Sigma - Spontaneous University Weekender 

4. Jul - 6. Jul 14 / ended Braziers Park

£70 for the weekend including camping and all meals

4th 4pm - 6th 6pm

Workshop | Multi-disciplinary | South East

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Sigma - Spontaneous University Weekender

"How to begin? At a chosen moment in a vacant country house (mill, abbey, church or castle) not too far from the City of London, we shall foment a kind of cultural "jam session": out of this will evolve the prototype of our spontaneous university." Alexander Trocchi,1964

The country house was Braziers, the date 3-5 July 1964. It happened. It appeared to have been a nicotine fuelled, fractious, male dominated gathering that achieved very little. John Latham defaced the drawing room wall with an artwork (Full Stop) we now wish had been left in situ and life moved slowly on within Braziers' estate, and slightly faster outside.

Over the weekend we will move away from the 'jam session' to the spontaneous university arguably needed more now than 50 years ago. We plan to free ourselves from the modern ills of higher education, criticised as no longer the ivory towers of learning, but business driven factories of unthinking worker bees, constrained by target, not learner-led pathways and move into the unknown.

An arts and literature based series of classes, workshops, concerts and experiences with artists, musicians and writers. Some planned; some impromptu to include:

Dead Rat Orchestra - Death Denying and the Culture of Sustainability
Howard Slater on Alexander Trocchi ‘Writing is not enough’
Alan Clarke – Readings including Clancy Sigal's Zone of the Interior
David Mowat – Participatory Sound Session
Ad- Hoc, Choral Sound Shower
Aid and Abet
& More TBC

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