“Momentary Masters Of A Fraction Of A Dot”

Jonas Gustafsson & Simon Underwood

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

New 2x CD from Usurp artists Jonas Gustafsson & Simon Underwood.
Recorded in a railway arch space in Deptford early 2017, this slab of sonics – ranging from sombre to hopeful, meditative to chaotic – grew from a series of improvised jams, fragmented scores, discussions and anguish taking place over a period of several rainy winter and spring months. With time, these fragments and experiments began to come together and make sense as a coherent whole, sewn together by the rumbling of the trains passing by overhead.

The Usurp Tapes Vol.1

Conspirators of Pleasure

Format : Cassette + Download,
Label : IMPEKA
£4 +pp

Side One – ‘Spaces’  –  an exploration of our everyday surroundings, mundane activities and forgotten objects. Located at Usurp Art, ‘Spaces’ is an inventory into the production of everyday life and an investigation into the infra-ordinary. The recordings document aspects of day to day life in the gallery through experiments in sound.

Side Two – ‘Species’ – an improvised live performance at the Usurp Gallery that concludes the inquiry into the art space as a site for public engagement and community creativity, with an emphasis on collabaration, chance and experimentation.

Poulomi Desai – modified sitar, electronics, things.
Simon Underwood  – adapted bass, electronics, stuff.
Jonas Gustafsson (special guest) – percussion, electronics, tapes.

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

19 October 2016 - 26 March 2017

"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.


17 - 26 November 2017

A season of contemporary films from India to mark 70 years of independence/partition.

Thanks to everyone who came to our film festival! We will have more projects soon -sign up to our mailing list.

Usurp in collaboration with Day For Night presented a short season of contemporary art-house & new wave films from India to mark 70 years of independence/partition.

Court  (Chaitanya Tamhane), Miss Lovely  (Ashim Ahluwalia) , I Am Kalam (Nila Madhab Panda) , Dreaming Lhasa (Tenzing Sonam/Ritu Sarin), Elippathayam / Rat Trap (Adoor Gopalakrishnan), The Violin Player (Bauddhayan Mukerji), Jang Aur Aman / War And Peace (Anand Patwardan).

Finnegans Wake Revisited

Thursday 4 May 2017

The latest Waywords and Meansigns project to be released 4th May 2017.

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.

Our first contribution to this project can be listened to here:

Finnegans Wake  –  page 163 line 8 to page 165 line 7
Please listen on headphones or a system with good bass.

Usurp Art at Khoj Delhi at the Reproduce Listening Room

Sunday 13 March 2016

Usurp Art at Khoj Artists Workshop

Usurp Art’s Conspirators of Pleasure (Poulomi Desai & Simon Underwood) performed at the Khoj Artists Workshop in Delhi as part of the eclectic series of sound nights called the Listening Room organised by the music collective, Reproduce. The series aims to fill a gap in the ever iterating and increasingly varied community of live music in India by showcasing talent that might not get heard in the more mainstream oriented venues. The night was packed out with an enthusiastic audience. Big thanks to Rana at Reproduce and all the crew at Khoj.

Conspirators of Pleasure one day residency at Usurp

Saturday 24 September 2016

In late summer 2016, USURP ARTS organised a pop-up residency at their gallery space in Harrow for the Conspirators of Pleasure.

In late summer 2016, USURP ARTS organised a pop-up residency at their gallery space in West Harrow, London. As opposed to the gallery offering a blank space and the works presented therein being physical or aural objects / modes of representation, this project began as an enquiry and exploration of the actual space; the mundane and extraordinary activities; everyday objects and facilities, and disruptions contained within.

Usurp Art & Banana House Delhi present Ohmsonic

Friday 18 March 2016

Ohmsonic a night of noise & sound art in India

Conspirators of Pleasure, Da Saz & Hemant Sreekumar.

Selections from our archive

Of Love, Lust and Liabilities…

Seema Anand

Friday 9 September 2016

Doors open 7.30pm

Professional Indian storyteller Seema Anand, will enchant you with a series of stories celebrating love and lust. There will be stories showing the darker parts – bizarre, erotic, beautiful stories, and stories to captivate and seduce. Join us for an enthralling evening dedicated for adults only, celebrating oral storytelling from ancient mythology, folk tales, legend and fable. Usurp will be converted into an intimate, atmospheric, dreamers salon for the night. Kindly supported by Asia House.

Limited tickets £10 – includes one free drink – book now.  Bring cushions and slippers. Snacks and drinks will be available. Doors open 7.30pm.
Suitable for 16 +

This event is part of Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

Usurp Meets James Joyce

Tuesday 2 February 2016

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: http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/feb/02/finnegans-wake-music-james-joyce-birthday

Making sense of stereoscopic vision

11 December 2017 - 12 January 2018

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.

Usurp Zone5 Film Festival

14 - 17 August 2015

Usurp Art Gallery organised an extraordinary, four day film festival with 84 experimental short films by 63 artists and filmmakers from over 15 countries, including Argentina, Germany, India, Jordan, Peru, Spain and South Africa. This is the first time an experimental film festival has taken place in the London Borough of Harrow.

Festival website www.usurpzone5.org.uk

International Women’s Day British Music Collection

Sunday 8 March 2015

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

Commissioned by Sound and Music | Google Cultural Institute.


Usurp Chance Tour 2014 – Cage and Beyond

15 March - 8 May 2014

Usurp Art Gallery presents two dynamic, ensemble performances, exploring perceptual concepts of chance, time, listening and humour, and the breadth and parameters of improvisational approaches in new music.

Listings  Listings Archive


Saturday 1 September 2018

1pm - 1am



Decolonise Festival 2018

22 - 25 June 2018

Music, art & workshops + Vegan food all weekendRead More


Cafe Oto – Merzbow/Desai/Justka

Saturday 1 October 2016

Cafe Oto - Merzbow/Desai/JustkaRead More


British Council / Arts Council England Funded Project

Sunday 14 February 2016

“Vermillion Sands” – supported by the British Council and Arts Council England. Thanks to supportive funding, Poulomi Desai of Usurp will be travelling to India.Read More


Lost Property presents : Infrasection Dispersion

Saturday 20 August 2016


Lost Property, an arts collective based in Brighton, present a building takeover of the DLWP. With Conspirators of Pleasure and more.Read More