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Manchester International Festival

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 05 July 2013

With Mark Lawson at the Manchester International Festival.

Film-maker Adam Curtis and the band Massive Attack are the co-creators of the event that launched this year's Manchester International Festival. Adam Curtis discusses his approach to directing a film which works with the live music, to create an experience that he and the band hope will redefine the idea of the gig.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Garry Kasparov dominated the world of chess. His much-publicised match against the IBM computer, Deep Blue, is the inspiration for a new play by Matt Charman, called The Machine. Matt and the play's director Josie Rourke discuss dramatizing a game of chess with only one human player.

At 4am this morning Mark arrived at the Whitworth Gallery for the start of a show which will last about 65 hours. In the Gallery, the performance artist Nikhil Chopra aims to connect his native India with Manchester through a variety of personal and political explorations. Just before sunrise, he reflected on becoming a live artwork, and Mark also returned to the Gallery during the afternoon to find out how the show is progressing.

Producer Ekene Akalawu.

  • Robert Del Naja and Adam Curtis

    Robert Del Naja and Adam Curtis are the creators of the event that will launch this year's Manchester International Festival
  • Deep Blue

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  • Nikhil Chopra

    Performance artist Nikhil Chopra presents a work that aims to connect his native India with Manchester through a variety of personal and political explorations.

Credits

Presenter
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest
Adam Curtis
Interviewed Guest
Matt Charman
Interviewed Guest
Josie Rourke
Interviewed Guest
Nikhil Chopra
Producer
Ekene Akalawu
Editor
John Goudie

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