PZYK CINEMA with FACT + Biennial

We are bringing back the PYZK Cinema for this year, and we’re delighted to announce that we will be working with some great minds to put together a mind-absorbing programme for 2016. Both FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) and Liverpool Biennial to present two strands to our PZYK Cinema programme. We will be screening Dream English Kid by Mark Leckey, which is currently showing as part of Liverpool Biennial, alongside Virtual Reality, a collection of shorts specially curated by FACT.

Pzyk Cinema at Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia

MARK LECKEY: Dream English Kid

Mark Leckey (b. 1964, Birkenhead, UK) lives in London, UK. Leckey uses a variety of media – including film, sculpture, sound and performance. He has an ongoing fascination with the affective power of images, music and technology, and often uses reconfigured archival footage in his work.

Mark Leckey has assembled a film using archival material from television shows, advertisements and music, to create a record of all the significant events of his life from the 1970s until the 1990s, including key formative moments within Liverpool’s late-70s subcultural landscape. The piece is currently showing at Liverpool Biennial but has been re-housed within the festival especially for Psych Fest.

Liverpool Biennial 2016 presents a free festival of newly commissioned contemporary art from around the world. It takes place from 9 July until 16 October across the city in public spaces, unused buildings, galleries and online. The Biennial is organised as a story narrated in several episodes: fictional worlds that draw from Liverpool’s past, present and future. Also showing during Liverpool Biennial 2016 are the John Moores Painting Prize, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, and the Biennial Fringe. biennial.com


FACT x PZYK: Virtual Reality

What is this concept, ‘real’, and how do we engage with – and even abuse – it? We constantly manipulate the world and objects around us – bending reality to our will: in our imaginations, through our interactions and portrayals online, or IRL through the use of half truths, psychotropic substances and exercises of self-delusion. This programme explores the extent to which we can rely upon a fixed notion of objective reality and considers what happens when our ideas about the limitations of possibility start to melt away…

Inspired by the themes of psychedelia (specifically the ideas of expanded consciousness and the properties of hallucination) this programme features films which imbue everyday objects with agency only to push them to breaking point; shorts which take us on dreamlike (or nightmarish) journeys into our subconscious; a whole wealth of digital animation, collage, and rendering techniques; and sculptural moments of texture-meeting-sound in a cacophony of sense-battering, transformative synaesthesia.

Curated by Lesley Taker Producer/Curator, FACT – fact.co.uk


FACT x PZYK: Virtual Reality cinema programme

1. Mark Leckey, Pearl Vision, 2013 (3.07)

2. Alice Dunseath, You Could Sunbathe In This Storm, 2014 (6:00)

3. Nine animators for Dan Deacon, When I Was Done Dying, 2015 (5.45)

4. Ian Cheng for Liars, Brats, 2012 (3.03)

5. Sam Wiehl + Robert Strachan, In Between Spaces, 2016 (26 mins

6. Cécile B. Evans, How Happy A Thing Can Be, 2014 (9.48)

7. James Franco, Dream, 2012 (1:19)

8. Soda_Jerk and The Avalanches, The Was, 2016 (13:41)

Cécile B. Evans, Commercials (It isn’t Possible, It’s Real), 2015 (3.01) consists of three short advertisement-style films and will play throughout the programme as commercial breaks.

Pzyk Cinema at Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia


The PZYK Cinema will run across both days of the festival in the first floor PZYK Gallery space.

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