these works that mean so much to so many, to see whether they are likely to continue to do so.
Totally Fucked Up (1993, Gregg Araki) 78mins
The Doom Generation (1995, Gregg Araki) 83mins
Nowhere (1997, Gregg Araki) 85mins
X - BLAINE GAMES (WIP)
“He took me to this condemned building, and it had a pizza oven and he crawled into the pizza oven and turned the heat on to 400 degrees or something like that, and he stayed in it for I guess a half hour. He came out, and except for one or two second-degree burns, he was unscathed. You meet a lot of musicians and filmmakers and actors, but it's rare to meet someone who can step inside a pizza oven and take the heat. I was intrigued by that.” - Harmony Korine, on meeting David Blaine for the first time.
An examination of the Greatest Magician Of All Time, David Blaine, from the perspective of friend and collaborator Harmony Korine. Having been involved with Blaine's first two specials in the '90s, Korine collaborated properly with Blaine as a director on an hourlong special for Channel 4 documenting his '44 days in a box above the thames' stunt in 2003. When questioned as to why Korine was selected as the director of for the special, Blaine's explanation was that “he is the only artist that could possibly understand this.” Experimental, outrageous and obsessed with the power and intrigue of spectacle, the two make a perfect pair. Though their most bizarre project, Fight Harm, in which Korine picks fist fights with strangers, remained incomplete and unreleased, a one minute video made for Supreme in 2014 which was planned as the first in a series, Needle, sparks hope that the two great vaudevillian minds might meet again soon.
David Blaine: Street Magic (1996) 45min
David Blaine: Magic Man (1998) 40min
Above The Below (2003, Harmony Korine) 60min
Needle (2014, Harmony Korine) 1min