4 Feb 2012
Wishful Thinking 
The late Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson was not only a founder member of Throbbing Gristle and Coil, a designer at Hipgnosis, and a videomaker for Greenback Films but he also designed two sleeves for A Certain Ratio during their early Factory period.

In summer 2010, the AV Festival commissioned him to compose a work for the 2012 spring Equinox, to be staged at Durham Cathedral. Sadly Christopherson died in November 2010 before he could complete the work.

Wishful Thinking is a music, film and performance event in celebratory remembrance of his life and work. It includes the premiere of three performance sketches with Christopherson‘s original collaborators for the commission: visual artist Alex Rose, sound recordist Chris Watson (ex-Cabaret Voltaire) and vocalist Attila Csihar plus TG's Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti premiering new live remixes.

Wishful Thinking: In Remembrance Of Peter Christopherson (1955–2010) is at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle on 17 March 2012. Tickets priced £20 Stalls / £22.50 Circle are on sale now.


Tyneside Cinema
10 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle NE1 6QG

Tel: 0845 217 9909

More info at avfestival.co.uk

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A Certain Ratio

"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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