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Radio Death, Radio Love: Blonde Cobra & Chistmas On Earth

Curated by Marc Siegel & Susanne Sachsse



Due to technical reasons the screening event unfortunately has to be canceled. We will try to find a new date. We thank you for your understanding.

When Andy Warhol placed a small radio on the balcony to accompany early screenings of his 1963 film Sleep, he was engaging in an intermedial practice not uncommon in the pop art and underground film scenes. This program focuses on two very distinct examples of expanding cinema through the use of radio: Blonde Cobra (1959–1963) by Ken Jacobs & Bob Fleischner—a tragicomic portrait of Jack Smith, and Christmas on Earth (1963–1965) by Barbara Rubin, a devastatingly beautiful, sexually tantalizing, two-screen 16mm film performance.


Ken Jacobs/Bob Fleischner, Blonde Cobra, 1959–1963, 16mm, sound and live radio accompaniment,
33 min
Barbara Rubin, Christmas on Earth, 1963–1965, 16mm, 2 films, one projected inside the other, b/w, color gels waved in front of the projector, live radio accompaniment, 29 min

We would like to point out that the program focuses on physical nudity and sexuality.

SUSANNE SACHSSE is an actress. She starred in numerous films by Bruce LaBruce, including The Raspberry Reich (2004), Pierrot Lunaire (2014) and The Misandrists (2017). She has also worked in various performance, film and art contexts with Yael Bartana, Jonathan Berger, Zach Blas, Phil Collins, Vaginal Davis, Heinz Emigholz, Laibach, Ligia Lewis, Josiah McElheny, Vegard Vinge, Ida Müller, and Xiu Xiu. She appeared as Helene Duldung in the context of Natascha Süder Happelmann’s project for the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2019. Also in 2019, Sachsse’s radio play, Original Sin. Der Gang der Frau im Sozialismus was broadcast on NDR.

MARC SIEGEL is professor of film studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. His research and publications focus on issues in queer studies and experimental film. His book A Gossip of Images is forthcoming from Duke University Press. Recent publications include “Longing Is Your Own Affair (I Always Remained Underground)”, in Werner Schroeter, ed. Roy Grundmann (Austrian Film Museum Synema, 2018), and the co-edited book Film Culture 80: The Legend of Barbara Rubin (Spector Books, 2018). Also forthcoming: Easier than Painting. Die Filme von Andy Warhol, co-edited together with Henning Engelke.

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