On Wednesday 21 September, The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art and LUX, the national agency that supports and promotes artists working with moving image, came together to unveil This is Now: Film and Video After Punk.
Bringing together a selection of work by artists and filmmakers including John Maybury, Cerith Wyn Evans and The Neo Naturists, the exhibition looks at artists’ film and video from the post-punk era in the UK (1978–85) a time that saw an explosion in alternative and experimental filmmaking amongst clubbers, art students, new romantics and members of the post-punk scene, who embraced cheap new camera technologies and used them to bold and uncompromising effect.
Zoe Li, Exhibitions Manager (Maternity Cover) for The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, said: “This is an exceptional opportunity for us to present this exhibition with LUX, which also includes some fascinating archive materials, such as posters and photographs, from pop-music to video, revealing the breadth of the underground arts and culture in the post-punk era.
“This is a perfect exhibition to kick off our Moving Image season at the gallery and we’ve got an exciting programme of talks and screenings planned to take us through to 2017.”
This is Now: Film and Video After Punk has, so far, toured internationally, from the Netherlands and Paris to Hong Kong and now Plymouth, after which it will be heading to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.
Love the exhibition? It’s on until Wednesday 26 October alongside our accompanying programme of free talks and film screenings, running as part of our Moving Image Season.
Events include: ‘The Occult Roots of MTV’ talk by BFI Curator William Fowler on Wednesday 19 October and screenings of the short film programmes ‘Video Killed the Radio Star?’ on Thursday 6 October, ‘Before and After Science’ on Wednesday 12 October and ‘Entering the Dream Space’ on Thursday 20 October.
Advance booking by phone or email is recommended to avoid disappointment – 01752 203434 / email@example.com.
**The exhibition includes some works that contain nudity and explicit material that may not be suitable for all ages; it is recommended that young people visiting the exhibition are accompanied by an adult.
Photos by Dom Moore.