An Interview with Granny Ludski #AtHomeWithTheLudskis
March 5, 2014 § 2 Comments
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Many thanks – here are my questions – it would be really great to have your responses to all or any of them! If possible, it would be good to have any answers sometime tomorrow (Thursday) – sorry for the short notice! Thanks again!
Who are the Ludskis?
The Ludskis are my pretend family of Artists and performers and technicians. We take over the Rio Cinema for a night every three months and invite those interested in Artist’s moving image and Performance for a drink or two.
How were the Ludski events born and what made you want to help organise them?
I wanted to see Artists moving image work on the big screen And I wanted to give a platform to all the constituent elements that go in to making a film: script, sound, performance and even hair and make-up. I wanted to bring all art forms together at one time like a film does.
What does Clara Ludski, and her legacy, mean to you?
As her granddaughter I am her legacy!
Do you think the Rio is haunted by the ghost of Clara Ludski?
I think there is the ghost cat! And people talk of an evil malevolent presence; they say is the ghost of an old projectionist!
What does the Rio cinema mean to you personally?
I see it as a sacred site dedicated to the moving image for over 100 years. It is a pagan temple to moving image, where people can come to commune and have a shared experience in contrast to our increasingly atomized society.
I hope there is always a temple to moving image on this site. It is also in the heart of a very creative district and hope to reflect that rather than just showing the productions of big corporations and American imports.
Could “At Home with the Ludskis” ever happen anywhere else?
Yes. But the cinema is ideal because it has the entire infrastructure I need. A projector, screen, and stage as well as comfortable seating and a late night bar!
Who’s on the team behind the events?
Most of the work currently falls to my assistant Gary O’Dwyer, who is an artist and curator based in Hackney.
How do you choose the films/performers featured?
The best I can find. Either classic works from Artists, or works from people who may be making the classics of the future. I prefer not to survey the scene or even have a theme. I’m looking for truly anarchic, challenging, individual, exuberant, humanist and original work.
What’s been your favorite Ludski moment from everything that’s happened at the events since they’ve been running?
There are many. The havoc when we sold out it! Amazing Butoh dancer Kei Ishikawa; Falsetto opera singer Ernesto Tomisni; People running screaming from the toilets due to Brian Lobel’s performance, ‘Safe Sex’. BADFOOD immersive musical installation in the basement. Turkish musicians who just turned up and started jamming in the foyer. Moreno Solinas’ singing butt. Loulou Reloulou’s fashion-performance; Flange Zoo leading a parade from the station. Trixie Malixie playing the bricks. Yumi Hara Cawkwell & Guy Harries on stage and Bother tied together selling programmes
Recent Ludksi events seem to have moved away from what was almost Punchdrunk-style site-specific immersive theatre happening across the whole Rio building to being more like small film festivals located solely in the main cinema room. Is this shift deliberate, and are there any plans to move back to the original way of doing things?
It depends on the nature of the Artists I find, and who is available. I don’t want to put something in the basement I don’t rate highly just for the sake of it.
Can you give any details of the next event – eg. date, theme, how it’s going to be bigger and more elaborate as I think was mentioned by you at the last event?
A Fine Art performance extravaganza indeed. Im on the the look out for Artists working in any medium to submit proposals. Contact me, Granny Ludski x
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