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The Cremaster Cycle

Dir: Matthew Barney
USA 1994-2002, 398 mins
Cert: 18

Cremaster 1: 11:00 – 11:45
Cremaster 2: 12:15 – 13:40
Cremaster 3: 15:00 – 18:05
Cremaster 4: 19:15 – 20:00
Cremaster 5: 20:15 – 21:15

Dripping with vaseline and sexual symbolism, boasting cameos by Ursula Andress, Norman Mailer and the drummer from Slayer, and employing a backdrop that takes us from the Isle of Man to the Chrysler Building via a Budapest bathhouse; there’s nothing quite like The Cremaster Cycle. Matthew Barney’s epic five-film undertaking, named after a muscle in the male reproductive system, was made over an eight year period and has been inspiring heated discussion ever since. Opportunities to catch it on the big screen come few and far between, and this rare all-dayer will present the films in order of their production, along with regular breaks for decoding, head-scratching and sandwich consumption.

Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

These screenings are delivered in partnership with BOM’s Genecraft: Art in the Biogenetic Age exhibition (22 February – 13 May) and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s I Want! I Want! – Art and Technology exhibition (1 April – 1 October).

Cremaster 4 is part of the Artangel Collection, an initiative to bring outstanding film and video works, commissioned and produced by Artangel, to galleries and museums across the UK. The Artangel Collection has been developed in partnership with Tate, is generously supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Foyle Foundation and uses public funding from Arts Council England.

Buy all five screenings in one go, at a reduced price by getting the Cremaster Cycle Bundle.


Date :
April 6, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 9:15 pm
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Event Tags:
film marathon, performance art, special event
This event was part of Flatpack 11


Birmingham and Midland Institute – Lyttelton Theatre
9 Margaret Street,
Birmingham, , B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Tickets will be available from the venue on the day - box office opens 30 minutes before the advertised event start time.

This event is free with a Flatpass