Tour / Cornerhouse and Manchester Art Gallery Exchange

Sat 8 Jan, 13:00-15:00

Meet at Cornerhouse FREE, Booking required
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An exhibition tour with a difference, as curatorial teams from Cornerhouse and Manchester Art Gallery team up to lead you on a tour across both venues current exhibitions - all in the name of Abandon Normal Devices! Andrew Bracey (co-curator of UnSpooling), Tomas Harold (Cornerhouse) and Fiona Corridan (Manchester Art Gallery) explore the works and themes within UnSpooling – Artists & Cinema at Cornerhouse and Recorders: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer at Manchester Art Gallery, discussing links and offering new perspectives.

Tour starts at Cornerhouse at 13:00 and continues across to Manchester Art Gallery at 14:00.




Festival / Abandon Normal Devices

Fri 1 – Thu 7 Oct Manchester



UnSpooling – Artist & Cinema is part of Abandon Normal Devices, a festival of new cinema and digital culture, taking place across the Northwest until 2012 and beyond.


Throughout 01 - 07 October 2010, AND ventures into Manchester for a hybrid undertaking of cinema, performance and media art, inviting anarchists of the imagination to challenge the behaviours and systems that define who we are, through politically deconstructed networks, archives and reconfigured stereotypes. Expect your identities to be contested by an array of thinkers, cultural provocateurs, designers, filmmakers and artists.


This is a week-long feast for curious minds and disillusioned spirits! For full

programme details visit the AND site.




Wayne Lloyd - Hell is a City

Fri 1 Oct, 17:00

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Wayne Lloyd's new drawing and spoken word performance Hell is a City (2010), re-tells Val Guest's famous Manchester-set 60's crime film of the same name.


Recent performances have seen Wayne Lloyd replace films such as Last Tango in Paris, The Seventh Seal and Alexander Nevsky, with his own imaginary re-description and painted diagrams. Lloyd's performance occurs within Gallery 2 and the documentation from this event will be installed as part of the exhibition.




Harald Smykla - Movie Protocol


Fri 1 Oct, 18:30 – 20:00
Gallery 3


FREE, Drop In, No booking necessary


Harald Smykla adds to his ongoing Movie Protocol series with a new performance staged for one-night-only during the exhibition preview in Gallery 3.


This special event sees the artist record every camera shot as an evolving Hieroglyphic-esque scroll drawing on an over head projector, reinterpreting Nick Roeg's, Insignificance - the first film ever to be screened at Cornerhouse!






Artists' Clinic

Sat 2 Oct, 15:00 - 17:00

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Cork-based curator and writer Chris Clarke will lead this Artists' Clinic featuring quick fire diagnosis and 'artistic examinations' of works in the exhibition, posing questions about the production, display and experience of cinema.


As well as picking up facts about the artists and their work, visitors can make appointments for their own personal check-up – a chance for a more in-depth conversation with one of the artists in the show.





Event / Kinematic – UnSpooling Projectors

Tue 5 Oct, 19:30 - late

This event takes place at Green Room
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A night of electroluminescent cinematic performance featuring some of the world's leading exponents of live, improvised, and expanded cinema!


This genuine one-off evening presents the world premiere of Ben Gwilliam & Matt Wand's I Married a Foley Footstep! Kerry Laitala and Sally Golding evoke the early years of cinema in their performances; acclaimed artist Greg Pope gives us the UK premiere of Cipher Screen with a live soundtrack provided by Lee Patterson; and closing the event will be a surreal late-night television show and psychedelic insurrection from Cartune Xprez, who employ live video tricks and animation to explore a mashed-up future of TV programming.


I Married a Foley Footstep! By Ben Gwilliam & Matt Want is a co-commission between Cornerhouse, AND, and Theatre Clwyd.





Screening & Talk/ Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (18)

Sun 10, 12:00 &
Wed 13 Oct, 13:30

FREE, Booking required
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To compliment artist Gebhard Sengmüller’s Slide Movie installation, we present two one-off screenings of Peckinpah’s cult film.


Also, join us for a post-screening talk with artists Ed Atkins and Siôn Parkinson, from Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2010, following the screening on Wed 13 Oct.





Course/ Artists & Cinema

Wed 20 Oct, 18:30 – 20:30

Lasts 8 weeks

£70 full / £50 concs, click here to book



This beginners’ course will introduce film-goers to contemporary artists’ relationship with film, exploring their responses to Hollywood and arthouse cinema.






Roundtable Discussion

Fri 12 Nov, 13:00 – 19:00

The Annexe & Cinema 3 FREE, Booking required
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This roundtable discussion co-organised by Dr. Felicia Chan (The University of Manchester) and Cornerhouse brings together Dr. Janet Harbord (Reader in Film & Screen Media, Queen Mary, University of London), Dr. Vicky Lowe (Lecturer in Drama & Screen Studies, The University of Manchester), Sophia Crilly (Director & curator of Bureau Gallery), Dr Aleksandar Dundjerovic (Senior Lecturer in Drama & Music, The University of Manchester) and artist Wayne Lloyd, to explore performance and it's engagement with cinema. Plus an exclusive performative talk from acclaimed artist Ming Wong.


The event also celebrates the launch of the exhibition publication UnSpooling – Artists & Cinema.


Supported by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts (CIDRA) and the Institute for Cultural Practices (ICP), The University of Manchester.




Sat 13 Nov, 13:00-14:00

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Dave Griffiths (co-curator of UnSpooling) and Sarah Perks (Cornerhouse) lead an introductory tour of the show, posing a conversation around the expectations of the production, display and experience of cinema, with BSL interpretation by Siobhan Rocks.




Rosa Barba: Selected Shorts

Wed 8 Dec, 20:30

£7.50 full / £5.50 concs Booking now



This special screening of selected works by internationally renowned artist Rosa Barba reflects on her concerns with documentary, fiction, archaeology, architecture and dystopia. We are also pleased to bring Berlin-based Barba to Cornerhouse to introduce the screening in person and also for a post-screening discussion.Programme features: ‘The Empirical Effect’ (2010), ‘Let me see it’ (2009), ‘Outwardly from Earth's Center’ (2007), ‘Waiting Grounds’ (2007), ‘They Shine’ (2007), ‘Its gonna happen’ (2005), and ‘Panzano’ (2000).


Rosa Barba was born in Italy in 1972. She lives and works in Berlin. Her installations, sculptures and films are currently on show at Tate Modern (until 8 Jan 2011) and the Liverpool Biennial 2010 (until 28 Nov).