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Beyond Interpretation
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Colourful wedges marking areas of the brain overlapped on a pink statue head

Beyond Interpretation is a programme that explores the connections between paranoia, conspiracy, anxiety, and the precarious realities of artistic creation at the margins of the American film industry. At a time when it is increasingly difficult to make and distribute films that defy simple categorisation, resist commercial expectations of narrative and form, and whose concerns are often out of step with capitalist ideals of profit, it is important to seize every available opportunity to present them to new audiences. 
Beyond Interpretation is curated and programmed by Chris Cassingham. For more information about the series and other resources related to the films, visit beyondinterpretation.com.
 
Programme

A blonde white woman in a sparkly top dances on a pink stage

Sunday 29 Oct, 6:30pm
Give Me Pity! + Q&A
Sissy St. Claire graces the small screen for her first ever television special, an evening full of music and laughter, glamour and entertainment. But Sissy’s live event quickly begins to curdle into a psychedelic nightmare in the latest film from cult filmmaker Amanda Kramer.


Past Programme



The UK premiere of Paul Felten and Joe DeNardo’s debut feature follows an out-of-work theatre actress in New York City who meets a mysterious counterterrorism agent, sparking a narratively fractured vision of the challenges and thrills of creative life.




A woman discovers a collection of cryptic cassette tapes in her aunt’s old house, propelling her on a sonic investigation for answers. With hints of Antonioni and ’90s computer games, the UK premiere of Jonathan Davies’s first feature immerses us in the sounds and stillness of an underseen version of Los Angeles.




Sunday 15 Jan 2023, 4:30 pm
In Amy Seimetz’s second feature, a young woman is convinced she will die tomorrow, but nobody else will believe her fears – until they feel it themselves. A formally assured and darkly comic portrait of anxiety and its surprising effects.



Tuesday 17 Jan 2023, 6:30 pm
UK PREMIERE Happer’s Comet + Introduction
Made at the height of pandemic restrictions, Tyler Taormina’s second feature is a wordless soundscape of a seemingly typical American suburb, capturing that moment’s isolation, anxiety, as well as our innate desire to connect with each other.



James Kienitz Wilkins and Robin Schavoir’s formally and thematically audacious film about an artistic couple in crisis is a clever interrogation of self-representation and the hypocrisies of the creative class, with endless mysteries lurking underneath its elusive form.