THIS IS NOW: FILM AND
VIDEO AFTER PUNK (1978–85)
Video Killed the
Showing as part of Art Sheffield http://www.artsheffield.org/2016/
John Smith, Echo and the Bunnymen: Shine So Hard, 1981, 32 min
The Miners’ Campaign Tapes: The Lie Machine, 1984, 16 min
With an introduction by Nicole Yip, Special Project Curator at LUX.
The early 1980s saw an explosion in alternative and
independent moving image production. Clubbers, art students, new romantics and members
of the post-punk scene used cheap domestic technologies to subvert the
mainstream media and to find new modes of expression. THIS IS NOW explores this
unique moment that gave rise to a new generation of artists inspired by the DIY
ethos of punk, defying conventional ideas about how film should be made and who
should make them.
Featuring titles by Isaac Julien, John Maybury, The
Neo-Naturists, Grayson Perry, Cordelia Swann, Holly Warburton, Jill Westwood,
Cerith Wyn Evans and artists from the highly influential Scratch Video
movement, amongst many others, the majority of these works have been digitally
remastered by the BFI National Archive from Super 8 and 16mm films that have
been out of circulation for over thirty years.
This programme, ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’, looks at
early independent video releases, which were the revolutionary, DIY antidote to
a television system that was only just gearing up to a fourth channel. They
bypassed censorship and provided a platform to the marginalised and unsanctioned.
This eclectic selection includes a very rare John Smith title and a potent
assault on the media representation of the miners’ strikes of 1984–85.
THIS IS NOW is presented in partnership with LUX and the BFI
National Archive. The UK tour has been developed with the support of the BFI,
awarding funds from The National Lottery.