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

Watch this screen!


for your Diary: 27th JULY – At Home with the Ludskis (no9) Voyage & Return

June 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

A t  H o m e   w i t h   t h e   L u d s k i s     (No. 9)

V o y a g e   &   R e t u r n

 Curated by Granny Ludski

Sat 27th July 2013

  Screening             Performance            Happening

Rio Cinema  

Kingsland High St,

Dalston, Hackney, London UK

11.30pm – 2.30am

£6.50 one way

    late nite lock in of Art

Artists from around the world:

Doug Aitken / Ryoji Ikeda / Aymeric Ayral / Cory Arcangel

the house of o’dwyer / Sue Frumin / William Wegman

Kei Ishikawa / Emie Elg / Loulou Reloulou / Pipilotti Rist / Yoko Ono

Meg Mosley / Makiko Watanabe / Joelle Taylor 

Stefan Hoderlein / Shali Liu / Moreno Solinas

Eleanor Clare & Kam Wan 


 ‘from dada to grandma ma ma ma, the best goes on’


NEW FLYER july2013


Artist Line up for 27th April At Home with the Ludskis at the Rio Cinema Hackney

April 18, 2013 § 1 Comment

Kenneth Anger, Carsten Holler, Meredith Monk, Travis Matthews, Oliver Herring, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Christy Lee Rogers, Georgio ‘the Dove’ Valentino, Gilbert & George, Brenden Maclean, Eileen Perrier, Manuela Barczewski, Juliana Brustik, Sue Frumin, BADFOOD, House of O’Dwyer, and Guest Curator, Blair Zaye with Boychick Eyeline, Little Foxes (Gwen Bajon & Yasmin Moghaddam and Maya Art…

and more

for more details follow the link




At Home with the Ludskis (#7) Midnight Mass Edition

December 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

For your Diary  >>>  Sat 12th Jan 2013  >>>  Late Night Multi Disciplinary Art ‘Happening’…  OR Music Art Screening Exhibition Party!   At the RIO Cinema in DALSTON, LONDON, E8 2PB, UK


Saturday 12th Jan 2013

11.30pm  Start – 2.30am finish

£6  >>> Tickets

Bar till 2.30am

Expect  a  totally  surreal,  totally  bonkers  happening  across  a  variety  of  artistic platforms.’   Time Out



For a second year we team up with the LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL for our unique Late Night Art Happening.


This 7th Edition of ‘At Home with the Ludskis’ Avant-Garde, plastic art, installation, live music, popcorn, intervention, painting, Total art, Post-contemporary, exhibition, screening, live performance art happening!… will also host two fascinating guest Curators:

Giulia Casalini  (Cuntemporary & One Billion Rising) &  Christine Eyene (with Paul Emmanuel)

And also a choreographer: Charlie George with Dark Island Dance. And as usual Granny Ludski.

‘At Home with the Ludskis’ breaks away from exhibition tradition to explore an art gallery / cinema hybrid that aims to be equally thought-provoking, visually stimulating and emotionally involving. The pedestrian and mundane is pushed aside so as to passionately embrace the Post-Contemporary.

‘Brilliant! Such an incredible use of the cinema! Amazing atmosphere, amazing happenings – loved seeing the Rio filled with wildness.’   Charlie Phillips, Sheffield DocFest

 ‘Your event looks lovely!’  Annie Sprinkle

‘A truly alternative happening at this Dalston cinema space.’  Time Out

Is it impossible, Granny Ludski asked herself, to bring together artists working in many different disciplines, into one place, for one moment, to produce a meta-happening?This true cross/multi disciplinary approach to Art and exhibition making is totally absent from the British Art scene. Granny wanted to break down boundaries and avoid the herd instinct, and exhibit Art and Performance as varied as the audience and the world.


An intriguing event that smashes pigeonholes with risky ideas. If there’s no future for that, there’s no future for anything.     Alex Chappel

‘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

‘…from dada to grandma the beat goes on…’     Granny Ludski

The ARTISTS for ‘At Home with the Ludskis’  (#7):  Midnight Mass Edition

>>>  Paul Emannuel

Curated by Christine Eyene

>>> Juliana Brustik  neju_01

>>>  Mark Flood   Mark Flood

>>>   Chen Xiaoyun

>   Josie McCoy Leeloo_XV

>>>   Ernesto Sarzale

>>>  The Centre of Attention

>Charlie George with  Dark Island Dance

& Svetlana Industries

& Alexandros Papathanasiou

>>> Pedro Reyes

>>> Joe le Tropic Le Tropic

>>> Marcel Duchamp

>>> Linnea Handsender

Gallery The Hands Curated by Linnea Hansander  with Forever Sunset by Anton Alvarez, J.B by Josefin Bergström, Untitled by Hanna Rubin

>>> Sue Frumin


>>> AND  Curated by Giulia Casalini in collaboration with CUNTemporary / ONE BILLION RISING London Art Festival

 Organisational support: Diana Georgiou / Curatorial assistant: Laura Di Nicolantonio


Videos and performances selected in support of One Billion Rising London Art Festival: a global movement to end violence against women and girls.


ALICE TATGE   Shaking is an endurance performance conceived by London-based performer and dancer Alice Tatge. The audience is forced to encounter her body in a state of fragility. This physically demanding act addresses the many bodies that suffer in silence.

AliceBorn in Italy in 1981 to American parents, Alice Tatge’s choreographic work locates itself between dance and performance art/installation. Her interest lies in the phenomenology of sense perception and the possibility of providing interactive/close encounter experiences for audience members, both in theatrical and non-theatrical environments. Her work has been shown at the Waterside Contemporary, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Barbican and ICA; Companies and choreographers she has worked for include: Punchdrunk Theatrical Experiences, Sioned Huws and the Welsh National Theatre, Xavier Le Roy & Mårten Spångberg. Tatge received an MA in Performance at Laban in 2011. Tutor in contemporary dance at Roehampton, and Birkbeck University.

VICTORIA TRINDER makes work that explores visual pleasure by heightening the awareness of the viewer. She uses the body as a conduit to evoke the meditative qualities of the making process and in so doing, questions ones’ control of subjectivity. Trinder has exhibited in the UK and internationally. She is currently studying MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art in London.

URSZULA-KLUZ-KNOPEK (1985, Poland) does not call herself a photographer or a video artist or a designer or a performer. She tries to use these fields as instruments for raising complex and controversial issues. Her personal experience of being a ‘late child’ of ageing parents is for her a pretext for bringing up themes of transitoriness and death. Kluz-Knopek admires the intimate dimension of ordinariness and everydayness; she reveres the ‘here and now’, struggling with her own aspiration to understand and even stop the moment, with a simultaneous awareness of the passage of time and fear of an unreliable memory. The sensuality of her works stems from treating eroticism as a condition of existence. Kluz-Knopek talks about her own condition as a mother, partner, lover, daughter, female and brave neo-woman, who struggles with time and with society.

IACOPO ZANON was born in Rome in 1979. While completing a degree in Literature and Cinema at La Sapienza University he worked for three years on various movies as an assistant director to Mimmo Calopresti, Francesca Archibugi jacopoand Nanni Moretti. During these years he also shot and completed the production of two small documentaries and the short-film ‘Siamo in Guerra’ (about the Italian participation in the Kosovo war), ‘Settant’anni di amicizia’ (which involves the friendship of three women who belong to the World War II generation) and ‘Già detta’, which analyses fears and anxieties of the contemporary society. During this time Iacopo Zanon also participated in a workshop conducted by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami in Turin. During this stay he also directed the short film ‘Cento metri piu’ avanti’. He then directed his fourth short film ‘La sua vita’. Zanon then directed ‘Per Elso’ short film (about work-related accidents) and the short comedy ‘François’. Iacopo Zanon collaborates with Pin up film making S.r.l., where he shot the industrial documernary ‘La mia prima parola e’ stata Auto’, the short art video ‘Una pausa nell’opera del nulla’ and ‘Sono qui’ (a documentary about an Italian language school for immigrants). He is currently working on two music videos for the Mamavegas music group.

INGRID BERTHON-MOINEIngrid Berthon-Moine is a French artist currently living and working in London. Her practice employs a variety of media including video, photography, sculpture and text to examine themes relating to gender, technology and personal biography. Her work investigates sexuality and the human body as vehicles for questioning new forms of sexual representation, challenging conventions by merging opposing visual signifiers in order to highlight absurdities and collapse cultural preconceptions.

Music curated by Dana Jade (Clit Rock)
Dana Jade was born on the island of Trinidad, spent her teenage summers in NY, and finally moved to London Town in 2002 to pursue her rock n’ roll ambitions. This unique blend of influences is evident in her music, which Time Out succinctly describes as “Attitudinal, Bluesy, Punk N Roll”. Think Grace Jones in a bar room brawl with Polly Jean Harvey, egged on by the riot grrrls of Olympia, delivered with a post- punk slap to the face! In addition to making music Dana Jade is also the founder of Clit Rock, music events to raise awareness and funds for the prevention of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

> …. And more Artists on the night to be confirmed.


t: +44 7425 14472

Paul Emmanuel

>HISTORY >>>   The Beautiful Art Deco, Rio Cinema, in the very beating heart of the London Art scene, sees the Ludski’s return to produce a unique exhibition/screening/happening in their ongoing tribute to Clara Ludski. Clara was a Russian immigrant, who in 1909 founded the KINGSLAND PALACE, the first electric picture house on the site on which the Rio Cinema now stands.

This pagan temple is a shrine to our collective Dreams, Fears, Loves, Madness and codes of Honour. Like traditional hallowed places of worship and communion they impart to us a message about how we once lived and how we might live.

Bored and drained by bogus exhibitions and the banal moving image screenings of cinema and gallery, Granny Ludski wanted something more vital, with quality, depth and imagination. We found ourselves in direct conflict with the academic style and scholastic didacticism of Art Academy, Gallery, Museum and Biennale. This led to the creation of ‘At Home with the Ludskis’ to make a late night exhibition/screening/happening with as wide a range of artists from different fields, providing startling moving image, surreal musicianship, eerie installation, seductive performance. All the Art Forms that cinema relies on will Be There!

Granny Ludski’ Based in London, UK. is an anonymous curatorial team, led by our own Art World Colonel Sanders, Granny Ludski.

Supported by:

Rio Cinema   /   Happy Ending Productions

house of o’dwyer   /   The Centre of Attention


things to check out

September 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Last days to have work considered for  sept 22 nd show of At Home with the Ludskis at the Rio Cinema in Hackney

all art forms considered

send links to


the midnight may parade + review

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



If you do one late night exhibition this year…

April 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

Run Riot Says:


Thrill City Says:

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 May Parade the suggests it should be taken a little more seriously than the rest. Now in its 4th year, 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…


Time Out Says:

‘The surrealist-inspired soirée curated by Granny Ludski transforms the Rio into an arty party of performance, politics and provocative pose-striking – and with Alexander Geist (aka La JohnJoseph), Stav B, Patti Plinko, Miss Annabel Sings and Ernesto Tomasini on hand, it should be provocative indeed.’

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