Listing features: FACT Film Event
A special Halloween live performance of Possession Trance by Ryan Jordan and a live sound tracked screening of the silent film Haxan by Bronnt Industries Kapital inspired by the themes of out-of-body experience and mental manipulation in Mark Boulos’ new work Echo. This warped, psychologically intense, and trance-like event sees a mixture of live, occult performance and a live-soundtracked screening of one of the weirdest films ever made.
Ryan Jordan’s Possession Trance is a live performance project exploring the crossover between cybernetics, underground rave music and (oc)cult rituals. High-powered stroboscopic light is used to control home built light-sensitive hardware leading to powerful and synchronised audiovisual output signals. These signals become directly perceptible in the brain and mechanical functioning of the human body leading potentially to audiovisual hallucinations or “mystical” experience. Think Kurt Hentschlager’s Zee meets underground noise rave.
This disembodying performance will then be followed by a special screening of the 1920’s Swedish/Danish gothic horror, Haxan. Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath! Benjamin Christensen’s legendary film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle Ages suffered from the same hysteria as turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients. But the film itself is far from serious—instead it’s a witches’ brew of the scary, gross, and darkly humorous. We are proud to present this genre-defying “documentary,” with a chilling live soundtrack provided by Bronnt Industries Kapital, the moniker of UK-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Guy Bartell.
This event will feature strobe lighting and will not be suitable for sufferers of epilepsy.