ArtScience on Scream: ArtScience Museum is hosting a series of horror-centric events for this year's Halloween
It's October, and for some of us, that means relishing in everything Halloween — from horror movie binge-outs to going wild with the party costumes. But with the annual Halloween Horror Nights cancelled and clubs' doors still closed, festival fanatics might find yourselves left with nowhere to go to get your horror fix in for the season. But don't fret just yet, as ArtScience Museum is ghost-busting out a full line-up of free events as part of their Art Science on Scream flagship programme these coming few weeks. Check them all out, below.
Returning in its fully restored glory, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) — a cult classic of the horror genre since the 1920s — will be screened on multiple occasions throughout the month-long programme. The German Expressionist silent horror film is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year — and continues to hold much influence over the gothic and surreal film styles commonly seen in the works of acclaimed director Tim Burton. From obscure narratives to chiaroscuro lighting and unusual set designs, this is quite possibly a film so iconic that every horror film lover should at least catch once in their lives.
This next one's for all the art buffs. The Museum has curated a special series of David Lynch's early short films — the ones before his more famously known works such as Eraserhead and Twin Peaks. The short films can be said to be a tribute to Lynch's personal background as an artist; his highly conceptual and academic approach to the films very much draws on the fragmented realities and distorted energy of Expressionism — making this screening a visual enigma not to be missed.
As admission is free for all, interested viewers should quickly pre-book their tickets to their limited screening slots. The screenings will be running from 10 October to 6 November 2020.
As a tribute to the Caligarian influence in all of horror, there will also be an additional feature: ArtScience Late At Home with Fauxe. Featuring the prolific local artist — Fauxe — this virtual event will channel the expressionist energies of the film, this time through the artist's experimental sound that is accessible yet maintains a sense of intrigue.
The Museum will also be hosting a virtual tour event that showcases spooky artefacts from around the world — all previously hosted by the Museum before. Perhaps there's virtue in certain things going virtual after all.
You can also check out the Museum's creative editorial: Screen Zine, or well, Scream Zine will be featuring a quartet of local artists' impressions and transmutations of the Compendium Of Somnambulism from the film. Their visuals will include reimaginations of the original cult film as Asian historical folklore — think the likes of Wayang Kulit and Chinese Opera. Filmmaker Sarah-Tabea Sammel and artist Hanae Gomez will also provide an experimental spin to the graphic essay form, and the experts from Lekker Architects will be featured in an exclusive interview discussing the horrors of modern architecture.