Blissfully Gunned Down
British artist George Saxon will launch his remarkable new exhibition at Vivid Projects on 3/10/14 with a live performance, ‘Blissfully Gunned Down’.
16mm twin screen loop (durational) performance (1980 – 2013), 15 min approx
From an original collaboration with the late D. John Briscoe (1949 – 2013)
The original 16mm negative was shot in 1980, with Briscoe who performs in these short sequences, shot down and pretending to die. The performance with the film is an attempt to orchestrate and animate a synchronous and diagetic sound event on the optical track of the film. Saxon scratches onto the film; scoring the sound ‘live ‘ as the film runs through the projector; reinforcing the visible source on the screen, as the rhythmic sound of the ‘shot’ gradually becomes present throughout the filmed action on screen.
This was an uncompleted piece of 16mm film work shot in 1980. Thirty-three years later the footage was found and restored. First performed at no.w.here, London in October 2013.
To be performed atVivid Projects, Birmingham UK 20.00 hrs 3/10/14.