LUX Salon: Dirk De Bruyn: Ancient Damage

Date: 14 January 2004 | Season: LUX Salon

Wednesday 14 January 2004, at 7:30pm
London LUX

Born in the Netherlands, Dirk de Bruyn has been active as an artist, writer and organiser for over 30 years, primarily in Australia where he has been a central figure in the Melbourne film scene. De Bruyn uses a variety of techniques including direct animation, flicker, time lapse and hand-processing to create dynamic personal cinema. This programme features a film from each decade and includes the world premiere of Analog Stress.

Dirk de Bruyn, Running, 1976, colour, sound, 30 min
Dirk de Bruyn, Boerdery, 1985, colour, sound, 11 min
Dirk de Bruyn, Rote Movie, 1994, colour, sound, 12 min
Dirk de Bruyn, Analog Stress, 2004, colour, sound, 12 min


LUX Salon: Bjørn Melhus

Date: 3 February 2004 | Season: LUX Salon

Tuesday 3 Februry 2004, at 7:30pm
London LUX

Bjørn Melhus is a media artist who reprocesses recognisable elements of American culture, feature films and daytime television into a humorous, but unsettling, reflection of modern life. From his 16mm student films and early videotapes, through to his more recent, technically seamless, digital productions, Melhus has continued to explore the boundaries between the real world and its fictional counterpart. Further blurring our perception, he performs as every character in each, building a dizzying repertory of doppelgangers.

Bjørn Melhus, Das Zauberglas, 1991, colour, sound, 6 min
Bjørn Melhus, No Sunshine, 1997, colour, sound, 6 min
Bjørn Melhus, The Oral Thing, 2001, colour, sound, 8 min
Bjørn Melhus, Auto Center Drive, 2003, colour, sound, 28 min
Bjørn Melhus, Cornflakes, 1987, colour, sound, 2 min

The screening will begin with documentation of Bjørn Melhus’ installation Primetime (2001).


LUX Salon: Barbara Hammer

Date: 30 March 2004 | Season: LUX Salon | Tags:

Tuesday 30 March 2004, at 7:30pm
London LUX

Barbara Hammer, is an internationally recognised film artist who has made over eighty films and videos, and is considered a pioneer of lesbian-feminist experimental cinema.

Barbara Hammer, Dyketactics, 1974, colour, sound, 4 min
Barbara Hammer, Multiple Orgasm, 1977, colour, sound, 6 min
Barbara Hammer, Double Strength, 1978, colour, sound, 16 min
Barbara Hammer, Our Trip, 1980, colour, sound, 4 min
Barbara Hammer, Sync Touch, 1981, colour, sound, 10 min
Barbara Hammer, No No Nooky T.V., 1987, b/w & colour, sound, 12 min 

“To discover and uncover the invisible images and material in photography, film and video has been my pursuit for over twenty-five years as a pioneer lesbian artist. I have made over seventy-seven film and videos since 1972. All my work is about revealing, showing, expressing, uncovering that which has not been seen before. I try to give voice and image to those who have been denied personal expression. I continue to be involved in formal structure determined by the content of the material. Over the years my films and videos have evolved to dense referential montages characterised by a challenging montage/collage of image and audio. I seek to empower the viewing audience to “make their own film” by working in a non-linear, metaphoric and fragmented manner. It is a political act to work and speak as a lesbian artist in the dominant art world and to speak as an avant-garde artist to a lesbian and gay audience. My presence and voice address both issues of homophobia as well as the need for an emerging community to explore a new imagination.” (Barbara Hammer)


LUX Salon: State of the Union

Date: 23 June 2004 | Season: LUX Salon

Wednesday 23 June 2004, at 7:30pm
London LUX

A US election year special. LUX is pleased to present a new print of Bruce Baillie’s legendary American travelogue Quixote, made coast-to-coast over a four year period. Baillie’s film is a lyrical, patchwork portrait of the margins of 60s America, from the supermarket aisles to the circus big top.

“Baillie’s trip is wedged between two generations of youthful nomads; the Beats (contemporaneous with Hollywood’s heydey of Western expansion) on one side, the hippy transhumances (and Easy Rider) on the other. That Quixote could be claimed, at different times, by each is a sign of its hinged position to two vastly different projects.” —Paul Arthur.

Lenka Clayton’s concept in Qaeda Quality Question Quickly Quickly Quiet was a simple one – take the 4,100 words from George W.Bush’s infamous “Axis of Evil” speech, and splice them together in alphabetical order. The result is powerful: a mesmerising snapshot of the posturing, rhetoric and obsessions dominating American politics in the aftermath of 11 September.

Bruce Baillie, Quixote, USA, 1964-67, 16mm, b/w & colour, sound,
Lenka Clayton, Qaeda Quality Question Quickly Quickly Quiet, Germany, 2003, video, colour, sound, 18 min

LUX Salon: Jerome Hiler

Date: 8 November 2004 | Season: LUX Salon

Monday 8 November 2004, at 7:30pm
London LUX

Film artist Jerome Hiler presents a rare 16mm work-in-progress screening of In the Stone House, a project he has been working on since the 1960s.

“The film I am presenting is composed mainly from spontaneous renderings of ordinary life. My method was to work directly with the Bolex camera as a sort of transformation device rather than to dream up some sort of plan and execute that. The moments of vision in the film, be they insightful or mundane, are joined by moments of complete blackout. These blackouts, which are like the blinking of an inner eye, create discontinuity and flow at the same time.

My experience as an artist has shown me that the work produced has been like a mirror held up to myself rather than to nature. My memory of the day before yesterday is already spotty and I have no idea what the next hour will bring. I actually can see myself bumbling from event to event in my life thanks to the very effort I make to establish sense and order in my film. The film, then, is a reflection of that fabulous combination of brilliance in the moment and desperate hoping for the best as it steps forward into unknown territory.”

Jerome Hiler