Crossovers is a major new series of artists’ films, documentaries and dialogues reflecting the potential of marginal artforms and intense ideas within popular media.
The films in the Crossovers series have been generated from Performance Matters creative research projects.
Three of the films have developed from commissioned dialogues and events for Trashing Performance (2010-11) –
Oreet Ashery’s Party for Freedom looks at freedom as a deeply conflicted and contradictory entity, by responding to the freedom rhetoric of the far-right. The film has developed from a residential workshop held as part of Trashing Performance.
Gavin Butt and Ben Walters’ directorial debut, the documentary This is Not a Dream, charts an underground story of artist’s DIY use of moving image technology, from Warhol’s Factory to contemporary London club performance.
Mel Brimfield’s This is Performance Art (Part Two) spoofs the format of the television documentary to mark the fragmentary and unreliable nature of performance art’s historical record.
See here for details of a free public screening of This is Performance Art: Parts One and Two at Camden Arts Centre on 22 January.
Other films in the Crossovers series have developed from Performing Idea (2009-10) and take the form of exchanges between Adrian Heathfield and leading intellectuals from diverse disciplines whose work has significant impact upon the understanding of contemporary culture and performance -
Writing Not Yet Thought, Hélène Cixous with Adrian Heathfield.The acclaimed author discusses the practice of writing alongside its relation to painting, music and philosophy. See here for details of the Writing Not Yet Thought DVD.
Transfigured Night, A Conversation with Alphonso Lingis. An exchange between the celebrated American philosopher Alphonso Lingis and Adrian Heathfield. See here for details of the Transfigured Night film and DVD.
No Such Thing As Rest, A Walk with Brian Massumi. Setting thoughts and conversation in constant motion, Adrian Heathfield encounters the philosopher and cultural theorist while walking the streets of Montreal. See here for details of the No Such Thing As Rest DVD.
Dialogues: Art, Performance, Film Symposium
See here for details of a day long symposium and screening event on dialogues in art, performance and film at Rich Mix, London on Thursday 30 January.
Crossover Launch Event
The films in the Crossovers series will be released on DVD and launched at a free public event at Hackney Attic, London on Thursday 23 January 2014.