In 2012 Northern Film and Media joined forces with Generator to produce of one of the UK’s most ambitious Arts Council England/BBC Space projects.
Space Invasion showcased and enabled creative collaborations in unique venues across the North East. All works were uploaded to The Space platform and the project culminated in a special event 'Space Invasion at The Sage Gateshead' on September 22nd, featuring performances from special guests Ghostpoet, Raj Pannu (Coldcut/Ninjatune),Jethro Fox, Seye and Lulu James, plus special screenings of works featuring SBTRKT, Lanterns on the Lake, Novak Collective and Paul Smith (Maximo Park).
Space invasion strands included:
Generator and Northern Film & Media teamed up with SBTRKT, Young Turks and XL Recordings to commission a music video for track ‘Trials of the Past’. The collaboration has produced only the third official video for the pioneering electronic artist and producer who released his debut album last year to critical acclaim and has remixed acts such as M.I.A, Modeselektor, Radiohead and Basement Jaxx.
Pallion features Lanterns on the Lake who are signed to legendary independent label Bella Union. The band and visual artists Novak Collective were commissioned and placed together to create an audio and visual response to the Pallion Shipyard, Sunderland and to TSS Manxman (1955-2012). ‘Pallion’ tells the story of the historic vessel and once thriving shipbuilding yard.
Filmed in Newcastle’s ancient Morden Tower venue, Poetic Licence sees Maximo Park lead singer Paul Smith perform an interpretation of poet Lavinia Greenlaw’s ‘Essex Kiss’, taken from highly-acclaimed collection ‘The Casual Perfect’.
The Old Grey Whistley Twist
Raj Pannu (Coldcut &Ninjatune), one of the most respected DJs in the UK created a unique DJ and VJ experience featuring classic Old Grey Whistle Test performances that was showcased at the final event. Watch the audio-visual performance at thespace.org now where you'll also find a behind the scenes video.
Artists were selected from Generator's The Tipping Point blog which relies on Tips from tastemakers to unearth the UK's best emerging artists. Jethro Fox, Lulu James and Seye filmed live sessions at Blank Studios, Newcastle, including covers of their favourite Old Grey Whistle Test performances.