WEDNESDAY 04 NOVEMBER 09
New art in the vaults ANT THE RANT
THE GHOSTS IN MY CLOTHES
In November of 2005, after a period of emotional
stress and bouts of drinking and drug-taking, I
suffered a breakdown which resulted in an episode
of psychosis. At the beginning of the episode, I
was convinced I was being persecuted by my
neighbours and kept a record of the dialogue. The
event culminated in me believing that my clothes
had been impregnated with an advanced technology
developed by MI5 and ultimately led to a 6 week
spell In a psychiatric hospital.
On recovery, I became fascinated by the power of
my mind to 'rationalise' he experience, no matter
how outlandish the conclusion. I was also made
acutely aware of the lack of understanding of
psychosis, the stigmas associated with it and the
different attitudes to treatment.
Centred around the recorded transcript of the
dialogue I was hearing, using actors, this
exhibition invites you to experience the inner
voices as I did, as a very tangible external
Alongside the sound installation, I contrast
material from my daily working life with this
inner conflict and show how these overlapped with,
an often, prophetic synchronicity.
It explores the fine line between a lively
creativity and an unhealthy imagination, the power
of self suggestion and the chemistry of psychosis.
TUESDAY 10 NOVEMBER 09
open keyboard PIANO NIGHT
new art on the bar wall DAVID GONZALEZ
1-day event in the basement....
THE ATROCITY ORGANIZATION
JG Ballard & the Technologies of Psychopathology Management
A kind of waiting madness, like a state of undeclared
war, haunted the office buildings of the business
park. - J.G. Ballard, Super-Cannes
As a novelist and fiction SF writer, JG Ballard
developed one of the most dynamic (and disturbing)
exploration of collective psychopathology, excesses
in organizational life, and the collapsing of the
Western imaginary. From the fetish of the car crash
to obscene hidden violence of the business park,
internment camps to masochist fantasies directed
through the mediated form of Ronald Reagan's body,
Ballard's work ventures into territories that are
disconcerting to explore, but from which one can
learn a great deal. Rather than assuming that
disorder and excess is a condition that management
and organization must respond to, this event will
explore the proposition that what might really be
psychopathological is the desire to impose order upon
an inherently ungovernable and excessive condition.
new art on the far wall STEFAN ROMAN
Vistas and architecture drafted from the point of
view of a truck driver.
Images that flit by day to day in random fashion,
individually caught, captured, distilled and
processed in large scale drawings.
new art in the library CHRISTOPHER RAINBOW
The Cave Wall Sings at The Foundry
"This series of works emanates from an extensive
period of visits to asylum seekers held in remand at
Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre, near
Heathrow. The plight of Daniel, a Nigerian detainee
fleeing the murderous tendrils of an influential
cult, the Ogboni struck a particularly powerful
chord. Over months of visits, I was witnessed and
shared his fears, crises and friendship as he
confronted the dual threats of potential harm
through extradition back into his persecutors' hands
and the boredom and brutalisation on incarceration
in the UK. From creating reportage comic strips and
illustration documenting my relationship with
Daniel, I have increasingly found myself imagining
and visualising his dream, fantasies and memories.
This sets up an intriguing paradox - as I try to
understand the situation through his eyes by means
of creative exploration, I start to create my own
Christopher Rainbow is an artist / illustrator
exploring narrative strands through drawing, collage
and mural. He is a regular contributor to Blueprint
magazine and illustration commissions include works
for Lex records, BBC Collective and Barbican.
Following a mis-spent youth spent running riot with
a spray can in a sleepy seaside town with compadres
The Pugilist and Neon Noodle; he formed the Ziko
collective with Matt Littler. Their artwork can be
seen at www.zikotown.com. By night, he runs howling
through the streets of London with a pack of foxes.
WEDNESDAY 11 NOVEMBER 09
art event in the basement...
ALZIRA - AIDEN MARK - TOBIAS SCHMIDTT
new art in the vaults ST & ST
St. & St.
St. & St. is the project name of the two collaborating artists
STEPHAN HALTER AND STEPHANIE GERNER
Both were born 1977 in Germany. They live and work in Berlin.
In their work they explore hierarchic systems,
supervision and standardization as well as
For that reason they don't confine themselves to a
certain technique or media and always integrate the
room as part of their work.
THURSDAY 12 NOVEMBER 09
are you ZINE FRIENDLY?
Alternative Press are hosting another awesome
evening of Zines, comix, book arts and poetry at our
second Zine Friendly event at the foundry, in order
to promote our new project, the Zine Friendly Blog!
A resource for self-publishers far and wide, it will
list venues, promoters, stockists and events that
are all "Zine Friendly"!
We are inviting small pressers everywhere to come
down and promote their own work. For free! All we
are asking is that people donate what they can, even
a zine or two, to help Alternative Press to keep
promoting the scene.
There will be communal tables where self publishers
can sell their work. Printmakers or those with large
work are encouraged to use the walls as a
spontaneous temporary free arts space where you can
stick up your work DIY style! BYOB (Bring Your Own
Blu-tak!) Also, we are inviting some zine
distributors to represent as much of what is going
on in the scene as we can.
We'll be having a cake sale with free tea, Knitting
Circle, CD compilation lucky dip (just bring a cd of
your own favourite music and take your pick!), free
blank zines for you to use and a poetry workshop
followed by some performances and a short open mic...
Things will kick off at 7pm until around 11pm.
SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER 09
SUNDAY 15 NOVEMBER 09
bar floor FLYING CABERET
TUESDAY 17 NOVEMBER 09
open keyboard PIANO NIGHT
new art in the basement SCRATCH ATTITUDE
new art in the library DEVYANI PARMER
new art on the bar wall KOBUS
new art in the vaults
Ein Nichtort, or The Fairy Tale About the Galoshes of Fortune
Photographs from Transcarpathia
"Home is a Nonplace. Home is an utopia. You can
experience in the most intense way, if you are
away and you miss it; the actual homefeeling is
the homesickness. And even if you are not away,
the homefeeling nourishes itself out of the
missing, out of that, which does not anymore or
not just yet exist. Because the memory and the
longing are turning places into homes."
WEDNESDAY 18 NOVEMBER 09
new art in the stair well MANU
with incidental musical entertainment
THURSDAY 19 NOVEMBER 09
new art in the library DEVYANI PARMAR
SUNDAY 22 NOVEMBER 09
performance art in the basement GREG CHARLTON
TUESDAY 24 NOVEMBER 09
new art in the vaults ALEXANDER PIERRE
new art in the big room LAURIE
new art on the far wall FRANCIS MEDINA
new art on the stair well REFOCUS
We are refocus, a grass roots organisation and
part of the Photovoice network projects. We run
participatory photography workshops training
minority groups and have recently returned from
Damascus, Syria after completing our second
project in collaboration with UNICEF and are now
in the UK planning the exhibition. For more
information about refocus please look at
In our recent project we worked with 24 Iraqi,
Palestinian and Syrian youth. The course used
photography to encourage self expression focusing
on the subjects of integration, rights and gender
equality. The following link shows the
participant's profiles and some of their images.
After six weeks of training they produced an
exhibition of 48 photographs. The exhibition was
named 'Bridging the Gap' and was exhibited in
Damascus to organisations that are now developing
the participants further, tackling the issues
raised by the participants in order to advocate
Please contact us if you have any queries via
email or call Amy on 0777 972 9776 or
SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER 09
WELCOME TO WORMWORLD
open mic poetry
TUESDAY 1 DECEMBER 09
new art on the stair well MORAG
new art on the far wall SOPHIE COPAGE
new art in the vaults
01/12/09 - 06/12/09
"Horror. Horror has a face ... and you must make a
friend of horror. Horror and moral terror are your
friends. If they are not then they are enemies to
be feared . They are truly enemies."
Angela Edwards lives and works in London.
She has painted over 150 canvases. This show
follows her first solo warehouse exhibition,
held in Slough in 2008.
WEDNESDAY 2 DECEMBER 09
new art in the library DENNIS WALKER
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