£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)
Six short video works, followed by a screening of James M Muro’s melt movie classic, Street Trash.
Wen Kroy (3:22) – Antoine Catala
The Boycot (5:50) – Sophie Carapetian
Meltdown Economics (4:08) – Dean Kenning
To Do Joy Complete (4:05) – Beagles & Ramsay
Black Friday (3:20) – Lee Holden & Josephine Wood
Sofa (3.49) – John Russell
“Street Trash (1987) is one of the nastiest films you’re ever likely to see. It’s also one of the funniest. It rightfully claims the title of best ‘melt movie’ ever, and revels in the ‘video nasty’ exploitation genre. But it is not so much the melts themselves that make the film nasty – the extravagantly gruesome liquefying bodies of those unfortunate street drinkers who partake of the toxic Tennafly Viper (unearthed from the cellar of Ed’s liquor store). Rather what sticks with you is the grim portrayal of a brutal and abject world of homelessness and addiction, an everyday reality dominated by violence, sadism and opportunistic gratification. It is an unforgettable image of civil breakdown in a decade characterised by greed and trickle down economics. What the 22-year old director James M Muro and script writer Roy Frumkes achieve in this classic work of comedy horror, is a great political satire of the most unsentimental and exuberant kind.” - Dean Kenning, 2018.
Dir. James Michael Muro
Sick Monday is a celebration of the ‘video nasty’ horror genre, its influence on contemporary video artists, & its overlooked critical capacity to express social truths in an exuberant style.
Sick Monday is curated by Dean Kenning, Liam Scully and Vanessa Scully. It is supported by Arts Council England.