22 Nov 2012

Event times

Introduction and screening starts at 7pm

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London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 26, 48, 55
  • Hoxton Station


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Evening screening of Kenneth Anger's 1963 Scorpio Rising followed by Mark Dean's Scorpio Rising 2, alongside Scorpio Rising 3.


Mark Dean (born London, 1958), works with video/sound installation and performance, focusing on reinterpreting elements of cultural material. Since graduating with an MA Fine Art from Goldsmiths College in 1994, Dean's work has become increasingly directed towards the relation of contemporary art and religion. In 2010 he was ordained as a priest in the Church of England. Recent exhibitions include My Mum (V2-Sensitive) at Beaconsfield, London 2011, Vortex Revisions at Tate Britain 2011 and The Hand at Works|Projects, Bristol 2010. Mark Dean will be introducing and showing a double bill of the original 1963 Kenneth Anger film, Scorpio Rising, followed by his own work, Scorpio Rising 2 (The Gospel according to St Matthew/Hells Angels on Wheels), 1997. Adjacent to the main space will be a screening of Mark Dean's Scorpio Rising 3 (FFYR), 2012. The original Scorpio Rising intercuts scenes from a Biblical film with Kenneth Anger's own biker footage. According to Anger, the Biblical film was mis-delivered to him whilst he was in the process of editing his own footage. Anger was influenced and informed by the occultism of Aleister Crowley, describing himself as his disciple, suggesting that his appropriation of religious footage was a deliberate inversion of meaning. Conceived as a remake of Kenneth Anger's Scorpio Rising, Scorpio Rising 2 (The Gospel according to St Matthew/Hells Angels on Wheels) mixes biker and biblical footage by presenting two films simultaneously. Hells Angels on Wheels by Richard Rush and Pasolini's Gospel According to Matthew are shown on a split screen, with no additional editing to the footage. Although the choice of subject matter was very specific, as is made evident by the meticulous naming of chapters, Dean is interested in the meaning which arises when authorship is surrendered to a process. Scorpio Rising 1963 Video and sound projection Kenneth Anger 27 minutes Scorpio Rising 2 (The Gospel according to St Matthew/Hells Angels on Wheels) 1997 Video and sound projection Mark Dean 130 minutes Scorpio Rising 3 (FFYR) 2012 Three channel video and sound Mark Dean 4 minutes

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