The artists presents their post-apocalyptic movie theatre experience 'Empire Drive-In' as part of Abandon Normal Devices Festival 2012. The multi-media installation will be made from 25 wrecked cars and a 40-foot screen, featuring a specially programmed series of cult classic film screenings.
For the first time in Europe, Brooklyn artists Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark will present their
acclaimed large-scale, post-apocalyptic movie theatre experience Empire Drive-In as part of
Abandon Normal Devices Festival 2012. The extraordinary multi-media installation will be
made from 25 wrecked cars and a 40-foot screen constructed of salvaged wood, featuring a
specially programmed series of cult classic film screenings (Mad Max II – Road Warrior,
RoboCop), live soundtracks and performances. Audiences can climb in and out of the scrap
cars to watch films projected on the big screen, with low-power radio transmitting stereo audio
directly to each vehicle. Movie-goers will also find snacks at the confection stand and
amusement in the playground.
Created in collaboration with a dozen other artists and craftspeople, Empire Drive-in was first built on-site in San Jose, America, over a two-week period, symbolic of the once thriving drive- in industry in the United States. The American drive-in theatre peaked in popularity in the late 1950s and early '60s, concurrent with the domination of the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System and cheap, plentiful gasoline. The prosperous industry has faded since then, and only 381 drive-ins remain active in the United States today, eradicated by strip malls and condos more profitable for large swaths of parking lot than Friday-night movie theatres.
Every day, Wed 29 – Fri 31 August 2012, 12:00 – 16:00, audiences will have access to the installation to experience sonic car environments with work from artists Roberto Carlos Lange (NY), Sxip Shirey (NY), Resonance 104.4fm (UK) and Susie Honeyman ((Mekons, Echo City, Little Sparta, UK). The night sky will be lit by a specially programmed series of film screenings and live soundtracks, including Empire Shorts, a collection of short films from artists who navigate landscapes in lyrical and bold ways. From the demolitions of cities to boats built from debris, these reflections on contemporary ruin feature Gordon Matta Clark (USA) Blu (Italy) John Smith (UK): Martha Colburn (USA) Lee Kern (UK) Jem Cohen (USA and Glory at Sea by Zeitlin/Court 13 (USA), the creators behind this year’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Tranarchy are a drag / party / performance / music collective of trannies and show offs; male, female and in-betweeny, born out of the immersive audience experience at AND Festival 2010 when San Francisco's midnight movie Queen, Peaches Christ, rolled into town and raised the call to arms. These switchblade sisters are determined to makeover Manchester, throwing parties to dress to distress for. Composed of Performers, DJ's, Musicians, Film Makers, Misfits & Party Monsters, everyone is welcome and encouraged to roll up and kick off their heels. Tranarchy have already hosted some legendary parties, from Vogue Brawls, Jilted Joyce's Gypsy Wedding, Dirty Minds, Tranarchy Does Showgirls, Outlaw Tram Takeover and Zombie Pride. www.tranarchy.co.uk
Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is an energetic regional festival of new cinema, digital culture and art. AND's mission is to change the way we think and push the boundaries of audience experience through a programme that spills out from the screens into the streets of the Northwest. It is a unique partnership between FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) and Cornerhouse. www.andfestival.org.uk
About WE PLAY
WE PLAY is the North West legacy programme for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It represents a diverse range of projects and events, across culture, education and sport, appealing to people from all walks of life.The term WE PLAY implies community, competition, participation, creativity, debate, connections and involvement. www.NWfor2012.com
About the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival
The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Spread over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people. The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad will be the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK, from Midsummers Day on 21 June and running until the final day of the Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012. The London 2012 Festival will celebrate the huge range, quality and accessibility of the UK’s world-class culture including dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, fashion, film and digital innovation, giving the opportunity for people across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Principal funders of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival are Arts Council England, Legacy Trust UK and the Olympic Lottery Distributor. BP and BT are Premier Partners of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival. For more details on the programme and to sign up for information visit www.london2012.com/festival.
About Legacy Trust UK
Legacy Trust UK is an independent charity set up to create a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from London 2012 in communities across the UK. The Trust is funded by a £40 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund (£29m), Department for Culture Media and Sport (£6m) and Arts Council England (£5m), and is a Principal Funder of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival.
About the Inspire programme
The Inspire programme is run by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is an opportunity for everyone to be a part of the London 2012 Games – a broad participation programme spanning sport participation, education, sustainability, volunteering, and business opportunities and skills. New opportunities are being created to inspire young people.
Cornerhouse is Greater Manchester’s centre for international contemporary visual art and film. A place where all can engage with contemporary ideas through a unique, risk taking, cross art-form and culturally diverse high quality programme of art and film. www.cornerhouse.org
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