Internationally acclaimed US performance artist Ron Athey presents his new work Acephalous Monster. Athey rose to international prominence in the 90's making performance that explored challenging subjects like the relationships between desire, sexuality and traumatic experience and confronted conservative narratives around AIDS, S&M and body autonomy. His new work Acephalous Monster is inspired in part by the secret society of Acephale, the 1930s anti-fascist review and magazine published by philosopher Georges Bataille. Using projections, readings, lectures, appropriated text and sound, and by re-imagining cut-up technique pioneer Brion Gysin's brutalist Pistol Poem as a vocal/percussive choreography, Athey turns to the Acephale, the eponymous figure of the headless man, a powerful symbol of radical transformation, and attempts to make sense of a current reality where neo-fascism is mutating, creeping, and marching.

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Archive listings for Acephalous Monster

Work type: Performance.


Presented byRon Athey.
30 Oct 19Cambridge Junction, Cambridge :: V23
listing details L038787731
25 Oct 19Toynbee Studios, Outer London :: V1339682613
listing details L0740916694
16 Oct 19Arts Centre, Norwich :: V73
listing details L1406201417
15 Oct 19Arts Centre, Colchester :: V1044
listing details L38168145
9 Oct 19Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow :: V610
listing details L774282595

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