Cornerhouse’s big new show revolves around conceptual artist Jamie Shovlin’s biggest film to date, Rough Cut, and the culmination of his long-term project to remake an exploitation film that never existed called Hiker Meat. Shovlin first imagined the 1970s slasher film as a vehicle for a non-existent German rock band in 2006 and was first exhibited as a collage of found exploitation clips in 2010. Later exhibitions focused on the film’s imagined production and release. This exhibition at Cornerhouse will feature ‘re-made’ sections of the film recreated shot-by-shot from 1970s clips in the Lake District in June 2013. The show will capture the genesis and collaborative process of delivering the project, opening with an old-school museum installation about the film before revealing Shovlin’s concept, processes and planning. The ‘re-filmed’ sequences, featuring slasher standers such as a hitchhiking girl, a commune leader and a threatening monster presence will take the centre stage in the final gallery alongside the gallery footage of the production process. Shovlin collaborated with write Mike Harte and composer Euan Rodger to produce a full screenplay and soundtrack for the film. Exploitation films were low-budget feature films that usually were consider to be of low moral or artistic merit and their makers pursued financial success by ‘exploiting’ popular trends and lurid subject matters including suggested or explicit sex, sensational violence, gore, ‘freaks’ and drug use. The Cornerhouse exhibition and film screenings around the show mark the culmination of the project. See the website for details of screenings around the film – including the Sleazeathon exploitation marathon which we’ve also previewed.

Sat 18 Jan – Mon 21 Apr, Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, M1 5NH. Tel:0161 200 1500, 6pm, £7.50 (£5.50 concessions),

Sun 13 Apr - Mon 21 Apr
Steven Brown
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Sat 12 Apr 2014