Even the Good Times Were Bad: The New Pluralism Revisited

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Students in the MRes Art: Moving Image programme at Central Saint Martins/LUX present a screening in response to The New Pluralism, a mid-decade survey of British film and video art held at the Tate Gallery in April 1985. Curators Michael O’Pray and Tina Keane selected nearly one hundred works for the exhibition in an ambitious attempt to map the pluralistic practices and politics that emerged as a reaction against the Structuralist aesthetic of 1970s British experimental film. Revisiting this exhibition as a moment rather than a movement, the students will reactivate some of these works within a contemporary critical framework. Works shown as part of this programme will include Kim Flitcroft and Sandra Goldbacher’s Scratch video supercut Night of a Thousand Eyes (1984) and Mark Wilcox’s surreal, proto-Lynchian videotape Calling the Shots (1984).

They will also invite these artists to reflect on the moment of The New Pluralism and its legacy in British art and beyond. These interviews will appear on the LUX website.

Programme:
- Blue Monday (Duvet Brothers, 4 min, 1984)
- Silent Film (Michael Maziere, 15 min 1982)
- Scratch Free State (George Barber, 5 min, 1984)
- Calling the Shots (Mark Wilcox, 12 min, 1984)
- Visual Art Songs for the 80s (#2: Beatnik) (Marty St. James & Anne Wilson, 5 min, 1984)
- Night of 1000 Eyes (Kim Flitcroft & Sandra Goldbacher, 28 min,1984)

Part of the symposium Now That's What I Call Pluralism, presented as part of the Strangelove Moving Image Festival at Central Saint Martins.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 14:30
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