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“You killed me first” No Wave cinema exhibition at KW Berlin by DuChamp

“You killed me first” (from a title of Richard Kern’s movie: the one that starring Lung Leg, best known to be on the cover on Sonic Youth’s “EVOL”) is a retrospective/exhibition and homage to No Wave cinema, also known as the cinema of transgression that will open Sat 18th (18-22 Uhr) in KW, Berlin

Nightmarish scenarios of violence, dramatic states of mind, and perverse sexual abysses—the films of the Cinema of Transgression that were consciously aimed at shock, provocation, and confrontation, bear witness to an extraordinary radicality. In the 1980s a group of filmmakers from the Lower East Side in New York went on a collision course with the conventions of American society. Transcending all moral or aesthetic boundaries, the low budget films reveal social hardship met with sociopolitical indifference. Sometimes shot with stolen camera equipment, the films contain strident analyses of life in the Lower East Side defined by criminality, brutality, drugs, AIDS, sex, and excess.

Even though the movement has remained largely unknown, the Cinema of Transgression has been a significant influence for later generations of artists.

YOU KILLED ME FIRST at KW Institute of Contemporary Art in Berlin is the first exhibition on the Cinema of Transgression.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 7.30 pm
Talk with Nick Zedd

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 7.30 pm
Talk with Richard Kern

Saturday, March 10, 2012, 7.30 pm
Llik Your Idols, documentary about the Cinema of Transgression by Angélique Bosio
France 2007, 70 min., OV
Film screening in the presence of the director

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 7.30 pm
Lydia Lunch reads from her novel Paradoxia, A Predator’s Diary

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 7.30 pm
Talk with Tessa Hughes-Freeland

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststr. 69
D-10117 Berlin
Hours: Tue–Sun 12–7pm, Thur 12–9 pm

Some movies can be seen online for free on the holy holy Ubuweb:


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