Post Modern/Post Script: British Video - Program I

1985, 61:22 min, color, sound

Compiled by Jeremy Welsh — then-director of London Video Access, a major video center in Britain — Post Modern/Post Script is an overview of British video in the mid-1980s. Program I reflects the vitality of Britain's art/media culture in the 1980s. With an emphasis on text, appropriated television and film imagery, and pop music, these works are engaged with social issues, the representation of sexual difference, and mass media critiques. Many of the works (such as George Barber's Scratch-Free State) use the disjunctive, repetitive editing of appropriated material and political themes that typify "scratch" video, a kind of visual "rap." Others are distinguished by a distinctly British sense of irony and use of the English language. In Mark Wilcox's Calling the Shots, for example, cinematic and sexual conventions are overturned as a couple simulates a scene from Douglas Sirk's 1959 film Imitation of Life.

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