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Adam Thirlwell + Philippe Parreno @ Picturehouse Central, Apr 7

5 April 2016

A performance lecture by British novelist Adam Thirlwell with live interruptions from Paris-based artist Philippe Parreno is happening at London’s Picturehouse Central on April 7.

Hosted by Serpentine Cinema, the lecture will be followed by a screening of Venom and Eternity (1951), a film by poet, critic and artist Isidore Isou who intentionally disconnected sound and image —the latter being manipulated, bleached and scratched —and who famously attended the Cannes Film Festival, not having been invited, to show the 1951 film.

Thirwell’s lecture will act as a montaged survey of montage found throughout history in film, art, music, poetry, etc.. As the press release states, “you name it”, he’ll cover it, which feels like the type of narrative he produces in recent novels Lurid and Cute and Politics, The Escape. The lecture will be interrupted by conversations with Parreno, who is currently represented by London’s Pilar Corrias.

The press release talks about the format of the event: “it’s possible that not only will future art works need to develop wild varieties of interruption but also that one particularly useful mode of interruption might be collaboration itself”.

See the Serpentine website for details.**

Isidore Isou, Amos (1953)
Isidore Isou, ‘Amos’ (1953).

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Felix Melia @ Serpentine Cinema, Mar 24

22 March 2016

Felix Melia‘s anticipated new film ‘Shoulder Blades’ (2016) will premier alongside a screening of his previous work ‘Lamassu Flats’ (2014) at London’s Hackney Picture House, hosted by Serpentine Cinema on March 24.

‘Shoulder Blades’, the press release tells us, manages and negotiates the process of developing intimacy whilst maintaining agency. While ‘Lamassu Flats’, made two years before deals with the relationship between the presentation of the self and the kinds of spaces that the self inhabits, which carry the “inherited and engendered narratives imposed” upon them.

London-based Melia, who is the Whitechapel Gallery current Writer in Residence, has continued to make in the gap between primary experience and how that is represented through second-hand narratives via films as well as more ephemeral video performances, and was involved in the Serpentine Gallery’s 89plus marathon.

See the exhibition page for more details**

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Patrick Goddard @ Hackney Picturehouse, Nov 19

19 November 2015

Artist and film-maker Patrick Goddard is showing two recent films as part of the Serpentine Cinema series at Hackney Picturehouse on November 19.

The East London-based artist has already completed an MFA at Goldsmiths and is now studying for a Doctorate at Oxford, focusing on a “sociological exploration of high finance and complicity”. The selected films in turn centres around themes of money, complicity and commitment.

Following the screenings is a conversation with writer, editor and curator Ben Eastham (co-founder and editor of The White Review).

See the event page for details. **

Gone to Croatan (excerpt) from patrick goddard on Vimeo.

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