Screening

Leslie Thornton: Cut from Liquid to Snake 

Thursday 7th March, 2019, 8pm

Programme: Cut from Liquid to Snake (2018), 27min; Binocular Menagerie (2014), 2:50min; Peggy and Fred in Hell: The Prologue (1985), 19min

Lecture

Sam Porritt: British Television Comedy 1991-2001

Thursday 21st March, 2019, 8pm

The 90’s were golden years for British comedy. As Thatcher’s Conservatism stumbled to a close and Tony Blair’s Third Way ascended, a new generation of tv writers and performers found their voice – pitch black, sardonic, unthinkable today. A deviation in the national broadcast curiously abetted by willing enablers at the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. British-born, Zurich based artist Sam Porritt charts a period from Spitting Image to The Office, by way of Brass Eye, Jam and The Day Today, to look at the genre's crowning achievements and the underlying reasons for its emergence.

Screening

Rosa Aiello

Thursday 28th March, 2019, 8pm

Programme: A River In It (2015), 9:40min; Temper (its my stereo it isnt yours you didnt pay for it) 2016), 18min; 27 seasons (2017), 8min 

Screening

Tony Cokes, Dara Birnbaum, Branda Miller 

Wednesday 10th April, 2019, 8pm

Since the 1970s and 80s, Birnbaum, Cokes and Miller have dedicated their artistic work to the visual and auditory grammars that have dictated the terms and conditions of power, consumption, and cultural representation in the US. 

 

Programme: Dara Birnbaum, Kiss The Girls: Make Them Cry (1979), 6:50 min; Remy/Grand Central: Trains and Boats and Planes (1980), 4:18 min; Tony Cokes: Black Celebration (1988), 17:11 min; Ad Vice (1999), 6:36 min; Face Value (2015), 14:05 min; Branda Miller, I Want Some Insecticide (1986), 3:53 min. Above: Tony Cokes, RRK: Reading Rosalind Krauss (2012), 04:55. 

Reading

Robert Glück, Steven Zultanski

Thursday 9th May, 2019, 8pm

"We were thinking about autobiography; by autobiography we meant daydreams, nightdreams, the act of writing, the relationship to the reader, the meeting of flesh and culture, the self as collaboration, the self as disintegration, the gaps, inconsistencies and distortions, the enjambments of power, family, history and language." - Robert Glück

Together with Bruce Boone and Steve Abbott, Robert Glück founded 'New Narrative', a literary movement in San Francisco that saw itself, at the end of the 1970s, in dialogue with Language Poetry and the autonomous poetry movements of the time. New Narrative encouraged self-reflexive voices, fluctuation between theory and fiction, and between autobiographical and conceptual writing, prefiguring a shift to contemporary autofiction. New Narrative writers include Kevin Killian, Dodie Bellamy, Camille Roy, and fellow travellers like Chris Kraus, Kathy Acker, Dennis Cooper, and Gary Indiana. Glück has served as director of the San Francisco State University Poetry Center and co-director of the Small Press Traffic Literary Center. He is the author of twelve books:  two novels, Margery Kempe (1994, republished in 2019 by New York Review of Books) and Jack the Modernist (1985) and several books of poetry including Reader (1989), In Commemoration of the Visit (with Kathleen Fraser, 2016) and Communal Nude: Collected Essays (2016). 

 

Steven Zultanski (*1981 in Trenton, NJ) is the author of books of poetry including On the Literary Means of Representing the Powerful as Powerless (2018) and the trilogy Agony (2012), Bribery (2014), Honestly (2018). These three explore the boundaries of the subjective or confessional lyrical ego; the limitations of economic and psychological conditions on dialogue and the spaces where autobiographical writing is directed against itself – where self-elevation becomes self-eradication. His critical writings have appeared in Art in America, Frieze, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Mousse Magazine. Steven lives and works in Copenhagen.

Reading (DE)

Barbi Marković, Lydia Haider

Friday 19th April, 2019, 8pm

Barbi Marković: Superziehsel und Traube, 2020

In Barbi Marković's Izlaženje (Going Out), the narrative structure of Thomas Bernhard's Gehen ("Walking") is lifted and modified so that three old men living in Vienna become three young women living in Belgrade, going out against the intolerability of going out. Izlazenje was translated into German by Mascha Dabić in 2009 and published by Suhrkamp as Ausgehen. Other titles by Barbi Marković include Graz, Alexanderplatz (Leykam-Verlag, 2012) and Superheldinnen (Residenz Verlag, 2016). 

Lydia Haider’s splatter novel Am Ball: Wider erbliche Schwachsinnigkeit offers a walk through of a night at the Viennese Akademiker Ball. Since 2013, the annual event has been organised by the right wing Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ).  As a result, student fraternities like the 'Burschenschaften' have been able to gather in the Hofburg and literally waltz alongside international guests from the far-right scene, under police protection no less. The novel's seven chapters each correspond to a room in the Hofburg, where outrageous, gory scenes unfold. Lydia Haider is the author of books including Wahrlich fuck you du Sau, bist du komplett zugeschissen in deinem Leib drin oder: Zehrung Reiser Rosi (Ein Gesang, 2018) and Kongregation (Müry Salzmann, 2015).

Lecture 

Erik Thys & Harald Thys: Our Friend the Automobile

Friday 24th May, 2019, 8pm 

Brothers Erik and Harald Thys present a psychoanalysis of the automobile – a autonomous species that has proven to exert significant influence on the people and object that surround it. Departing with a picture of their father’s car, this lecture looks into the history of automobile production in Western and Eastern Europe, Asia and the US, and gives insight into the agency and emotional capacity of these remarkably mysterious entities. 

Lecture

Nicholas Tammens: The Art and Teaching of Jef Geys

Wednesday 30th October, 2019, 8pm

Jef Geys (1934–2018) lived and worked in Balen, a Flemish town in the De Kempen region of Northeast Belgium. Much of his work centres on this locale, reflecting the artist’s position in the area's environment, history, language and social relations — what he referred to as its ‘biotope’– and many of his projects begin at the site of his middle school classroom in rural Flanders.

 

Giving evidence to a broader problematic between the term ‘education’ and what it designates, this lecture lines Geys’ practice with key educational precedents and artistic interlocutors: the Bauhaus model in Weimar, Nikolai Ladovsky’s teaching at the Soviet Vkhutemas, and the artistic practices of Marcel Broodthaers and Michael Asher, among others. Nicholas Tammens is the curator of www.1856.com.au

Opera 

LOL Beslutning: Destina & Destine

Saturday 9th November, 2019, 8:30pm

LOL Beslutning’s experimental approach to performance has seen repeated transformation. The same group that produced a slew of unpredictable pop albums as Synd og Skam have since turned to choral lectures, elaborate plays and ‘tutti-songs' in opera format. When performed, they come with the complete conviction and staging of an underfunded high school musical. 

 

Perhaps most popular is the ever evolving teen-drama Destina & Destine. Told from inside an SUV in a rained out carpark, its protagonists embark on a double helix journey: their paths entwining and unravelling as their friendship is tested by emo-emotions, duelling expectations and a mysterious double murder. The story continuously evolves. Ever-changing soliloquies, tangents, preludes and sequels alter the record while a metafictive subplot details the group's ongoing inner-journey writing, touring and performing the work. 

 

Destina & Destine was first performed in Switzerland at Kunsthalle Zürich in 2017. Two years on, LOL Beslutning return to release their first recording of the work, a 14 track LP, limited to 200 pressings, with a 40 page libretto featuring scores, commentaries and lyrics in German, English and Danish. Available for CHF 30 + post by writing to mail@ug-programm.com

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Reading

Oliver Corino: We're Living in Complex Times

Thursday 12th March, 2020, 8pm

He paused in an attempt to process what was happening, but before he got anywhere he heard more shouting in the room, he looked up and a man was fighting his way towards him. “Is this the bucket for the penis amnesty?” the man shouted plainly, as if he was asking for directions. Before Tromba could respond the man threw something in the bin. He peered inside and on the ice was another severed penis, which sat there like a piece of seafood. 

Oliver Corino is a London based writer and runs the independent publishing house OCR

Sponsored Agricultural Seminar

Porpentine Charity Heartscape: Multi-Species Girl Ricecorn Grazing

Tuesday 28th July, 2020, 10am

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For too long we have farmed ricecorn in sterile hypermodern isolation with a chrome sneer. We serve our children pathetic, microdick pellets, a pale shadow of the primordial chad-grain torpedos of the ancient ur-ricecorn which grew in the weirdbogs along the edges of the prebiotic soup.

 

"We risk an agricultural 9/11 if we don't act now."

 

All food was meant to grow in an ecosystem, not separated into its individual parts. We don't need pesticides, machinery, GMO, 5G, 6G, we just need the original G: Girl. Many girls roam feral through the generic countryside, and are blasted on sight by zealous farmers with elephant guns.

 

What if we return to the old ways? Create pockets of authentic nature wherein the girls shit in the paddies, eat the bugs, and flail idiotically: fertilizer, pesticide, and water oxygenation all in one.

 

Important tools:

-rewired tablet (it's gonna get cracked and muddy so get a cheapy from the flea market)

-Multi-stick (scraps of metal, rubber, duct tape as a skeleton for taser, caffeine canisters, whatever else you gotta plap onto it)

-mac n cheese jerky (high cal energy boost--"The Farmer's Friend")

 

Step 1: It's easy to take any ol tablet and wire the webcam so you can see girlescent particles (lavender = pain, sea green = lifeforce, fuchsia = radiation). Make sure their levels are good and chuck any high-rad girls back into the exo-hinterlands. Let em stew a bit!

 

Step 2: To get enough fertilizer you need girls with extra-long intestines. Ass-busting coils to bring glory to the nation. And to these girls we feed the top 5% most fibrous bugs in the world. Usually their grub form is best. Locusts are a good pick--turn famine into opportunity. Chitin is insoluble fiber, so in terms of girl species we favor Golden Eczemic Cali Girls which can process the chitin into soluble fiber.

NOTE: Don't get your waste products in the ricecorn paddy. This is a closed fecal environment. Of course you can't help if some random generic animal comes along but you need to make sure your modern civ-poisoned guts don't interfere. Keep your toilet on a separate line.

 

Step 3: The girls thrash around in the water, oxygenating it for primo ricecorn fertility. If they "ain't" thrashing enough, squirt a little (or a lot!!) liquid caffeine into the paddy.

 

Step 4: Be genuinely happy for the girls. Be genuinely happy for the ricecorn. Be genuinely happy for the water and the weeds. If you don't have good feeling toward the upward-lifting-beings of the world, give up being a farmer right now.

 

Step 5: Remember to eat a good breakfast. Eat your cereal specially nutritionally formulated with your own brew of fermented ricecorn bio-fuel.

Step 6: What do you do with the rest of your day?

The Gamestop ruin is a PC bang now. It has a long metal pole extending from the top so its height qualifies for anchor store subsidies. Look in the windows. They're playing leeg and pubguh. Be grateful for your freespirited farmer lifestyle.

Go two shops down and get a styrofoam container of 0.0001 dilute saffron ramen w/ "chkn" foam and a succussed rhubarb milkshake.

 

A sweeping landscape shot of the Baltic Greebled Arcology is projected across the face of the mountain. The town makes 0.1 a year from allowing this migration-ad.

 

Go to the clinic.

  1. Watch aquarium footage on the monitor. Most of those animals are dead now.

  2. Get your bat biological essence shot. This protects you from 90% modern diseases of civilization.

  3. Get some kind of pill liquid dust powder app thing that makes you feel like another human being touched you. "Fool's Oxytocin"

 

Back to the farm. Through tiles of mud and grass. You should have fallen asleep by now.

 

Arm the electric tripwires. Arm the high-pitched whistling devices. A loud night you cannot hear. If anyone comes near the farm a recording of a dog will play. Angry dog!!

 

You can do whatever you want as you fall asleep. You can use your tablet to read about anything in the world. There are so many places in the world. There are so many people. You can look at pictures of all of them.

 

Good night.

Lecture

Lucie Pia: Cameron Rowland: 91020000, D37

Sunday 4th October, 2020, 6pm

Cameron Rowland’s artistic practice considers the legal foundations and material manifestations of racial inequality. His works confront systems of disenfranchisement and expropriation which, in their service to capital, continue to bind ‘universal’ rights of freedom and equality to a white citizenship.  Adopting the operations and processes of various industries (commercial, legal-economic, artistic), his exhibitions often trace a genealogy of racially conditioned juridical structures and their deployment by state institutions and private organisations. 

 

91020000, presented at Artist Space, New York in 2016, addressed forced labor within the US-prison-industrial complex. D37, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles in 2018, concerned the financialisation of criminal prosecution via property seizures. Examining both, this lecture explores Rowland’s work as a direct confrontation with the mechanisms of self-preservation inherent to racialised capitalism and racialised property – mechanisms also maintained by the operations and processes of the art industry.

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91020000

pamphlet written by the artist for the exhibition 91020000 at Artists Space, New York, 2016

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D37

pamphlet written by the artist for the exhibition D37 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2019

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