QUENTIN CRISP – Denis Mitchell’s documentary (1968)

15 04 2010

After the publication of his book, The Naked Civil Servant, in 1968 Quentin Crisp was approached by documentary maker Denis Mitchell to be the subject of a short film in which he was to talk about his life & voice his opinions.

It was my previous post (Chelsea Hotel Doc) which brought Crisp to my attention so think of this post as a sort of continuity. That said actually, there is often a sort of continuity in the posts you find here;one line of inquiry leads to the next.

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Chelsea Hotel (Arena, BBC 1981)

15 04 2010

1981 BBC documentary on the famous New York hotel and its colorful inhabitants. The documentary is incomplete here but still a worthwhile watch. Some highlights include Andy Warhol and William Burroughs having dinner; Quentin Crisp pontificating in a blue rinse hairdo on his balcony and Nico performing “Chelsea Girls”.





Frank Gehry: From 1990, defending a vision for architecture

10 04 2010

Speaking at TED in 1990, the not-yet-legendary architect Frank Gehry takes a whistlestop tour of his work to date, from his own Venice Beach house to the under-construction American Center in Paris. In this 50-minute slideshow (before TED’s 18-minute limit), Gehry explains the site-specific nature of his buildings — context he felt was lost in the discussions of his then-controversial work. In this candid and funny talk, he exposes his own messy creative process (“I take pieces and bits, and look at it, and struggle with it, and cut it away…”) and the way he struggles with problems (“This model on the left is pretty awful. I was ready to commit suicide when this was built … If any of you have ideas on it, please contact me. I don’t know what to do”).





Douglas Adams – Hyperland (1990)

30 03 2010

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Hyperland is a 50 minute long documentary film about hypertext and surrounding technologies written by Douglas Adams and produced by BBC Two in 1990. It stars Douglas Adams as a computer user and Tom Baker, with whom Adams already had worked on Doctor Who, as a software agent.  Very prescient.





Brian Eno

24 03 2010

Brian Eno is an English musician, composer, record producer, music theorist and singer, who, as a solo artist, is best known as one of the principal innovators of ambient music.

BBC Arena 2010

For this documentary, Another Green World, Brian Eno has given Arena unprecedented access to observe him working in his studio and talking with friends and colleagues.

Eno engages with fellow influential minds, including Richard Dawkins, Malcolm Gladwell, David Whittaker and Steve Lillywhite, in a series of conversations on science, art, systems analysis, producing and cybernetics.

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Artscape: Brian Eno in Conversation

Honouring his 30-odd years of creative achievements, Artscape’s Brian Eno In Conversation features a Q&A interview between Eno and ABC arts presenter Andrew Frost. Discussing Eno’s artistic inspirations, ideas and views on contemporary art, the program profiles an artist who continues to be at the forefront of not just music – but also art and technology.

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Paul Morley interviews Brian Eno in this 1992 programme ‘The Thing is…’

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Imaginary Landscapes, a 40-minute documentary from 1989, directed by Duncan Ward and Gabriella Cardazzo. Rather ironically the sound on this video is too loud and quite distorted. Fair warning.

A better one-part version can be seen here

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Name: Ode To Gravity: Brian Eno (Special Edition, I of IV)
Item Type: Sound Recording
Duration: 116 min
Event Type: Interview and Music
Program Origin: KPFA

original description:

“In an interview recorded before a live audience on Saturday February 2, 1980, as part of the Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian and Brian Eno discuss phonetic poetry, how Brian writes his lyrics, and the spirit of inquisitiveness at KPFA Radio. The two also listen to some of Brian Eno’s pieces, including “After the Heat”, “Everything Merges With the Night”, “Another Green World”, “Spirits Drifting” and sections of other works. Brian Eno also discusses artist Peter Schmidt and their work on the Oblique Strategies Cards, being a record producer, process vs. product, and looping. Part I ends with some thoughts on Steve Reich and his music.

Part II starts with a discussion of “the history of the recording studio as a compositional tool;” and Eno’s collaboration with David Byrne on the then yet-to-be-released album, “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts”. Eno also talks about, and listens to, songs by Elvis Presley, The Supremes, Sly Stone, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Jimi Hendrix. Eno then offers some unfinished pieces from the album with David Byrne.





Ways of Seeing

22 03 2010

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Second episode – female nude

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Third episode -oil painting

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Fourth Episode – Advertising

Ways of Seeing is a 1972 BBC four-part television series of 30 minute films created chiefly by writer John Berger and producer Mike Dibb. Berger’s scripts were adapted into a book of the same name. The series and book criticize traditional Western cultural aesthetics by raising questions about hidden ideologies in visual images. The series is partially a response to Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation series, which represents a more traditionalist view of the Western artistic and cultural canon.

The book Ways of Seeing was made by Berger and Dibb, along with Sven Blomberg, Chris Fox, and Richard Hollis.  The book consists of seven numbered essays: four using words and images; and three essays using only images.The book has contributed to feminist readings of popular culture, through essays that focus particularly on depictions of women in advertisements and oil paintings. Ways of Seeing is considered to be a seminal text for current studies of visual culture and art history.

The first part of the television series drew on ideas from Walter Benjamin’s “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” arguing that through reproduction an old master painting’s modern context is severed from that which existed at the time of its making. The second film discusses the female nude. Berger asserts that only twenty or thirty old masters depict a woman as herself rather than as a subject of male idealisation or desire. The third programme is on the use of oil paint as a means of depicting or reflecting the status of the individuals who commissioned the work of art. In the fourth programme, on publicity and advertising, Berger argues that colour photography has taken over the role of oil paint, though the context is reversed. An idealised potential for the viewer (via consumption) is considered a substitution for the actual reality depicted in old master portraits.





1968 As It Really Was – Remember It?

22 03 2010

PBS documentary by David Hoffmann about the domestic U.S.  opinion of the Vietnam conflict in 1968.

As Hoffmann says

“I am very proud of the television series I made for PBS called Making Sense of the Sixties. I had the chance to spend a year examining my youth and how I became an active member of the 60s generation. If you are from that generation or a child of the 60s, I think you would find the entire series of value. To see my other work visit http://www.theHoffmancollection.com”