Ron Athey: Acephalous Monster

25 Oct 2019

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Fri, 25 Oct
19:30 – 21:00

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Pay what you can (£3-£20)

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Internationally acclaimed performance artist Ron Athey returns to the UK, presenting his new performance, Acephalous Monster, in east London.


Acephalous Monster is a solo performance with projections, readings, lectures, appropriated text and sound. Largely inspired by the secret society of Acéphale, Andre Masson’s design of a mascot, and drawing parallels between pre-Occupation 30s Paris with pre-Operation Spanner UK, the work is an attempt to make sense of a current reality where neo-fascism is mutating, creeping, and marching.

Ron Athey is an iconic cultural figure who started in performance in the early 1980s in context of L.A.’s underground music scene. Best known for his boundary-pushing body mutilations, Ron Athey has been pursuing the transcendent and sublime through performance for more than three decades. Athey’s work invents new forms of ritual and celebration, conjuring the sacred as an antidote to the empty individualism of contemporary life, and pushing towards the merging of humans and gods.

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