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Kill Your Timid Notion: In London & Beyond

By Mike Everleth ⋅ November 25, 2008

Kill Your Timid Notion 08

Kill Your Timid Notion is a festival of experimental film and performances that takes place in Dundee, UK. However, in November and December, the fest will be touring around to London, Bristol and Glasgow. The full list of dates for each city is below. Also, the screening lineup in each city is slightly different, so if there’s something particular you want to check out, please visit the KYTN site for full details.

Also below are descriptions of each screening and performance event. This is the first time I’m listing KYTN on the Underground Film Journal and I’m doing so because it’s an incredibly impressive lineup featuring work by underground filmmaking masters, like Ken Jacobs, Kurt Kren, Paul Sharits, Peter Kubelka and Hollis Frampton, as well as work by modern talents, like Bruce McClure, Greg Pope and Andrew Lampert.

So, here’s the screening info, broken into short film listings and performances. Descriptions of these screenings are taken directly from the KYTN site. Following that are dates with approximate times.

Film Programme:

“Location, Location, Location”
Experience a sense of being in the world, in a specific space and time.
The Coming Race, dir. Ben Rivers
Baume im Herbst, dir. Kurt Kren
Weekend, dir. Walter Ruttmann
What the Water Said 4-6, dir. David Gatten
Observando el Cielo, dir. Jeanne Liotta
Soundtracks, dir. Guy Sherwin
31/75 Asyl, dir. Kurt Kren

“Word Associations”
A programme of discontinuity between narration, text and image.
Mile End Purgatorio, dir. Guy Sherwin
Associations, dir. John Smith
Secondary Currents, dir. Peter Rose
La-Lu, dir. Josef Robakowski
Counter, dir. Volker Schriner
Specialised Technicians Required, dir. Manual Saiz
Bleu Shut, dir. Robert Nelson
Newsprint, dir. Guy Sherwin

“About Face”
This programme takes human subjects as the focus for sound and image construction.
Arnulf Rainer, dir. Peter Kubelka
YYAA, dir. Wojciech Bruszewski
Acoustic Apple, dir. Josef Robakowski
Charlemagne 2: Piltzer, dir. Pip Chodorov
Epileptic Seizure Comparison, dir. Paul Sharits

“Out of Sight, Out of Sync”
Sound and image slipping out of synch and into discord, the programme includes (in London at least) a very special version of Hollis Frampton’s masterful (nostalgia) with a live narration by Michael Snow.
30 Sound Situations, dir. Ryszard Wasko
Exit Right, dir. Chris Garrett
Synch Sound, dir. Takahira Iimura
The Girl Chewing Gum, dir. John Smith
(nostalgia), dir. Hollis Frampton

Performance Programme:

Ken Jacobs & Eric La Casa
Abstract, flickering forms. A kind of celestial examination of tiny detail and uncanny motion, or tricks of the eye, or maybe even just the phenomenology of the eye, what it can see and understand in time.

Andrew Lampert:
An autobiography, and a big fiction maybe involving 35mm, 16mm, 8mm, video projection, roving mics, string; or maybe not, I’m not sure …

Bruce McClure:
His bastardised 16mm projectors cut B&W loops into a thrumming 3D riot of perceptual phenomenon in colour, motion and sound. Maybe it’s noise music for the eyes, burnt on to your retina.

Shutter Interface: Paul Sharits:
Paul Sharits‘s incredible Shutter Interface is an expanded cinema piece which creates a series of machinegun bursts of chromatic relationships and visual harmonics in an overwhelming montage, intended as “a 3D metaphor of the space of the brain in an epileptic state, brought under control and harmonized.”

La Cellule d’intervention Metamkine:
Using eight projectors, Metamkine manipulate and combine beams of multiple images, ghosts of old films, abstract glimpses, often developed, solarised and burnt as they pass through the projector, in the midst of an electro-acoustic sound field of tape loops, analogue synthesizers and amplified objects.

Kjell Bjørgeengen, Keith Rowe & Philipp Wachsmann:
An immersive environment in which sound is looped through oscillators, computer, violin, a radio, guitar pick-ups and specially constructed video amps to create dense flickering images and colour fields that play with your persistence of vision.

Light Trap: Greg Pope:
In Light Trap film loops are abraded with sandpaper and scratched by gem polishing drills as they pass through projectors in each corner of the room. Out of a dark haze, shafts of lights are picked out, as the emulsion is scratched from the surface of the film.


At BFI Southbank and IMAX; and the Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Nov. 29
2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Nov. 30
12:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

At Arnolfini.
Dec. 2
7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Dec. 3
1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Dec. 4
6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

At the Center for Contemporary Arts.
Dec. 6
2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Dec. 7
12:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

For more info, please visit the official KYTN site.