Derek Jarman's In The Shadow Of The Sun

It's A Longshot, originally uploaded by JPaul23.

I've had Derek Jarman on the brain the last couple of weeks. Isaac Julien's spectacularly moving documentary Derek got distribution at Sundance and won awards at Berlin; Julien's curated show of Jarman's work opened at the Serpentine.

And I found photo accounts of a live performance of Throbbing Gristle's live accompaniment of Jarman's super-8 shorts, In The Shadow of The Sun, last fall in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. [above].

TG provided the original soundtrack in 1980-81. They played to a packed house last May as part of the Tate's Long Weekend series of events and performances. If you liked Throbbing Gristle's kind of assaultive ambient 80's music, this was the kind of assaultive ambient you liked. They apparenty provided cushions, since no one who listened to TG back in the day likes to sit on cold, concrete floors anymore.

see more photos of Derek Jarman at Tate [flickr]

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