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GFT's Birthday


Sunday 10th May 2009. From 12 noon onwards.
Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street Glasgow G3 6RB

For the past 35 years, Glasgow Film Theatre has occupied a unique place in the cultural life of Glasgow. It's legendary predecessor the Cosmo would have had a birthday this May also, it’s 70th in fact.

So we're helping Mr Cosmo celebrate. There will be classic movies, behind the scenes tours, a chance to catch up with cast and crew plus a selection of atmospheric interactives in cinema one from yours truly.


Thursday 2nd July 2009, 8pm. £5
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD

A game of love, war and telepathy celebrating New Media Scotland's 10th birthday with new work created and curated by Thomson & Craighead, Sarah Kettley / Distance Lab with new writing by Netwurker Mez and Hannu Rajaniemi, choreography by Sue Hawksley and music by Peter Gregson.

Sarah Sharp | Changing States

Sarah Sharp | Changing States

Wednesday 1st April to Sunday 31st May 2009.

We were pleased to announce a two month Twitter residency by artist Sarah Sharp AKA @trixiebedlam

Sarah spent much of her youth practicing to become the world's greatest detective. Disappointed to find rather fewer unexplained murders cropping up than her literary role models had led her to expect, she now applies her acute powers of observation to the bigger mysteries of human existence.

Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane (USA 1953, 1h 41m)

Sunday 5th April, 4pm & Tuesday 7th April, 12.45pm.
Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB

Join Mr Cosmo at the GFT to celebrate Doris Day's birthday with a sing-a-long to one of her best loved films. The town of Deadwood is largely the abode of men, where Indian scout Calamity Jane is as hard-riding, boastful, and handy with a gun as any man, until love tames her.

During this performance Mr Cosmo will send you lyrics and other treats to your Bluetooth enabled mobile devices. Please ensure you enable Bluetooth on your phones, but set them to silent. Mr Cosmo is now tech savvy thanks to New Media Scotland. It's the start of something...

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Jordan Baseman | Ask For It Ask For It

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Ask For It Ask For It was narrated by Mark Joyce and recorded on Sunday 5th February 2006 at Thorncliffe Football Club, in High Green, Sheffield. The project was funded by CI Arts and Site Gallery, Sheffield.

Thanks to Lucy Head, David Barrett, the Thorncliffe Juniors Under 11's football team, Robin Klassnik, Mr. Hennessy and Mr. Terry. Special thanks to Carolyn Thompson. Jordan Baseman is represented by Matt's Gallery, London.

Wounded Knee | Balerno Sacred Harp Singers '#44' (excerpt)

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Voice and delay unit. Recorded live to minidisc at home, Edina, Feb 2009.

Wounded Knee is Drew Wright, an Edinburgh-based experimental musician who has been releasing and performing music since 2004 and has developed a distinct, vocal oriented sound built from simple repeating live loops. He is a happy amateur. He doesn’t want to kill anybody.

Inspired as much by minimal techno as folk forms Wounded Knee eschews the verse-chorus model in favour of simple phrases and refrains; allied to rudimentary rhythms he creates a strange and timeless Janus music that looks both to the chants and worksong of the old and the mechanised minimalism of the new.


Paul Rooney | Lucy Over Lancashire

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On a red vinyl 12 inch record, amidst music influenced by dub reggae and Lancastrian post-punk, a sprite called Lucy endlessly repeats stories about Lancashire she has been told by the evil and shadowy figure of ‘Alan’. She cheerfully relates, partly in Lancashire dialect, many twisted tales about the pivotal role that the English county of Lancashire has played in the plans of Satan.

Sound work, 16 minutes, originally released as the ‘B’ side of a 45rpm 12” red vinyl record. The 'A' side of the record was blank. Released by Sue Mi Records, Berlin. SueMi 15. 2006-2007.

Zoe Irvine | a DIAL-A-DIVA medley

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DIAL-A-DIVA is a 24 hour global telephonic concert that has taken place twice, in Glasgow 2005 and in Stavanger 2007. The performers were broadcast using the telephone while listeners could tune in live by phoning a freephone number or going to the stream online. The programme of performance went from New Zealand and the date line through Australasia, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas arriving back at the date line 24 hours later. This medley gives a taster of DIAL-A-DIVA bringing together samples from the phonecast and behind the scenes recordings.

In order of appearance: Semuin - Germany; Aisling Docherty - N. Ireland; Paola del Rio - Australia; Sty-Lo - Ivory Coast; Security Guard - Burundi; Barmmy Boy - Sierra Leone; Berglind Agustsdottir - Iceland; MC Boikutt - Palestine; FS Blumm - Germany; Miles Lang - UK; Razvigore - Serbia

With thanks to Creative Scotland 2004, Stavanger 2007 & the DIAL-A-DIVA team.

Martin Parker | Chiaroscuro Pentimenti

Joan La Barbara | Rabbit Hole/Acid Trip from 'An American Rendition'

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'An American Rendition' represents the second collaboration between composer Joan La Barbara and choreographer Jane Comfort. The collaborators created a political theater work for premiere prior to the 2008 election, focusing on the devastating results of 8 years under the Bush/ Cheyney administration, and reflecting both the losses of personal freedom and the atrocities committed in the name of the American people. 

Rabbit Hole/Acid Trip occurs near the end of 'An American Rendition', as the detainee, an American citizen who has been kidnapped and taken to an undisclosed location in which he is psychologically and physically tortured, reaches the edge of his sanity, and experiences this trip down the rabbit hole.  This abbreviated [4:33] mix, created for radioplay, offers a glimpse into the psyche as it deteriorates.
La Barbara makes extensive use of breath sounds in this score, noting that it is the poignancy of the breath, the very humanness of it that makes it so personal and so shocking.  She also uses breath for its sexual connotations, to emphasize both the overt sexual overtones of commercial entertainment and also the degradation imposed on detainees at Abu Ghraib prison. The jagged fragments of pop music mirror descriptions by prisoners and soldiers of extremely loud music played to inhibit sleep. The work oscillates jarringly between the raw, personal and surreal.