Welcome to the New Earth.

This winter Black Hole Club invites you to The New Earth for a programme of events that have evolved through experiment, process and conversation. From 3–11th Dec our activities and work respond to a cycle of terrestrial events, from arrival, exploration and trading to rewilding.

Present on the New Earth for Arrival, on the 3 Dec, 4pm–8.30pm.

De’Anne Crooks presents a broadcast from a new environment: Location: unknown. Joseph Winsborrow with a 1-1 performance: Ritual for New Dreaming. Roo Dhissou & Larissa Shaw engage in conversations with ARC: Artist Rehab Club PT1 (PT2 the online speakeasy on the 6th of Dec). Rosa Postlethwaite performs a recital of terms and conditions and one of breath.

I’ll Make My Own Damn Deities

This exhibition is an examination of faith, death and reverence from an atheistic perspective. Venerating the downtrodden and dismissed, and those determined enough to challenge the gods themselves.

This experimental new body of work from was born as a response to a unique human bone. Once a University medical exhibit, the anonymous tibia from the gallows or the workhouse is here lionised in the manner of Medieval Saints. “I’ll Make My Own Damn Deities” ruminates on class, sanctification and the myth of Marsyas, particularly his role as an agitant in ancient Roman culture.

The work focuses on two types of human derived relic – bones and hair. Both now are seen as abject objects, taboo and potentially dangerous. However, historically bones have been the presentable remains of those we love and hair was woven into elaborate displays celebrating the lives in a family.

Why do we keep relics of the beatified and those we love?

SPECT. ANON.

In early 2020, we commissioned George Saxon to develop a short artist lab residency, using film and performance to deconstruct the expansive archival prompts and traces that closely inform his practice. Then, in March, a national lockdown was abruptly announced. With vulnerable health, the artist was at risk.

George, and fellow artist Ryan Sehmar, took the decision to shield, and the residency was revised, to operate in a remote, enclosed, safe space. From this space they broadcast live, on Instagram, with a short series of events, referred to as interludes and intervals; fragile tensions and antagonisms presented by their encounters with the exterior world, and with the archive.

‘Spect. Anon.’ is a moniker under which George Saxon and D. John Briscoe envisioned a series of ongoing works; performances, writings, drawings, film, audio and video that began in 1976. These propositions often described as ‘constructions of events’, drew as much from Situationist writings as from personal myth-making. The resulting exhibition at Vivid Projects, draws together transitional performances first streamed live on Instagram alongside archival material and new films.

VIVID PROJECTS, WORK 1 – 30 MAY 2020

Four new films about what work means today, launching online on International Workers’ Day.

Vivid Projects joins with partners at Animate Projects, Fermynwoods, QUAD and Junction Arts to launch the artist film exhibition ‘WORK’, featuring Adam Lewis Jacob, Dryden Goodwin, Esther Johnson and Jenny Holt. Made in Derby, Thrapston, Birmingham and Bolsover, the WORK films explore: the rhythms of a care worker’s day; rural working lives and the intrusion of distribution hubs; the Trade Union Resource Centre archive and collective activism; stories of the impact on individual lives of post-industrial economic change.

Watch the films online from 9am, May 1st on http://workprojects.org.uk/.

The audience is invited to a Q&A with the artists at 7pm BST on Zoom. Register here.