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There is no authority but yourself… and there is no self

19 August 2017 | 19:00-22:00
The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936
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PUNK IS OFTEN NARRATED as a kind of year zero, a total break with the past. But this is far from the case. Nowhere is that clearer through the anarcho-punk punk Crass, who taking the phrase “there is no authority but yourself” made connections with a range of countercultures and arts, from the beats to the hippies, existentialism to surrealism.

Crass emerged from Dial House, an open house and arts space in rural Essex. Co-founder Penny Rimbaud describes its ethos creating a space where people “could get together to work and Live in a creative atmosphere rather than the stifling, inward looking environments in which we had all been brought up.” It is from here that innumerable projects and collaborations have been launched, from artistic ventures to political campaigns, from the planning of the first free festivals during the 1970s to the Stop the City protests.

This evening will explore these overlaps of punk, performance, radical arts and culture through a curator’s preview. Stevphen Shukaitis will introduce and provide context and background. This will be followed by an open conversation (via Skype) with Penny Rimbaud.Finally experimental musicians Dharma and Awk Wah will host a listening session accompanied with archival footage of the Stop the City demonstrations.

This event is part of The Substation’s Discipline the City series, part of which will revisit the Stop the City protests:

Stevphen Shukaitis is a Senior Research Associate in Art History at the University of Essex Centre for Curatorial Studies. Since 2005 he has worked with Autonomedia, a New York based publisher and autonomous zone for political arts and culture. Recently he co-curated Introspective, the first large scale exhibition of Gee Vaucher’s artwork spanning more than fifty years.

Penny Rimbaud didn’t go to Oxbridge. He is not married, has no children and no dog. He does not have a private dwelling in the Home Counties nor a pied-à-terre in Hoxton. He neither drives a car nor owns a mobile phone; his landline is inoperative. When asked, he says that he is a bread maker, this being because he realises that his bread is considerably easier to digest than his poetry and philosophy. He has been writing for all of his life, well, at least the last sixty-nine years of it. He is under no illusion that his writing days are not numbered.

Dharma was the guitarist of The Observatory for the first 7 albums. His initial experimentations with the electric guitar were with effects and later on incorporating objects together with various extended techniques. In 2013, he released his solo debut, Intergranular Space, which opened up new vistas for his guitar work. Since going solo in 2015 he has been involved in various experimental and improvised music performances most notably at the Asian Meeting Festival 2016 which featured notable Asian improvisers like Otomo Yoshihide and Jojo Hiroshige.

Awk Wah is the solo project of Shark Fung, a prolific Mandopop songwriter in his youth who later spent time playing drums in band like Engineered Beautiful Blood, Amino Acid Orchestra and I\D. Described by The Sound Projector as “a bound man sewed up in a mailsack trying to wriggle free with nothing more than a small nail file to make his escape,” Awk Wah doesn’t give you too much to cling on to before he has moved on to something else sound-wise.

Discipline the City

May 2017 – December 2017
The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936

Cities mirror us. What happens when our city becomes over-designed and over-regulated? Is there still space for diversity, or does the city tend towards some vague notion of a model citizen? Who has the right to the city and who doesn’t?

Sometimes, control is heavy handed — police, barricades, closed circuit cameras — but more often than not, it happens in the invisible seams of its architecture. It’s the spikes in public spaces to discourage loiterers, the railings in void decks to stop kids from playing football, the hedges that grow outwards to prevent you sitting on the curb. We get so used to it that we don’t realise how little agency we have. Or we do, and we are helpless.

At The Substation, artists work alongside architects, designers, historians, urban planners to examine the precarity of urban life. The city, in its imperfection, even unruliness, offers multiple possibilities for those unwilling to accept this helplessness. It’s in the margins, the in-betweens, and the elusive public and civic spaces that we might find our individual and collective identity. That we might find ways to make the city ours.

WRITER, ARTIST AND activist Penny Rimbaud investigates the question; ‘is there a real world?’ in an intimate discussion with author, musician and Louder Than War founder John Robb. Filmed in front of a studio audience at the Lush Studio Soho, London on 21 July 2017, the video of the event has now been published by Lush.

John Robb and Penny Rimbaud - Is there a real world?

Lush - Is There a Real World

Zillah Minx, Gaye Black, Ruth Elias - Women in Punk - Punk it Up - Nottingham - 12 August 2017
 
A GALLERY OF photos from last night’s Women in Punk event (part of the Punk It Up! series), held at the National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham, featuring Celeste Bell, Gaye Black, Zillah Minx and a screening of She’s a Punk Rocker, with Ruth Elias facilitating the conversations.
 

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Women in Punk - poster - Punk It Up!

A recent trip to Belfast has reminded me of this fantastic short(ish) film about Belfast’s legendary A Centre, produced by Dave Hyndman, which deserves the widest circulation and audience possible.
 

The A Centre or the Lost Tribe of Long Lane

November 1981: the A Centre was established as an alternative cultural space in Belfast city centre and ran on Saturday afternoons. Organised by the Belfast Anarchist Collective the centre soon became a magnet for young people and punks in particular. On loan from Belfast’s gay community, the Carpenter Club in Long Lane was transformed into a den of delight and subversion by exhibitions of numerous agitprop posters of the day. This was an experiment in mixed media: banned or controversial films, new wave music and punk bands, performance poets and artists, alternative books and comics, and a wholefood cafe being the weekly staple diet. The ever watchful RUC were continually perplexed at such a mixed gathering. This film is a record of just one of those Saturdays. Music featured from many of those bands who played at the Centre includes Stalag 17, The Defects, Xdreamists, Rudi, Spider, Rufrex, Dogmatic Element, The Outcasts, Just Destiny, Ten Past Seven.

Film produced by Dave Hyndman

You can find out more about punk in Northern Ireland from Spit Records including the publication on the definitive guide to Punk in Northern Ireland. Browse through over 100 photos from the A Centre on the Spit Records A Centre page.

The Cravats - Dustbin of Sound LP
 

The Cravats – Dustbin of Sound

The new thirteen-song album from The Cravats is released on Overground Records (in CD and vinyl formats) on 29 September 2017 (34 years to the day since the first Stop the City demonstration, don’t you know…). More details to follow, as the release date approaches.

In anticipation, check out the official video for the band’s most recent single release Blurred:
 

 

The Cravats - Dustbin of Sound - launch party

 
The Cravats
Interrobang!?
The Astronauts

Saturday 21 October 2017 | 19:30
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JB
Tickets

After 35 years The Cravats return with a brand new LP, Dustbin of Sound on Overground Records.

As always featuring co-founder, The Shend and sax-riddling behemoth, Svor Naan, the band have finally recorded 13 new tracks of dada-fuelled, bass-laden oddness and will be performing a pile of it at this special launch do along with a spattering of hits from the past.

With Rampton Garstang on drums, Viscount Biscuits on guitar and Joe 91 on bass you can unexpect the expected.

New York singer-songwriter Jeffrey Lewis, who released the 12 Crass Covers CD on Rough Trade records back in 2007, interviews Steve Ignorant for Clash magazine ahead of Ignorant’s appearance with Paranoid Visions at the 2017 Rebellion punk festival, singing songs selected from right across his 1977-2017 repertoire.
 
Steve Ignorant - Clash magazine
 
Robin Murray. 2017. Personality clash: Jeffrey Lewis vs. Steve Ignorant. Clash, 3 August. http://clashmusic.com/features/personality-clash-jeffrey-lewis-vs-steve-ignorant
 

Steve Ignorant - Paranoid Visions -  Rebellion 2017
This year’s Rebellion punk festival gets underway today, with a line-up which featuring a variety of artists based in, or with roots in, the anarchist punk scene, including (but not limited to): Rubella Ballet, Slice of Life (3 August), Paranoid Visions, The Subhumans, Interrobang? (4 August), Anti System, Citizen Fish, Steve Ignorant with Paranoid Visions, special set 1977-2017 (5 August), Zounds, Culture Shock, Ex-Cathedra (6 August).

Steve Ignorant’s appearance with Paranoid Visions on 5 August, which promises a ‘one-off set of Steve’s best material, 1977-2017’, is likely to include the first full-band performances of significant amount of material from the Crass-era of his work since The Last Supper tour finale in 2011.

UPDATE 12 August 2017:

Audience video of the opening number from Steve Ignorant’s set with Paranoid Visions:

The set list from Steve Ignorant’s set with Paranoid Visions:

Ignorant_Paranoid_Visions_Rebellion_2017_set

Banned from the Roxy:

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