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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:


Haunted Berlinale, two. by DuChamp

On monday Feb 14th, at 20, with the special appearance of Genesis P. Orridge…

Cutting up Ghosts

@ Kino Arsenal II

Through personal ties with William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge came into the possession of a number of film cans. These cans, salvaged in 1980 by P-Orridge from the office of the then recently deceased filmmaker Anthony Balch, contained not only prints of the previously released Beatfilms, but also footage shot in and around the Beat Hotel at 9 Rue Git le Coeur in Paris. Calling on the help of his friend Derek Jarmann, Breyer P-Orridge was able to identify and catalogue the footage, subsequently editing parts of it into the film Ghosts#9


Haunted Berlinale, one by DuChamp
February 11, 2011, 10:47 am
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I´ve just noticed that there will be an amazing opening tonight, there will be two pieces from Guy Muddin, Hauntings I and II, and the director himself will be there at 9.30 pm. I am SO excited. I adore Guy Muddin and basically that´s the reason why it starts my last very heeartbreaking relationship. Me and him, we have to talk.

© Jody Shapiro


Opening reception Friday 11.02. 20:00

daily 11:00-22:00

The ghosts of cinema loom large in Guy Maddin’s body of work. Hauntings is a series of very short films. For years, he has been collecting tales of unrealized, half-finished or abandoned films, potential masterworks doomed to oblivion as they slipped out of their creators’ control. This impulse rhymes remarkably well with Maddin’s thematic obsession with regret and the perils of wild abandon found in both his film and installation works. (Noah Cowan). Cinema is a haunted medium, a projection of people, places and things not really present. As we know a film can summon before our eyes, like ghosts invoked from the beyond, performances from the past, performances by actors no longer with us, in settings changed forever. But when a movie is lost, as so many great works from the medium’s earliest years are, it’s a double haunting, for a misplaced film is an artwork consigned to limbo, a narrative with no known final resting place. (Guy Maddin). Hauntings I (Fragments) were originally part of Hauntings I, a large-scale projection work, commissioned by TIFF (the parent organization of the Toronto International Film Festival) for the opening of its new year-round film and moving image facility, TIFF Bell Lightbox. The installation, composed of eleven projections of thirteen films, was featured as part of the facility’s inaugural exhibition, Essential Cinema. Hauntings II is a multi-channel site-specific installation commissioned by TIFF that featured exterior projections of ghostly figures across a 100-foot bank of windows during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. In Berlin, the ghostly visions will appear periodically on a screen in the Arsenal foyer.

Guy Maddin lives and works in Winnipeg. His films include 1988: Tales from the Gimli Hospital; 1992: Careful; 2003: The Saddest Music in the World; 2006: Brand Upon the Brain! (Forum 2007); 2007: My Winnipeg (Forum 2008); Night Mayor (Forum Expanded 2010); Little White Cloud That Cried (commissioned by Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art and HAU/Hebbel am Ufer for LIVE FILM! JACK SMITH! Five Flaming Days in A Rented World, 2009).

Directed by: Guy Maddin

Producer: Phyllis Laing, Jean du Toit & Jody Shapiro

Cast: Louis Negin, Udo Kier, Tattiawna Jones, Kim Morgan, Teresa Braun, Suzanne Pringle, Darcy Fehr, Jeff Bruyere, Teddy Zegeye-Gebrehiwot, Paul Madziak, Cynthia Wolfe-Nolin

Production design: Richardo Alms

Supported by the Wexner Center for the Arts Media Arts Residency Award, The Ohio State University. Presented at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

OTSCHAFT VON KANADA – Marshall McLuhan Salon

Opening Friday 11.02. ab 19:00

special appearance by Guy Maddin at 21:30

Opening hours 12.02.-13.02. 14:00-18:00, 14.02-18.02. 12:00-18:00, 19.-20.02. 14:00-18:00

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