We are living in an age where millions of colours became 256. Difference is the enemy. Generic culture hypnotises us all into generic patterns, where control is visibly invisible. Danger is replaced by fear. New means upgrade. Risk is obsolete. Art made money stupid, and money made us fools. We welcome no_use, no_function and no_fear. Anarchy, crash and burn, the new awaits.
From Learning to Earning, and now to Yearning, we have forgotten why we are here. We have lost touch with
the fire of creative possibility that once
what made us tick,
consumed us from within. Revolutionary thought is but a distant memory. I grew up as part of a generation that thought it could help improve society; that our sole function was to be conscious and to spread that consciousness through creative awareness, exploration, observation and questioning. This generation was replaced by the Thatcher/Reagan paradigm of Culture=Money. Thinkers became earners, Creatives became entertainers, and a whole dumbed-down generation now feels entitled to success and profit without having to work or think too much. We are now left with a spiritual hollowness. The belief systems of consumption and commodity have been exposed
as empty. Revolution is a distant echo lost in the white noise, and religion has been largely subsumed by
We have managed to create for our children, perhaps for the first time in history, a future which is less hopeful than the one we live in today.
Deep Freeze The house of credit cards has now collapsed. For 25 years we have been in a state of Deep Freeze. We have somehow denied ourselves permission to remember what it was like before the Big Bang of banking deregulation. Schools became businesses and hospitals became profit centres. Art for art’s sake was sacrificed for entertainment and bums on seats. Ideas became clichés and anything different was viewed with suspicion and disdain. We have traded Freedom for Peace. What we need is Liberation.
Free Me from Freedom As the Lehman Brothers collapsed, so a new era is signalled and the baton is passed on again. Mankind has the opportunity now to reclaim the cultural highground and risk something new, a creative breach in the barrier of exclusion that can allow some real growth and evolution, like a bright light shining through the cracks of a crumbling wall. The line of Dangerous Ideas had been interrupted and the path can be found again.
(dangerous ideas) When was the last time you encountered any culture that you can say was really dangerous, that actually challenged anything?
questioning. A space in shoreditch surrounded by other explosions Night and day performance and exhibit, engage, see and touch Open/curated/commissioned September 18 – 26 2010 28 redchurch street london e2 7dp changing content shifting views technology serves make trouble
globalisation. Virtual experiences have replaced human touch. Analogue culture is now the exotic.
WHO IT COULD BE: Our policy for the event is to curate by inviting like-minded people to control key areas and aspects of the festival. These ‘agents’ will contribute, commission and curate work and events during the festival. Some agents operate as part of local venues, such as galleries and event spaces. Neville Brody Art director and graphic designer. Incoming head of Communications Art and Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA), and creative director of Research Studios Daniel Charny Curator for the Aram Gallery, consultant curator for the permanent collection of the Design Musem and Senior lecturer on Product and Furniture at the RCA. Director at From Now On, a creative projects consultancy.
Jon Wozencroft Joint editor of Fuse, the experimental type venture, owner of Touch Records and currently head of Moving Image at the RCA Hector Proud Owner of Idea Generation
Harry Malt Illustrator curator publisher, Bare Bones
Mark Bayley Film/Creative lighting consultant and set builder for Institute of Light Brandon Butterworth Chief scientist, BBC R&D Chris Pike / Max Leonard BBC R&D
Alexis Economou Writer and illustrator
Martin Tickner Director of Neu Gallery, Producer of Shoreditch1234 Loulou Picasso / Kiki Picasso Bazooka, French radical imagists Andy Chen designer, writer for Design Observer Monica Biagioli Design event Producer
James Payne Artist, producer of Payne Shurvell gallery Jake Tilson Designer and Artist
Luke Thompson Designer / collector, moth.stoopdice.com
Cecilia Wee Producer and coordinator at Sound and Music, producer of Late at the Tate and creator of Rational Rec at the Whitechapel. Presenter of Resonance FM’s Art on Mondays Stuart Semple Artist and curator, opening a major new space in London Njide / Nneka Ugboma Producer and editor of Let Them Eat Cake Phil Rodgers Special projects manager at Research Studios
Tim Burke Archivist, writer and event producer, currently building a pop-up cinema in Ladbroke Grove Jo Hagan Independent architect and event promoter
Carolina Stenstrom Digital artist and interactive producer
Emily Owusu Illustrator, musician, and producer of the Cosplay Ball
Sanky Digital director as part of allofus, and incoming president of D&AD Sarah Temple Course leader and event producer at the LCC Daljit Singh Creator of digital design company Digit Terry Jones Publisher and editor of i-D magazine
Dave Charlesworth / Ryszard Lewandowski Partners in Charlesworth Lewandowski and Mann, creators of architectural installations and spaces including the Woodmill Jeremy Boxer Digital film event producer, previously producer of ResFest, now director of the Vimeo festival and awards
WHAT IT COULD BE:
EXHIBITION OF ANTI-DESIGN, ANTI-ART, ANTI-PRODUCT, ANTI-FASHION; SCHOOL FOR DEPROGRAMMING; SOUNDTRACK FOR SELF-DESTRUCTION; NEW FILM AND THEATRE OF THE ABSURD; NO_USE PRODUCT; SOUND OF NO_SOUND; FASHIONASTIS; ARCHITECTURE OF OUR SENSES; RESISTANCE GRAPHIQUE / BAZOOKA; DIGITAL/ANTI-DIGITAL; AD PUBLICATION; TEXT/DISCUSS/DEBATE/WRITE/PROMISE; PERFORMANCE RITES
WHERE IT COULD BE:
28 REDCHURCH STREET (LONDONNEWCASTLE SPACE), 66 REDCHURCH STREET (GALLLERY AND CINEMA), 30 redchurch STREET (NEU GALLERY), ROCHELLE SCHOOL (GALLERY, PUBLISHING FESTIVAL), REDCHURCH STREET VARIOUS GALLERIES/SPACES/EVENTS