29 Apr 2006
Peter Saville and Ben Kelly: Designing Modern Britain 
The work of Peter Saville and Ben Kelly may be found, amongst other places, at the current 'Designing Modern Britain' exhibition at the Design Museum in London which continues until 26 November.

Their work slots into the '1980s - Designing Modern Leisure' section of the exhibition and the blurb is thus: "The paradigm was the Haçienda, a nightclub opened in 1982 in a disused Manchester yacht showroom by the local band New Order and its independent record label, Factory Records. The label was already renowned for the beautifully stylised graphics of its creative director Peter Saville, who asked a friend, Ben Kelly, to design the club. Kelly stripped the building to iron pillars and girders, then accentuated its industrial character by adding checker plate flooring and road bollards. He created what Saville described as an "industrial entertainment zone" which became the blueprint for the warehouse parties of the late 1980s and for 1990s super clubs, such as Cream in Liverpool and London's Ministry of Sound."


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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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