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VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR?
Thu 19 May 2016, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
What is the context for music video now?
Join us for an evening of films and chat as we present HOME TAPING and VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR, part of the internationally touring BFI National Archive film programme of restored, rare films and music videos from the post-punk era, many unseen for a generation. Launched with a remit to support ‘minority programming’ Channel 4 started broadcasting in 1982 with a platform for marginalised and controversial content. In 1986 The Chart Show emerged, heavily influenced by the video formats of MTV and unique at the time for replacing presenters with a computer-generated information display. Music video production moved on from an experimental visual music aesthetic to a more commercial footing. With key projects such as the BFI THis Is Now restorations and Fifty Years of British Music Video 1965-2015, music video is forming an increasingly important part of historical studies of the 80s.
The screening will be introduced by Yasmeen Baig-Clifford, Director of Vivid Projects and followed by a panel discussion with Justin Smith (Fifty Years of British Music Video 1965-2015) and award winning film and music video director Richard Heslop. The event is chaired by Professor Paul Long, Director, Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research and presented in collaboration with the Birmingham City University, Parkside Gallery exhibition ‘Is There Anybody Out There? Documenting Birmingham’s Alternative Music Scene 1986-1990’. Doors open at 6.30pm and attendees are welcome to view the exhibition before the screenings at 7pm.
Justin Smith is Professor of Media Industries, University of Portsmouth and Principal Investigator on the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project ‘Fifty Years of British Music Video, 1965-2015’ in collaboration with Dr Emily Caston, London College of Communication (UAL).
Richard Heslop is an established director of music videos and films, directing videos for artists including The Cure, Happy Mondays, The Smith, Sinead O’ Connor, Pop Will Eat Itself and New Order, as well as programmes on Channel 4 and the BBC. Selected early films are screening at Vivid Projects 6-21 May as part of NOISE + NOSTALGIA http://www.vividprojects.org.uk/programme/noise-nostalgia-3/.
HOME TAPING | VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR
The screenings are presented in association with LUX and BFI National Archive.
The mainstream media was treated like a giant library to be plundered for provocative play and subversion in the early 1980s. Whether filming their TV screen with a Super 8 camera or deftly copying tape-to-tape, artists grabbed and juxtaposed disparate material to disrupt the dominant ideologies of the age and create new visual music.
The programme includes notable examples of the Scratch Video phenomenon, plus Echo and the Bunnymen and scratch video.
The evening opens with 'Shine So Hard' featuring live footage of Echo and the Bunnymen.
"John Smith's film matches conventional, excellently shot material of Echo and the Bunnymen live (from a specially arranged concert at Buxton Pavilion) with footage that attempts to locate the band in a context of more abstract imagery. Smith deliberately, and jokingly, allows the two sections to collide rather than attempting to blend them."
Steve Jenkins "BFI Monthly Film Bulletin", September 1981.
Also includes: Jill Westwood, Skinheads and Roses, 1983 - Jeffrey Hinton, Pop Dolphin, c.1983 - George Barber, Tilt, 1984 - George Barber, Branson, 1983- Duvet Brothers, Blue Monday, 1984- Gorilla Tapes, The Commander in Chief, 1984 - George Barber & George Snow, Art of Noise: Legs, 1985- Cordelia Swann, Passion Tryptych, 1982.
For those arriving in Birmingham earlier in the day, you can catch some Human League and Adam Ant at the free screenings of PERFORMING THE SELF at Vivid Projects, details here http://www.vividprojects.org.uk/programme/noise-nostalgia-2/
For any further details please contact Vivid Projevcts on firstname.lastname@example.org