Tonight – Paul Jeff vs. Moon Wiring Club!

Paul Jeff and Moon Wiring Club are brought together for an event of Photography Performance Video and Sound facilitated and organised by Cian Quayle and Guy Mayman. A quasi-cinematic event which presents Jeff’s ecstatic, noiresque encounters and a political nightmare enacted before the camera; set against Moon Wiring Club!s video montages which appropriate found tv and VHS footage reminiscent of Edwardian melodrama and Gothic penny-dreadfuls. An analogue journey that crashes headlong into technological, psychic dreamscapes which are haunted by specially composed and arranged soundtracks in each.

Paul Jeff vs. Moon Wiring Club (FB)

Thursday 7th April 2011: Kingsway 007 Performance Space and Gallery

Doors 6.30pm

Screening 7pm

Free – open to the Public

Paul Jeff will screen two works I Watched Her until She Disappeared (above) & Life is Perfect. Since graduating from Derby in the late 1980s Jeff has been involved in several long creative collaborations; the secretive and enigmatic Klanger & Boink with Elizabeth McDonough, the subversive and anarchic performative experiments of Good Cop Bad Cop with John Rowley and Richard Morgan, the development of a theory (PhD) and practice of performed photography as Paul+a with several female collaborators. Recent developments to Jeff!s experimental durational practices have been carried out under the guise of the International Project Centre for Research into

Events and Situations (IPCRES), sponsored by Swansea Metropolitan University, aided and abetted by Research Associate Laura Jenkins. Throughout this time he has worked intermittently with Prof. Mike Pearson, and work with Brif Gof and Pearson/Brookes has been a major influence in the development of Jeff!s practice. One of the works shown here, Life is Perfect, is featured in Susan Bright!s latest book Auto Focus: The Self Portrait in Contemporary Photography.

Moon Wiring Club originally evolved out of what was intended to be “a peculiar children’s book”, Strange Reports from a Northern Village. That project got stalled but it did spawn the Blank Workshop website, based on an imaginary town called Clinksell, which has its own brand of confectionery, Scrumptyton Sweets, and a line of fantasy fiction, Moontime Books. The children’s book project lives on also in the distinctive graphic look that Hodgson, a former fine art student, wraps around the Moon Wiring releases, drawing on influences including Biba’s 20s-into-70s glamour, the strange exquisiteness of Arthur Rackham’s illustrations, and Victorian fairy painters such as Richard Dadd. Blank Workshop and Moon Wiring Club is where all of Hodgson’s enthusiasms and obsessions converge: “Electronic music, Art Deco, and the England of teashops, stately homes, ruined buildings and weird magic.” Not forgetting computer-games music, a massive influence. “There is something about the forced repetition that makes you remember the tunes in a unique way,” Hodgson says, adding that in some ways “Moon Wiring Club is meant to be Edwardian computer-game music.”

“One thing I’ve always wanted for my music is for it to appeal to children,” says Ian Hodgson of Moon Wiring Club. “An ideal listening situation would be a family car journey. I think children would like all the voices and oddness. If you present kids with fun, spooky electronic music, then they might grow up wanting to make it themselves, like I did with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.”



~ by wmiller1 on April 7, 2011.

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