British artist Mark Leckey has unveiled a vinyl soundtrack to his autobiographical film installation Dream English Kid 1964-1999AD.
Leckey is the artist behind Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore, the acclaimed short film about British nightlife which went on to inspire IVVVO?s Mark Leckey Made Me Hardcore and was sampled on Jamie xx?s In Colour LP. His latest project broadens his cultural focus from the rave era, this time spanning his whole lifetime.
'?Dream English Kid began when I found on YouTube an audio recording of Joy Division playing at a small club in Liverpool,? says Leckey. ?A gig I?d been present at but could barely remember. As I listened I wondered if, through enhancing the audio, I could actually find my 15-year-old self in the recording.?
The experience led Leckey to wonder if he could construct his memoirs ?through all the DVD re-releases, eBay ephemera, YouTube uploads,? using the internet to ?actualize half-forgotten memories and produce a niche for seemingly every remembrance.?'
The Children?s Episode will include a commission by British artist, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, who will create a film, Dogsy Ma Bone, entirely cast, produced and directed with young people from Liverpool (register for the auditions). Liverpool?s fleet of Arriva buses will include three double-deckers transformed by artists, of which one will be designed by schoolchildren.
Reflecting on Liverpool?s radical political history, Japanese artist Koki Tanaka revisits the scene of a huge protest in Liverpool in 1985. It involved around 10,000 children, demonstrating against the Conservative government?s Youth Training Scheme. Tanaka will bring together original participants and their children for a walk through the city, from St George?s Hall to the Pier Head, retracing the original route. Children will lead the interviews for the artist?s film of the project, which will be shown at Open Eye Gallery throughout the Biennial.
In Flashback, Merseyside-born artist Mark Leckey will present Dream English Kid, a film inspired by events in his life from the 1970s to 1990s. The film will be screened alongside new sculptural works in the Saw Mill, the former entrance to the legendary Liverpool club night Cream.'
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