The Mouth Takes A Bite Out Of This Cruel Summer

8 Sep 2018

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The listening hour will begin at 6:30pm, and doors will be closed with no admittance after this time

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England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Buses: 143, 210, 271 (Waterlow Park Lauderdale House from Archway / Highgate Hill Hornsey Lane towards Archway) W5 (Cromwell Avenue) 214 (Ponds Square, then access Waterlow Park through Upper Swains Lane Gate) 4, C11 (Magdala Avenue, then walk up Dartmouth Park Hill)
  • Archway station (Northern Line) is a 10 minute walk away (via Highgate Hill)
  • Trains: Upper Holloway station is a 15 minute walk away
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Writers Jennifer Boyd and Amy Pettifer (SHELL LIKE) present an hour-long programme of listening, featuring newly commissioned and existing audio works by UK and international artists and writers.


This programme engages with the notion of ‘cruel summer’ as an altered state of psychedelic resistance. A space of aspiration, idealism and augmented libido in which rebellion against normality seems possible, even as it pushes at the boundaries of what is sensible, safe and known. Sited very much in the city and in the mind, with voices speaking both ‘in heat’ and from the shade, it encompasses concrete and sweat, mould and crowds, proximity and precipice, commingling with languid self-touch – potential as a cool breeze either ignored or taken between the teeth.

Developed in response to the LUX collection and archive, the programme takes influence from its political nature as an institution, and its physical location – the surrounding park (which holds the graves of numerous political and cultural figures) and the Highgate Mental Health Centre which stands opposite.

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Amy Pettifer

Jennifer Boyd

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Ain Bailey

Penny Goring

Jem Cohen

Samira Saidi

Amy Pettifer

Madeleine Stack

Louise Foreshaw

Mika Hayashi Ebbesen

Matilda Tjäder


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