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James, A. Altweger, D, Test Dept

Assembly of Disturbance, 2017


Red Gallery, United Kingdom.

Assembly of Disturbance is a three-day festival that gives voice to the manifest dissonance, the emergent anger and resultant resistance in Britain in the year 2017. Curated by Test Dept, Aaron James and David Altweger, the festival explores how one hundred years on from the Russian Revolution, which unleashed radical artistic forces that sought to build an idealistic new society, the current socio-political climate is also engendering a need for a profound shift in governance. As such, Assembly of Disturbance invites you to join an assemblage of artists to consider the prevalent and pressing intersection of art and activism, challenging and disrupting the current state of affairs in Britain, and beyond. 

The festival will take place at Red Gallery and Kamio in Shoreditch between Thursday 5th and Saturday 7th October 2017. The two venues will act as a hub for a series of performances, film screenings, AV installation, sound installations, workshops, a symposium and DJs; including work from internationally renowned artist Malcolm Poynter, talks from world-leading philosopher Timothy Morton and site-specific performance pioneer Mike Pearson; performances by Puce Mary, Kris Canavan and Hannah Sawtell; and DJ sets by Nina and Trevor Jackson. 

Assembly of Disturbance also offers exclusivity for audiences to see Test Dept perform the first live iteration of material from their new album Disturbance. It also features a rare dissonant sound clash in which Graham Cunnington and Paul Jamrozy invoke a Kontinuum through early industrial sounds into a dystopian soundscape of experimental electronic rhythms, dubbed out beats and driven bass; and +Electrification - a tenacious collaboration between Prolekult (Test Dept and autoPneaumatx) with Disinformation, which electronically mixes kinetic sound and machine sculpture to produce an intense battery of audiovisual percussive performance. 


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