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REALITY PRESENT AN AUTHORISED SCREENING FROM ORIGINAL MATERIALS OF THE 1954 BBC TELEPLAY OF GEORGE ORWELL’S DYSTOPIAN PREDICTION OF ENGLAND’S FUTURE: “1984 - THE LAST MAN IN EUROPE” FEATURING PETER CUSHING AS WINSTON SMITH. DIRECTED BY RUDOLPH CARTIER. ADAPTED FOR BROADCAST BY NIGEL KNEALE. PERFORMED LIVE BY ACCLAIMED INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY POLISH SOUND ARTIST AND COMPOSER, KARKOWSKI.
“WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH”
“NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR “ George Orwell
Produced four years after the author’s death, the BBC production of George Orwell’s final masterpiece, “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, broadcast on December 12th 1954, prompted not just questions in the Commons but also a second performance four days later preserved by the only method then possible; a process know as telerecording - filming a TV monitor feed of the live broadcast directly onto 35mm celluloid and it is this version, from British Film Institute National Archives, digitally transferred from the original materials, that is being screened for this production.
Twenty-three years were to pass before Nineteen Eighty-Four received its repeat broadcast in 1977. A second screening, proposed in 1986 as part of the BBC's 50th anniversary of Television was overruled by the producers of the 1984 feature who felt that earlier versions might affect income for their film. The BBC was permitted to show the play in 1994 on BBC2, as a tribute to the recently deceased Cartier and again, the years ago, in June 2003 on BBC4 as part of the George Orwell centenary celebrations.
This 2013 preview performance of a new live adaptation of the original 1954 BBC teleplay features an original sound score performed and written by Zbigniew Karkowski and is produced by Marek Pytel for Realityfilm.
REALITY & THE HORSE HOSPITAL WOULD LIKE TO THANK:
The BFI National Archive, The British Broadcasting Corporation. Judith Kerr.
The Estate of the late Nigel Kneale. The Agency.
“WHERE LANGUAGE ENDS, MUSIC BEGINS” Zbigniew Karkowski
Zbigniew Karkowski is one of the most influential electronic music composers working today. Linking the worlds of modern composition and industrial music he is a pivotal figure in the development of the movement know as advanced noise. Karkowksi initially studied music at the Frederik Chopin Music Lyceum in Cracow. In 1979 he moved to Sweden becaming involved within the group of artists around the Radium label of Gothenburg and from 1985 studied composition with Mikael Edlund, Bo Holten, Lars Johan Werle and Åke Parmerud at the State College of Music in Gothenburg, Sweden, also aesthetics of modern music at the Department of Musicology, University of Gothenburg and computer music at the Chalmers University of Technology.
After moving to the Netherlands in 1990 he studied sonology at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Den Haag. He has attended summer master courses arranged by Centre Acanthes in Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, France, where he studied under Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, Iannis Xenakis and Georges Aperghis.
Karkowski works actively as a composer of both instrumental music – among other works he has written two pieces for large orchestra, both performed by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, several chamber music pieces which were performed by professional ensembles in Sweden, Poland, Holland, Germany, Spain, France, New Zealand and Japan and many electro-acoustic media compositions. Between 1986-89 he actively worked as a composer in the computer music studios at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg and EMS (Electroacoustic Music Studio) in Stockholm. Between 1990-93 while living in Amsterdam he was closely associated with STEIM (Studio Elektro-Instrumentale Muziek) where he worked with development of interactive gesture sensing instruments and Electronic Music Studios at Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam where he composed electronic tape pieces. In 1994 he lived in Berlin where he worked as an artist in residence in Tacheles Kunsthaus developing several projects with experimental artists like Blixa Bargeld and Elektronauten. Since 1995 he has been based in Tokyo, Japan where he collaborates closely with the Japanese avant-garde and noise scene. He tours extensively in Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Australia and divides his time between Japan and the rest of the World. Zbigniew Karkowski is “The Last Man in Europe”.
REALITY was formed by Marek Pytel in 2000 launching a specific new form of live sound cinema. Its premiere, the original live production of Jean Luc Godard’s “Alphaville” - remixed by electronic music artists - presented on the London IMAX screen, incorporated a soundscaped bilingual track intermixed with the sampled dialogue and effects of the original film. With a background at the Slade, Pytel produced the seminal Acid House visuals of Stakker’s “Eurotechno”, a 60 minute feature for the Aphex Twin, the live red/green 3D production of Universal’s 1950 cult movie “It Came from Outer Space” performed by Dave Thomas’s “Pere Ubu” and produced at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, National Film Theatre, Barbican and abroad, with artists as diverse as outsider Billy Childish (whose band performed “Helldrivers”), Japan’s Acid Mothers Temple - the first ever live Manga screening of “Legend of the Overfiend” and Tuvan throat singers Yat-Kha from the Russian Mongolian borders performing Vsevolod Pudkovin’s Reality restored full length “Storm Over Asia” - unseen in original form since its 1928 Russian premiere. He has since also restored Shostakovich’s first 1929 work for film, “New Babylon” which was premiered in Chicago and in the UK by Opera North Leeds. Realityfilm’s production of international photographer William Klein’s 1968 film “Mister Freedom” – like “Storm Over Asia” originally previewed at the Horse Hospital, was performed live by Scandinavian the jazz funk maestro Jimi Tenor’s Big Band at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Other original productions have included a live performance of the 1945 surrealist Man Ray/Marcel Duchamp/Hans Richter/Fernand Leger “Dreams That Money Can Buy” the Turbine Hall Tate Modern with The Real Tuesday Weld and the Miles Davis inspired “Tribute to the Heavyweight Boxer Jack Johnson” at London’s Barbican, Melbourne Festival Hall and Sydney Opera House performed by original Davis drummer Jack DeJohnette and his band.