Centre Pompidou

30 March – 2 November 2016, Paris

To coincide with the exhibition The Eighties: Photographs and Films (24 February – 23 May 2016), the Centre Pompidou presents a screening of THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY and a specially conceived programme focussing on the industrial label, Doublevision.

30 March 2016
Centre Pompidou, Cinema

A specially curated screening of films originally connected to the early industrial culture of the 1980s, including work by Jill Westwood, Psychic TV (dir. Cerith Wyn Evans & John Maybury), 23 Skidoo (dir. Richard Heslop) and more.

The limits of the body and its relationship to media and meaning are explored in these wide-ranging, frequently confrontational works. The Wound by Jill Westwood, a performance artist and filmmaker from the industrial scene, evokes Cocteau’s Orphée within the context of a sadomasochistic relationship. Liquid Video and Passion Trypytch use re-recorded found footage to transcendental effect, while highlighting the fragility of the self and our self-identity.

2 November 2016
Centre Pompidou, Cinema

The early 1980s saw an explosion in alternative moving image production connected to the post-punk and industrial music scenes. At a time when the commercial music video industry was just beginning to gather pace, independent labels began to emerge, stridently bypassing censorship and issuing their own releases.

This unique moment gave rise to the Doublevision label, established by Cabaret Voltaire and Paul Smith in 1982 to release video works by themselves and other industrial and experimental artists. The following year, they also started to release records. Cabaret Voltaire had been experimenting with video equipment since around 1979 and many of their affiliates, including Throbbing Gristle, 23 Skidoo, CTI, The Residents, Einstürzende Neubauten and Tuxedomoon, likewise experimented with the use of visuals, film and video. This screening features a selection of material originally released under the Doublevision label, offering an exclusive insight into the diverse and radical nature of music-related moving image production of the time.

For more information, please visit the Centre Pompidou website.