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‘And He Was Cut Down’
Poetry reading, Music event
Penny Rimbaud and Eve Libertine with Kate Shortt
Thursday, 21 March 2019, 19:00-20:00

Abney Park, 215 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0LH
[Advance tickets] – £15 / £12 concs, includes a complimentary wine.
Entry at the main gates on Stoke Newington High St from 18:15-18:45. Latecomers will not be admitted.

And He Was Cut Down

An exclusive performance in the Abney Park Chapel for World Poetry Day, ‘And He Was Cut Down’, an epic poem by Penny Rimbaud, charts the fate of the risen saviour and those who rose beside him only to be cast away in the retreat from grace. Throughout the poem, Mary Magdalene pleads that there could and should have been a better way. ‘He was the wanderer, but my shadow pinned him down. He was the shaman, I the She. He was powerless against me, ripped and ragged by my force.’ Feminist in its instinct, this is an impassioned plea that human kindness might find its many ways of expression beyond the rebukes of cruel chastity and oblique prophesy. ‘He died yet would not die. She laid but could not lie nor cradle his body through time.’

Performed by Penny Rimbaud and Eve Libertine continuing a creative partnership forged when both were members of Crass. They will be joined on stage by cellist extraordinaire, Kate Shortt, in what promises to be a memorable and thought-provoking evening.

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Entry Points: Resonating Punk, Performance, and Art Stevphen Shukaitis, Penny Rimbaud, Dharma, and Awk Wah

Entry Points: Resonating Punk, Performance and Art
Stevphen Shukaitis, Penny Rimbaud, Dharma and Awk Wah
Minor Compositions / Ujikaji Records, 2019.

Art-media project exploring resonances between punk and performance in the UK and Southeast Asia

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, as members of the performance art group EXIT, Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher turned to creating outside of the gallery system and artistic conventions. Taking inspiration from eastern philosophy, particularly Buddhism and Taoism, they searched for ways to push beyond the boundaries of Western art practices and rationalities. This resonates with Redza Piyadasa and Suleiman Esa’s 1974 manifesto and exhibition Towards a Mystical Reality, which likewise sought to find a way out of the limitations of modernist art practices and rationalities. Entry Points takes up Piyadasa’s statement that art does not exist in time but only has entry points. What entry points might we find in the resonances between different attempts to utilize conceptual and performative gestures as a way to escape from the constraints one is faced with, aesthetically and politically?

Contains an essay by Stevphen Shukaitis, a dialogue between Shukaitis and Penny Rimbaud, and a recording of an improvised performance by Dharma and Awk Wah responding to footage of the Stop the City Protests.

Stevphen Shukaitis is a cultural theorist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex. Penny Rimbaud, is a writer, poet, philosopher, painter, musician and activist. He was a member of the performance art groups EXIT co-founded the seminal anarchist punk band Crass. Dharma was the guitarist of The Observatory for the first 7 albums. In 2013, he released his solo debut, Intergranular Space. 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. 52 pages, Risograph printed artist book with CD Edition of 200

The text is freely available to read online on the Scribd platform, while the book and CD can be purchased from Minor Compositions.

 

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Penny Rimbaud - Crack magazine

PENNY RIMBAUD IS interviewed in the online edition of Crack magazine.

Dave Reed travelled to Dial House to talk with Rimbaud about his life history, the work of Crass, and Rimbaud’s views on aspects of the current political and cultural scenes (with the latter subject eliciting some predictably provocative responses).

 
Davy Reed. 2019. ‘Penny Rimbaud: Freedom Fighting’, Crack, 12 January. https://crackmagazine.net/article/long-reads/penny-rimbaud-freedom-fighting/

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Platform Zero Presents Penny Rimbaud

Penny Rimbaud
What Passing Bells… The War Poems of Wilfred Owen
Music by Liam Noble and Kate Shortt
Visuals by Gee Vaucher
11 October 2018 | 20:00
Corsica Studios
Units 4/5, Elephant Road, London SE17 1LB
Tickets £12.00 advance

A NIGHT OF WORDS, MUSIC & VISUALS AT CORSICA STUDIOS

We are honoured to be able to announce that for our inaugural show, we have a performance by PENNY RIMBAUD.

Co-founder of the original Anarchist project CRASS, he is a musician, an activist, an artist, writer, a humanitarian and a philosopher, tackling subjects of injustice, exploitation, sexism and intolerance,and intent on promoting the notion of PEACE

As we approach 100 years since the end of “The Great War”, what better way to mark this crucial point in time than to join forces and acknowledge the effects of WAR and celebrate the end of one. Penny will be reciting – What Passing Bells… The War Poems of Wilfred Owen, Accompanied by Liam Noble on Piano Kate Shortt on Cello. Visuals to be provided by the outstanding Gee Vaucher in what promises, be a truly intense performance.

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Penny Rimbaud -Noisey - Vice
 

WITH THE RELEASE of What Passing Bells: The War Poems of Wilfred Owen, Penny Rimbaud discusses the project (and life, the universe and everything else) with Noisey’s Jamie Thomson. Of his work on the Wilfred Owen project he says:

I wouldn’t have done it if it was just a horror story. Because certainly, equally, his poetry is more powerful than any I know of describing the horror and the misery in the trenches, but at the same time there’s this sort of strange, deep love of the people who he was there with, which is the very love that he went back. I mean, he was hospitalised and actually could very easily not have gone back, but he did go back. He went back not because he believed in the war, but that he did believe in his men and loved his men.

Jamie Thomson. 2017. ‘War all the time: a conversation with Crass’ Penny Rimbaud’, Noisey, 10 November https://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/article/ne394x/a-conversation-with-crass-penny-rimbaud

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EXITSTENCIL PRESS ARE planning to republish all issues of International Anthem (the ‘nihilist newspaper for the living’ first produced by Gee Vaucher in 1977) in book format. Three issues were produced between 1977 and 1980.

In the pipeline – A publication that brings together the five International Anthems (published and unpublished) made between 1978-1982, into one book. This will hopefully be available towards the end of the year. International Anthem was created by Gee Vaucher as a vehicle for her own work and that of friends including, Eve Libertine, Penny Rimbaud, Dave King.

International Anthem - issue one

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Punk Lyrics with Murray Lachlan Young

PENNY RIMBAUD APPEARED ON BBC Radio 6 this weekend discussing the lyrics of punk with British poet Murray Lachlan Young and punk magazine editor Kirsty Allison.

The playlist featured a wide array of punk artists, and includes the Crass tracks ‘Punk is Dead’, ‘End Result’, ‘Fight War Not Wars’, ‘Bloody Revolutions’, ‘Yes Sir I Will’ [extract] Jeffrey Lewis’ cover version of ‘Where Next Columbus?’ and Penny Rimbaud, Kate Short and Liam Noble performing ‘Anthem For The Doomed Youth’ from the forthcoming What Passing Bells: The War Poems of Wilfred Owen

British poet Murray Lachlan Young takes a lyrical look at the world of punk.

He’s joined in the studio by Penny Rimbaud who co-founded the Anarcho-punk band Crass in 1977.

Punk poet, DIY club runner and punk magazine editor Kirsty Allison will also join in the discussion.

Punk lyrics with Murray Lachlan Young was first broadcast on 22 October, and in the UK is available on the BBC iPlayer until 21 November 2017.

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