The selection of films in the series Another Version of Events is influenced by feature film genres including sci-fi, mockumentary, pseudo-documentary, mockbuster and ethnofiction, and inspired by the idea of invention through appropriation and collage – shown weekly throughout Liverpool Biennial 2016.
A core of classic arthouse titles including Chantal Akerman’s News from Home, Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil, Ulrich Ottinger’s Freak Orlando, Jennie Livingston’s Paris is Burning and Çetin Inanç’s The Man Who Saved the World AKA Turkish Starwars, range from the sombre to the celebratory. These films, in their own separate ways, push the boundaries of cinematic traditions and are as pioneering in their relevance today as when they were first released.
Alongside these titles, several Biennial artists have selected feature-length works for the programme, including Mark Leckey, Coco Fusco, and Oliver Laric who selected Celine and Julie Go Boating, Nothing More (NADA+) and Tampopo respectively. Offering a window onto their influences and cinematic preferences ‒ their choices are inspired and contrastingly complimentary.
Additionally, Mark Leckey’s Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore, is the subject of a screening, paired with American experimental filmmaker Craig Baldwin’s Tribulation 99, a work sited as influential to Leckey’s practice ‒ both films taking found footage to build very different narratives.
Complementing the feature length films in the programme are five thematic screenings compiled of artist-made short films. Taking ‘dance’, ‘the domestic’, ‘technology’ ‘world history’ and ‘the body’ as loose references, these programmes bring artists film into the cinema, shown alongside comparative cinematic works more familiar to cinema going audiences.
Another Version of Events continues every Thursday at FACT until 13 October. Tickets for all screenings are £7 or £5 for members.