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John Adams


John Adams

Intellectual Properties

Preview: Tue 23 May, 17:30 - 19:30

Open daily: 11:00 - 17:00, 24 May - 18 June

Free entry

Taking the starting point of the UK premiere screening of John Adams’ 1985 film ‘Intellectual Properties’ at Tyneside Cinema in 1986, this screening contextualises Tyneside Cinema at 80, as an organisation engaging with and supporting artists over the past 30 years.

Adams' strategy of simultaneously constructing and deconstructing a narrative text, finds its most accomplished expression in Intellectual Properties’. Shot on 16mm film in Boston and Newcastle upon Tyne, inlcuidng footage of Northumberland Street, Byker and Ouseburn during the 80s, the work was originally presented in the US as a six-monitor installation. Shown here as a single channel presentation, the six-part fiction is an ironic, stylised discourse on representation, reproduction, production and reality. Predicting a future dominated by mass and social media, the film explores themes of power, as related to politics, economics, advertising, modern myth, art as business, money and relationships. 

Single channel exhibiton. Running time: 60 minutes 06 seconds


Tyneside Cinema requests the pleasure of your company for the preview of John Adams' Intellectual Properties.

The preview will take place from 17:30 - 19:30. Entry: free.


John Adams lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne. From 1976 - 1979 he studied at Newcastle Polytechnic and in 2014 graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. Adams has screened films widely in the UK and abroad since 1982 with work held in major collections, including: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Art Gallery of New South Wales; BBC and National Gallery of Ontario.

John Adams is one of the founding members of The Basement Group in 1979. The Group evolved as Locus Plus, an international commissioning agency of visual arts.

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