Asylum posted on Vimeo

I’m very happy that the collaboration with Chris Petit, Asylum, has been posted on Vimeo. People have frequently asked about this, the third of our four films for Channel 4, and the most elusive. It’s the one we were most satisfied with (or least displeased). It feels like the right moment for the resurrection. Asylum was an essay on the edge of disintegration, in advance of global pandemics. It is about the loss of cultural memory and the fragmentation and distress of digital imagery. Mainly, it’s good to have glimpses of the writers who need to be remembered and valued: Ed Dorn, Michael Moorcock, James Sallis, Marina Warner. The film also draws deeply on the editing intelligence of Emma Matthews and the animations of Dave McKean.

Link to the video: https://vimeo.com/573635316/fb8400ca14

London Orbital posted on Vimeo.

In many ways this was the easiest ‘sell’ of the group. The book of the same title, written in parallel with the film, could be described in a single sentence: ‘A walk around London’s orbital motorway.’ London Orbital was the only one released (by Illuminations) as a DVD. It offered itself to academic usage and it fitted quite comfortably within the emerging discipline (or brand) of psychography. The narrative was about endless, the slow-cinema of pedestrianism, noticing everything, and the reverie and drift of driving without stopping.  The only exits being into 19th-century fantasy and horror.  The two Thames crossings, east and west, had their pull: Bram Stoker in Purfleet and JG Ballard in Shepperton. The DVD as a package had several advantages, as Chris Petit pointed out. One of the extra features covered the A13 exhibition at the Wapping Pumping Station – and exhibits that linked exploration of the Thames Estuary, its container dumps and landfill, with my great-grandfather’s surveys of an Amazonian tributary. It’s obvious now that my recent book, The Gold Machine, was germinating, like everything else, around the fringes of London. As I state in the book: “The jungle begins in London.”
 

ABANDONED GOODS – narrated by Iain Sinclair

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Abandoned Goods is a short essay film about the extraordinary collection of artworks created by patients detained in Netherne psychiatric hospital between 1946 and 1981. The artworks were created in a pioneering art studio in the hospital run by the artist Edward Adamson. Today around 5,500 pieces survive, assembled together as the Adamson Collection, one of the major bodies of British ‘asylum art’. The film is narrated by an unseen cataloguer, voiced by Iain Sinclair, who comments on key works in the Collection and provides glimpses into the lives of their creators. Blending archive, reconstruction, 35mm rostrum photography, interviews and observational footage, the film explores the transformation of the objects in the Adamson Collection, from clinical material to revered art objects, examining the lives of the creators and the changing contexts in which the objects were produced and displayed, to provide a moving impression of the unseen history of postwar asylum life in the UK.

Abandoned Goods was made with the help of Dr David O’Flynn and the Adamson Collection Trust and the support of the Wellcome Trust and the Maudsley Charity.

Abandoned Goods has been selected for the Pardi di domani competition at Locarno Film Festival 6th-16th August 2014!

Link: http://flyfilm.co.uk/films/abandoned-goods.php

 

Iain Sinclair & Colin MacCabe Present: Le Mépris at the ICA

20 November 2013

£10 / £8 concessions / £7 ICA Members

A screening of Le Mépris for Iain Sinclair’s 70×70, a season of 70 films that have appeared in his novels to mark his 70th birthday, followed by a discussion between Sinclair and writer and film producer Colin MacCabe.

‘I remember seeing this one at the National Film Theatre on the night before I left London for the Mediterranean island of Gozo. Where I would correspond with William Burroughs and work on the script that was never made, The Face on the Fork. Godard’s film played in every way like a trailer. Like an art movie shot over the weekend as a real-estate brochure for a special property, the Villa Malaparte on Capri. (Another island film, from the series of women arriving, returning or disappearing: Bardot here, Lea Massari and Monica Vitti in L’avventura, Magnani in Vulcano, Ingrid Bergman in Stromboli. Capri also features in Rossellini’s Viaggio in Italia, a Godard favourite.) Le Mépris is a promo for Bardot as widescreen topography – while Godard thinks up something for her to do.

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Iain Sinclair: 70 x 70 – John Smith Screening + Q and A

22/10/2013 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

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A specially curated screening by Iain Sinclair.

Iain Sinclair will be in conversation with filmmaker John Smith after the screening.

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