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Invocations and Evocations: Queer and Surreal
Friday 26 March – Monday 29 March 2010
Featuring the first public screening of Derek Jarman’s long lost and recently rediscovered first film, Electric Fairy (1971), this special series at Tate Modern will provide a form of invocation where the tangled threads of surrealism and queer experimental cinema, exemplified by Jarman, Kenneth Anger, Joseph Cornell, George Kuchar, Marie Menken and many others, will be reflected from the projector’s blinding beam.
Surrealism began as a brotherhood experimenting with trance states, games of chance and research into the world of the marvellous. One of their games was the act of invocation – calling forth forgotten or buried figures: famous or notorious. Although the surrealists’ social politics initially included a virulent strain of homophobia, the thread woven by André Breton and his peers can be followed into the labyrinth of queer practice throughout the twentieth century and beyond.
Curated by James Boaden, Stuart Comer, Ed Halter, Jonathan Katz and Juan A. Suárez.
Two of the films included in the programme available on DVD:
Avery Danziger's Edward James: Builder of Dreams (1995)
James Bidgood's (a fact not widely known until the mid-90s) cult classic Pink Narcissus (1971)
Now playing: Peter Murphy - Indigo Eyes