Bedford Creative Arts

21 November 2015, Leighton Buzzard Library

Bedford Creative Arts and Central Bedfordshire Libraries present a one-day festival dedicated to THIS IS NOW: FILM AND VIDEO AFTER PUNK. The project is presented as part of the public programme for a new commission entitled Dump It On Parliament Revisited by artists DashnDem (Dash MacDonald and Demitrios Kargotis) and Roshi Nasehi. The project looks at the local post-punk movement in Bedfordshire during the 1980s (particularly out of Luton, Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable and Bedford) that was galvanised into action in protest against government plans to create a new nuclear waste site at Elstow. The commission revisits the compilation tape of protest songs called Dump it on Parliament that was made by local bands and musicians in support of the nuclear disarmament campaign.
THIS IS NOW: SCREENINGS AND TALKS
21 November 2015, 2 – 11pm
Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre

2pm: BEFORE AND AFTER SCIENCE
3.25pm: THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY
5pm: VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR
6.30pm: Panel Discussion

The early 80s saw the emergence of vibrant, groundbreaking new styles, techniques and perspectives in artists’ film and video. The panel will discuss the social and political background to this bold new wave of moving image production, looking specifically at the vibrant Bedfordshire post-punk scene of the time. Speakers include Tim Morrison (Gorilla Tapes), Jean McClements (founding member of Gorilla Tapes and member of the Luton 33 Video Group) and Steve Spon of UK Decay, who produced music for several Gorilla Tapes productions. Chaired by music journalist David Stubbs.

7.30pm: Bedfordshire’s Post-Punk scene of the 1980s

A screening of rarely seen archive footage from Bedfordshire’s alternative post-punk scene, featuring bands UK Decay and Click Click.

7.50pm: HOME TAPING
9.10PM: JUST IMAGES

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THIS IS NOW: BAR SCREENINGS
21 November 2015, 2 – 11pm
Leighton Buzzard Library Bar

2pm: PERFORMING THE SELF (runs continuously until 7.30pm)
7.30pm: ENTERING THE DREAM SPACE (runs continuously until 11pm)
For more information, please visit the Bedford Creative Arts website.