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Performing the Self

8 Jul (Fri), 7:50pm

Performing the Self
76 min, English, DCP, United Kingdom

New ways of thinking about identity, the self, and the body were all part of punk’s powerful legacy. This unlikely cocktail of visionary experimental films and bright, brash pop videos shows how visual culture changed radically at the start of the 1980s. Genre boundaries became blurred and the use of masks and make-up challenged the conventions of identity construction and representation—often to the sound of a catchy electronic melody.

Still Life with Phrenology Head, UK, 1979, dir. Cerith Wyn Evans, 14 min.
Human League: Don’t You Want Me, UK, 1981, dir. Steve Barron, 4 min.
Chat Rap, UK, 1983, dir. John Scarlett-Davis, 15 min.
Adam Ant: Stand and Deliver, UK, 1981, dir. Mike Mansfield and Adam Ant, 3 min.
Adam Ant: Prince Charming, UK, 1981, dir. Mike Mansfield and Adam Ant, 3 min.
The Modern Image, UK, 1978, dir. John Maybury, 13 min.
Solitude, UK, 1981, dir. John Maybury, 13 min.
Bungalow Depression, UK, 1981, dir. Grayson Perry and Jennifer Binnie, 4 min.
The Private View, UK, 1981, dir. The Neo-Naturists, 7 min.

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