FUCK THIS LET'S MAKE A BAND

11 June 2016

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Venue: Hope Play Space, Finsbury Park, London N4

Organiser: Kerri Jefferis and Sophie Chapman

Kerri is an artist clinging to London because her friends are there and this is very important because she grew up in Australia and everyone else is too far away. Kerri is a compulsive collaborator whose work currently consists mainly of orchestrating encounters that allow for moments of escapism, knowledge cultivation and mutual aid. Some of her current projects are in Sophie’s bio. She is also half responsible for KINGDOM, a bi-monthly expedition series that is on a quest to de-centre, re-claim and for-authenticity. (This is with Ellie Wyatt). Kerri is has recently worked with Sophie and Rosalie Schweiker on a fantastic conference loosely themed around self care. Sophie Chapman is an artist from Newcastle, living and working in London. She makes work with other people about self-organisation and alt education. She also likes using plaster, dressing up and screaming sometimes. Sophie's current projects include Aspiration Suits - a collaboration with a designer looking at everyday 'quiet anarchisms' and beginning work in hyper-professionalised, hyper-bureaucratic Tory Britain. Opportunity Makers Opportunity Takers a group of mates that talk about generosity over networking and exploring feminist strategies for art/life practice. Lambeth Art Co-op a pre-foundation course for local young people and the Whittingdale Residency - a nomadic programme dedicated/directed to the Tory culture secretary. Kerri and Sophie have been working together over the last six months around themes of alternative education, feminist practices & support structures and the promotion of mess.

A sprawling daylong proposition to create a mega-great–angry-raw-uncertain band, together.

An embodied celebration, an invitation to let loose for a day, culminating in both a performance and a party.

–yay!

When things go to shit in the world, we need music. We think Punk is good as it rejects the present. It also allows for the urgent, incompetent, primal channelling of joy and rage. And apparently, there’s only two steps…choose an instrument, and find some like-minded people.

For Anti-University this year we invite those willing to step outside known formats, to harness without hindering, to collectively ask how we might do things differently based on a culture of praise, permission and care. To (metaphorically) expose ourselves, to listen and to respond.

And, because we don’t know, we want to ask for help, your help.

Bands let us embody our politics as they channel everything into what they wear, how they behave, their lyrics, their music, their everything…in short, they open up possibilities. We want to create an atmosphere of permission, where anyone can be involved in any capacity: lyric writing (well or badly), choreographing (well or badly), playing an instrument (well or badly) or customizing the bands overall look (of course, well or badly).

We don’t want to run another event that cuts itself off from the world and we don’t want to have another discussion about how all art events are closed off from the general universe.

Therefore, we will hold this event in a park, in an amphitheatre, with the hope that people could walk past, join in or watch confusedly - for as much or as little time as they want.

We agree with Evan Ifekoya that, “Making a spectacle of oneself is a political act,”* and we wonder how to practically support each other to go beyond and let go and in doing so make a spectacular, political spectacle.

We want it to sound like you can hear human beings fingers all over it** and look like nothing that has ever graced or seized Hope Play Space’s ethos ever quite like this before!

We imagine a huge, strong, messy, cacophonic band; with multiple drummers, dancers, singers, wavers; someone playing the triangle. People dedicated to getting the crowd psyched, all making noise and shaking themselves at once.

Radical content to dance to, speaking what is not spoken, screaming what isn’t heard. All saying fuck this!

But also and very importantly, making friends and having fun.

We look forward to meeting you!

Sophie and Kerri.

**Evan Ifekoya’s twitter, @evan_ife

*Kathleen Hanna describing how she wanted Julie Ruin to sound in The Punk Singer, documentary, 2013.