Tom Humphreys, Jonty Lees, Haroon Mirza feat. Richard 'Kid' Strange
Cabaret Futura suggests a future so clearly set in the past. It takes its name directly from the former Soho club of the 1980's founded by Richard âKid' Strange. His concept for the club was influenced by New York's Kitchen, PS1 and The Franklin Furnace, which evolved into a hot house of collaborative and fringe music inside a mutated European Cabaret environment. The club's name suggests its oxymoronic undertones combining the electronic sounds of the then new post punk music scene with live performance and a more underground mood of the vintage Berlin model immortalised, if not invented by, Auden and Isherwood. This exhibition will reflect much of the anticipation and the sentiment of âthe happening' ; an exhibition about the performance and its aftermath. The title is the underlying subtext for the show. All the works here either emerge via their sinuous percussion or an assemblage which suggests a playful intervention, experimental, inquisitive and open ended.
Part of the exhibition will include a unique collaboration where Richard âKid' Strange will perform live as part of Haroon's Mirza's ensemble, contemplating ideas generated by the occult films of Kenneth Anger and Ken Russell.
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