CANCELLED: Thursday 29 May – An Evening with Iain Sinclair & Brian Catling

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Screening and talk with Iain Sinclair and Brian Catling, as part of Iain Sinclair’s 70×70 film programme: 70 films to mark the author and filmmaker’s 70th year.

This event has been cancelled.


8pm: The Cutting (Brian Catling & Tony Grisoni)
9pm: Iain & Brian in conversation
9:30pm: The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes (Stan Brakhage)


The Cutting
2005. Dir. Brian Catling and Tony Grisoni.
A further collaboration for Catling and Grisoni after their mongoose- possessed Isle of Man installation drama (or Beckettian ghost play), Vanished! (A Video Séance). Grisoni takes time out from his dark progress towards the stitched swans’ wings and millstone grit corruptions of David Peace. Catling continues his years of time-surgery, deep excavations and grotesque (mirthless) comedy. By accident, The Cutting masquerades as a feature film recovered from cryogenic hibernation. Bog men return. The substantial performance artist finds himself exposed as a spectral elder or broken father out of Dreyer or Bergman. Landscape barely tolerates the pantomimed interventions. The oddness and out of kilter qualities are everything. Aaron Williamson, as the recovered bog creature, more bark than flesh, is what he always is: extraordinary. Gothic film-memory and mutual interests in freakshow and music-hall make for a potent and subversive partnership between public and chamber versions of cinema. Back in 1974, Catling wrote about ‘what masonry holds beyond decay: compression, the fear of form’.


The Act of Seeing with One’s Own Eyes
1971. Dir. Stan Brakhage.
The Act of Seeing with One’s Own Eyes was shot at the Allegheny Coroner’s Office on a Sunday morning in the autumn of 1971. We can only witness these secret operations with our own eyes. There is no other way of behaving. The rituals are casual, conducted without sentiment, with an impersonal skill that is almost tender.
The face is peeled back – which is the individual as we know him. And Brakhage had ‘the immediate perception that the first masks made in the world must have been the actual faces of the dead’. The lid of the skull is lifted. The chest shield is removed. The heart-bird is without protection. The doctors are splitting the seconds of flesh, are cutting through the idea that the skin is a whole, one single garment, and not an infinite net of dividing events, operating at different time-speeds, knitted together in the eye, as the film itself is held by the retention of the dying image on the retina long enough to give the illusion of seamless movement.
Brian Catling (born in London, 1948) is an English sculptor, poet, novelist, film maker and performance artist. He was educated at North East London Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. He now holds the post of Professor of Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford and is a fellow of Linacre College. He has been exhibiting his work internationally since the 1970s, and regularly collaborates with Iain Sinclair.

Tony Grisoni (born 28 October 1952) is a British screenwriter. He lives in London. His first feature film, Queen of Hearts, directed byJon Amiel, won the Grand Prix at the 1990 Festival du Film de Paris. He has co-written several of Terry Gilliam’s films including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Tideland.


Advanced tickets will be available through the website. A limited number will be available on the door.