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The Machine That Kills Bad People: Where I am is Here
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Margaret Salmon, P.S., 1998, 16mm (transferred to SD Digital file), colour, sound, 8 min.

Where I am is Here breaks with The Machine That Kills Bad People’s regular format to present short films selected by Ben Rivers, which reflect on the ideas at play in Beatrice Gibson’s solo show Crone Music at Camden Arts Centre (18 January – 31 March 2019). The programme focuses on intimate portraits and explores ideas around filmic memories, family and community, featuring works by artist-filmmakers Ute Aurand, Gunvor Nelson, Margaret Salmon, Chick Strand and Margaret Tait.

The Machine That Kills Bad People is, of course, the cinema – a medium that is so often and so visibly in service of a crushing status quo but which, in the right hands, is a fatal instrument of beauty, contestation, wonder, politics, poetry, new visions, testimonies, histories, dreams. It is also a film club devoted to showing work – ‘mainstream’ and experimental, known and unknown, historical and contemporary – that takes up this task. The group borrowed their name from the Roberto Rossellini film of the same title, and find inspiration in the eclectic juxtapositions of Amos Vogel’s groundbreaking New York film society Cinema 16.

The Machine That Kills Bad People is held bi-monthly in the ICA Cinema and is programmed by Erika Balsom, Beatrice Gibson, Maria Palacios Cruz and Ben Rivers.

Ute Aurand, Susan+Lisbeth, 2012, 16mm, colour and b&w, sound, 7 min.

Gunvor Nelson, My Name is Oona, 1969, 16mm, b&w, sound, 10 min.

Margaret Salmon, P.S., 1998, 16mm (transferred to SD Digital file), colour, sound, 8 min.

Chick Strand, Cartoon Le Mousse, 1979, 16mm, b&w, sound, 15 min.

Chick Strand, Fever Dream, 1979, 16mm, b&w, sound, 7 min.

Margaret Tait, Aerial, 1974, 16mm, colour, sound, 4 min.
07:00 pm
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Cinema 1

All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated, and start with a 10 min. curated selection of trailers.

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