Wednesday 19 June 2013, 16:00

Adam Curtis Adam Curtis



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 1.

    This looks like it has a lot of potential, the trailer is a great little teaser - hopefully you can somehow port the live show back into 2d form for a future film / documentary / blog. Karzai and his (drug lord) brother/s would make a great addition to the Kabul calling collection, either way, thanks for the preview!

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    Comment number 2.

    Oh my God. I can't miss this.

    Nice to see Boty again too.

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    Comment number 3.

    And a moment in this reminded of an article I came across recently. Might be of interest to some, I hadn't really seen this story reported before at all in this way.

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    Comment number 4.

    Thanks for the teaser Adam, I have been looking foward to this, I missed 'It Felt Like a Kiss' I wasn't going to miss this. It should be an experience, especially for the wife, hee, hee.

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    This looks great, I hope it gets full attendance. Thank you as well for all the fascinating and thought provoking articles.

    With regards to power and politics...
    The film 'Lord of War' ends with the message:

    ‘While private gunrunners continue to thrive, the world’s biggest arms suppliers are the U.S, U.K, Russia, France and China.

    They are also the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.’

    Currently Russia is arming Assad, China has in the recent past, and may well still be. The U.S. & U.K, are both considering arming the rebels. That only leaves France - who apparently, and very thankfully, want further talks before they consider arming the rebels.

    Given that the main nations of the one organisation in the best possible position to ensure peace and stability, are both profiting from and prolonging death and instability, then clearly there is a serious problem with governments.
    However ultimately they are always acting in self interest, and ironically the people that vote for governments tend to do so out of self interest.

    Surely power and politics has to overcome self interest (at a national and individual level) for the sake of stability and progress?
    In previous documentaries and blogs you've gone into fantastic detail about previous attempts at collectivism and alternative ways to address each other, and the world.

    Have you seen or heard of any systems or ideals that could do actually enable nations to gain all the benefits, without all the problems and clashes that previous systems have lead to? And perhaps more to the point is it even realistic to imagine an entire planet slowly moving towards such a system, given that the last global ideological clash almost instigated a nuclear holocaust?

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    Comment number 6.

    While it is quite amazing that you've succeeded in putting something this monumental together, I implore you not to forget all those (us) people who saw your message in the mass medium of televison and fell in love with it. The majority of your followers and fans will not have the opportunity to see this project, and will never see what you and massive attack have created together for the simple reson that they live somewhere too far away. If it's at all possible, please consider capturing this production in 2d somehow.

    Or better yet, look into Oculus Rift, the new virtual reality headset in produiction. How amazing would it be to visit this production of yours in VR years from now, even as one didn't have the opportunity to see it in reality

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    Comment number 7.

    Please!! I would really love to see this show!!

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    Comment number 8.

    I have tickets already. lv never taken an interest in the coffee table hiphop meanderings of Massive Attack though.

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    Comment number 9.

    I hope a video version al la felt like a kiss is in the offing.

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    Comment number 10.

    Wow. Massive Attack, Liz Fraser AND Ian Curtis. Lucky Manchester. Wish I could be there. I loved This Mortal Coil/Cocteau Twins when I was younger, and still do. I love Massive and Mr Curtis I love your work. Keep it up and have a great gig.

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    Comment number 11.

    Ian Curtis? I tell you something, if he's there then I am impressed.

    I've watched this video about 40 times.

    Massive Attack are a bit better than coffee table hiphop I reckon by the way. The first half of Mezzanine is enough to take your face off. Then've been used ad absurdium on adverts and TV promos, but that's not their fault. A bit like Portishead (in case you're interested I think the first half of music on the vid here is their remix of Karmacoma). And everybody in the universe likes Teardrop, unless they've got a real problem.

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    And yes you're right on the Portishead remix theartteacher, take a listen to Melody by Serge Gainsbourg too -

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    Comment number 13.

    It could also be worth a re-visit of one of Adam's previous blogs - "THE YEARS OF STAGNATION AND THE POODLES OF POWER" (a very good read it must be said) - for a taste of the Siberian Punk that might be involved!

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    Comment number 14.

    Dear Mr Curtis, Just seen your latest trailer and wondered if this link may also be of interest to you

    Till TV Do Us Part/TV Man we are your Children :

    ("In the future, everyone will be anonymous for fifteen minutes" )

    With Regards - John Reith ( TVT group)

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    Comment number 15.

    I love it! Brilliant stuff, inspired even.

    Adam will it tour? Would I be able to see it in Bristol?

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    Comment number 16.

    @ohwhosplanet - That's brilliant! I remember seeing that Gainsbourg record in some polls on top albums, but have never really listened to it. Might have to have to check it out.

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    Comment number 17.

    Looks incredible but I'm not likely to make it to Manchester unfortunately... I second #15's question - will it tour or is this a one-off?

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    Comment number 18.

    Hi Adam. Guess what, I'm in London this weekend. are you free to meet up for a drink with me and my fiance Joel? Sorry to go this route but I lost your email address. Anyway, I'll give you a call tomorrow. Love your blog. Cheers! fran

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    Comment number 19.

    Its quiet interesting. Trailer is just like a nightmare i am waiting for it. Its look like that new ideas are knocking at the door of the town and some better work is expected. Printrers

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    Comment number 20.

    Cant wait for this, it should be phenomenological!


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