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A---Z, Always Coming Home, Chapter 2

28 June 2024, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Nine Elms, Etc Space

Free, booking required – link below.

Bliss Carmxn with Trans Voices co-founders ILĀ and Coda Nicolaeff, Sarah Howe & JJ Chan, Billy Klotsa, utopian_realism

The second chapter in the A---Z programmed series Always Coming Home (in four Chapters) explores affect and deep emotion in our broken world.

From Sarah Howe and JJ Chan a new video work titled Doncaster By The Sea touching on national, familial relation, gender nonconformity; to then dive into the marks on your head look like stars in the sky by utopian_realism, a new performance-lecture on dolphins, their representation through pop culture and John C. Lilly’s obsession. In the second part of the evening, the myths of Icarus in Billy Klotsa’s latest moving image work is explored as a queer tender, melancholic poem; to end on Andromeda, a first sharing of an alt pop live set by Bliss Carmxn with Trans Voices co-founders ILĀ and Coda Nicolaeff, touching on explorations of love and longing, of connection out of time, and of the return of a collective galactic love letter.

A---Z, Always Coming Home is a new series of events for Matt’s Gallery, programmed by exploratory producing platform A---Z (Anne Duffau), as a development of a recent research on the affect of visual and sound in narrative, featuring works by:

Babak Ahteshamipour, Bliss Carmxn, Sarah Howe & JJ Chan, utopian_realism, Matt Carter, Vivienne Griffin, Stefan Jovanović, Billy Klotsa, Tarek Lakhrissi, Jennifer Martin, Josèfa Ntjam, Philomene Pirecki, Harold Offeh, Emily Pope, Fuyuhiko Takata, Josh Woolford, Abbas Zahedi, A---Z.

A---Z aims to impose a collaborative, inclusive and critical practice/praxis – this demands a responsibility to decolonise programmes, build on positivity towards/and inclusivity in terms of gender and race discourses, and demonstrate openness, intersectional, responsive and critical juxtaposition methods.

The title is an hommage to the 1985 science fiction novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, where the reader follows the Kesh people, a cultural group who live in the distant future long after modern society has collapsed.

Always Coming Home is supported by a Research Project Grant from the Royal College of Art, London.