Avant-garde cinema, living graphic novels, expanded cinema

The Cabinet of Living Cinema create living cinema events in museums, galleries, festivals, pop-up spaces, bandstands, fossil museums, libraries, derelict theatres and other site-specific spaces.

Programmes of short films, “living graphic novels” or feature-length scores are thematically linked to landscapes, buildings, artists, poets and philosophers.

The Cabinet have been exploring the world of avant-garde cinema since their inception in 2010, both on celluloid (Jan Svankmajer, Jodorowsky, Maya Deren, Brothers Quay, Man Ray) and in art and literature (Franz Kafka, Paul Nash, Ithell Colquhoun).

Living Graphic Novels explore the convergence of place, landscape heritage and art by exploring artists’ diaries, letters, books, paintings, poetry and photography, recreating scenes from their lives with graphic novel illustrators (Hannah Eaton, Julia de Graaf, James Edwards).

The Cabinet’s performers are musicians from a number of disciplines, bringing their own fields of world folk music (klezmer, Balkan and Turkish folk music, British folk, Indian tabla, oud) to live scores. Using loop pedals and “found object foley”, the Cabinet’s live scores stretch and redefine these genres to create wistful, rich cinematic atmospheres.

Their music has been played on BBC 3 Late Junction, Cerys on 6 and for BBC Radio 4 programmes. Film scores include Breakdown or Breakthrough (Rose, 2012), Boys with Broken Ears (Shayeghi, 2013) and Oxi: An Act of Resistance (McMullen, 2014).