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Reverberations #3
Peter Gidal

Volcano, by Peter Gidal

Chisenhale Gallery, London
8 April 2009 | 7–9pm | Free
Free, to reserve a place call 020 8981 4518

Reverberations is a series of events in which moving image artists interrogate their influences. In the third edition of the series, presented in collaboration with Chisenhale Gallery, renowned filmmaker, writer and theorist Peter Gidal presents an event in the form of its subject: “Theatre theory for film, or not: Brecht (an interrogation/performance: a ghost trio for two).” (Gidal)

Taking the form of a multi-part dialogue in which Gidal's translations of Brecht will be spoken, Gidal will stage an interrogation of his own practice as an experimental filmmaker and theorist via Brecht's theatre theory. Without rehearsal (but with practice), Gidal will be ‘replying’ and counter-interrogating on the night.

Like Gidal’s films, and the theatre of Beckett and Brecht, the performance itself will seek a state of continual self-reflection – beginning with a screening of his most recent film Volcano (2002) and ending with Denials (1986).

Peter Gidal (b. 1946) studied theatre, psychology and literature at Brandeis University, Massachussets and at the University of Munich. He studied at the Royal College of Art from 1968-71 where he later taught Advanced Film Studies. He was an active member of the London Film-makers' Co-operative and Co-founder of the Independent Film-makers' Association. His films have been screened nationally and internationally including at Tate, Hayward Gallery, National Film Theatre and at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Retrospectives of his work have been held at ICA, London (1983) and the Centre George Pompidou, Paris (1996) amongst others.

Gidal is renowned as a writer and theorist, in particular for his highly influential publication 'Structural Film Anthology' (BFI 1976). Other books include 'Andy Warhol: Films and Paintings' (1971); 'Materialist Film' (1988) and 'Andy Warhol: Blow Job' (2008). He is also known for his research and writings on Samuel Beckett including 'Understanding Beckett: Monologue and Gesture' (1986).

A unique study morning will also be held the day after the event. For further details see: http://www.no-w-here.org.uk/index.php?cat=1&subCat=docdetail&&id=191

Reverberations is organised by no.w.here and Lottery funded by Arts Council England. This event is produced in collaboration with Chisenhale Gallery.



Light Reading:Early and recent work by Peter Gidal

Bertolt Brecht
Samuel Beckett


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