Čtyři dny | Four days

Cinema of Transgression

Film screenings selected by Petr Šprincl

as part of the exhibition AMIWHATIAMTHINKINGABOUT?
  • Daily / , Karlín Barracks
Price: 50 CZK (within an entrance fee for an exhibition)

Cinema of Transgression is a movement of independent American filmmakers that formed in the mid-1980s around the artists Nick Zedd. His manifesto The Cinema of Transgression, published in 1985 in his magazine Underground Film Bulletin, separated the new generation of underground filmmakers from the structuralists and academics. In Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a community of artists, filmmakers and musicians came together who, against a backdrop of porn theaters and omnipresent heroin, gave birth to a unique and visually and conceptually distinct movement. Punk, porn, violence, evil, humor, and hyperbole – recorded on low-budget Super-8 (and later) VHS. Powerful images with expressive camera gestures and omnipresent filth and ruin are a testament to American underground film from the late 1980s and early 1990s.

As part Cinema of Transgression, every day we will be showing a new film by a filmmaker or artist related to the Cinema of Transgression movement – films by Nick Zedd, Jon Moritsugu, David Wojnarowicz, Richard Kern, and Jeri Cain Rossi.


“We propose that all film schools be blown up and all boring films never be made again. We propose that a sense of humor is an essential element discarded by the doddering academics and further, that any film which doesn’t shock isn’t worth looking at. All values must be challenged.” 

Nick Zedd, The Cinema of Transgression Manifesto (1985)


Film screenings in loop

daily 18:00–22:00


program – Cinema of Transgression


6.10. / MUSIC of Transgression

Kembra Pfahler
Cornella / The Story of a Burning Bush (1985)

M Henry Jones
Fleshtones – Soul City (1979)

Nick Zedd
Neon Music – Filthy Rich (2007)

Jon Moritsugu
San Francisco Seals – Ipecac (1995)

Richard Kern
Sonic Youth – Death Valley `69 (1985)


7.10. / Jon Moritsugu

Terminal USA

1993, 60 min


8.10. / Nick Zedd

Tom Thumb in the Land of the Giants

1999, 4 min

War Is Menstrual Envy

1992, 77 min


9.10. / Richard Kern

X is Y

1990, 3 min

Submit To Me

1985, 9 min


1991, 4 min

Stray Dogs

1985, 10 min


10.10. / David Wojnarowicz

Where Evil Dwells?

1985, 28 min


11.10. / Beth B


1982, 85 min


12.10. / Charles Pinion

Twisted Issues (trailer)

1988, 3 min

Red Spirit Lake (trailer)

1993, 4 min

We Await (trailer)

1996, 3 min

Spirit Drive

1996, 5 min


13.10. / Manuel DeLanda

Raw Nerves : A Lacanian Thriller

1980, 30 min


14.10. / Jeri Cain Rossi

Black Hearts Bleed Red

1992, 15 min