9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Culture Club Kino
The secret history of music, movies, art and ideas. A live
presentation with sound and vision, by Craig Schuftan
Episode 1: Express Yourself – The Artist in Society and the Monster in
Thurs March 24, 2016, 8pm
The Oval Room, Babylon
You are cordially invited to Culture Club Kino, a monthly live event in Berlin, where we’ll learn about the people and ideas that shaped our world while watching the kind of music and movie clips people play in the later stages of a 4am youtube party. Your host is Craig Schuftan, a writer and broadcaster whose knowledge of cultural history is as deep as his baritone voice, and whose google history includes at least as many searches for ‘Spice Up Your Life’ by the Spice Girls as for ‘SCUM Manifesto’ by Valerie Solanas. Using a mix of video, music, sound design and storytelling, Schuftan will demonstrate, among other things, what Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ owes to 19th century German romantic poetry, how a closer look at the history of disco can help us come to grips with the theories of Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, and how the work of poet and playwright Gertrude Stein provides a key to understanding the enduring appeal of Sesame Street and the music of Daft Punk.
Culture Club Kino is a place where the past and present meet, mingle, argue and occasionally explode, which is to say it’s a bit like watching ‘Alien’ with Sigmund Freud and Simone de Beauvoir, or travelling back to 1909 in Doc Brown’s time machine and playing the new Major Lazer album for Futurist composer Luigi Russolo. It’s a place where we can learn from dadaist Hanna Höch and punk pioneer Linder Sterling how to create revolution with a pair of scissors and a pile of magazines, ask playwright and notorious screamer Antonin Artaud how we might better enjoy Justin Bieber concerts, and find out from avant-garde composer Pierre Schaeffer why, in over a decade spent messing about with records, loops and samples after the second world war, he never managed to come up with anything even remotely as cool as Missy Eliot’s ‘Work It’.
Culture Club Kino is co-presented and produced by Mobile Kino.
The Oval Room – Babylon at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin-Mitte.
Entrance is €8 or €6 Students/Berliner Pass.