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Electra & OTO Projects Present:

Screening and Conversation
Wednesday 4 April 2012, 7pm
Electra, 3rd Floor, Shacklewell Studios
18 Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2EZ
Free event, booking essential please email

This evening with minimalist/maximalist composer, video artist, performer and visual artist Charlemagne Palestine brings together a programme of video works followed by a conversation. The screening includes a selection of Palestine's performance-driven, psychodramatic videos from the 1970s, alongside his more recent Ritual in the Emptiness, staged in an abandoned factory in France in 2001.

In his moving image work, Palestine activates an intensely personal use of physicality, motion and sound, and certain emblematic objects including teddy bears, cognac and scarves - what he calls 'symbols of identification'. His symbolic registers and their status and manipulation in his work and life will be explored in conversation with Electra's Fatima Hellberg.

Screening Overview:
Body Music I/ Body Music II
1973-74, 20:30 min, b&w, sound

Running Outburst
1975, 5:56 min, b&w, sound

Ritual in the Emptiness
2001, 12:04 min, color, sound

Charlemagne Palestine was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1947 and lives and works in Brussels.

The event coincides with Charlemagne Palestine's performance at Cafe OTO, Tuesday 3 April 8 PM, for further information and tickets.

The evening with Palestine is part of an ongoing collaborative series between Electra and Cafe OTO. The programme builds on Cafe OT''s live events and takes the form of talks, discussions, screenings and workshops by artists and musicians performing at Cafe OTO. Previous events in the Electra & OTOProjects series have included a listening event with Ghédalia Tazartès and an audio-visual performance by Ikue Mori.