This week we visit the glow-stick-glittered shores of North West England for the Bangface Weekender. We’ll be joining the raved-out pranksters from Chin Stroke Records who are co-presenting the festival TV programming with Network Awesome. What excellent company!
Featuring the following BSB programs:
Jamming culture until it’s broken. Our selection of brutals from Emergency Broadcast Network, Negativland, People Like Us, Church of the Subgenius, St Sanders, and the very bloody depths of the copyright infringing internet.
The Crazy Cult of the New World Church of Creepy Crackpots
Join us! For a journey through your future-past lives as is only possible with the latest of consumer electronics technology. A rapture of eternally saving channel-surfing, where the gods are crazy and self-ordained priests offer you spirituality at special prices in a blasphemous mix of parody and reality.
Glitch Is Fucked
Get ready for epileptic blasts of computer graphics; rainbowing mushrooms of data corruption; analog synaesthesia processes; documents of pseudo-science; propaganda for non-existent conspiracies; classic early-internet viral weirdness; found videos from unknown sources; and maybe the odd cartoon.
The Crazy Cult of the New World Church of Creepy Crackpots
This edition of BSB is all about religion. And conspiracy theories. Weird ones. Caught on video.
It’s true what they say: god is everywhere. From the heights of Hollywood to the far recesses of the internet, rest assured the old man in the iCloud is sending us preachers of questionable character; failed doomsday predictions; holy hoaxes; and unrighteous rituals from shadowy elites. And yes, most of them are American.
Whether you believe that we are all descended from benevolent alien beings or noble advanced yetis, we can all agree that we love to put on glitter and exploit cheesy outdated video effects. Yes? Join us! For a journey through your future-past lives as is only possible with the latest of consumer electronics technology. A rapture of eternally saving channel-surfing, where the gods are crazy and self-ordained priests offer you spirituality at special prices in a blasphemous mix of parody and reality. Can you tell the difference between a fanatic cult leader who just wants to get into your pants and a nerdy prankster/animator who just wants to get into your pants?
All praises to the Goddess! I mean, she looks just great in that sequined dress…
“The Crazy Cult of the New World Church of Creepy Crackpots” playlist:
Zontar Video – Perverse Preachers, Fascist Fundamentalists and Kristian Kiddie Kooks – 1991
Negativland – Christianity Is Stupid / The Mashin’ of the Christ – 1987/2004
Godstuff – L’Chaim To Life Telethon
Bill Maher & José Luis de Jesús – Religulous – 2008
Marjoe Gortner – Marjoe – 1972
Neal Israel – Tunnel Vision – 1976
TZII – Roaring Pope
People Like Us – Discovering Electronic Music – 1999
Necromancy – 1972
Shaye Saint John – Washroom
Necrophagia – Manson Meditation Tape
Becky Sloan & Joseph Pelling – Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 3 – 2014
Raëlian Movement – Peaceful Revolution
Unarius Academy of Science – The Arrival
Bill Kates & Alex Aurichio – The Incredible Invisible Visualizer
John Safran – John Safran vs God – 2004
Le Dernier Cri – Les Religions Sauvages – 2004
Matt Anderson – Illumicorp
Emergency Broadcast Network – Nirvana
Breatharian Yogi – Freedom
Raëlian Movement – Elohim Embassy, Embassy for our Creators, the Elohim
Church of the SubGenius – Arise! – 1992
Unarius Academy of Science – Creativity for AVAM
The Carpenters – Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft – 1976
The first edition of BSB at Spektrum will feature two different sets of connected short films:
1. “Glitch Is Fucked” (see below for playlist)
… or should that read ‘Glitch Is Fucking Great!’? We’re not sure. Herein we will explore those visions which will either glorify or lay waste to the so-called Glitch Movement. Get ready for epileptic blasts of computer graphics; rainbowing mushrooms of data corruption; analog synaesthesia processes; documents of pseudo-science; propaganda for non-existent conspiracies; classic early-internet viral weirdness; found videos from unknown sources; and maybe the odd cartoon.
2. “Music is Fucked Too”
It’s a lot like the first one, except you can nod your head and talk if you want to.
UCNV – Crashed Universal
Guillaume Vallée – Tzara I
Woody Vasulka & Brian O’Reilly – Scan Processor Studies
V-Atak – Anti
Takeshi Murata – Pink Dot
Jim Crutchfield – Space Time Dynamics in Video Feedback
Teddy Lasry – Challenger
Brenna Murphy – skyeye
Crazy Dave Tape – DRUGS
The Divine David – Television
Le Dernier Cri – Les religions sauvages
Botborg – To Bypass a Sensory Roadblock
Threee Geniuses – Jon
Daniel Leyva – FAKE+GAY
Guadaloupe & O. Chatté – Spermadroïd
Sgure & Sekitani – Anulus Pexie
Princesse Rotative – M.Gunt Junior
Shaye Saint John – TWENTY4SEVEN_REDUX
Ouananiche – Anti Love
jonCates – Moviestorm Machinima Audition Tape TX VRSN
Module VXD – Acadesrevenge
Devin Flynn – Y’all So Stupid #4
Crazy Dave Tape – DON’T KNOW
The Superusers – Every Interpretation of Maxim
KOKOFREAKBEAN – GOD KNOX
Crazy Dave Tape – WHAT
All three of these films are musicals. Two of them feature singing Satans, the other has R Kelly.
*Wednesday 11th June *
The Apple (1980)
Released in 1980 and set in the distant future 1994, the world has evolved into a fascist *disco* dictatorship run by the all-powerful BIM Corporation and its suave devilish leader, Mr Boogalow. Starting in 1994’s ‘Worldvision Song Festival’, we are introduced to Alphie and Bibi, two sweet, naive singers from Moose Jaw, Canada, who enter with their song ‘Love: The Universal Melody’. Although the pair apparently have talent, they are beaten out by the festival favorites Dandi and Pandi, who win thanks to the underhanded tactics of the BIM. Though crestfallen by their loss, Alphie and Bibi are soon delighted to hear that Mr Boogalow has taken an interest in their music and wants to sign them to his label. All is looking up for the two until they begin to discover the dark underside of the glamorous rockstar world.
Warning: this film contains insane amounts of glitter, feathers, and angular shoulder pads; some very bad songs (and some pretty banging ones); disco cops; dancing nuns; and an unbelievable ending.
Viewers may recognize some parts of old West Berlin amongst the glamor and tragedy that is this film.
*Wednesday 18th June*
Forbidden Zone (1980)
Forbidden Zone was made as an attempt to capture the essence of The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo’s live performances on film. Directed and produced by Richard Elfman, who co-wrote the film with fellow Mystic Knights member Matthew Bright, it was the first film scored by his brother Danny Elfman.
The film begins on “Friday, April 17” at 4 pm in Venice, California. Huckleberry P. Jones, local pimp, narcotics peddler and slumlord, enters a vacant house that he owns. While stashing heroin in the basement, he stumbles upon a mysterious door and enters it, falling into the Sixth Dimension, from which he promptly escapes. After retrieving the heroin, he sells the house to the Hercules family. Don’t even try to guess what happens next.
Stars: Hervé Villechaize, Susan Tyrrell, Warhol Superstar Viva, Joe Spinell, The Kipper Kids, and members of the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo including a very young Danny Elfman.
We will be screening the original black and white version rather than the post-release-colorized-George-Lucas-style-shizzle (even if it was what you originally intended, Mr Richard Elfman).
Trapped in the Closet (2005-2012)
How can one describe the enigma that is R. Kelly? Simply restating his crown as the “King of R&B” hardly does the man justice, nor does it give credit to the enormous breadth and impact of his work. Soul singer, record producer, professional basketball player, video director, and sex symbol… Mr Kelly could possibly one of the most influential polymaths of our age.
And then there’s “Trapped in the Closet”…
To grossly over-simplify things, “Trapped” is a long-form music video split into 33 ‘chapters’ of around 4 minutes each. But really it’s much more than this. A cryptic melting pot of soap opera, independent filmmaking, and R&B, “Trapped” is one of those rare phenomena that categorically “defies categorization”. Mr Kelly himself invented the term “hip-hopera” in an attempt to describe this labor of his love, but this in itself does not do justice to the unhinged genius of his work. With “Trapped”, Robert Sylvester Kelly did much more than show us that he is a top-level player – he solely created an entire new game.
“Trapped” will be shown in its unfathomable entirety, including the newest chapters 23-33 which were released in 2012. Yes, that’s over two hours of the same song!
ASTEPBACK are an expanded cinema/dance performance group from Naples, Italy, using multiple Super-8 film projectors and a slide projector to interact with the motion of bodies in space. Visually, their projections are a celebration of tactile film manipulation techniques – scratching, patching, piercing, and drawings with ink and wax are then multiplied onto different walls at different speeds. Complimented by self-made photosensitive sound devices, audio is generated from these different light sources and in turn feeds a feedback loop that interacts and changes with the stage movement. ASTEPBACK will present their performance entitled “AMORFIA chapter1” (dedicated to Carlo Cafiero) in their Berlin debut.
ASTEPBACK are Gaëlle Cavalieri and Andrea Saggiomo. In 2007 they founded their own theater company in Naples and many of their productions have since won awards and been showcased in national and international festivals. Aside from his theatrical performance art works, Andrea Saggiomo performs as the expanded cinema project 70fps and in this guise he has improvised and collaborated with musicians and international artists including Andy Guhl and Seppo Renvall.
Botborg is an Australian audio-visual group that fuses and rewires raw electronic signals to create intensely visceral experiences of sound-color synaesthesia. Using their own complex feedback network known as the ‘Photosonicneurokineasthograph’, Botborg create totally live multi-sensory assaults of interdependent color and rhythm, pushing the limits of technology to invoke the maximum possible stimulation of their audience’s mind and body. Botborg work with a level of experimentation and improvisation that places them in a territory outside traditional musical or cinematic formats, where the boundaries between art, science, and philosophy mutate until they are rendered meaningless. Botborg has hosted live demonstrations at many prestigious music, film, and media festivals throughout Europe, Australia, Japan, and North America.
Disclaimer: Botborg demonstrations often include very loud sound played in combination with very fast flashing/strobe light.
BIG SCREEN BRUTALS
Freitag 7. September 2012
*zwischen S+U Hermannstraße und S+U Neukölln.
3-5 Euro für die Künstlern.
20-21 – Sonic Outlaws (Regie: Craig Baldwin, USA, 1995)
21-22 – Kultur=Kaputt (BSB Kurzfilme Selektion)
22-23 – VJ Meat (Live, audio-visual mashcore)
23-00 – Open Youtube Party (Gastmoderator: Santisima Virgen Maria)
infos und videos unten (auf Englisch):
SONIC OUTLAWS (Craig Baldwin, USA, 1995)
Director Craig Baldwin, himself a master of film archive appropriation, collects insightful interviews with mass media jammers such as Negativland, Emergency Broadcast Network, John Oswald, The Tape Beatles, and many more. If nothing else, this is worth seeing just to hear members of Negativland confront U2’s “The Edge” about how U2’s record company sued the pants off Negativland unbeknownst to the Irish superstars.
KULTUR=KAPUTT (short film selection)
Jamming culture until it’s broken. Our selection of brutals from Emergency Broadcast Network, Negativland, People Like Us, Church of the Subgenius, St Sanders, V-Atak, Pomodoro Tone Style, and the very bloody depths of the copyright infringing internet.
VJ MEAT (Live)
VJ Meat is the anonymous avatar of V-Atak – an audio-visual label with connections to artists around the world and a driving force behind many meaty projects, including the VisionSonic festival in Paris. VJ Meat is a true visual ecarissor – he hacks, crushes, and laminates his different sources to the last fragment. He mixes the videos of V-Atak, Madame Chao, Lovid, and more, thus creating a subtly brutal, scathing, and immersive atmosphere.
OPEN YOUTUBE PARTY (guest host: Santisima Virgen Maria)
Request your brutal best! Or chat and drink beer while you try to ignore *that* goddamn video. Hosted by Madrid’s favorite media-chopping exile Santisima Virgen Maria! http://www.santisimavirgenmaria.com/