This is Now: Film and Video After Punk

The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, Plymouth PL4 8AT

01752 203434

Wednesday 21 September 2016 – Wednesday 26 October 2016
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-1pm

The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art and LUX, the national agency that supports and promotes artists working with the moving image, are pleased to present This Is Now: Film and Video After Punk, an exhibition that looks at artists’ film and video from the post-punk era in the UK (1978–85). This period saw an explosion in alternative and experimental filmmaking amongst clubbers, art students, new romantics and members of the post-punk scene, who embraced cheap new domestic technologies and used them to bold and uncompromising effect.

This exhibition, which has been specifically conceived for The Gallery, brings together a selection of work by artists and filmmakers including John Maybury, Cerith Wyn Evans and The Neo-Naturists that explore ideas around identity, performance and technology. Shown alongside original archive material from Study Collection at Central St. Martin and , many of these works have been digitally remastered by the BFI National Archive from Super 8 and 16mm films that have been out of circulation for over 30 years.

This is Now: Film and Video After Punk is a major touring project presented by LUX and the BFI National Archive. The UK tour has been developed with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery. A selection of screenings from the full programme will be shown each week during the exhibition. Please see below for details.

Curator Talk

The Occult Roots of MTV
Wed 19 October - 5.30 - 7.30pm
In this talk and subsequent discussion, William Fowler, Curator of Artists’ Moving Image at the BFI National Archive, considers the impact of the vibrant, provocative work of the 1980s on the burgeoning pop video world and its most distinctive and visible of platforms: MTV. 

FREE event, advance booking recommended. Booking

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