ORGAN THING: Jimmy Cauty, JG Ballard, Crash, leaf-bombing, Psychic TV, brutalist adventures, New Bedford Rising…

leaves... (sw)

leaves… (sw)

Things? Things ain’t working out down on the farm? We really must tell you about the brutalist adventures in the concrete of the Barbican.  Last weekend, John Adams, sound experiments, leaf bombing an Edwin Shirley truck, never enough time, what would J.G Ballard think? Open Culture? Seem like a good thing, just as long as the people who made the material agree it is? Did anyone ask? Just as long as the artists, the film makers, the musicians agreed, if you don’t pay the artists or buy their art then how do they afford to live and make new art?  The Barbican was brilliant last weekend, really must tell you about the concrete and the sound art and John Adams with the London Symphony Orchestra and this intense string quartet down in the Pit Theatre and “leaf-bombing”, that’s what someone called it today.  Leaf Bombing, I like that. Someone else said it was a leafheart, soften that brutalism, leaves in the concrete, leaves on the things people throw out, the Captain’s Table, the Webcore way, if only there was instant You-Tube from the days when Webcore would open for Psychic TV and


#365ArtDrops Part 290, under a tree, The Barbican.

The first version of Crash? Read about it via that link there… The Very First Film of J.G. Ballard’s Crash, Starring Ballard Himself (1971)


Part 286 of the year-long #365ArtDrops piece was left outside a faded black door on Beck Road, Hackney, East London, last week. Some of these drops have been left outside important doors, this one, the Marquee ones, the one hanging on the ruins of the George Robey…  It is no accident, important cultural places, pieces of musical history


We really don’t need to tell you that Psychic TV “are a video art and music group that primarily performs psychedelic, punk, electronic and experimental music.Contributors to Psychic TV have included artists such as Coil, Current 93, Hafler Trio, The Cult, White Stains, Soft Cell, Fred Giannelli, XKP, Master Musicians of Jajouka, Matthew Best, Daniel Simon Black, Bill Breeze, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Derek Jarman, John Gosling, Timothy Leary, Rose McDowall, Stephen Kent, Vagina Dentata Organ, Andrew Weatherall, Larry Thrasher, Z’EV, Zef Noi$e, and many others” do we? Surely not? Do they not teach history in school anymore?

#365ArtDrops Part 286

#365ArtDrops Part 286

The tales we could tell of times behind that door, another world now…  The drops go on until December 31st, they’ve been going on all year, three hundred and sixty five of them, relentless painting on found unwanted things and putting them back out there for people to take should they wish.

#365ArtDrops Part 288 - You are here

#365ArtDrops Part 288 – You are here

Before we go, a quick parish notice, all aboard, all aboard… JIMMY CAUTY’s CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED MODEL VILLAGE: THE AFTERMATH DISLOCATION PRINCIPLE Comes to LONDON

19th Nov 2015 – 28th Jan 2016 (Private View: Thursday 19th November 6.30 – 9.00 pm) as the 8th Wonder of the Miniature World (in a disused railway arch) America Street, SE1 0NJ.


“Following the media scrum and high density crowds of Dismaland, for those unable to attend and for those who were rushed through, L-13 LIW and Illuminate Productions are pleased to present Jimmy Cauty’s Aftermath Dislocation Principle  (The ADP) for public exhibition in London.

Crashing together the boundaries of high art and mass culture, The ADP is a monumental post-riot landscape in miniature; a dystopian model village where only the police and media teams remain in an otherwise deserted, wrecked and dislocated land.

It seems that in this ‘post-event’ world the police have nothing left to do and some, becoming aware of their predicament, peer nervously over the edge into the chasm.

Jimmy Cauty and his small team of helpers painstakingly created this vast and intricate scene over a period of 9 months using traditional model making materials and techniques. Entering into the world of hobbyist model-makers and turning it on its head, The ADP presents a flipside narrative packed with exquisite detail and apocalyptic humour, making for an intensely engaging experience.


During the exhibition visitors can also witness the construction of a new section of the model being made onsite in a makeshift ADP Workshop.

NEW BEDFORD RISING Connected to the main section, via a suspension bridge, will be a massive construction site in the shape of the Tower of Babel. A spiral city where an immense (1/87 scale) 323 metre Solid Gold Pyramid is being built to usher in a New Edenic Era that the constabulary believe is imminent. New Bedford is rising from the wreckage; a paradise where policemen can roam free, living idyllic lives and raising their young in a crime free epoch of law and order, peace, and eternal bliss.

Sponsored by Greggs and the Panacea Society. Opening Times: 12 noon – 7 pm Wed – Friday 12 noon – 6 pm Sat & Sun Entry Fee: £4.00  Guaranteed viewing period: 30 minutesTickets available at the gate

About the Artist – Over the past 30 years James Cauty has distinguished himself as a musician, artist and cultural provocateur through fusions of high art and popularist mediums – often to spectacular or controversial effect. From a string of number one hits as founder and member of The KLF, to implementation of the The K-Foundation and the seminal action, Watch the K-Foundation Burn a Million Quid (1994), to later artistic experiments with sonic weapons, stamp collecting and model making, cultural subversion and a gleeful level of high humour are elemental to all the work whilst never failing engage its audience in critical pleasure.

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  1. Pingback: Drops in the leaves of Hackney, the Concrete of the Barbican, by Psychic TV’s frontdoor…. | Sean Worrall

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