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Chris Cunningham | Pop review

27 April 2010 2:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Royal Festival Hall, London

That was a penis. No, wait, maybe it's labia and a tongue. The Milky Way! Actually, hang on, perhaps that's real … milk? Chris Cunningham's images leave before you get a handle on the anatomy. Anyone who has seen his videos for musicians such as Aphex Twin sniggered at the announcement before the gig, which warned those expecting family entertainment to "run away". Cue a bulging close-up of a foreskin being rolled back, and a bloody, stylised punch-up between a nude couple; ironically buried in the hammering music was Donna Summer's I Feel Love.

It's thrilling and technically remarkable. While some film-makers devise a separate role for sight and sound, Cunningham obsesses over "Mickey mousing" every beat to perfection, creating a synaesthetic episode. And, like David Cronenberg, he meshes body and machine: Grace Jones becomes a real slave to the rhythm as her stomach twitches taut, »

- Pascal Wyse

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Chris Cunningham goes centre stage | Interview

19 April 2010 1:44 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Cult video-maker Chris Cunningham unveils his ambitious live show to Sean O'Hagan

Chris Cunningham is almost 40 but he looks uncannily like a teenager. He is tall and stick-thin, with the unhealthy pallor of a bedroom recluse. In the squat-like sitting room of his Georgian house in north London, the curtains remain closed against the midday glare. "There's something about the light that comes into this room," he says, hesitantly, "It's just too bright."

So we sit in semi-darkness and talk about, among other things the other-worldly brilliance of Bartók, Blade Runner, Debussy, Vangelis, Varèse, William Gibson, Pavement, early Depeche Mode, mid-period Pink Floyd and, of course, Kraftwerk.

Chris Cunningham is a very contemporary kind of pop artist, an almost invisible presence whose influence on the mainstream is virally pervasive. The frenetic, wildly inventive videos he made for Aphex Twin ("Windowlicker", "Come to Daddy") and Björk ("All Is Full of Love »

- Sean O'Hagan

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