17 Aug 2004
The Visual Language 
Communicate: British Independent Graphic Design since the Sixties is a forthcoming exhibition curated by Rick Poynor at the Barbican Art Galleries which will features the work of many designers with an association with Factory Records including Central Station Design, Peter Saville and Neville Brody.

The exhibition will open to the public on 16 September 2004 and run through till 23 January 2005. Following this, the exhibition, with the support of the British Council will enjoy a major Far East tour to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan before returning to the Barnsley Design Centre in Yorkshire.

There will be more than 600 exhibits from album covers for New Order and Primal Scream, identities for BBC 2 and Big Brother, Biba and Paul Smith, magazines including OZ and i-D, posters for CND and the Anti-Nazi League and websites for The Guardian and Donnie Darko.


Communicate: British Independent Graphic Design since the Sixties
16 September 2004 - 23 January 2005
Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican, Moorgate

Box Office: 0845 121 6828

Admission £8/(£6 conc) for both exhibitions
The catalogue to accompany the show is priced £27

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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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