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Day is Done

Nov 22, 2016

Day is Done
26 November 2016

A Weekend of Weird

Screening 10:00-17:00

For Radar, 'Weekend of Weird' Reactor present 'Day is Done', a selection of films offering interpretations and regurgitations of culture; from dancing bird-headed humanoids, to fantasy roleplay, Goths, hillbillies, mimes and demons. Each of the works use dance and performance as a backbone, reconfiguring and replacing body parts and cultural identities as required.

[SFM] Berdst friend, 2016 (01:40)
[SFM] Trunk Trumpets, 2015 (00:46)
[SFM] We like to party, 2014 (00:43)
[SFM] Off Limits, 2014 (01:20)
An0nymooose’s YouTube videos take characters and objects from the video game world using the Source Filmmaker [SFM], and bend them into various forms, replacing heads with those of a bird, making an elephant-humanoid play their own trunk, and mashup usually straightforward video game forms. Operating outside the artworld, these works appeal to the joy of seeing normality rearranged, with An0nymooose’s YouTube channel clocking up over 36 million views.

Carmen Argote
Everything is in its place, but Everything is everywhere, 2016 (28:12)
The work is a portrait of Alejandra Argote, the artist’s sister. Surrounded by visual and physical clutter, props, stacked boxes and various creations, we are allowed a glimpse of both the siblings’ relationship and that of Alejandra’s fantastical otherworld.

Mike Kelley
Day is Done, 2005-6 (169 min)
Kelley’s carnivalesque opus is a genre-smashing epic in which vampires, dancing Goths, hillbillies, mimes and demons come together in a kind of subversive musical theater/variety revue. This riotous, feature-length theatrical spectacle unfolds as an episodic series that forms a loose, fractured narrative.

Simon Raven
The Crippled Gherkin, 2015 (05:53)
Golden Rage, clips, 2015 (01:52)
Noise Tent, 2013 (03:53)
These three video works span varied collaborations, impromptu and evolving performances, and workshop outcomes. We see crude provocations garnering responses from festival goers using typical camping gear, or using literal puns such as ‘Charity Gherkins’, performed in front of the Damien Hirst sculpture ‘Charity’ and iconic London building ‘The Gherkin’, that bring cultural cliches together into visual tableaux that address topics such as cuts to disability benefit.

For information on Reactor's performance for 'A Weekend of Weird' click here

Full Programme for 'A Weekend of Weird' here