Metroland Returns!

Art, Creativity and Tech Festival in Metroland.

Our Metroland media project returns for summer 2019. Comprising of the Usurp Arts Lab, Usurp Zine group and a new mystery artist, this will be another borough wide festival and workshop based learning lab, with lots of tech and electronic creativity for women. Watch this space for more info.

Mishti Dance Presents…

Saturday 23 February 2019

7pm till late

Mishti Dance presents: Conspirators of Pleasure | The Tuts | Kapil Seshasayee | Soundar Ananda

Mishti Dance is back with it’s third night of Asian inspired music from some of the most exciting bands and DJs on the London music scene – Conspirators of Pleasure | The Tuts | Kapil Seshasayee | Soundar Ananda. Book tickets £10/8:

Line Up

Conspirators of Pleasure

Conspirators of Pleasure consists of the duo Poulomi Desai (ex Dead Jalebies) and Simon Underwood. They seek to bend all the rules, question the sacred, create extraordinary soundscape performances and self-regulating sonic systems, using modified and prepared instruments. Part of their unusual musical armoury includes a prepared sitar, sonically twisted stylophones, prepared bass, modified toys, resurrected radios and visually scarred slide projections. Their compositions explore experimental terrains, twisting technology to transform organic sounds into eerie calls that flow from intense waves of abrasive, noisy, chaos invoking industrial nostalgia, to structured pulsating rhythms, to melancholic, microtonal drones.

The Tuts

The Tuts have long been one of the best and brightest new bands in the UK, for what
they do and what they represent. This all-female, all-feminist, DIY “3-Tone” trio (of
proud Caribbean, English and Indian/Pakistani origin) are avatars in the ongoing
debate over inclusivity in the music scene, as well as a powerful musical unit by any
standards. They met as teenagers and learned the fierce working- class work ethic that has them literally doing-it-themselves. The Tuts’ ambition to write the greatest, catchiest songs they can within the parameters of a stripped- down sound results in a series of pop punk nuggets on their debut album, Update Your Brain.

Kapil Seshasayee

Kapil Seshasayee is a polymath, and a true original talent, both as a songwriter and as a soundsmith, a one-man combination of Scott Walker, Mark Hollis, Arca and Richard Dawson, creating something wholly unique. Combining Big Black style drum machine beats with Carnatic guitar ornamentations, stunning vocals and a penchant for unorthodox instrumentation such as the aquaphone, Kapil manages to be truly experimental yet still accessible.

Soundar Ananda (Indigenous Resistance)

DJ, producer & Asian underground promoter on the French urban electronic music scene, Soundar mixes cutting-edge, futuristic, nu-skool, eastern electronic music influenced by dub, dubstep, DnB, breakbeat, jungle, reggae and producing music with a passion & integrity which delivers a thought-provoking conscious beats.

He co-released the first volume of the compilation Asian Electronica, featuring many great artists from the Asian Underground scene, including: Asian Dub Foundation, UK Apache, Nitin Sawhney, Dr Das, Juttla & Visionary Underground, plus many respected artists from the French scene.

Harrow LGBTQ youth photo workshops

Photography workshops and exhibition with Harrow LGBTQ youth

A free photography project over six months with Harrow LGBTQ youth learning how to use cameras, developing and printing and how to create and use images that represent the self and communities, to raise confidence, campaign, educate and change prejudice. This is the third in a series of projects stemming from the Art on the Underground (previously called Platform for Arts)  “Red Threads” exhibitions.

The Usurp Tapes Vol.1

“Nothing disappears completely...In space, what came earlier continues to underpin what follows...” Limited edition cassette & download from Usurp's Conspirators of Pleasure featuring Poulomi Desai, Simon Underwood & Jonas Gustafson.

Usurp Open Space – regenerating an empty shop in Harrow town centre

Usurp is delighted to announce that it has opened another creative, public space in an empty shop in the centre of Harrow.

UPDATE: We are very sorry to say that our wonderful shop regeneration initiative – a first for Harrow, has been closed down. Apparently, the council’s business unit wrote to the landlords intimating that the charity Healthy Planet, that we were working with was charging rent – of course it wasn’t, and the charity has written a strong worded response to this.

“Momentary Masters Of A Fraction Of A Dot”

New 2x CD from Usurp artists Jonas Gustafsson & Simon Underwood. Recorded in a railway arch space in Deptford early 2017.

 2xCD & digital download  | edition of 55 hand numbered copies
Release Date: 1st August 2018

Selections from our archive

Making sense of stereoscopic vision

Commissioned workshop based project for students to understand the use of stereoscopes in the past to make sense of landscapes and topography. Students learnt about the use in photogeology, military usage, the history of making stereoscopic apparatus and its applications in leisure, and psycho-physiological issues of seeing in stereo / 3D. Students made their own stereoscopic photographs of imagined landscapes and used vintage stereoscopes to view.

Thanks to NCVO and all the schools involved. More workshops in 2018.

Creative Industries – what does this mean

An introduction to what the purse string holders mean by the creative industries and how you can get involved. From start up web based services to fine art studios, there has been a shift to private funding of the arts and creative spaces. The mantras include “become a landlord and see your investment grow, become a tenant on a short lease and sell things”. Who benefits, who loses out in the long run, and what will be left for the public to shape our

All tickets gone – sorry – we will organise another one soon.

Usurp Meets James Joyce

This project was Commissioned by ‘Waywords and Meansigns’ an ambitious and forward looking idea to set Joyce’s seminal and experimental novel to music. We are delighted that the project has been featured in The Guardian newspaper:

“We Are The Lions” the story of the Grunwick strike 1976 -1978

Usurp is delighted that we are involved with the Grunwick 40 exhibition, “We are the Lions” that has been researched and curated by our artistic director, Poulomi Desai and organised by the Grunwick 40 group.


Marcia Farquhar & Reynir Hutber

Usurp Art is proud to present the premiere screening of “And I”, an eight hour collaborative video work by performance artist and notorious orator, Marcia Farquhar and experimental filmmaker, Reynir Hutber.

The video will begin at 12pm and conclude at 8pm. Between 6pm and 9pm there will be an opening/drinks reception to celebrate the film’s debut.

Usurp Art & Banana House Delhi present Ohmsonic

Conspirators of Pleasure, Da Saz & Hemant Sreekumar.

International Women’s Day British Music Collection

Happy International Women’s Day with the British Music Collection!

Commissioned by Sound and Music | Google Cultural Institute.

Finnegans Wake Revisited

This recording from Usurp’s Conspirators of Pleasure features Annette Perry (voice) and Simon Underwood & Poulomi Desai (sound design). It forms part of an ongoing project setting James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake to music.

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