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Mog is the lovely Tudor cover girl

In a cinema near you very soon!

Two exciting updates for Living with the Tudors - On July 1st at 7.30pm there will be a special screening at the Haverhill Arts Centre cinema to coincide with this years main event at Kentwell. All Kentwell staff & re-enactors will enjoy a discount ticket price of £3.00. Come along & see yourself on the big screen! Karen & I will be there for a Q&A and to catch up with everyone.

If you live in London sadly you will have to wait until August to see the film in the cinema ... if you can't wait for the big screen experience you can order the DVD, available from July 30th from Soda Pictures here in the UK.

the show flyer

Go Broadcast Yourself - the good old days of new media

Vintage Pope & Guthrie is currently on show at Cornerhouse in the show 'BROADCAST YOURSELF'.
The project 'TV swansong' (2002)- an insanely ambitious live, one-day webcast by artists - is part of this fascinating overview of artists' broadcasting interventions.
The artists we curated into the project were Walker & Bromwich, Chris Helson, Jessica Voorsanger, Jordan Baseman, Rory Hamilton & Jon Rogers, Georgio Sadotti and Graham Fagen.

It was a crazy project - administratively, financially, technically - in fact I found this page cached in my web browser which made me shudder to revisit the planning! But it was also a brave project that I am still very proud of. Despite horrific technical glitches on the live day, the project broke new ground artistically and technologically.

At the Cornerhouse preview last week I met with a number of nice folk from the good old days of new media. It was great to catch-up. For the first time in my career I felt how those ageing video artists must feel when looking back on their early oeuvre - a kind of affection and nostalgia for its clunkiness. We all laughed at the various technical hitches the show was suffering from - Alistair Gentry had a loose cable, I (still a very poor operator on a PC) couldn't bookmark the TV swansong website or make it the browser's 'home', though thankfully the piece's still work online some 6 years on...
It's the first time I've really recognised the 'historic-ness' of the new media work of the late 90's and early noughties, and its a credit to curators Kathy Rae Huffman and Sarah Cook that the show places this work in a continuum from the radical artists film and video of decades earlier.

I think the Youtube generation could love this show - only 3 or 4 years ago people would have found all this low-res on big screens pretty unwatchable (I remember long discussions with our more sceptical TV swansong artists about how webcasting compared formally with their more familiar single-screen gallery installations). But now we have films on mobile phones, iPlayer and a generally very wide tolerance for big pixels and wobbly shots.

'BROADCAST YOURSELF' is at Cornerhouse (I just noticed the address isn't on the preview card - pause to find it...) from 13th June till 10th August 2008

70 Oxford Street
Manchester
M1 5NH

T 0161 200 1500

A Song for a Circus

Finally we've finished A Song for a Circus ...

Soon to be playing on the Agrifashionista site but those wanting a preview visit our MySpace page.

Karen talks at the Storey in Lancaster, June 17th

I'll be giving a lavishly illustrated talk for the Storey Gallery, 7.30 pm on Tuesday 17th June.
The venue is the Dukes Theatre, Moor Lane, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 1QE
Tel: 01524 598505

Royal specials and some paranormal

Trying to distribute your own film can at times be demoralising & last week actually hilarious ... I received the email below from a US channel who shall remain nameless ...

Hi Nina,

I received your email and looked at the trailer. Unfortunately, ****** does not license any type of period piece programming, as it is off brand for us. Also, we do not air programs with British or foreign accents, except for Royal specials and some paranormal. Our viewers are very mainstream and tend to tune out as soon as they hear accents, so we are going to pass.

Thanks for keeping us in mind.

I don't know which I find more depressing the rejection or the 'upfront' assessment of their audience! Still if we decide to do a series on the Royals or paranormal I now know where to go.