8mm Movie Marathon
For one night only Club Ponderosa will
be turned into an expansive cinema, projecting
8mm films on mulitiple surfaces.
Premiering artists' films, found footage
and offering you the chance to show your
own movies on the mystery projector!
LOCK/DOMINIC DE VERE/TOM
RICHARDS/DAVID LEISTER...& YOU?
8mm Movie Marathon is part of Club Ponderosa, a temporary social club produced by Matt Stokes in collaboration with local residents, artists and enthusiasts. It takes its name from both the ranch in the famous 1960s TV series Bonanza and a shelter built in a Newcastle neighbourhood by residents of a crescent seeking an independent space to meet and talk. Club Ponderosa will function as a place for performances and social interaction designed and programmed by residents of the area around 176. Developed in collaboration with self-organised groups and gifted amateurs, the club will operate within 176, but with its own series of events and a separate entrance and access times. It will also include MASS, a free collective sound system made up of donated elements. The project is part of Stokes' residency at the gallery and is being developed partly in response to the history of the former Methodist chapel that houses 176 and its surrounding area.