Commissioned by Fringe! Film and Arts Fest 

No Future / No Past is a film installation that works on punk archives, investigating the radical negativity, the self-destructiveness and the dystopia of this past moment. The title ironically quotes the punk movement’s demand for “no future” and thus the film takes up the paradoxical premise that we are already in the future, which–according to the temporal ultimatum issued by the punk movement–would never come about.


Four contemporary musicians provisionally take over the positions of four musicians from the punk movement: Darby Crash, the gay band leader of “The Germs”, Poly Styrene the singer of the very influential band “X-Ray-Spex”, Alice Bag, lead singer of the LA Band “The Bags”, and Joey Ramone, singer of the band “The Ramones”. They stage and practice outmoded acts and sentiments of the past that have been deemed useless, taking another look – anachronistically – at the punk policy of aggressively slating and rejecting the present without ever proposing its own movement as the guarantor of future social justice.


The installation quotes in its form Ronald Tavel’s play “The Live of Juanita Castro”, where an onscreen director is feeding the performers their lines. While the frame of a film image usually picks up important visual elements while omitting less important ones, No Future / No Past turns such validations and conventions of film history upside down.


Performance: Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Fruity Franky, Werner Hirsch, Olivia Anna Livki, G. Rizo.


Berlin-based duo Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz have been working together since 2007. They produce film installations that revisit historical moments, often unrepresented or illegible queer histories, and with a particular interest in a critical history of the photographic and moving image itself.


Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England