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Unlicensed Preaching: A Life Unpacked In 70 Films @ ICA

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28 Sep 20147:50 pm | Cinema 1 | £7.00 to £11.00

Book Tickets

This pre-launch event celebrates Unlicensed Preaching: A Life Unpacked In 70 Films - the book documenting Iain Sinclair’s 70×70 film season (his selection of 70 films to mark his 70th year).

Published on 23 October 2014, this is an advance opportunity to get your copy of a radically inventive and deftly realised furtherance of Sinclair’s monumental film curation.

Contributors include Alan Moore, Chris Petit, Colin MacCabe, Barrie Keeffe, Gareth Evans and Andrew Kötting.

To observe the occasion, recently unearthed never-before-seen footage will be screened from Subversion In The Street Of Shame, a convocation of London’s literary underground held over three days in 1994 at the Bridewell Theatre, off London’s Fleet Street. It documents the last public readings of Robin Cook/Derek Raymond and Kathy Acker, as well as the very first ‘Moon and Serpent’ performance by Alan Moore; other performers include Sinclair, Chris Petit, Brian Catling, John Healy and Stewart Home. Petit and Sinclair will be present to add their unique memories of the event.

Following this will be a rare screening of Marine Court Rendezvous(directed by Chris Petit/Iain Sinclair; soundtrack by Susan Stenger).Originally presented in 2008 in London’s Sketch Gallery as a 12-channel video installation, Marine Court Rendezvous comprises a series of documentary-fictions shot in and around Marine Court, St Leonards-on-Sea – a 1930s crumbling modernist building in the style of a Cunard luxury liner. In essence ‘a film that was never made’, it creates a half-world of intertwined narratives, combining fragments of new footage with exiled characters and disembodied voices from diverse cinematic sources. When presented as a grid of surveillance-camera images rather than on 12 separate screens, it echoes Marine Court’s array of windows while peering voyeuristically inward and gazing wistfully outward.

Petit, Sinclair and Stenger will speak about the making of Marine Court Rendezvous before the screening.

Street of Shame and Marine Court will be preceded by the three minute short Iain Sinclair: 70, 16mm footage taken by Stanley Schtinter and Susu Laroche on the morning of Sinclair’s 70th birthday.

Seven frames from the original negative of this film will be included in each book on the night.

The event (in brief):

Iain Sinclair: 70
Subversion In The Street Of Shame - In two parts, with live commentary by Iain Sinclair and Chris Petit
Marine Court Rendezvous - Preceded by a talk by Iain Sinclair, Chris Petit and Susan Stenger

Tickets: https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/unlicensed-preaching-life-unpacked-70-films


James Bruce May on writing “On Herons’ Wings”

Recently we posted about a poem dedicated to and inspired by Iain, written by author, James Bruce May.

We asked James to tell the story behind the poem and he kindly did.

Enjoy.

 

On Herons’ Wings (for Iain Sinclair)

James Bruce May – HARK Magazine, Issue 2, summer 2014

Fledgling

Dusk in a disused church, Highbury and Islington way, good few years ago. Plastic chairs, red wine in plastic cups, beer in tins. I sat with a hushed gathering listening to a poet read, the turning of his pages crisp in the chill dusty air. A siren interrupts, close then distant; the poet pauses, lets it fade. He smiles at the blue interlude, looking about us with a glint in his eye. ‘Perfect ambience for London,’ he says. ‘Takes me back to the squats of the Seventies.’ I think of looking back, of knowing London better.

I was there to hear Emily Critchley, experimental poet and my Creative Writing teacher, forerunner, friend. Emily championed the avant-garde in her Write London classes. We’d read London Orbital, thought about psychogeography, thought about drifting, about graffiti, about sand beneath stones, faces behind estates, territories, migratory paths of commuters, the transient tides of trend. We’d been encouraged to get out there, to have a look, be open to influence, to write all it down.

Suburban excursions, everyday discoveries, passing people, passing puddles, the detachment of sunsets from high-rise blocks, the beautiful brickwork of railway arches. I tried to write, but where to begin? Then that rainy day in Pimlico, giving up, going to a friend’s across the river, tired from wandering around, my journal damp and empty. I stood on the bridge and watched a heron trace the Thames alone, carrying everything I’d seen on its outstretched wings, away.

In the days that followed, I tried to piece together images from those walks into a poem. I tried to be true to the experience, convey something of the bewilderment I’d felt. Later, when I wrote to literary magazines, the work was met with rejection, time and again. I almost let that heron fly, but I recalled the disused church, the poet under the rafters. He’d walked so much further, innovative with every step, a beacon for new writers like me. How could I give up with such a vanguard to follow?

(James Bruce May read Creative Writing at Greenwich University and Goldsmiths College in London)

Cite Scout for the Territory – an interview with Jeff Johnson

Announcement of the upcoming chapbook by Jeff Johnson:

CITE SCOUT FOR THE TERRITORY: An Interview about an in-progress bibliography of the works of Iain Sinclair.

It is No 46 in the Beat Scene series. 125 numbered copies. 8″x5″ size in the usual format.

Out in a few days.

Copies are £7.95 in the UK. Europe is £8.95 and anywhere else is $20. Includes post.

To buy:
1) UK cheque payable to M.Ring
2) by Paypal to   kev(at)beatscene.freeserve.co.uk
3)US cheque to a USA address (contact Kevin for more details)

 

Cite Scout cover

Iain on Fritz Lang’s film “M” on BBC Radio 4

 I’m talking about Fritz Lang’s film ‘M’ (and Peter Lorre) on BBC Radio 4′s The Film Programme. It went out at 4pm on Thursday. I think it’s repeated on Sunday morning at 11am.

Link to the podcast

Talk on Malcolm Lowry in Liverpool on 25 October (unconfirmed)

If anyone has details, please let me know.

The 70×70 book went to print today

The follow message from the aliens at Purge appeared in the mailbox today:
THE 70X70 BOOK WENT TO PRINT TODAY.
PUBLICATION DATE AND OFFICIAL LAUNCH AT LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS ON 23RD OCTOBER. BUT WE’RE HAVING A PRE-LAUNCH WHERE FOLK CAN GUARANTEE 7 FRAMES FROM THE NEGATIVE OF HIS BIRTHDAY FOOTAGE INSERTED INTO EACH ADVANCE COPY – AVAILABLE AT THE SAME PRICE.
SEPTEMBER 28 AT ICA.
UNBELIEVABLE PROGRESS.
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