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 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 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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    Comment number 12.


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


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