Over two nights at Firstsite we show a selection of Crass Films.
On Thursday 26th January we show Christ – The Movie from Mick Duffield.
Christ the Movie is made up of three films, ‘Autopsy’, ‘Choosing Death’ and ‘Yes Sir, I Will’ (Crass). Made in the punk rock era in response to the UK’s gloomy political and economic bankruptcy of the mid-1970’s and 80’s. These films were shown at the Crass gigs and contributed to the atmosphere of each performance. The films will be preceded by a screening of Tea Piece, also by Mick Duffield.
A collection of Crass films (1978 – 1984) by Mick Duffield
On Friday 10th February we will be showing a selection Crass films made by Gee Vaucher member of Crass and the artist behind their groundbreaking graphic art. Made between 1978-1984, these films are visual extensions of the music and ideas of Gee and Crass and were shown during all of their gigs. The films will also be preceded by a showing of Tea Piece by Mick Duffield.
A collection of Crass films (1978 – 1984) by Gee Vaucher.
Crass were an English collective and punk rock band formed in 1977 which promoted anarchism as a political ideology, a way of life and a resistance movement. Crass popularised the anarcho-punk movement of the punk subculture, advocating direct action, animal rights, feminism and environmentalism. The band used and advocated a DIY punk ethic approach to its sound collages, leaflets, albums and films.
Crass spray-painted stencilled graffiti messages in the London Underground system and on advertising billboards, coordinated squats and organised political action. The band expressed its ideals by dressing in black, military-surplus-style clothing and using a stage backdrop amalgamating icons of perceived authority such as the Christian cross, the swastika, the Union Jack and the ouroboros.
The band was critical of punk subculture and youth culture in general. Crass promoted an anarchism which became more common in the punk-music scene. They are considered art punk in their use of tape collages, graphics, spoken word releases, poetry and improvisation. Via:Wikipedia