Emily + Andy’s Film Club

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 6:30pm8:00pm

Meet in VAC Courtyard, move to Art Building, Rm. 1.202A

Free and Open to the Public

Seating is limited; please arrive early to guarantee a spot.

Charles Atlas
Charles Atlas, still from Hail the New Puritan, 1985-1986.


About the Program

Whether collaborating in the realms of music, video, and dance, or exploring political lineaments of Love (as “strategy, medium, site, and scene”), New York and Stockholm-based artist Emily Roysdon makes work that thrives in the place between struggle and improvisation. Central in the current groundswell of art that uses queer vocabularies and tactics to reinvigorate discussions of a contemporary queer and feminist community, Roysdon’s work deftly highlights the many contradictory lineages of (inter)national queer politics and abstraction.


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Charles Atlas, Hail The New Puritan (1985-86)

“Exhuberant and witty, Hail the New Puritan is a simulated day-in-the-life "docufantasy" starring the British dance celebrity Michael Clark. Atlas' fictive portrait of the charismatic choreographer serves as a vivid invocation of the studied decadence of the 1980s post-punk London subculture. Contriving a faux cinema-verite format in which to stage his stylized fiction, Atlas seamlessly integrates Clark's extraordinary dance performances into the docu-narrative flow. Focusing on Clark's flamboyantly postured eroticism and the artifice of his provocative balletic performances, Atlas posits the dance as a physical manifestation of Clark's psychology. From the surreal opening dream sequence to the final solo dance, Clark's milieu of fashion, clubs and music signifies for Atlas "a time capsule of a certain period and context in London that's now gone.” (via Electronic Arts Intermix)

Presented in conjunction with Roysdon’s exhibition on view at the VAC, September 21 – December 8