Nikita Gale, SOME WEATHER (Heat), 2021
You’ve titled this new work Some Weather, could you tell us a bit more about the title?
The project is really about grappling with the process of rendering and definition. I’m very interested in the ways that an abstract and ephemeral concept like weather becomes categorized and defined because I think that humans have a funny way of locking very complex things into definitions much to our own detriment. That failure of definition is something that feels very relevant to my interests in musical genres and the ways in which these fairly archaic and market driven modes of defining sound and performance are often as futile as trying to name a patch of fog. The name itself “SOME WEATHER” is very ambiguous and kind of elusive. “Some” doesn’t really give you any idea of how much, and weather is equally ambiguous.
Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché, 2021
Poly Styrene was the first woman of colour in the UK to front a successful rock band. She introduced the world to a new sound of rebellion, using her unconventional voice to sing about identity, consumerism, postmodernism, and everything she saw unfolding in late 1970s Britain, with a rare prescience. As the frontwoman of X-Ray Spex, the Anglo-Somali punk musician was also a key inspiration for the riot grrrl and Afropunk movements.
But the late punk maverick didn’t just leave behind an immense cultural footprint. She was survived by a daughter, Celeste Bell, who became the unwitting guardian of her mother’s legacy and her mother’s demons. Misogyny, racism, and mental illness plagued Poly’s life, while their lasting trauma scarred Celeste’s childhood and the pair’s relationship.
Featuring unseen archive material and rare diary entries narrated by Oscar-nominee Ruth Negga, this documentary follows Celeste as she examines her mother’s unopened artistic archive and traverses three continents to better understand Poly the icon and Poly the mother.
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