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VHS in Off-World / Film Dubbing as Subversion

12 Nov 2016

Between 1984-89 in the apartments of tower blocks in Bucharest, capital of a sequestered communist Romania, thousands of pirated videocassettes of forbidden films from the West were screened illegally. The disorientating foreignness of these technicoloured, ideology-busting films were tempered by the voice of Irina Margareta Nistor, who frequently skirted exposure and arrest by Nicolae Ceausescu's dreaded Securitate whilst defiantly translating and dubbing the films into Romanian. In this unique event, Nistor joins curator/serial digressionist David Ellis for audio-visual essays and a discussion of forbidden culture, incorporating the screening of original VHS material, illustrative slides, plus 'live' dubbing and a Q&A in a homage to this lesser-known heroine of cinema.

Glitch Video, by fine artist/broadcaster Simon Tyszko

They will be accompanied by musician and curator of the Audio X-Ray Project Stephen Coates, who will be introducing his new book The Strange Story of Soviet Music ‘On The Bone’, a glimpse into the world of the unique bootleg recordings of forbidden music made during the Cold War era in Russia.

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