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Over the summer of 2019, Arcade East’s free programme of events, performances and debates focuses on Design and Politics.
The programme looked 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, Womxn SRSLY, Stance and Huckfield & Hutchinson took over the space and presented their responses to the theme through a range of activities and interventions.
The takeovers explored topics such as migration, climate and refuge, club culture and marginalisation, knife crime and masculinities as well as body politics and cultural hybridity.
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 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. The performative installation around a dinner created a convivial space for the participants to collectively explore issues of fashion design and politics broadening out from the EU into personal politics.
15 – 17 August
Suspended Power explored body politics, immigration and Brexit, relational aesthetics, socio-parasitology, social sculpture, sonic journalism, migration, and fashion activism through expanded broadcasting. The 3 day takeover hosted an exhibition, performances, a performative lecture and a panel discussion with the artists.
PACHA MARICA used the space to give QTIBPOC artists a platform to 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 emboldened the voices of QTIBPOC and generated 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.
Failed States — a journal of indeterminate geographies — presented 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 explored shifting cultural landscapes, endangered queer spaces, borders, refuge and the poetics of the city.
With knife crime in the UK reaching epidemic proportions, this panel and screening discussed issues around blackness, knife crime and masculinity. The day started with an exhibition and screening of three films to set the tone. Caleb Femi, Jordan Stephens and Kevin Morosky joined Iggy for an intimate and honest discussion on the black male identity in Britain.
The panel and screening was followed by Dj set and drinks
30 – 31 August
Womxn 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 spanned film, dance, theatre, music, cabaret, live art and all round femme power. Womxn SRSLY aimed to create a safe space for artists to take risks. Womxn SRSLY: Well That is Lovely! was a two day programme of events, including; performative installations, conversations and a double bill, as well as the collective’s second birthday celebrations.
Designing For the Night
Nightclubs offer people a place to experiment with new music, technology and identity. In the discussion, Stance explored how these experiences are influenced by architecture and design. Stance traced how nightclub spaces have evolved from the adaptation of unprepossessing and unwanted spaces – dank basements, ramshackle former theatres and warehouses – to the emergence of highly designed and architecturally specific nightclubs. What has been lost and what has been gained as the physical fabric of the nightclub has changed? Stance looked at the changing nature of nightclub design.
Shutdown: Beats, Racism and Strife
‘Black music’ continues to dominate the charts but why is it still so hard for artists to get gigs or for some black clientele to get into certain clubs? Stance examined the way that music by black communities has long been perceived as a threat to the established order and how, from the Jazz age onwards, the prejudices of white society have constrained black creativity and participation. Exploring the legacy of the controversial risk assessment form for live events, Form 696, which, until it was scrapped two years ago, was seen by many as a tool by which the police targeted and excluded Black musicians. Stance asked: How do we challenge the institutionalised racism within our nightlife culture?
10 – 14 September
New Babylon is the resulting exhibition from the Fashion Space Gallery 2019 artists-in-residence Lucy Hutchinson and Sophie Huckfield.
The exhibition looked at the way in which digital technologies are impacting the future of healthcare, thinking about how these technologies, their branding, language and funding contribute to the development of healthcare as a commodity.
Using collage as a method they worked with a range of found material from various political agendas and personal viewpoints. The resulting multimedia exhibition presented a fictional reality made up of coexisting and contrasting narratives.