18:00 - 22:00
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Acephalous Monster (UK Premiere)
Best known for his boundary-pushing body mutilations, Ron Athey has been pursuing the transcendent and sublime for more than three decades. After the Death of God (famously proclaimed by the philosopher Nietzsche who anticipated the end of religion in Western society), Athey considers it one of the artist’s roles to invent new forms of ritual and celebration, to conjure the sacred as an antidote to the empty individualism of contemporary life. For his new work, Acephalous Monster, Athey turns to the Acéphale, the figure of the headless man, which inspired George Bataille’s secret society of the same name to combat nihilism and fascism before the Second World War in France. The headless or beheaded man is a powerful symbol of radical transformation, the driving force of all of Athey’s performances pushing towards the merging of humans and gods.
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Sweætshops® is a “multipersonality conglomerate” and degenerate artist, winner of the BUZZCUTEmmergent Artist Award. Their work creates intense ritual and allegory out of the waste of 21stcentury capitalism. Banned from the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018 for their exploration of national identity and recently simultaneously legally married and divorced to mark the initial date set for Brexit. Their work is provocative, esoteric and intense. We Eagerly Await Your Complete Submission explores reality TV show suicides, the rhetoric of religious cults, atomisation and ego death. Catch them before they’re charged, arrested or dead.
This event will be BSL interpreted.