Trevor Mathison: Post-Soul Noise, 14 April 2018

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Pavilion, in collaboration with Leeds Black Film Club, present an afternoon of screenings in the company of Trevor Mathison, artist and founding member of Black Audio Film Collective.

Established in 1982 by a group of Black British and diaspora artists and film makers, BAFC produced an extraordinary body of films and mixed media projects that investigated black identity and culture in Britain. Responding to prevailing social unrest, the group pushed the documentary form, claiming visibility and expressing Britain's new multicultural reality with style and dynamism.

Mathison’s radical approach to sound was crucial to BAFC’s work from the very beginning. Combining the history of black musics with elements of dub, musique concrète and industrial noise, his soundtracks (which he once called 'post-soul noise’) move with ease across cultural and generational divisions.
The afternoon will include the presentation of BAFC’s earliest work, Expeditions (1982), an experimental 2-part tape/slide piece which addresses the legacy of colonialism; and Twilight City (1989), a docudrama in which black and Asian cultural critics and historians describe the physical and social impact of ten years of Conservative rule on London during the 80s.

To maximise the sonic experience of the work, a high quality sound system will be used for the screenings. Mathison will be in attendance to introduce the work and discuss his practice.

14 April 2018, 1.30pm–4.30pm
RJC Dance Centre
The Mandela Centre
Chapeltown Road, Leeds

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Part 1, 1.30–2.30pm (doors 1.15pm)
Expeditions 1: Signs of Empire, BAFC, 1983, 26 min, tape/slide
Expeditions 2: Images of Nationality, BAFC, 1984, 22 min, tape/slide

Part 2: 2.45pm–4.30pm
Twilight City, Reece Auguiste (BAFC), 1989, 52 min
Sound by Trevor Mathision
Followed by discussion with Trevor Mathison

Presented by Pavilion. Supported by Film Hub North and BFI Film Audience Network.

Image: Still from Expeditions 1: Signs of Empire, BAFC, Black Audio Film Collective (John Akomfrah; Reece Auguis; Edward George; Lina Gopaul; Avril Johnson; David Lawson; Trevor Mathison), 1983, 26 min, tape/slide.