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Mark Leckey, Dream English Kid, 1964–1999 AD, 2015, digital video, color, sound, 23 minutes.

Mark Leckey

Cabinet Gallery

Mark Leckey, Dream English Kid, 1964–1999 AD, 2015, digital video, color, sound, 23 minutes.

The initial idea was simple: On YouTube, Mark Leckey discovered the audio recording of a Joy Division matinee gig he’d attended in 1979, at age fifteen, the memory of which deeply affected him–leading him to wonder if he could compile important memories from his life through film, ads, and music found online. The resulting film, Dream English Kid 1964–1999 AD, 2015, could be considered a dystopian romance. It begins the year Leckey was born, 1964, with footage of early Beatles television broadcasts; the work is not only about music as a point of collective memory but also about the rapid evolution of networked technologies in the late twentieth century. Forgotten landscapes of telephone and electricity pylons reoccur; scrawled on a chalkboard we see the word LEKKE—British slang for electricity and a wry self-reference; a series of animated images drawn byJoey the Mechanical

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