24 Oct 2008
Some Of The Interesting Things You'll See... 
Peter Saville discusses Pop Artist Richard Hamilton in a recent, very good, and highly recommended Tate Britain video (for Issue 16 of the TateShots series), specifically Hamilton's still-ultra-modern "Toaster" (work details here). Saville ultimately comes to, as he puts it, the shocking conclusion that Hamilton (inadvertently) provided "... a blueprint for my own work [at Factory]."

The insightful video, entitled Work in Focus: Richard Hamilton, is also available for download, and in transcript form.

Be sure to also check out the fascinating full range of Hamilton works at the Tate here.

With thanks to Jared Schiller at the Tate for the heads up.


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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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