Counter | Culture takes place on Sunday 8th October at Cafe Oto:
AN EXPLORATION OF COMMUNITIES, ISOLATION, MENTAL HEALTH AND ACTIVISM.
– Screening of ‘Estate’ dir. by Andrea Luka Zimmerman (2015) 85 mins and Q&A with Andrea Zimmerman.
Filmed over seven years, Estate, a Reverie reveals and celebrates the resilience of residents who are profoundly overlooked by media representations and wider social responses. Interweaving intimate portraits with the residents’ own historical re-enactments, landscape and architectural studies and dramatised scenes, Estate, a Reverie asks how we might resist being framed exclusively through class, gender, ability or disability, and even through geography…
– Shy Radicals: The Anti-Systemic Politics of the Introvert Militant (2017) Hamja Ahsan book talk
Shy Radicals are the Black Panther Party of the introvert class, and this anti-systemic manifesto is a quiet and thoughtful polemic, a satire that uses anti-colonial theory to build a critique of dominant culture and the rising tide of Islamophobia. Shy Radicals author Hamja Ahsan is an artist, curator and activist based in London. He is the Free Talha Ahsan campaign organiser.
– Screening of ‘Lift’ dir. by Marc Isaacs (2001) 24 mins
A quietly fascinating meditation on the mundanities of London life. Installing himself inside the lift of a high-rise block of council flats, Isaacs and his camera patiently observe the residents as they go about their daily business. As each of his subjects enters the lift, it’s interesting to note their reactions to him being there; some are suspicious, others curious, and then there are those who seem more comfortable in his presence.
ORAL ORAL formed via a request from artist Wolfgang Tillman’s to perform at his annual end of summer party in September 2009 What started as an ‘art happening’ evolved over a period of time.
Initially Princess Julia wrote a ‘monologue’, which questioned the structure and landscape of change, both on a physical/mental level and in an architectural sense with references to Wolfgang’s work. Our repertoire expanded to include subjects which deal with various (un)comfortable zones of flux and interaction within the human condition.
We work within a framework of minimal preparation but with a true sense of direction.
Oral Oral is a collective, current members are Dee Sada-drums/bass/electronics, Max Allen-vox, Princess Julia-vox.