Cine-Excess VI Film Festival

Italian Cultural Institute, London, 24-26 May 2012 B is for B-movie, and ‘basterds’, of course – the ‘Inglourious’ kind. B is also for ‘balletic violence’ and ‘bodies launched from trampolines to a symphony of explosions’ – both specialities of Enzo G. Castellari, who, together with Sergio Martino, was honoured at this year’s Cine-Excess festival. The…

Closed Circuits

Musicians, producers and friends of the literati, Bebe and Louis Barron were genuine pioneers of experimental electronic and tape music – their ambit including collaborations with everyone from Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller to Moondog and John Cage, and were releasing the first ‘audiobooks’ as long ago as the late 1940s. Their best known work…

The Industry of Creating

Despite a major retrospective, Every Day is a Good Day, at the Baltic, Gateshead, in 2010, John Cage’s notoriety as a revolutionary sonic manipulator and composer is not yet imperilled by his repute as a visual artist. Here, artist Louise Clarke seeks to rebalance things a touch by running a very personal rule over a…

All in Good Time

Darren Almond is known for exploring the concept of time in his films, photography and installations. In Tuesday (1996), he took a photograph of his studio every minute over 24 hours, while his Fullmoons series (1998 – ongoing) sees him travelling the globe in order to take a single moonlit photograph, usually in a remote,…

Chapter and Verse

Over the years, David Sheppard has been charged with writing or editing more than half-a-dozen musicianly monographs, and lived, as it were, to tell the tale; so he knows from bittersweet first-hand experience how penning a half-decent tome about the life of a popular recording or performing artist can be a pursuit littered with impediments…

Storytelling

A&M’s resident movie critic, Peter Wix, shines a light on the sometimes opaque world of the film script and attempts to sort the inspired literary gem from the hollywood producer- ravaged schlock. “Who is going to break through with brilliant writing if even celebrated screenwriters feel like taking a producer or two out to a…

Consuming Passion

Cedar Lewisohn provides the first course of our new column, exploring the intersection between art and food: bon appétit. A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have a chat with Fergus Henderson, the chef responsible for putting bone marrow and pork scratchings on the menus of some of London’s most chi-chi private…

Continental Film Night

Bertolt Brecht said “the worst illiterate is the political illiterate”. Something like this might also apply to those who shy away from political films – “Oh no, I don’t want to see that, it’s about politics!” But political films come in all shapes and sizes and provide many of us with perhaps our only views…

Long Live the New Flesh

The YBAs always seemed to be in a hurry, as if bound to a gaining clock, and so it’s fitting that the two most significant artists associated with the movement both have major long term exhibitions in London one year shy of the 25th anniversary of Freeze. Hirst has his oft-delayed Tate retrospective, timed to…