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It has been a hectic time for us this year with the Usurp Chance Tour (supported by Sound and Music) and  our focus has been on performance, live art  and creating new partnerships. Forthcoming off-site events are the Optophonic Workshop in partnership with Peak Signal to Noise, Supernormal Festival and Fort Process – see are listings below for more information.

We are continuing to raise funds for our programmes “Experiment, Reflect and Create” | “Process Performance Production” to support new work by an exciting array of experimental artists, composers, musicians, film-makers, poets 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.

, join our Facebook group to receive invites and watch videos of recent performances on our You tube channel.

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Usurp’s “PhonoPollock” workshop at The Optophonic Workshop – Tramlines Fringe Festival

Usurp’s “PhonoPollock” workshop at The Optophonic Workshop – Tramlines Fringe Festival

Saturday 26 July 2014 - 2pm to 11pm

What might have Jackson Pollock’s canvas sounded like while he thrust, dripped and splattered paint on it? Using a variety of paints and a large stretched sonic canvas, the Conspirators of Pleasure (Poulomi Desai and Simon Underwood) will lead a workshop to find out. Visitors will become performers, the textural sounds created will be processed Read More

Conspirators of Pleasure performance at The Optophonic Festival

Conspirators of Pleasure performance at The Optophonic Festival

Saturday 26 July 2014 - 7pm

“Conspirators of Pleasure” (Poulomi Desai and Simon Underwood) will be joined by Lorah Pierre who creates her own musical and optikinetic instruments in a dynamic improvised performance. More information about “Conspirators of Pleasure”: http://www.conspire.org.uk The OptoPhonic Workshop – a day of participatory workshops and exploratory performances combining film and sonic experiment and hands-on creative contagion Read More

Usurp at Supernormal Festival 2014

Usurp at Supernormal Festival 2014

8 - 10 August 2014

Usurp will be at Supernormal Festival again this year creating the “Toy Arkestra” – an ecstatic musical fusion of Sun Ra and noise-making toys. Supernormal is a festival like no other, providing a powerful antidote to the current malaise of festivals-as-big-business. Blurring the boundaries between art and music, performer and audience, it champions the iconoclastic Read More

Usurp performing in Newhaven Fort at Fort Process

Usurp performing in Newhaven Fort at Fort Process

Saturday 13 September 2014

Poulomi Desai is creating a new performance based installation, exploring the acoustic textures of the structure of the fort. Her modified sitar will “sing” a tribute to the remarkable engineering history of the fort and lament the continual lust for war and invasion. Fort Process draws together multi-disciplinary sound expressions and presents them in the Read More

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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