VIDEO ALTAR I: Decoder / Jacqueline Castel

The first in a series of ritualistic multimedia installations.

VIDEO ALTAR presents a double feature screening of Decoder and Jacqueline Castel’s work.

DJs Grant Mayland & Sarah Schimek


The night begins with a screening of the rarely seen underground cinema gem DECODER (1984).
Pre-cyberpunk, the techno-anarchist film by Muscha was created out of inspiration from the writings of William S. Burroughs ‘Electronic Revolution’ & Jean Luc Godard’s film ‘Alphaville’. Executed by the incredibly rich cinematography of Johanna Heer, Muscha spirals us through a neon-drenched pulsating near-future dystopia.

Starring Bill Rice as Hunter, an agent of the government in charge of suppressing dissidents.
F.M. Einheit plays a burger joint worker dating Christiane F., a peepshow performer saturated in Soft Cell seedy city synthbliss. Also featuring music by Psychic TV, Einstürzende Neubauten and The The.

F.M. discovers manipulating sound collages into a form of audio terrorism in shopping centers that begin to incite riots and revolutions against the power controlling Goverment.
With guest roles from cult icons, a dreamwalking William S. Burroughs is a clock shop repairman and Genesis P. Orridge leads an underground psychic army of revolutionaries credited as ‘Pirates’.


JACQUELINE CASTEL is a French-American filmmaker, archivist, curator, and longtime collaborator with Sacred Bones Records. Her work as a writer & director has screened at Sundance, SXSW, Fantasia, BAMcinemaFest, and worldwide in Paris, London, Moscow, Tokyo, & Mexico City, and has featured collaborations with filmmakers John Carpenter & Jim Jarmusch.

She is currently in production directing a feature documentary on Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth, a transgressive UK-based artist collective co-founded by members of Throbbing Gristle. Her first narrative feature film, a French-Japanese co-production, is shooting in Tokyo in 2018.