Duplicate Publishing Fair

Come along and immerse yourself in the world of DIY and small scale publishing.

Check out the work of artists, illustrators, zine makers and small-press publishers from Birmingham and beyond who are congregating for two-days of DIY and indie publishing activity and distribution.

The 2024 fair will feature over 40 exhibitors as well as a communal table which enables many more to share and sell their work.

Explore self-publishing, get your hands on amazing artworks, support artists and designers and small scale publishers, and most importantly remember that cash is king so nip to the cashpoint in the coach station on your way over!!!!!

Duplicate was started in 2019 by Sofia Niazi, Gareth Proskourine-Barnett and BAAAD Press and is co-organised with a committee of students from BCU’s Illustration course.

Artists Behind Bars

SORRY BUT THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

In collaboration with Fierce, for one night shift only ‘Artists Behind Bars’ is an event concocted by Kitty Finer that brings together artists to build, install, host, and run their own bars. The bar is the work of art, the artist is the bartender, and the spectator is the punter.

This event is 18+, non-alcoholic options will be available.

Cylinder, Figure, Gem, Spectrum and Stone

Screening across Eastside Projects on continuous loops, and including works by Robert Ashley, Clémentine Bedos, Verity Coward, Assia Ghendir & Holly Hunter, David Blandy, RCalcos, Ryan Christopher, Bill Daggs, Damon Packard and John Smith, this polyphonic programme of short films has been selected by artists who are working with Eastside Projects in different ways.

For one night only experience an activation of the programme through short performative responses by Composition and Experimental Performance students at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

EOP Winter Art Fair

Complete your Christmas shopping list, bag a bargain, and get that special someone their most memorable gift this year! Whether you’re looking for artworks, handmade accessories, or novelty items, our EOP stall holders will have a plethora of unique presents to choose from.

Stallholders Include:

Yifan Hu ; Harry Martin ; Adam Wynn ; Natasha MacVoy ; Luke Routledge ; Neoliberalized ; Larissa Shaw ; Danielle Phelps ; Mengxia Liu ; Chris Alton ; Qianhui Yu ; Ambie Drew ; Joanna Grochot ; FREE HOUSE ; Sofia Niazi ; Kathrin Bohm.

Some stallholders will be able to take card payments, but cash will be king for others.

DANK_Th0ughts – an evening with HONEY, BF, Amy and Gary

Join us this Digbeth First Friday to check out our two exhibitions – U & I and dankEconogy1_ALIENVillage – and experience one-night-only readings and performances by Amy Ching-Yan Lam, Gary Zhexi Zhang, Sahjan Kooner and Sophie Chapman.

HONEY and BF are pleased to host you this evening in their alternate forms…

We are for a practice of cross contamination. Expanding interconnected constellations of worlds, people making alongside one another, through this moment together. We are a set of mutations, intensifications and extrapolations waiting for you in the near future. Linking time, space, material and place across portals into our moment held together here. This evening is for us, as ectoplasmic hauntings to be thrown back into the light where you stand, our performance is your ritual…

Visitation order for the evening:

Gary Zhexi Zhang

Video will be playing throughout the evening …

The Tourist (2023)

The Tourist tells the story of Zanzibar, China, and Ali Sultan Issa, a man at the centre of an uneasy marriage between Afrofuturism and Sinofuturism. It explores a shifting geopolitical atmosphere from the cosmopolitan optimism of the “Bandung Spirit” declaration, signed at the first large-scale Afro-Asian Conference in 1955, to the uncertain alignments of today.

Gary Zhexi Zhang is an artist and writer whose work explores connections between cosmology, technology and economy. He was born in Suzhou and works in London. He recently edited a book of fictions, essays and interviews about finance and time, Catastrophe Time! (Strange Attractor Press, 2023). The opera he co-created with Waste Paper Opera, Dead Cat Bounce, premiered at Somerset House in 2022. His last solo exhibition, Cycle 25, documented events that blur the boundaries between speculative belief and the material world, like natural disasters, scam nations and cosmic economies. Recent group shows include Katabasis, Totalab, Shanghai; Liquid Ground, UCCA Dune, Beidaihe & Para Site, Hong Kong; The Principle of Hope, Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing.

Sahjan Kooner

Performing throughout the evening inside a cardboard box …

Phantom Terraforming (2023)

Inside a cardboard box, fortunes for a future terraforming arrive, handed to each audience member who elects to receive one. All fortunes written by ClaudeAi

Sahjan Kooner is an amalgamation of inherited worlds and speculative futures, they work in a freelance capacity to support their practice and owe a great deal to their family, they are a student of the dream state. Using video and installation, they create expansive worlds that explore the traces of love, hope and imagination that make our lives possible, along with examining a debris of questions around the technological, social and racialised structures that augment life.

Amy Ching-Yan Lam

6.30pm reading near the scaffold platform …

Reading from Baby Book (2023)

Direct and humorous, Baby Book stacks story upon story to explore how beliefs are first formed. From a family vacation on a discount bus tour to a cosmogony based on cheese, these poems accumulate around principles of contingency and revelation. 

Amy Ching-Yan Lam is an artist and writer. She is the author of Looty Goes to Heaven (2022) and her poems have been published by Book Works, Montez Press, and yolkless press. Baby Book is her first collection of poetry. Lam’s exhibitions, performances, and public artworks, both solo and as part of the collective Life of a Craphead, have been presented at Seoul MediaCity Biennale, Eastside Projects, and Art Gallery of Ontario, amongst others, and she has participated in residencies at Macdowell and Delfina Foundation. She lives in Toronto, which is Mississauga Anishinaabeg treaty territory, as well as the land of the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat. Lam was born in Hong Kong.

Sophie Chapman

7pm performing on the scaffold platform …

Tiger Helix (Oblivion) (2023)

Scrambling around inside a tiger print spandex morphsuit, Sophie Chapman is trying to wrestle (in the dark) with current collective feelings of apocalypse and oblivion – getting in knots in the process. The performance explores morphological processes of transformation, trying to grapple with Western ignorance, queer, contemporary and urban entanglements with nature, and change.

Sophie Chapman is an interdisciplinary artist and organiser based in London. I follow sprawling research connections across science, philosophy, queer and feminist theory, pop culture, music and community organising, to produce experimental performances, films, sculptures, drawings, texts and sounds. Often in collaboration with other people, I make art as a way to learn. Through processes of combining, coagulating and layering our experiences and ideas, to try for a more complex and plural way of being. I run a queer, experimental sharing night called MINCE – get in touch if you’ve stuff to share.

U & I Exhibition Launch

Drawing from actors working with stunt performers and body doubles, this exhibition is centred around two films that represent the various ways Natasha learnt, adapted and changed the fabric of the world to provide an invisible support structure for her children.

The films speak to the intricate preparations and rehearsals that go into everyday activities when caring for someone who is socially anxious, autistic or has pathological demand avoidance.

dankEconogy1_ALIENVillage Exhibition Launch

Sahjan Kooner is contaminating and infecting Eastside Projects with a visitation of an alien village to the gallery that delves into the lineage of the lives, mutations, migrations, technologies, and sociologies of its inhabitants.

Be the first to experience this immersive installation and encounter a series of biomechanical sculptures, audio visual works, online projects and archival elements by Sahjan, Sophie Chapman, Gary Zhexi Zhang, The Villagers and Manjit Kooner within a skeletal framework that fills the main gallery.

EOP Summer Camp Show Launch

Summer Camp 2023 is here!

Check out the work of over 50 EOP members including …

Micro residency artists GLUE Collective, Crow Dillon-Parkin, Rachel Magdeburg, Tomilola Olumide, and Adam Wynn

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Maia Trotman-Lucas, Tammy Woodrow, Yang Zhou, Chantelle May Boyle, Linda Zagidulina, Yejide Adeoye, PJ Wordsworth, Sherrie Edgar, Ross Spencer, Janet Tryner, Fred Fabre, Marcus Keating, Rebecca Crowley, Wavez, Leah Hickey, Kavitha Balasingham, Rowland Hill, Kristina Hall, Kia Whitcombe, Polly Brant, Scarlett Ford, Yusuf Dongo, Iona Mccuaig, Sonal Gajbe, Joanna Grochot, Haseebah Ali, Indira Lakshmi Prasad, Ishmail De Niro, Abigail Braithwaite, Gemma Gore, E. Jackson, Assunta Ruocco, Kurt Hickson, Shivani Khoshia, Mahalia Sobers, Alys Scott-Hawkins, Sarah Karen, Ngo Chun Tse, Carolyn Morton, Elizabeth Murton, Rhiannon Evans, Amelia Hawk, Mona Irain, Courtenay Welcome, Kenizzi Yamalimbu, Ruth Claxton, Fred Hubble, Sop, Fabrice Millet, Tara Singh, Ben William Dawson, Qianhui Yu, Rhona Eve Clews, Marcy Saude, Rebecca Farkas, Gugan Gill, Jennifer Taylor, Ashley Wilson and Amaan Jahangir.

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eat, drink, chill /khao, peyo, aish karo, but don’t hurt anyone’s heart – by Roo Dhissou, who will be serving tea and biscuits

Abbas Zahedi Performance + Evening exhibition openings – Sonic Signals and GOD-POCKET

Join us at 7pm for a site-responsive sonic performance by Abbas Zahedi which will activate the space for one night only!

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Listen to the final Sonic Signals loop – which across the month has doubled in size as Radio Club and children from years 1–6 at Chandos Primary School have been working with guest artists to record messages, soundscapes, thoughts, stories, musical performances, time machines, future imaginings, and more to send through the portal into the gallery.

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Check out GOD-POCKET, a group exhibition curated by Jaz Morrison and featuring West Midlands-based artists Neoliberalizard, Tesha Murrain, Trixiebella Suen, and Yusuf Dongo.

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The bar will be open with a selection of drinks and mocktails.

Sonic Signals and GOD-POCKET Launch

Everyone is invited to join us for the launch of two new projects ‘Sonic Signals’ by Abbas Zahedi and Chandos Primary School, and ‘God Pocket’, curated by Jaz Morrison and featuring Neoliberalizard, Tesha Murrain, Trixiebella Suen, Yusuf Dongo.