HORROR FILM 1 TEACHING AND LEARNING CINEMA
It was a cold and wet Saturday afternoon matinee – but even the sleet could not deter audiences from flocking to see two performances by Teaching and Learning Cinema (Louise Curnham And Lucas Ilhein). Re-enactments carried out by Teaching and Learning Cinema draw upon Expanded Cinema of the 1960s and 1970’s, bringing together conceptual art, cinema and performance. Horror Film 1 explores the physical and psychological play of body and shadows generated in the beams of three 16mm film projectors. Saturday arvo there were two reenactments firstly of Malcolm Le Grice’s Horror Film 1 (originally presented 1971) and Guy Sherwin’s Man with Mirror, renamed (Wo)man with Mirror (performed in 1976). While there are some references to films such as in Horror Film 1 – each piece is more about the celluloid and what you can do with it, rather than popular entertainment. Each work is thoroughly researched and faithfully reproduced since these pieces were originally performed way before Lucas and Louise were born. Part of the importance of what T&LC are doing is that these often famous works from the London experimental film scene were one offs, never to be seen again if not revived by enthusiastic people like Louise and Lucas.
Some interesting thought from Martyn Jolly