2016: Misc

Stuck by format, here I am supposed to surmise my year. I don’t wish to, and would feel uncomfortable doing so. I’ve catered plenty to my more narcissistic tendencies as it is. Here are two personal summations of 2016 that will service instead, two good writings from tremendous writers. From someone called Caspar Salmon, and someone called Michael Pattison.


Some further end of year, that didn’t fit anywhere else:

  • Three favourite exhibitions - the small, illuminating retro of the work of Saul Leiter at the Photographer’s Gallery, the Martin Parr curated exhibition of landscape photographs of Britain at the Barbican, Strange and Familiar, and the new video works by John Akomfrah at the Lisson Gallery.

  • Three favourite books - conquering David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, and I think, enjoying it thoroughly, discovering the wonders of Adrian Tomine, particularly Killing and Dying, and being floored by the incredible skill of Maggie Nelson, by her latest, but moreso with Bluets.


And for my latter, wizened self, looking to timecapsule, the annual bullets:

  • visited Vienna, Bucharest for filmmaking workshops, Karlovy Vary, Sheffield and Bristol for film festivals, and Budapest for fun.

  • sat on some juries at some small festivals, handed out an award on a stage, hosted an opening party on my ones, and started viewing submissions for some festivals.

  • made a short film, worked on two others.

  • got paid to write things a few times, didn’t but wrote anyway some other times, and had something published in print.

  • persevered with some personal projects, newslettered, filmed and scrapbooked my way towards better understanding of something.

  • struggled quite a lot, without ever really understanding exactly why.

  • made a lot of new friends, kept up with most cherished ones, and got better at managing those which wouldn’t fit either of those brackets necessarily. but are nice nonetheless.

Scrapbook [25/11/16]

Haphazard screenings sprung from a no-brand, 1000 lumen 480p digi-projector, sometimes in concert with an equally sub-optimal analogue one. Films for friends, even if they aren't interested. Projections for an audience of none.


1 - TEST REEL

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19th July 2016

5 cans down, an aborted rooftop projector rig. Ross Sutherland's VHS tape memory trip Stand By For Tape Backup, hurled clumsily but appropriately onto a wall. Grief excised through analogue miscellanea - cut, looped, flipped and warped, until the meaning behind the image is teased out.

Stand By For Tape Backup (2015, Ross Sutherland) 63min


2 - HUNG, DRAWN

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5th August 2016

Two batches of rough cuts from miscellaneous Japanese animations of the 2000s, light and dark. Two Satoshi Kon joints, one showing the parade scenes in Paprika that inspired Christopher Nolan to make Inception, and another a micro-masterpiece from the minute-long Ani*Kuri portmanteau series. Ghost in the Shell director Mamoru Oshii’s entry to the same series Project Mermaid, the film Takashi Murakami made for Louis Vuitton, Atsuko Fukushima’s entry to the Genius Party compilation, Hideki Futamura’s Sci-Fi oddity Limit Cycle, Kunio Kato’s supremely charming The House of Small Cubes, and a bunch of anime music videos, some official like Akira animation director Koji Morimoto’s disturbing wonderwork for the Ken Ishii track Extra and others fan-made like other Rez OST track Fear. And two slices of the surreal, colour popping creativity of Masaki Yuasa, the Rhapsody scene from his feature Mind Game, and Kick-Heart, a short funded on Kickstarter and released online.

Programme One

Ohayo (2008, Satoshi Kon) 1min
Ken Ishii - Extra [Official Video] (2007, Koji Morimoto) 4min
Death Grips x Neon Genesis Evangelion [AMV] (2014, Paclac) 5min
Akira - Hospital Scene (1988, Katsuhiro Otomo) 3min
Limit Cycle (2007, Hideki Futamura) 18min
Linkin Park - Breaking the Habit [Official Video] (2004, Joe Cahn) 3min
Adam Freeland - Fear x Paranoia Agent [AMV] (2007, chenalos) 5min

Programme Two

Project Mermaid (2008, Mamoru Oshii) 1min
Mind Game - Rhapsody Scene (2004, Masaki Yuasa) 2min
Paprika - Parade Scenes (2006, Satoshi Kon) 3min
The House of Small Cubes (2009, Kunio Kato) 12min
Kick-Heart (2013, Masaki Yuasa) 13min
Superflat Monogram (2003, Takashi Murakami) 5min
Genius Party (2007, Atsuko Fukushima) 5min


3 - MOMMY LOVES CHAPPiE

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21st August 2016

You've seen Chappie. (Right?) But have you seen Chappie in 4K UltraHD™? (???) Have you seen the alternate ending? You keep watching Chappie until it all comes together, until you're able to transfer your consciousness, until you can grow a mullet as iconic as Hugh Jackmans, until you feel the need to write fanfiction about Chappie. You keep watching Chappie until they make another one. You keep watching Chappie until you understand that the outside is just temporary and what’s inside you is what's you, what mommy loves. You keep watching Chappie until you can think about nothing but Chappie. You just keep watching Chappie until it all makes sense.

Chappie (2015, Neill Blomkamp)


4 - FOUR WHEELS GOOD

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2nd September 2016

A fumbled micro-history of the skate video in some of its stranger forms, spliced, botched and shuffled, built through the act of discovering it. Featuring parts from The Bones Brigade's super early The Search For Animal Chin, Bronze's much more modern, net-art infused Solo Jazz, Alien Workshop's decidedly avant-garde Time Code, and Blind's Spike Jonze directed Video Days, amongst others. Followed by Larry Clark's long-since-seen, possibly terrible 90s skate/youth culture film Kids, written by an 19 year old Harmony Korine; and a few films by William Strobek for Supreme and Lev Tanju for Palace, two new chroniclers of modern youth and culture who's work is inspired by the generation who came before them.

Programme One

Four Wheels Good [Skate Video Parts Compilation] (19xx-20xx) 53min

Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3 PSX Tournament

Programme Two

Swoosh (2015, William Strobek) 3min
Pussy Gangster (2016, William Strobek) 10min
Um Palace Bro (2012, Lev Tanju) 3min
Niggaz Wit Altitude (2013, Lev Tanju) 7min
Kids (1995, Larry Clark) 91min


5 - THE PURITY OF UNARMED COMBAT

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2nd November 2016

Flesh, blood and latex. Two mighty videogame adaptations from a glory era of overblown pomp, presented with SNES and Mega Drive emulation alongside. As game-heroes-made-real wage operatic warfare of the body and mind onscreen, virtual combat is staged simultaneously - blow for blow, glove against glove, joystick to joystick. "This is our tournament, remember? Mortal Kombat. We fight it."

Street Fighter (1994, Steven E. de Souza)
Mortal Kombat (1995, Paul W. S. Anderson)

Super Nintendo & Sega Mega Drive systems


6 - 2HYPE

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25th November 2016

A celebration of the greatest music video director of all time, with a screening of his first (and only) feature, Belly, a rhapsodic, visually inventive crime drama starring Nas, DMX, Az and Method Man, amongst others. As a warmup, a short programme of some of the many music videos he shot around the same time. "Fuck a book, man." To follow, a throughline of the work of a new luminary of the field, Kahlil Joseph, whose arresting, emotive videos for Shabazz Palaces, Flying Lotus, FKA Twigs and others have lead to him working with Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce in recent years. Some of his videos, and then Lemonade, which he has a co-director credit on, in it's entirety.

Programme One

Notorious B.I.G - Big Poppa (1995, Hype Williams) 4min
Tupac Shakur ft Dr. Dre - California Love (1996, Hype Williams) 6min
Blackstreet ft. Dr. Dre - No Diggity (1996, Hype Williams) 4min
Ol’ Dirty Bastard - Shimmy Shimmy Ya (1995, Hype Williams) 3min
Missy Elliot - The Rain [Supa Dupa Fly] (1997, Hype Williams) 4min
Busta Rhymes - Gimme Some Mo' (1998, Hype Williams) 3min
R Kelly - I Believe I Can Fly (1998, Hype Williams) 5min
Belly (1998, Hype Williams) 96min

Programme Two

Shabazz Palaces - Black Up (2011, Kahlil Joseph) 4min
Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes (2013, Kahlil Joseph) 4min
Kendrick Lamar - m.A.A.d (2014, Kahlil Joseph) 14min
Lemonade (2016, Kahlil Joseph, Beyoncé Knowles) 46min