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Gallery II

Pavilion and Subveillance presents

The Problem of Perspective: An educational documentary

17 November 2016, 7-9pm, Delius Arts and Cultural Centre,  29 Great Horton Road, Bradford. BD7 1AA 


7 - 9pm. £5/free for students/and unwaged plus a limited number of pay as you feel tickets available on a first come first served basis on the night.


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Images: The Unteachables (aka. Open Night) (Media in Education Unit, c.1971, c.30min)

This screening brings together three moving-image projects produced in Bradford during the ‘70s which present alternative documentary viewpoints on ideas of education and work.

The Unteachables (c.1975) is an experimental 'educational documentary' produced by the Media in Education Unit, a group led by Albert Hunt which grew out of the Bradford Art College Theatre Group. Pursuing a philosophy based on what Brecht called “cheerful and militant learning” Hunt used first workshop based theatre, then video to facilitate collective projects with young people combining agitprop with new screen based mass media.

Facilitated by the MEU and made with a group of mainly West Indian unemployed youth in Bradford, Jim O’Brien’s film Black Future (1977) imagines England in 1983, where modern industry has destroyed the labour market leaving millions of young people permanently unemployed and living in controlled ‘welfare zones.’

The screening will also include two 10-minute studies which form part of artist Darcy Lange’s project A Documentation of Bradford Working Life (1974). Lange produced a series of 15 anthropological video studies of single workers performing tasks across four different Bradford factories, with the unfulfilled intention of presenting the work in this context too. Simply stated by artist Dan Graham, “Through the use of video feedback, Darcy sought to effect change in the people who were its subjects."


The Unteachables (aka. Open Night) (Media in Education Unit, c.1971, c.30min)

[Two studies from] A Documentation of Bradford Working Life (Darcy Lange, 1974, c.20min)

Black Future (Jim O’Brien, 1977, 40min)

* Please note, the image quality of this work is reflective of the type of video equipment used at the time, and the less than adequate conditions of storage of the work. 

Part of The Problem of Perspective: Alternative Film & Video in Northern England, a series of screenings illuminating a distinctly northern perspective on the history of artists’ moving image in England. Forthcoming screenings in Hull, Newcastle, Rotherham, Kendal, London, Sheffield, Doncaster and Leeds. Supported by Film Hub North, led by Showroom Workstation. Proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network.

Subveillance: 50 years of the University of Bradford from Below runs at Gallery IIUniversity of Bradford until Dec 8th. The exhibitionis curated by Helen Kaplinsky and is part of University of Bradford’s arts programme developing a Centre for Socially Applied Arts supported by Arts Council England, and anniversary programme marking 50 years since the University established its charter. See for details. This event is part of an off site programme and has additional support from Bradford College and Artworks Creative Communities.

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