Friday 30 July
Indulge in a unique night out with late night random revelry. Explore the galleries and iconic building after hours.
Secrets of the Content - A Short Film by Tom Pickard
The film is based on the 1935 short story 'A Day Saved' by Graham Greene, originally published in his short story collection 'Twenty-One Stories' in 1954. The story was carefully adapted to present itself in a contemporary time but staying true to the vintage narrative language that Greene wrote back in his early days as a writer.
The film was shot over four days on location in West and East London.
The story is told through the eyes of Robinson, a lonely wanderer who obsessively follows an everyday businessman through the streets of a modern London. He knows his every move, he steps his every step and breathes his every breath. He feels a connection to this man, he holds something that Robinson deeply, despairingly wants, but he does not understand what it is or why he wants it so.
Presently in the story, the man changes his routine on his journey home, he takes a side street and cautiously enters a mysterious black door to a set of flats. Robinson can’t breath, he finds himself distraught with no knowledge of the man’s actions or whereabouts. His world becomes filled with uncertainty and desperation.
This is the story of secrets and lies, through the words of intense protagonist, Robinson.
Visit www.secretsofthecontentfilm.co.uk/ to find out more.
Die and Die Again
Choreography and performance: Cat Casbon
Lighting design: Michael Manion
Music: Pre-recorded AK/DK
The solo Die and Die Again draws inspiration from the ideas behind Ivan Navarro’s sculpture Die Again.
Navarro grew up in Santiago, Chile under the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet (1915-2006). In a climate of disinformation and government censorship Navarro’s experiences have made him sensitive to the integrity of information and the relationship between constructed truths and reality. Navarro’s use of mass produced light fixtures is an appropriate metaphor for the underlying political implications of his work. He exposes the dark reality lurking under the glowing surface as the lights both attract with their glowing beauty and repel with their threat of electrocution.
Similarly this solo physically respond to light and darkness, sometimes attracted and other times repelled. The solo explores the themes of ‘social illumination’ and the idea that social injustice and inequality still exist beneath a seemingly attractive façade. The interplay between the light and movement will shift the viewer’s eye between reality and illusion. What is beautiful can morph into something in-human and grotesque.
The solo also explores the phenomenon of ‘the disappeared’ of the Pinochet regime. Just as a viewer is drawn in, enclosed and spiralled into infinity by Navarro’s Die Again so do the victims of the regime have a parallel existence of uncertainty, neither alive nor dead. They are lost and thus propelled into a nowhere land.
Imagine if that goofy, haircut-phobic prodigy in your school met the most annoying boy in the music class over two turntables and one violin. By some inexplicably splenderous, divine power, imagine if they had formed a solid creative bond and managed to unite, through a love of both, the diametrically opposed forces of classical music and hip hop. Imagine chilli and chocolate...Finished imagining? Meet Fidgital. Performing at Random Fridays this week.
For more information please call the Box Office on 01424 229 111