Remembrances of My Corrective School Life

Filmstrip projector performance, 120 mins

Remembrances of My Corrective School Life

A live screening of State-approved educational filmstrips, for the purpose of passive observation and cultural reproduction. Slide sets were chosen in response to A Clockwork Orange, and childlike references of its anti-hero (Alex) to high art, exoticism, school, government and violence. They also reflect Anthony Burgess’ ideological role as teacher of elite Malaysian children in Britain’s post-colonial overseas service, and fictional brain-washing methods of the novel’s Ludovico’s Technique. Titles were sampled from my collection of vintage filmstrips, a now-redundant educational multimedia dating from 1950s to 1970s and originating from Britain, USA  and USSR, via eBay:

Music Appreciation Series: Pictures at an Exhibition   Spring Adventures   Jimmy Didn’t Listen   Sculpture Today   The Language of Colour I – IV Favourite Poems About the World of Nature   Housing and Home Life in the Soviet Union   Sharks – Predators of the Deep  The Story of Johnny Appleseed Life in Vietnam   Let’s Get Ready for School   A Picnic for Dick & His Friends   Adventures in Library Land   Living in the Soviet Union Today You’re on Parade – Good Grooming   Birds of Our Community   The Story of Valentines Day   South East Asia: Malaysia and Thailand   The Old Stone Age

Performed at the opening of Still Ticking: A Clockwork Orange 2012, a project celebrating 50 years of the novel. Thanks to Katherine Adamson, Archivist, International Anthony Burgess Foundation.

A performance-screening of State-approved educational filmstrips, for the purpose of passive observation and cultural reproduction. These titles were selected in response to A Clockwork Orange, and the childlike references of its anti-hero (Alex)  to high art, fantasies, exotic places, schooling, government, and morality. They also reflect Anthony Burgess’s ideological role as a teacher of elite Malaysian children in the British post-colonial overseas service. The following titles were sampled from my own collection of vintage filmstrips, a now-redundant educational multimedia dating from 1950s to 1970s and originating from the USA, Britain and Soviet Union, via eBay:
Music Appreciation Series: Pictures at an Exhibition  ✽  Spring Adventures  ✽  Jimmy Didn’t Listen  ✽  Sculpture Today  ✽  The Language of Colour I – IV
Favourite Poems About the World of Nature  ✽  Housing and Home Life in the Soviet Union  ✽  Sharks – Predators of the Deep   ✽The Story of Johnny Appleseed
Life in Vietnam  ✽  Let’s Get Ready for School  ✽  A Picnic for Dick & His Friends  ✽  Adventures in Library Land  ✽  Living in the Soviet Union Today
You’re on Parade – Good Grooming  ✽  Birds of Our Community  ✽   The Story of Valentines Day  ✽  South East Asia: Malaysia and Thailand  ✽ The Old Stone Age
Plus some Cyrillic titles for Soviet policemen that I bought from the Ukraine.
Performed at the opening of Still Ticking: A Clockwork Orange 2012, a collaborative research project to celebrate 50 years of the novel. Will Carr and Katherine Adamson, Archivist at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation.