Summer Solstice: Midsummer’s Night

Summer Solstice: Midsummer’s Night

21 June 2019

Friday 21 June, 7.00 – 10.00 pm

Join us for an evening of free events, including a talk, performance, and music that explore folklore, myth, and ritual in relation to our current exhibitions.
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7.00 - 8.00pm
Talk: ‘A Plague Of Wizards: Magic, Chaos and Confusion In The Age of Reality Management’
Drawing Studio

Susan Finlay in conversation with Jamie Sutcliffe, with a contribution from Federico Campagna.

From the malevolent Chaos Gods of fantasy roleplaying games to psycho-cybernetic pathworkings, ‘A Plague of Wizards’ will extrapolate some of the themes of Finlay’s new novel and include a pre-recorded intervention from philosopher Federico Campagna, whose new book ‘Technic and Magic’ (Bloomsbury, 2018) provocatively blends Islamic theology with theosophy to question the hegemony of scientific thought.

Free, but booking is essential

8.00 - 9.00pm
Performance: The Gatekeepers
Jonathan Baldock and Florence Peake with Chl
Gallery 3

To celebrate the Summer Solstice and mark the closing of Baldock’s exhibition Facecrime, Camden Arts Centre will premier ‘The Gatekeepers’ – a new commission developed with Florence Peake, and Chlöe Herington. The performance is a choreographic response to Baldock’s installation and builds upon themes central to the exhibition, placing an emphasis on medieval folklore and storytelling.

Free, but booking is essential

8.30 - 10.00pm
DJ set: Jennifer Lucy Allan
Café & Garden

Closing the evening’s activities will be a DJ set channeling the sonic spirit of Summer Solstice by Jennifer Lucy Allan.

Free, drop in

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Jennifer Lucy Allan is a writer and researcher on sound, music and landscape. She is currently finishing a PhD on foghorns, and has recently hosted BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction. She runs the reissues label Arc Light Editions, and has written on experimental, underground and esoteric music for over a decade, and currently writes on place and culture for The Wire, The Guardian, The Quietus, Caught By The River and others.

Susan Finlay is a writer, artist, and occasionally curator. She studied Fine Art at Camberwell and the Royal College of Art, and is currently undertaking an AHRC-funded creative writing PhD at the University of Manchester. Recent projects include the Brexit Chronicles, an audio-series with Akerman Daly, Isadora, a solo exhibition at MoHA Austin, and Our Lady of Everything, a novel from Serpent's Tail. From January 2020, she will be writer-in-residence at the Freud Museum during which period Objektophilia, a work of metafiction and design criticism will be published by Ma Bibliothèque.

Jamie Sutcliffe is a writer, curator and co-director of Strange Attractor Press. His essays, reviews, and interviews have been published by Art Monthly, Frieze, Rhizome, The White Review, EROS Journal, Bricks From The Kiln and The Quietus, while catalogue essays have been commissioned by the New Museum, New York, the Austrian Cultural Forum, London and others. He co-edits A-or-ist, a journal of new art writing, and Berserker, a journal of genre studies, outlandish comics, and science fiction published by Breakdown Press. Recent curatorial projects include The Psychopathic Now! at Flat Time House, London, The Shadow Moses Incident at Primary, Nottingham, and a forthcoming two-venue exhibition exploring the clandestine politics of Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid video game series at Southwark Park Galleries and Dilston Grove in 2020.

Florence Peake is a London-based artist who has been making work since 1995. Presenting work internationally and across the UK in galleries, theatres and outdoors, she is known for an approach which is at once sensual and witty, expressive and rigorous, political and intimate. Her work has been presented at CRAC Occitanie, Sète, France (2018), MDT Stockholm, Sweden (2018), London Contemporary Music Festival, UK (2018), Bosse & Baum, London, UK (2019); De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK (2018); Palais De Tokyo, Paris, France (2018); Hayward Gallery, London UK (2018), Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (2017), Studio Leigh, London UK (2017); Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome, Italy (2017); Serpentine, London UK (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2016); ICA, London (2016); Modern Art Oxford (2016); BALTIC, Newcastle UK (2013), Frieze, London UK (2013), Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2012). Upcoming performances are at Venice Biennale 2019 with Eve Stainton.

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