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:

Museum of Loneliness LP launch at the Whitechapel Gallery

Chris Petit’s Museum of Loneliness

Chris Petit’s Museum of Loneliness

On 2th May a special event for the launch of writer and essay film-maker Chris Petit’s album Museum of Loneliness, thanks to Test Centre.

Released on vinyl only, the LP is made up of specially-recorded readings from Petit’s novels Robinson (1993), The Hard Shoulder (2001) and The Passenger (2006), and from his recent project The Museum of Loneliness. Backed by soundtracks from his films Asylum (with Iain Sinclair, 2000) and Content (2010), along with street recordings made by Petit in Johannesburg and other field recordings, Museum of Loneliness is at once a unique retrospective and a new standalone work.

The event will celebrate accordingly, with a rare screening of Asylum, appearances from Petit and Iain Sinclair, and playback of the album.

The event starts at 7pm, and the cafe will be open for drinks afterwards. We’ll be selling copies of our LPs and magazines, including Test Centre Three hot off the press.

Tickets are available here.  Book now to avoid disappointment!