Annalogue Productions

Anna Ridley’s Independent productions company – known for Dadarama and Ian Breakwell’s Continuous Dairy both Channel 4

1984

Ian Breakwell’s Continuous Diary and Dadarama series are broadcast on Channel 4. Produced by Anna Ridley

Both series were produced by Anna Ridley’s Annalogue Productions. Ridley had previously put together the 1976 Arena programme on video art for BBC2 which featured David Hall’s This is A Television Receiver. Uniquely, Dadarama and the Continuous Diary gave the artists direct access to studio facilities and sought a place for video works as television shows in their own right, without the usual explanatory accompaniment. In a Channel Four brochure, Sarah Kent wrote of Ian Breakwell’s series: “I optimistically forecast that once we see what they can do with the medium, those dreary arts programmes that explain their subjects to death will soon be superseded by the real, live thing. And who knows, even the news may eventually look better.” Continuous Diary was broadcast over six weeks from April to May 1984, a total of twenty-one programmes of varying duration. The shows were drawn from the often surreal observations of everyday life Breakwell had been recording in various media since the 1960s: the artist described the series as “a celebration of the ordinary rather than the exotic – the opposite of ‘Whicker’s World'” [Sarah Kent, ‘An Artist’s Diary’, in Channel Four brochure, 1984]. As well as restaging some existing material for television, the series included new commentaries which made satirical use of the medium: for example, the artist’s studio in Wapping was on the route of the London Marathon, and Breakwell decided to observe the spectacle for one of the shows. The final programme centred on a party celebrating Breakwell’s birthday. It was followed by another nine installments of Ian Breakwell’s Christmas Diary over Christmas 1984, and the series Public Face, Private Eye in 1991.

Dadarama, shown in various timeslots from late February to March 1984, featured works by Rosemary Butcher, David Cunningham, John Latham and Stephen Partridge.

Tom Roberts

Assets

Cumbrae Clyde: Riverside Studios 'Dadarama - Artists' works for Channel 4 Television, 1985. Featuring Target pieces by John Latham.

Dave's Bike: Riverside Studios 'Dadarama & Ian Breakwell's Diaries' - Artists' works for Channel 4 Television, 1985. Featuring Target pieces by John Latham.

Riverside Studios ‘Dadarama & Ian Breakwell’s Diaries’ – Artists’ works for Channel 4 Television, 1985

Riverside Studios ‘Dadarama & Ian Breakwell’s Diaries’ – Artists’ works for Channel 4 Television, 1985. Featuring Five Closedowns by David Cunningham

'Derby Days' - a publication of excerpts from Ian Breakwell's diary, produced in 2001

ICA brochure - Ian Breakwell Films Video & Performance 28 April 1982

Videomakers-On-Tour card for Ian Breakwell’s works including ‘The News’, ‘In The Home’ and ‘The Sermon’

Angela Flowers Gallery Press Release for Ian Breakwell’s ‘The Diary’ and related works, inc short article by Peter Fuller

Extracts from Ian Breakwell's last diary. Anthony Reynolds Gallery

Ian Breakwell Continuous Diaries

Ian Breakwell Continuous Diaries ' Nine to Five Still

Ian Breakwell Continuous Diaries' lace factory Longeaton still

Image Film & Video Centre Atlanta USA– Publicity for Screening & Seminar on Ian Breakwell’s Continuous Diar, April 1987

Information booklet on the works of Ian Breakwell- brief descriptions of ‘In the Home’ and ‘The News’

Invitation to Channel Four cinema preview of Ian Breakwell’s ‘Continuous Diary.'

‘Ian Breakwell: EXCERPTS FROM THE DIARY, Videotape, b&w, mono sound, 1975’, text about the work written by the artist in 2001

‘The national open art exhibition: Broadcast television and the visual arts’. Includes information on Breakwell’s ‘The News’

List of progammes that make up Breakwell’s Continuous Diary

Members Newsletter from ‘Kettle’s Yard’ including Ian Breakwell’s exhibition invitation

Press clipping describing Ian Breakwell’s works ‘In The Home’ and ‘The News.’

Press clipping from ‘City Limits’ including TV listing for Ian Breakwell’s ‘Christmas Diary’

Press clippings from ‘Radio Times’ for Ian Breakwell’s ‘Public Face Private Eye’

Promotional Card for Breakwell’s Continuous Diary

Promotional card for ‘The Sermon’: A Videotape by Ian Breakwell, 1983

Riverside Studios ‘Dadarama & Ian Breakwell’s Diaries’ – Artists’ works for Channel 4 Television, 1985. Featuring Target pieces by John Latham

Riverside Studios ‘Dadarama & Ian Breakwell’s Diaries’ – Artists’ works for Channel 4 Television, 1985. Featuring Target pieces by John Latham

Press Release for Riverside Studios exhibition of ‘Dadarama' &amp 'Ian Breakwell’s Diaries’ 5-16 March 1985

Riverside Studios ‘Dadarama & Ian Breakwell’s Diaries’ – Artists’ works for Channel 4 Television, 1985. Featuring Target pieces by John Latham

Schedule for Ian Breakwell screenings at ‘The Fourth Hammersmith and Fulham Festival of Poetry.'

Schedule for Ian Breakwell screenings at ‘The Fourth Hammersmith and Fulham Festival of Poetry.’

Selected Filmography of Ian Breakwell's works

Dialogue for Two Players, Video Still, 1984.

Dialogue for Two Players, Video Still, 1984.

Dialogue for Two Players, Video Still, 1984.

Image from Dialogue for 2 Players

David Cunningham’s notes and sketches for ‘This Moment’

Descriptive text on Cunningham’s work ‘This Moment’

Announcement of the transmission of John Latham’s Video works for Channel Four television’, Annalogue, 1990

Annalogue: The Video Collection’ – artist information leaflet detailing biography and available works

Anna Ridley Press Release for Dialogue for Two Players

Works

Tumbled Frame

Five Closedowns for Television

Nmutter

Mask to Mask

TV Interruptions 93

Dialogue for Two Players (1984)

People

Anna Ridley (Producer)

David Hall