We’ve all been there – trawling through YouTube late at night, randomly scanning snatches of videos from the bands we once loved performing on half-remembered TV shows. Scott King and collaborators are attempting to recreate that experience next month in Berlin in The Festival of Stuff, including songs, videos and 30 Ian Curtises all dancing at once
The idea, King says, “is me saying that this ‘stuff’ – some of the pop and rock debris that floats around YouTube – is Art, is much better than what ‘they’ call Art. So it’s really just a celebration of that.”
The evening will include King’s pick of his YouTube favourites, including this Russell Harty interview with David Bowie from 1975, and this Dr Feelgood clip featuring the wonderful Wilko Johnson, a recent guest star, bizarrely, in Game of Thrones
And the brilliant Ivor Cutler
projected on a six-metre wide screen.
As an attempt to fully “re-create the late night YouTube experience” the evening will include various live performance from King and collaborators. “I often drift off on tangents, trawling my own youth,” King says of his post-pub YouTube habits. “I often start to have lots of ‘art’ ideas regarding pop music, so The Festival of Stuff is also about bringing these ideas to life in front of an audience. Live the footage will be interspersed with 5 live performances – all of which I’ve had a hand in – all of which stem from ‘late night you tubing’.”
Adventures in Dementia, a 15 minute ‘rock opera’ that King has written with Luke Haines, one of which tells the fictionalised story of Skrewdriver’s lead singer crashing his car into the back of Mark E Smith’s caravan – with actors playing both parts.
A pop video by Jeremy Deller in which footage of bats has been edited to fit Killed By Death by Motorhead.
A troupe of transvestite men performing in a Legs and Co style to the Earl Brutus song Eas’.
And, which sounds something of a highlght, An Ian Curtis Dance Contest. “Which will be the finale and in which we are expecting 30 Ian Curtis dancers to dance all at the same time,” King promises.
The whole thing lasts 80 minutes and is on for two nights, the 10 and 11 July, at Haus der Berliner Festspiele in Berlin
Those of you who are in Berlin at that time can buy tickets here