I have been asked to deliver lectures on two separate evenings as part of the programme of events taking place during the Anti-Design Festival next week. On Monday September 20 ‘Towards a Sexual History of Machines’ reveals how Thomas Edison and Richard Wagner, Arthur Rimbaud and Franz Reuleaux, the Lumiere Brothers and Loie Fuller made us take leave of our senses: a lesson in how to listen to your own voice without losing your mind. Then on Tuesday September 21, ‘The Psychoanalysis of Trash’ argues that the madness of Ludwig II of Bavaria and Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Morris Lapidus can never be recycled. The first evening has been curated by Cecilia Wee and the second by Richard Thomas of Resonance FM; both will take place between 7.00 pm and 10 pm at the same venue: Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP. Admission is free. A PDF of the Anti-Design Festival guide can be downloaded by clicking here.
‘Timed to coincide and in partnership with the London Design Festival, the Anti-Design Festival is an initiative of Neville Brody, designer, Director of Research Studios and incoming Head of Communication Art & Design at the Royal College of Art, London. The Anti-Design Festival’s Performance Programme presents a panoply of experimental music, sound, moving image, spoken word, performance and digital practice by some of the most exciting artists working in the UK.’
Pictured above: the ADF performance area in its early stages of construction, photographs courtesy of Dani Admiss