23 October 2013

Author Lesley Taker

Expect hauntings, an out-of-body experience and intense hallucinations from the incredible Ryan Jordan.

Fresh from a succession of packed out basement club shows and performances at critically acclaimed international festivals, Jordan brings his very unique, very extreme experience to FACT. Featuring stroboscopic light and sound, Possession Trance is an on-going, ever changing live artwork which intends to place participants in a “mystic trance” of audiovisual hallucinations. This performance project explores the crossover between cybernetics, underground rave music and (oc)cult rituals, engaging participants in a high-level experiment of brain activity; forcing us to question if we know the difference between reality and fabrication, and disrupts our sensory engagement with our environment. 

Once you have been fully immersed into this receptive and high-functioning state of mind, able to experience the hallucinations and hauntings that happen all around you everyday, we will screen Haxan; one of the strangest films ever made.

Haxan is a ‘documentary’ which explores the history of the world of witchcraft and witch-hunts. With Christensen's meticulous recreation of medieval scenes and the lengthy production period, Haxan was the most expensive Scandinavian silent film ever made, costing nearly two million Swedish kronor.

Although it won acclaim in Denmark and Sweden, the film was banned in the United States and heavily censored in other countries for what were considered at that time graphic depictions of torture, nudity and sexual perversion. Which sounds like just the thing for Halloween…

This special screening will be accompanied by a live soundtrack from the exceptional Bronnt Industries Kapital; the moniker for the UK-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Guy Bartell. His releases have ranged from albums of antiquated electronica and Italo-crime inspired cosmic disco to commissioned soundtrack pieces, and Haxan holds a special place in his gothic heart. 

We are very proud to present these two voyages into the other realm, and hope you will be one of the very limited few that get to share the journey with us…

Please note, Ryan Jordan’s live performance is incredibly intense, including high frequencies, haze and strobe lighting. So if you suffer from epilepsy, migraines or asthma, this might not be for you. Please do join us in The Box at 8.30pm for the screening even if the first half of the event is not suitable.

The last remaining tickets for (Oc)cult are on sale now from the Box Office, online and by phone on 0871 902 5737.