In 1984, British filmmaker Derek Jarman took his Olympus VHS camcorder into Benjy’s, a gay nightclub in East London’s Mile End district, and taped patrons dancing, talking, sitting, and drinking. Until recently this film has remained buried in an archive, but has now been unearthed by producer Ron Peck.
Join us for a rare screening of this previously lost footage in the context of Mathew Parkin’s installation slope-tend-big at Grand Union as part of Shout Festival 2016. The screening will be preceded by a discussion between Parkin, Fierce Festival’s Director Aaron Wright and Luis-Manuel Garcia, lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Pop Music Studies at the University of Birmingham. They will be touching on themes of social dancing, queer space, community and utopia. As the night progresses a dancefloor will emerge as DJs take to the decks as the film loops on late into the night.
Grand Union is pleased to present slope-tend-big, a project by Mathew Parkin for SHOUT Queer Arts Festival 2016. The gallery will be transformed into a queer social space, with a changing installation of artworks and a public programme of events. Parkin will present his own work, alongside that of invited artists and writers, to form a wider conversation about queer artistic practice.