What is a love story without gender? Sphinx—a landmark text in the feminist, LGBT, and experimental literary canons set among the nightclubs and cabarets of Paris in the 1980s—opens up a new space for how we think and talk about love and lust. This is the first reading of Anne Garréta’s Sphinx in the UK. The text will be introduced and read by the author and critic Lauren Elkin.
Garréta, one of the few female members of Oulipo,
the influential and exclusive French experimental literary group, wrote Sphinx in 1986, and the novel
was translated into English for the first time in 2015 by Emma Ramadan for Deep Vellum.
In a world where images are a key mode of conveying meaning in daily life; where technologies are encouraging increasingly visual, tactile, and gestural communication, but sign language is still marginalised, how is communication evolving? In her fiery video piece Eruption, novelist and artist Louise Stern explores the visual space between sound and silence.
How does something get written in the stars? In a special performance in advance of their November exhibition at London’s Guest Projects, the art collective Cassiopeia explores the things that come together in a flash to form a constellation, offering snapshots of their working practice at a particular moment in time, touching on hidden histories, modular images, cryptography and more. Cassiopeia is Hannah Rae Alton, Irene Vidal Cal, Amy Goodwin, Anne Harild, and Catrin Morgan.
Acclaimed filmmakers LUKE SEOMORE and JOSEPH BULL will take you on a sensory journey through anonymity with an original audio-visual composition created for Local Transport. Through film and a live score, Seomore and Bull’s live score and film will echo the observations of everyday strangeness and psychological nuance as seen in Isolation, their narrative documentary about homelessness and the armed forces, and their debut feature Blood Cells, which follows a drifter through the shadows of Britain.
The ever-evolving, fearless multidisciplinary artist SOPHIE JUNG takes the Local Transport stage as a performative storytelling, sharing her musings on intimacy and being in a digital world. A recent winner of the ING Young talent award, she is known for her lexical happy accidents and word games that dismantle language and turn the world on its head.
Serbian artist and curator BOGOMIR DORINGER's plumbs the chasm between invisibility and transparency in a post-9/11 world: the sexualization of the fear in the bedroom and on the catwalk, how we lose control of our images, and the privilege of privacy. This audio-visual performance riffs on his on-going blockbuster exhibition Faceless, which has travelled to Vienna, Brussels, Amsterdam and beyond.
“20 of the Most FAQs for the S.O.U.L. (Systemic Obfuscation of User Liberalism)” : A performative audio-visual reading presented by artist Ruth Blees Luxemburg and author Michael Salu, riffing on a text by Salu on how we predetermine our dreams and desires through our experiences and behaviour.
Photographer and multimedia artist Natasha Caruana / Artist who uses her own experiences as a catalyst for exploring universal themes of love, fantasy and betrayal. She tells us a story of LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, from the science of being love struck to the intangibles of desire.
Artist and author Catherine Anyango creator of the widely acclaimed Heart of Darkness graphic novel, presents an exclusive preview of her new graphic novel 2X2, a love story, contaminated with mundanity and bureaucratic corruption, about what you find six feet under, digital death and the degeneration of data.
The Artist is Present. Who is the Artist? You Decide. We’ll bring the materials, you bring yourselves. Together, we’ll create the artist. (Participation not mandatory, but you don’t want to disappoint Big Brother, do you?) The final result will be screen-printed and turned into an art book by Jealous Gallery.
Daniel Augustine’s (Hackney, 1986) work leaves the viewer both with a sense of what could have been and with a sense of how those feelings have been distorted by gender politics and advertising. His work deals with ideas of identity, gender and how it is portrayed in today’s society. Be it male, female, transgender or homosexual. He studies printmaking at the Royal College of Art.
Economics is about money and why it is good, but you’ve been swindled. By one of the most charismatic men in history. He is the main character in a myth about how the world works and which we have swallowed it whole. It’s time to change the story. It’s time to kill the man. Find out who he is and why you are exactly like him.
Katrine Marçal is the lead editorial writer for the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, where she writes about Swedish and international politics, economics and feminism. Her book Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? (Portobello 2015) is a takedown of 200 years of economics.
With recent “increased assertiveness in the Persian Gulf” and Iran’s Supreme Leader declaring that the US has simply spun a myth around the country’s nuclear threat, it’s difficult to know what’s behind the headlines. Afshin Dehkordi gave disposable cameras children in Iran so they could document their daily lives. Mixing their photos and illustrations from state-sponsored ideological textbooks, Dehkordi presents an inside view.
Afshin Dehkordi was born in Iran in 1975. He studied Mathematics at University College London and Economics at Harvard. He has exhibited internationally, and cultivates his artistic practice alongside award-winning work for the BBC.
Get under the skin of Lorenzo Vitturi’s acclaimed photographic series Dalston Anatomy with an exclusive multimedia performance in collaboration with poet Sam Berkson, currently exhibited at The Photographer’s Gallery. From found objects to street scenes and portraits of locals, these technicolor images capture the threatened spirit of Dalston’s Ridley Road Market.
Listen to writer Chimene Suleyman unpicks the memories, tastes and sounds that inspired three poems from her debut poetry collection Outside Looking On, explores the positive and negative side of loneliness and boredom, using the Docklands as allegory and symbol: a constant presence of reminder and reassurance.
Groove to |dds|. |dds| are a 3-piece born and bred in London whose soundscapes meet at the junction of minimal and psychedelic and take you through an intensely atmospheric sonic journey.