Adam Curtis

A LIVE SHOW STARTING IN TWO WEEKS TIME IN MANCHESTER

The show is a collaboration between myself and the brilliant Robert del Naja of Massive Attack.

What links us is not just cutting stuff up - but an interest in trying to change the way people see power and politics in the modern world. To say to them - have you thought of looking at it like this?

We've used film, music, stories and ideas to try and do this - to build a new kind of experience. The best way we can describe it is "a Gilm" - a new way of integrating a gig with a film that has a powerful overall narrative and emotional individual stories.

The show will be a bit of a total experience. You will be surrounded by all kinds of images and sounds. But it is also about ideas. It tells a story about how a new system of power has risen up in the modern world to manage and control us. A rigid and static system that has found in those images and sounds a way of enveloping us in a thin two-dimensional version of the past.

A fake, but enchanting world which we all live in today - but which has also become a new kind of prison that prevents us moving forward into the future.

Along with Massive Attack the show will star two great singers.

The amazing Liz Fraser.

And the wonderful Horace Andy.

And some of the music will be surprising - from early Barbra Streisand to Siberian punk from the 1980s.

Here's a two-dimensional trailer that will give you an idea of what the show is about - and the stories it tells.

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  • Comment number 36. Posted by natasha

    on 2 Aug 2013 11:35

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  • Comment number 35. Posted by johnblaze84

    on 2 Aug 2013 04:15

    Mr. Curtis how do you feel about CNN documentary Our Nixon, which just aired, copying your style so closely?

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  • Comment number 34. Posted by theartteacher

    on 27 Jul 2013 00:05

    @james

    I had brief look at this. The only thing I noticed was the phrase "Trained monkey collaborators of death" which simultaneously makes me want to totally endorse it and unconditionally condemn it at the same time.

    I have absolutely no idea if it is what is says it is. What I will say is it is probably more credible if it doesn't come from North Korea.

    It also does have the woman from the Mossman doc about the US that AC has posted and used in It Felt Like A Kiss. I might have a proper look at this tomorrow.

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by james

    on 23 Jul 2013 23:50

    http://superchief.tv/leaked-north-korean-documentary-exposes-western-propaganda-and-its-scary-how-true-it-is/
    This was re-tweeted by Russell brand ! "a Leaked North Korean Film called “PROPAGANDA”, a documentary about capitalism, imperialism, mass manipulation of western culture for the purpose of commodification, and how it permeates every aspect of the lives of blissfully ignorant, borderline zombie masses"
    It directly clips a lot of your work, and you can hear your voice in the background. maybe you should sue!

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by ihab

    on 21 Jul 2013 04:11

    Thanks, another interesting read about a character I'd never heard of.

    I guess if you are talking about a decline in objectivity - you might implicitly be starting from a place where journalism/public discourse was (more) objective - and I'm not sure that it ever was.

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    on 20 Jul 2013 10:05

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by Rachel M

    on 18 Jul 2013 16:44

    My thoughts and words on 'Massive Attack vs. Adam Curtis'...

    http://rachelmarsdenwords.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/mif13-massive-attack-vs-adam-curtis/

    "...The words “YOU WILL LOVE THIS” intensely flashed on-screen, over and over and over again…like punches to your psyche, reminding you of the media-image-subconscious-brainwashing powers as vibrating hard bass noise reverberation skipped across your skin. This is the message of the everyday media compacted together, delivered to your senses in one hefty bite. You had to literally eat the words. Or dream them..."

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by MrMcbutterpants

    on 14 Jul 2013 14:48

    Thanks for a great show. Loved it! Fantastic venue too - in the cavern for those machines which ripped a whole in time, transporting labour, coal, steel and cloth.

    The event missed just one thing - a camera turned on the camera, or perhaps on the audience. We were all consumers in that depot - simply gazing at the screens, fixated on the narrative - so it felt like subversion was being subverted. I made the trip to Manchester for a political experience, but ended up with entertainment. Perhaps that was my problem in the first place.

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by Simon Eaves

    on 12 Jul 2013 22:10

    Thanks for putting on a great show last night Adam, and of course Massive Attack, Liz Fraser and Horace Andy also. The "Glim" concept is a winner, the venue, the words, the images and music combined to create and unforgettable night. Judging from the response it seems the hundreds in attendance felt the same, and the wife enjoyed it too!
    Anyone out there know the names of all the songs that where played during the show?

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by theartteacher

    on 11 Jul 2013 17:57

    Tragically I'm going to miss out on this. Here's hoping there's another chance, perhaps in London. I've been torturing myself with some little clips from the show. Looks absolutely amazing.

    For those who are interested I think AC is at the Latitude Festival, interviewing Alan Moore, which sounds pretty unbelievable as well.

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