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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.

Bike lab pop up at Warwick Bar Birmingham with hellocatfood

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Presenting the Birmingham Film & Video Workshop at Channel 4 Conference, BFI Southbank  ‘What We’re Trying to Do Is Make Popular Culture’ October 2012. Yasmeen Baig-Clifford, Professor Paul Long, Professor Roger Shannon.

Presentation and round table on the origins and work of the Birmingham Film and Video Workshop. See the article by the above in Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 2013, Vol 33, No.3, 377-395. Routledge / Taylor & Francis.

Did you know that we hold a digitised set of key films from #Birmingham Film & Video Workshop? A legacy of the Participation exhibition curated by Yasmeen Baig-Clifford for VIVID 2008/9.

Read Aesthetica Magazine’s review of LOOKING OUT FROM THE #CCCS:
‘From 1964 until 2002, a unique blend of teaching, student engagement and documentation that took place at Birmingham’s Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS). Founded at the University of Birmingham by sociologist Richard Hoggart in 1964, it was one of the first academic bodies to examine the impact of popular culture, particularly in Britain, from music and television programmes to fashion trends. In 2002 the CCCS was dramatically closed due to a restructuring at the university with hundreds of students being placed into new departments. Now, in 2014, the 50th anniversary of its establishment, a series of events and exhibitions, of which one is Vivid Project’s Looking Out From The CCCS, celebrate its legacy. - See more at: http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/blog/review-looking-cccs-vivid-projects-birmingham/#sthash.SE0xMUAP.dpuf

Read Aesthetica Magazine’s review of LOOKING OUT FROM THE #CCCS:
‘From 1964 until 2002, a unique blend of teaching, student engagement and documentation that took place at Birmingham’s Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS). Founded at the University of Birmingham by sociologist Richard Hoggart in 1964, it was one of the first academic bodies to examine the impact of popular culture, particularly in Britain, from music and television programmes to fashion trends. In 2002 the CCCS was dramatically closed due to a restructuring at the university with hundreds of students being placed into new departments. Now, in 2014, the 50th anniversary of its establishment, a series of events and exhibitions, of which one is Vivid Project’s Looking Out From The CCCS, celebrate its legacy. - See more at: http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/blog/review-looking-cccs-vivid-projects-birmingham/#sthash.SE0xMUAP.dpuf