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Design and Politics Season

Event date
13 July 2019 - 7 September 2019
Design and Politics Season
Design and Politics Season

This summer, Arcade East’s free programme of events, performances and debates focuses on Design and Politics.

The programme looks at the precarious nature of our current political climate, investigated from both global and local angles. A select group of artists, collectives and communities including ME & EU, Foreign Investment, Hervisions, MARICUMBIA, Failed States, Iggy LDN, Anastasiia Fedorova, Woman SRSLY, Stance and Huckfield & Hutchinson will take over the space and present their responses to the theme through a range of activities and interventions.

The takeovers explore topics such as migration, climate and refuge, club culture and marginalisation, knife crime and masculinities as well as body politics and cultural hybridity.

Bored of Borders workshop by ME & EU
13 July, 2-4pm

Please join us for a graphic workshop hosted by Just Friends. Designers Nathan and Sam T Smith (no relation) initiated ME & EU in 2016, a collection of postcards written and designed by UK-based creatives that were sent across Europe as a means to reconnect the UK with the EU in the wake of Brexit.

I WANNA BE ME – I WANNA BE (E)U workshop and performance by Foreign Investment x LCF MA Fashion Futures
18 July, 4.30-9pm

I WANNA BE ME – I WANNA BE (E)U is a project aimed at projecting personal identities through fashion, in times of economic and ecological uncertainties. This event will comprise interactive live art performances, inspired by catwalks, focusing on self-expressing, making and performing, in response to issues of fast-fashion, self-identity, global trade, waste, and the social impacts of Brexit on fashion design and manufacturing businesses. A performative installation around a dinner will create a convivial space for the participants to collectively explore issues of fashion design and politics broadening out from the EU into personal politics.

Suspended Power by Hervisions
15-17 August

Suspended Power explores body politics, immigration and Brexit, relational aesthetics, socio-parasitology, social sculpture, sonic journalism, migration, and fashion activism through expanded broadcasting. The 2 day takeover will host an exhibition, performances, a performative lecture and a panel discussion with the artists.

Pacha Marica by MARICUMBIA
22 August

PACHA MARICA is a space where QTIBPOC artists can express their personal relationships with the earth/natural world. To counteract the dominant narrative of climate change, and beckon the voices of QTIBPOC who are often if not always erased from the conversation. This project seeks to embolden the voices of QTIBPOC and generate a discourse that queers the normalcy of what has been a detrimental conversation around the protection of the earth and those on the front lines of climate change.

A Map to Fall Through: a programme of place and identity by Failed States
23 August

Failed States — a journal of indeterminate geographies — presents an expedition through the intertwined terrains of place and identity via a miscellany of talks, poetry, discussion, screenings and sound performance. Artists, writers and activists explore shifting cultural landscapes, endangered queer spaces, borders, refuge and the poetics of the city.

F**K What You Heard: Exploring Black Male Identity by Iggy LDN
24 August

With knife crime in the UK reaching epidemic proportions, this panel and screening discusses issues around blackness, knife crime and masculinity. Screening three films to set the tone for the panel – Iggy LDN’s Velvet, Kevin Morosky’s Kitchen, a film that celebrates humanity – and more importantly, reality – of being a young person in London, and Caleb Femi’s ‘A Secret Life of G’s’. The panel and screening will be followed by Dj set and drinks

Close to Home by Anastasiia Fedorova
29 August

Panel discussion exploring immigration in contemporary fashion, particularly in the emerging London scene. 

London’s fashion scene has always been influenced by the city’s diversity and history of immigration, but talking about it is particularly relevant now. In times when anti-immigration rhetorics and hate crime are on the rise, it is our responsibility to point out how important immigration is for creativity and development of the fashion industry. But it’s also much bigger than fashion: diverse cultural narratives help us to deal with traumatic history and create a more equal future together.

Well that is lovely…!  by Woman SRSLY
30-31 August

Woman SRSLY champions unique and challenging performance by female-identified and/ or socialised female artists through platforms and networking support. The carefully selected evenings of interdisciplinary work span film, dance, theatre, music, cabaret, live art and all round femme power. Woman SRSLY aims to create a safe space for artists to take risks. Woman SRSLY: Well That is Lovely! will be a two day programme of events, including; performative installations, conversations and a double bill, as well as the collective’s second birthday celebrations.

Nightclubs: Counterculture & Resistance by Stance
7 September

Club Design / Designing Clubs for the Future
Nightclubs offer places to experiment with new music, technology and identity, to experiment with design and architectural innovation. However, nightclubs are traditionally seen as unprepossessing spaces – dank basements or ramshackle former theatres, lacking any architectural merit. As a result, their design has been hardly documented. Join Stance as we take a look at the changing nature of nightclub design.

Nightclub Politics/No Gigs No Fans/ Shutdown: The Problem with Black Music
Join Stance as we unpack the complex nature of race and club nightlife looking at the problems of getting gigs and going out. The politics of race and music has been around for a long time from jazz and calypso to the days of UK Soundsystem culture from the 70’s. ‘Black music’ continues to dominate the charts but why is it so hard for artists to get gigs or for some black clientele to get into certain clubs? We will explore the controversial risk assessment form for live events, called 696, how exclusion of spaces work for clubbers and artists and how we overcome what is now known as “institutionalised racism” within our nightlife culture.

Science is Fiction is Truth by Sophie Huckfield and Lucy Hutchinson
10- 14 September

Artists Lucy Hutchinson and Sophie Huckfield are collaborating on a project exploring the socio-political role of emerging life science technologies on the body.

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