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Dir. Stewart Home, 2002.
UK. 72 min.

English language color remake of Guy Debord's avant-garde classic from 1952. Like the original this film has no images, but whereas Debord's consisted of black with silence and white with dialogue in French, Home employ black with silence and TV color bars with dialogue in English. The original dialogue is translated and in a number of places also rewritten. However, while Debord had five voices reading his script, Home uses one voice with an additional spoken indication of which voice is speaking.

The periods of blackness and silence in Debord's film are strictly adhered to, with the final twenty four minutes being entirely black and silent. Although Debord never explained his original film in this way, Home's intention is to transform cinema in theatre, turning the audience into actors rather than treating them as passive spectators. If this is the case, then it should matter little to viewers whether they watch Debord's original or Home's remake, what's important is what happens amongst the audience, not what is on screen, which in a classical gesture of avant-garde iconoclasm is essentially nothing.


Spectacle is pleased to present a survey of artist Stewart Home's moving image works on the occasion of his cult classic, Defiant Pose, being put back into print by Penny-Ante Editions. Named the "Best Book of the Year" in 1991 by The Gay Times, today Chris Kraus describes Home's "proto-porn pageantry" as "timely (and) timeless... a satirical masterpiece, as funny twenty-five years later as when it first appeared." With STEWART HOME: FILMS (1986-2016) it is our hope that those familiar and unfamiliar with "cult writer" Stewart Home will gain new insight into his artistic practice.

Copies of Defiant Pose will be available at the screening.

STEWART HOME is an English artist, filmmaker, writer, pamphleteer, art historian, activist, and internationally-acclaimed author. Homes writings include Pure Mania (Polygon, 1989), Defiant Pose (Peter Owen, 1991), Slow Death (Serpents Tail, 1996), 69 Things To Do With A Dead Princess (Canongate, 2002), Tainted Love (Virgin Books, 2005), and Memphis Underground (Snowbooks, 2007). Between 2007 and 2010, Home was the commissioning editor of Semina, a series of acclaimed experimental novels from London art publisher Book Works, to which he contributed, Blood Rites of the Bourgeoisie (2010). In 2013, Stewart Home released Mandy, Charlie & Mary-Jane (Penny-Ante Editions), named one of the Best Paperbacks of the Year by the Guardian, followed by The 9 Lives of Ray The Cat Jones published by Test Centre in 2014. He was born and continues to reside in London. (

Thanks to Rebekah Weikel & Penny-Ante Editions, Sukhdev Sandu & The Colloquium for Unpopular Culture, and Triple Canopy.


124 South 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249
United States



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