‘YOUR REALITY IS BROKEN’: A Festival of Abstracted, Ritualised and Embodied Live Art
2nd - 28th February
Yinka Shonibare's Guest Projects, London
1 Andrews Road, E8 4QL
90% of what you ‘see’ is an internal mental simulation of the external world, informed occasionally by sampling data from your senses. What we conceive of as reality is mental fabrication.
Welcome to the festival....
Perception underpins our sense of reality - it is fundamental to who we are and how we experience the world. This month of happenings, workshops, performances, live music and films will explore perception: altered states, visual illusions and hallucinations, dogmatic thinking, the politics of perception; and how it is linked to the creative act. What happens in that moment of suspension between perceived reality and action? What transactions take place between people. What symbolic acts? Is this the moment of trance action? A scientific, philosophical and creative approach to these questions will invite you on journey into your inner and outer experiences of the world.
In the happenings, rituals become gigs. Film screenings open out into practical work sessions. An art installation is both home and marketplace. Public science experiments become club nights. A series of performance, live art and science workshops will offer the opportunity to explore questions of intimacy, the effects of symbolic action on physical reality and how to transform hallucinations into art. This Neurophenomenological approach will create a Temporary Autonomous Zone in Hackney - where extreme impulses, unacceptable identities and prohibited thoughts are permitted.
The festival will move from the ritualistic Opening Ceremony (2nd February) featuring Deep Throat Choir, ASMR experiments and Vogue DJing from Jay Jay Revlon; to the festival’s close: (25th February) ‘Higher, higher, higher’ - an ecstatic club where one song is performed for six hours by a band of intrepid experimental musicians - When the Going is Smooth and Good by Nigerian Electronic Synth pioneer William Onyeabor. Grounded in MAS productions practise in multi-disciplinary exploration, the work allows in extremes and contradictions of belief, high and low culture and thrives on a broad spectrum of sex, gender, race and politics. It is feverently non-dogmatic and autodidactic.
Participate or spectate. Be Scientist or Artist. Allow your perceptions to alter.
Artists/Scientists will include:
Deep Throat Choir (Bella Union), the 20 strong, all-female singing collective who have collaborated with the likes of Simian Mobile Disco and Matthew E White
Lady Vendredi, deemed ‘one of the most compelling performers out there’ (Upcoming) following a 15 date run of 2016’s The Passion of Lady Vendredi at Soho Theatre, will act as Master of Ceremonies for performance rituals
Dr Edward Bracey a sensory neuroscientist focused on trying to understand which neurons in our minds communicate with each other to create the model of the world we call reality, Edward has created public experiments at Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party festivals
Jay Jay Revlon father of the House of Tea, one of only two London-based Vogue houses that have formed in London, he has been featured in The Guardian, Fader, Mixmag and Paper, discussing the cultural importance of Vogue.
Ignacio Jarquin, a conductor and opera singer from Mexico City, he has collaborated with award winning classical composer Michael Finnissy and created operas including the Noh theatre inspired ‘The Return of Madame Butterfly’.
SynaesthEAT A sensorial, ritualistic dining experience
Bedsit Boutiq Reframing universal survival tools in a performance art installation
Festival curated by MAS productions (Jonathan Grieve and Nwando Ebizie)
Supported by the Artsadmin Artists’ Bursary Scheme 2016-17 and Arts Council England
Guest Projects is an initiative created by Yinka Shonibare MBE. Alongside Regent’s Canal, Guest Projects at 1 Andrews Road E8 4QL, provides an alternative universe and playground for artists. It is a laboratory of ideas; a testing ground for new thoughts and actions.