Film Screening program:
Friday 1 June
opening with one film at end
The Nude Princess - star Ajita Wilson.
Film critic Pete Tombs says its an anti-colonial movie but while I understand why he reads it like that I think Canevari the director is doing his usual art house ambiguity thing and its more complex than a single position...
Sunday 10 June
Night of the Sorcerers and Satan's Blood - Spanish witchcraft/occult night conversation between Marc Hulson and Stewart Home.
Sunday 17 June
Launch night for Re-Enter The Dragon: Genre Theory, Brucesploitation & The Sleazy Joys of Lowbrow Cinema by Stewart Home. Films Clones of Bruce Lee and Enter Three Dragons AKA Dragon On Fire.
Dual Flying Kicks is an exhibition by artist and author Stewart Home and photographer Chris Dorley-Brown. The collaborative works include a series of morphs where Dorley-Brown has photographed Home imitating pictures of a witch incarnating the triple goddess in her maiden form. Home and this Spanish but London based witch are merged to create a series entitled Occult Androgyny. In another work, Dual Flying Kicks, Dorley-Brown has photographed Home imitating the hypermasculine poses of small plastic Bruce Lee toys. Home utilises digital video, found imagery and text as a means of exploring cultural hybridity. Of particular relevance to Home’s artist film Re-Enter The Dragon are the genre of kung fu movies featuring Bruce Lee clones known as Brucesploitation. Home explores the relationship between eastern and western mysticism and the relationship of ‘the spiritual’ to bodybuilding and martial arts; while simultaneously delineating the ways in which hypermasculinity inevitably finds itself tipping over into the feminine. While Home is looking back to a film-culture of the 1970s, he is also looking forward to a new world we have yet to create.
While the exhibition is on the book Re-Enter The Dragon, Genre Theory, Brucesploitaiton & the Sleazy Joys of Lowbrow Cinema by Stewart Home will be published by Ledatape.
“…Roared on by the likes of Iain Sinclair and Jenny Turner (who, in the London Review of Books, once declared: ‘I really don’t think anyone who is at all interested in the study of literature has any business not knowing the work of Stewart Home’), he’s a one-man awkward squad whose adventures in perverse outsiderdom and menacing wind-up tactics place him in the English heretical tradition of the K Foundation, David Britton and Michael Butterworth’s Savoy Books…”
Sukhdev Sandhu Frieze magazine, May 2012
Questioning notions of authorship and ownership in cultural production is a major theme in Home’s work, as is a questioning of all capitalist hierarchies and structures.
Stewart Home was born in south London in 1962. He developed an interest in northern soul, kung fu films and punk rock as a teenager, and from 1974 onwards spent a lot of his time hanging around the West End of London, both alone and in the company of other juveniles.
After leaving school at the age of sixteen, he first signed on the dole in the late seventies, and last claimed unemployment benefits in the mid-nineties. He has never held down a regular job for more than a few months at a time. On those rare occasions when he's been forced to work, Home has taken employment as a factory labourer, agricultural labourer, shop assistant, office clerk and art class model.