Intermission

This is the abattoir of cinema.

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Several years ago, Talan Memmott and myself transitioned from some idle pub chatter on the formalist nuances of your classic Melodifestivalen performance to a discussion of the practice of entr’activism. Soon enough we were sketching out a blueprint for a computer-manipulated screed on the current state of cinema to be undercut with audience interventions, live VJ visuals and backing soundtrack. Electronic poetry+++the film aesthetics of Dada & Mai Zetterling+++Eurovision…

An artist statement:

Intermission is a performative redadaction of the poetics of cinema. The performance and media platform utilises René Clair’s Entr’acte (1924, a collaboration with Picabia and Satie) as a starting point, reimagining cinema as if the Dadaist vision for the medium had become the prevalent form. In fact, we call this sort of performative cinema entr’activism – a form of participatory filmic event in which cinema is mobilised as the physical borders of frames leak back into a precarious hyper-reality that emphasises the metanoic qualities of being in-between acts of viewing.

Below are videos of the two performances done to date of the piece, the first video being the most recent performance from 2012 at the Cabaret Voltage event in Karlskrona, Sweden and the second of the original performance in 2011 at E-Poetry 2011 in Buffalo, New York. For ideal viewing conditions, we recommend to have at hand: a kazoo, your preferred beverage and condiments of choice, a mobile phone/tablet/etc. for second screening, at least one cream pie.

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