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Following on from Wysing festival last year
the Ludskis hit the road again and are heading for a field in Oxfordshire!
Curating Artist’s film, performance and music at the SUPERNORMAL Festival.
Event details here
Here’s what happened last time…
Something old something new something borrowed something blue…
Curated by Peggy Ludski
March 5, 2014 § 2 Comments
If you have any questions or comments or just want me to look at a link, get in touch.
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
Watch this screen!
March 1, 2014 § Leave a comment
curated by Granny Ludski
Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters. A bitch gotta earn a living… The Bitch got Balls. And then there’s you! Bitches be twisted. Getting all up in my grill! Fuck you and the dick you rode in on! Wrong. Getting it all wrong. Hurt my feelings. Make me wanna kill. Or get off! What do Bithches want ? Everything!
Thanks to For their kind support and encouragement Granny Ludski thanks all the Artists for donating time, resources and support for the realisation of this 11th Edition. Camille, Sue Frumin, Kendell, Qila, Matt Humphrey, house of o’dwyer & F.O.H staff at Rio
Thanks to our sponsors: Arts Council of England – Rio Cinema – theCentreofAttention.org
Lost treasures retrieved. New work Premiered. Image in motion.
Artists screening, performance, installation, happening, private view, after party, in a coconut shell.
‘Like a Talent show in a mental institution’ – Pat Grim
February 17, 2014 § 2 Comments
January 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
Expect a totally surreal, totally bonkers happening across a variety of artistic platforms.’ Time Out
At Home with the Ludskis No.11 Twisted Sister Edition
Totally unique late night programme of live music, performance, Artists films & dance. Curated by Granny Ludski.
‘The aim has been to bring all Art forms together for one night of disorientation, stimulation and intoxication of the senses leaving you blind with pleasure.’
Self-styled ambassador of Art Granny Ludski, searches high and low, here and there, near and far for work with a difference and brings it back to the hallowed precincts of the Rio Cinema for a late night screening extravaganza.
If you want to join the mailing list or have great Art ideas contact Granny on firstname.lastname@example.org or DM her @GrannyLudski.
‘The saturated landscape of art, installations, performance and even fashion in the East London makes it easy to be dismissive, yet there’s something about the Ludskis that suggests it should be taken a little more seriously than the rest. The avant-garde late night exhibition combines a number of mediums – from screenings to live music – and celebrates the rich history of the Dalston Rio’s roots in Modernism. It might just be something people will be talking about for a while…’ Thrill City London
Late Night at the Rio anything could happen! Granny Ludski returns, with her unique programme of Artists films, musicianship, performance and more in an attempt to bring together all the arts to stimulate, display and entertain even.
‘A truly alternative happening at this Dalston cinema space which provides ‘plastic art, installation, live music, popcorn, intervention, painting, total art, post-contemporary, exhibition, screening, live performance’ and more in tribute to Kingsland Palace founder (Dalston’s first electric picture house on the site where the Rio now stands) Clara Ludski.
‘… From Dada to Grandma the beat goes on…’
September 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
May 18, 2012 § Leave a comment
fine art /cabaret !
check out the review:
and also the first steps of the Midnight May Parade led by Bother and Flange Zoo
Right up the Kingsland High st. from Dalston Junction to Rio Cinema
March 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
March 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
FAO: press, journalists, writers, critics, curators, agents, gallerists, artists
STOP PRESS… AVANT GARDE late night happening…
At RIO Cinema, DALSTON, LONDON, E8 2PB, UK
You are invited to:
‘At Home with the Ludskis:
May Parade (#4 Edition)’
VENUE: Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street, Hackney, London, E8 2PB, UK.
DATE: Saturday 12th May, 2012, 11.30pm – 2.30am
ADMISSION FEE: £6
t: +44 7425 14472
At Home with the Ludskis
Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street, London,
E8 2PB, UK.
‘Please join us for the 4th Edition of our unique, Avant Garde, plastic art, installation, live music, popcorn, intervention, painting, Total art, Post-contemporary, exhibition, screening, live performance, after party happening. Expect the transcendent! Late bar till 2.30am’
Granny Ludski, Exhibition-maker
Be in no doubt, this is a major new addition to the exhibition landscape of East London, if not the world, continues. This is not just another gallery!
‘Your event looks lovely!’ Annie Sprinkle
‘FAB event’ Divine David
‘I am inimitable!’ Granny Ludski
‘A truly alternative happening at this Dalston cinema space’ Time Out
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January 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
At Home with the Ludskis (#3) The Winter Garden Edition
Thanks to everyone who made it what it was: Amazing!
COCOHIPPO and GRANNY LUDSKI
COCOHIPPO with HANNA RUBIN and SUMI SUMATRA
The Beast by HANNA RUBIN
THE HOUSE OF ODWYER
DALSTON UNDERGROUND STUDIOS
Angel Rose & Josh Quinton
FUTURE SOUND OF CLAPTON: COMADISCO