For the 5th episode of NOW! we invite you to a Halloween extravaganza, a night of genre-spanning live music and visual art set in London's strangest yet most vibrant secret venue. Supported by the Arts Council of England.
AFLA SACKEY & AFRIK BAWANTU
Led by charismatic and acclaimed Ghanian vocalist and djembe drummer Afla Sackey, Afrik Bawantu was formed in 2007 to fuse Ghanian music with Afrobeat grooves in a vortex of irresistible funk. Their unique blend of vibrant African rhythms with fast, animated horn sections and heavy bass lines brings a whole new definition to the Afro-Funk genre.
The enigmatic 5 piece band Truman Dinosaur bring their playful psychedelic grooves to the stage for a cosmic Halloween set.
London born band and curators of NOW! Fluxxx kick off the night with their mysterious euphoric psych-pop and soulful-post-art-rock ballads.
SWEAT (DJ set)
Notorious London Spice Boys SWEAT spin the decks with Bollywood hits, warped electronics sounds, Arabic pop, deep bass and forgotten 80s classics.
Performance artist and filmmaker COL SELF presents a series of films documenting contemporary rituals for post-capitalist occultism.
Writer, filmmaker and artist MARTIN SEXTON presents a collection of found and assembled films with subjects ranging from UFO sightings to mediums connecting with the dead.
Multi-media artist SOL BAILEY-BARKER presents 3 films from his Data Radio, an expanding video archive combining open source scientific data, images from declassified government files, CT Scans of neurological pathways and nervous systems, hyphae networks, VR sculptures, scans of historical relics and religious symbology. Data Radio proposes a orbicular timezone where history, present and future exist simultaneously, the world as one coherent organism (as proposed by James Lovelock's Gaia Hypothesis) where the colonial narrative is exposed for its imperialist folly of trying to confine and brand irrepressible networks of the natural world.
ALEXANDER JAMES presents Immortal Lands a new video work exploeing the paradox of the trasformational nature of place. We all seem to recall past times, which were peaceful, with nostalgia but which now appear to be completely unfamiliar and dream-like. The film references the artist's time spend in the desert of Arizona and New Mexico, manifesting his dreams projected onto his reality beyond the structures of time.
In an attempt to make sense of a fabricated archaeological discovery of eight Golden Sphincters in Kenya, DASHA LOYKO's film Parody of the Sun draws parallels between speculative geography and space-time travel, and explains what cooking fresh pasta has to do with jumping through black holes.
NOW! is a travelling night of live music and performance art featuring the left-field, the most danceable, the most daring and exciting new and old music passing through London. From proto-punk pioneers, seminal performance artists, experimental new bands, comics to cosmic folk, 'NOW!' presents an eclectic mix of the here and now.