A short review of my film screening to live improvised music at Block 336

10/06/2012 § Leave a comment

Block 336 is the cultural magnet of Brixton. It’s a very active building space shared with other cultural organizations.  My films Rockaby and Lucretia were screened in the raw and roomy basement. The perfect space to mix experimental video art and improvised musicians.  The concrete walls and metal dividing doors were a bonus both acoustically and visually.

There is a healthy desire to look at other modes of screening film and playing music.  This venue provides a melting pot different kinds of art ,music and performance that come together to look and explore these new ways.  Most of the musicians are classically trained exploring free improvisation; Sue Lynch and Ruth Marshall a violin/voice player sympathetically in tune with a saxophonist: Dave Fowler and Jerry Wigens a drummer with electronic guitar. Triptik ensemble, Adam Bohman’s cutting edge sonic art, Adrian Northover ‘s jazz soprano and alto sax and Catherine Pluygers’ oboe and harmonica all were exploring the language and vocabulary of the interaction, collaboration and experimentation. The musicians had much in common, they all had utter integrity and courage.  They were inquisitive and experimental and sympathetic to their fellow performer and celebrated new and exciting ways to communicate with the films.

There is a discourse emerging around these new ways of playing. Lyotard was right when he prophesized the end of the grand narratives. These new ways of playing, promoted by new materials and modes of communication and of course the experimental nature of the performer, force us to recognize that the old programme of mastering and possessing the single narrative flow is out of date.  These new ways of working also question the idea of being in control, here in Brixton images, movements and sequences themselves generated new processes resulting in ever expanding connections, equivalents and meanings.  It was a Flux place to be.  I was glad to be amongst such a creative lot.


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