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THE WIRE 25: Film

Peter Kubelka, Wojciech Bruszewski, John Latham, Malcolm Le Grice, Daina Krumins, Paul Sharits, Lis Rhodes, Tony & Beverly Conrad, Enid Baxter Blader, Jessie Stead, Luke Fowler, Marie Losier.

30 October - 20 November 2007
Roxy Bar and Screen
128-132 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB

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THE WIRE 25: FILM presents three evenings of artists’ film and video at the Roxy. The series begins with a programme of avant-garde classics, followed by UK premieres of four recent works by younger artists. Part of The Wire 25, a month long season of music celebrating The Wire magazine's 25th birthday. Curated by Mark Webber.

Cinema For the Eyes and Ears
Tuesday 30 October 2007, 8pm

The potential for combining image and sound has been explored since the invention of cinema. This primer of classic works of the international avant-garde demonstrates some of the possibilities specific to the film medium, from the flickering frames of Tony Conrad, Paul Sharits and John Latham to the intricate optics of Daina Krumins, Malcolm Le Grice, and others. Featuring soundtracks by Brian Eno, Rhys Chatham, John Cale and Terry Riley. All films will be shown on 16mm.

Arnulf Rainer, Peter Kubelka, Austria, 1958, 8 minutes
YYAA, Wojciech Bruszewski, Poland, 1973, 5 minutes
Speak, John Latham, UK, 1968-69, 11 minutes
Berlin Horse, Malcolm Le Grice, UK, 1970, 8 minutes
The Divine Miracle, Daina Krumins, USA, 1973, 5 minutes
Axiomatic GRanularity, Paul Sharits, USA, 1972-73, 20 minutes
Dresden Dynamo, Lis Rhodes, UK, 1974, 5 minutes
Straight and Narrow, Tony & Beverly Conrad, USA, 1970, 11 minutes

The Road to Who Knows Where Tuesday 13 November 2007, 8pm Two fragmented and dysfunctional road movies imagined as a series of episodic vignettes or misty memories. Jessie Stead's Foggy Mountains Breakdown More Than Non-Foggy Mountains, a cryptic album of weird and wonderful versions of Flatt & Scrugg’s bluegrass standard won first prize at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. The Secret Apocalyptic Love Diaries of Enid Baxter Blader is a windswept folk-poem shot on a homemade video camera. Both cast a discreet nod of recognition to Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music.

The Secret Apocalyptic Love Diaries, Enid Baxter Blader, USA, 2006-07, 12 minutes
Foggy mountains Breakdown More Than Non-Foggy Mountains, Jessie Stead, USA, 2006, 59 minutes

Extraordinary Lives Tuesday 20 November 2007, 8pm Luke Fowler's Bogman Palmjaguar is a portrait of its namesake, a former patient of radical psychologist R.D. Laing who now lives a hermetic life in the Flow Country of the Scottish Highlands. Documenting the environment of the surrounding landscape as much as its human focus, the images are accompanied by Lee Patterson's evocative field recordings. Genesis P-Orridge and Lady Jaye are the subjects of Marie Losier's diary/documentary, which pursues the pandrongynous partners at home, visiting MoMA's Dada exhibition, and on tour with Thee Majesty and Throbbing Gristle. This work-in-progress screening will take place in celebration of the life of Lady Jaye, who died suddenly on 9 October 2007. Bogman Palmjaguar, Luke Fowler, UK, 2007, 30 minutes A Ballad with Genesis P-Orridge and Lady Jaye, Marie Losier, USA, 2007, 37 minutes

Image: still from Bogman Palmjaguar, 2007, Like Fowler.

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THE WIRE 25 overview