Usurp Chance Tour 2014 – Cage and Beyond

Usurp Chance Tour 2014 – Cage and Beyond

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. The Usurp Chance Tour will be journeying from 15 March to 8 May and performing from an old chocolate factory to a revitalised cinema, to philharmonic halls.

“Indeterminacy” by John Cage featuring, Stewart Lee, Tania Chen and Steve Beresford

“The Conspirators of Pleasure” featuring Poulomi Desai, Simon Underwood and Seth Ayyaz.

The performances draw upon contemporary narratives, of the role of the performer as composer; control, response and liberation in shared music-making and, extricate the sonic and political potency of instruments, subaltern identities, and recycled objects.

Our performers Stewart Lee and Steve Beresford on BBC Radio 6

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Great news!  Usurp has secured a touring grant! We are working in partnership with Sound and Music for an amazing tour that starts in 2014. Curated by Poulomi Desai, the tour features John Cage’s “Indeterminacy” (performed by Steve Beresford, Tania Chen and Stewart Lee) and improvisations by “The Conspirators of Pleasure” (Poulomi Desai, Simon Underwood joined by Seth Ayyaz).  Tour dates here: http://www.usurp.org.uk/event/chance-tour

We are continuing to raise funds for our two-year programme “Process Performance Production” to support new work by an exciting array of experimental artists, composers, musicians and performers. Our renovatons are completed and we are endeavouring to update this site with the full documentation of our numerous activities to date. Check our listings and do look at our videos, archived projects, exhibitions and events.

Our recent 10 week creative art programme for Mind users, has been graded by Ofsted as “Excellent and Outstanding”. Our previous “Ubiquitous” contemporary art, moving image and sound programmes for the charities Mind, Mencap, Harrow Carers and Rethink inspired and enabled service users to create and experiment with new materials and concepts. We can organise and manage similar programmes for organisations and groups. Contact us for more details.

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The Conspirators of Pleasure at Clandestino Festival 2014

The Conspirators of Pleasure at Clandestino Festival 2014

Thursday 5 June 2014

The Conspirators of Pleasure are booked to perform at this summer’s Clandestino Festival in Gothenburg Sweden on 5th June 2014. More details to follow.

Adam Bohman Exhibition Fundraiser

Adam Bohman Exhibition Fundraiser

Support Cafe Oto to organise an exhibition of Adam Bohman’s eclectic artworks.Adam has been operating on the outer fringes of underground music for decades and has performed at Usurp. His tape cut-ups and home-built instruments represent just a tiny fraction of his artistic practice. In parallel, Adam has been creating and carefully stockpiling an extraordinary Read More

Sound Commissions for 2014

Sound Commissions for 2014

Usurp has three new sound art commissions in 2014 – more details to follow soon. View previous commissions on our projects page.

Steve Beresford wins Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award

Steve Beresford wins Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award

Congratulations to Usurp Associate Artist, Steve Beresford who has won a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for composers.

Curtis Ackie – “Goldfish Tears”

Curtis Ackie – “Goldfish Tears”

Usurp member Curtis Ackie has his third book published "Goldfish Tears". A perturbed bachelor is beleaguered by his misbehaving shadow; a reclusive alchemist builds a machine to right his wife’s disfigurement; the sun forgets to rise over a sleepy town in the middle of nowhere. Equal parts haunting and outlandish, and beautifully illustrated by Lorena Matic, Goldfish Tears is an enchanting collection of short stories from the author of The Door to Freedom. read more»

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