The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of the Black Audio Film Collective

Eshun, Kodwo and Sagar, A.. 2007. The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of the Black Audio Film Collective. Liverpool University Press. ISBN 9781846310140 [Book]

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This eagerly awaited book is the first to assess the oeuvre of Black Audio Film Collective, (BAFC) one of Britain s most influential artistic groups. It reconsiders the entire corpus of the seven person London-based group from their inception in 1982 to their conclusion in 1998. The Ghosts of Songs aims to do critical justice to the full sweep of the group s innovative practice from films, videos and installations to essays, manifestos and statements. Fully illustrated throughout (with many previously unseen images and stills) The Ghosts of Songs reveals the incredibly stylish and innovative work of the BAFC and its impact on cinema, music, fashion and culture. With contributions from acclaimed artists, film makers and scholars this study conveys the substantive and heroic programme of this group of seven, who sustained their practice for 16 years, in a way that few have done before or since.

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The Ghosts of Songs is a project which exists as a book, as an exhibition, a series of discursive platforms, forthcoming screenings and a symposium. The project is constituted as a series of intersecting practices, each of which is concerned with the question of the self-inauguration of collective practice, and the exploration of the kinds of knowledge production that become possible with the kinds of socialities that are generated around the event of the cinematic screen.

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24 Mar 2009 13:25

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07 Jul 2017 13:27


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