The Exploding Appendix Avant-Garde Art and Research Group + Related News and Events

The Exploding Appendix Avant-garde Art Practice and Research Group that cuppently meets on Zoom. The meet-ups start at 7.30pm regularly fortnightly on a Tuesday.
Our aim is to create a space where artists, intellectuals and others can meet to discuss ideas, issues and creative projects. Evenings tend to comprise of relaxed informal discussions about art, art projects and ideas, as well as a focal point. This might be a film screening, a live performance, an improvisation/creative session, a work in progress session, a reading group, a guest talk, an interview, a panel discussion, a debate, a workshop, an exhibition, live music or a party. This is all very flexible and can be built around the interests of the group.
The meet-up runs alongside the Exploding Appendix website, a multimedia online magazine that produces videos, podcasts, articles, interviews and visual essays exploring ideas and culture generally, and can be used as a platform for presenting projects related to the group.
Whilst drawing upon the history of avant-gardist and counter-cultural ideas, we aim to explore a wide range of issues beyond the narrow purview of conventional art discussion. We welcome people working within different disciplines, different artistic mediums and coming from very different perspectives.
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September 2, 2022

Arab Art and Posters in 1960s Post-Colonial Beirut and Lebanon’s Civil War (1975-1990). A Conversation with Zeina Maasri (In Venue and Online – 21th September 2022)

In her writings on both 1960s post-colonial Lebanon and the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) Zeina Maasri has produced numerous fascinating books exploring the development of posters […]
July 30, 2022

“Anna Mendelssohn Witness Out-of-the-Box” with John Barker and Sara Crangle. In Venue and Online – 19th July 2022)

“What did Robespierre think? When Egypt prepared to choose a ship, same oar, the old does YOU JAZZ POET OF THE LATE black patent swashbuckle evening, […]
July 6, 2022

Christopher Lasch, Narcissism, and the Politics of Culture with Shalon van Tine and C. Derick Varn. (In Venue and Online – 19th July 2022)

Notwithstanding his occasional illusions of omnipotence, the narcissist depends on others to validate his self-esteem. He cannot live without an admiring audience. His apparent freedom from […]
June 16, 2022

Subversive Fragments: Film Screening and Discussion Concerning Notes, Lists, Manifestos, Encyclopaedias and Appendices (In person and Online Film Screening and Discussion – 28th June 2022)

 “Exploding Appendix is the Subsidiary Remnants of a philosophical masterpiece. Part wasteland of the once refined, part architecture built of dismembered pieces.” First Rehearsal for an […]
May 15, 2022
Rinne Groff and Leslie Boxbaum in Total Fictional Lie (1998) by Elvaror Repair Survice. Image (c) John Collins

Thinking through the Poetics of Failure with Sara Jane Bailes (In-venue and Online – 7th June 2022)

“Failure works.” Sara Jane Bailes notes in her 2011 book Performance Theatre and the Poetics of Failure. To say that failure works suggests that there might […]
May 5, 2022
Photo by Veronica Teo for Disrupted Rhyrhms

Expanded Work in Progress Session. (In-venue and Online – 17th May 2022)

. In this session we invite people to share projects that they are working on. This could be an essay or piece of research, a scientific […]
April 4, 2022

Eroticism|Anxiety. Interactive Film, Performance and Discussion with Bradley Tuck (and others). (In-venue and Online – 3rd May 2022)

“I’ve never encountered anyone whose work has so much anxiety around sensual erotic pleasure as yours does, because every time there’s anything in a performance you […]
March 3, 2022

Photography After Capitalism: Interactive Conversation with Dr Benedict Burbridge (In-venue and Online – 15th March 2022)

In our digitally connected world photography can be found everywhere from social media platforms to Google Street View. Yet whilst we experience the near ubiquity of […]
February 11, 2022

Exploding Appendix and Cybersalon presents… ‘Are we witnessing the return of the state?’ Live Debate with Paulo Gerbaudo and Richard Barbrook (Online and In-Person Interactive Session – 1st March 2022)

From the 2008 financial crisis through to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of upheavals have challenged the way we think about the state and its role […]
January 21, 2022

Guy Debord and the Situationist International: Interactive Conversation with Tom Bunyard (In Venue and Online – 1st February 2022)

The Situationist International (S.I.) was a political and social movement that ran from 1957 to 1972 that attempted to synthesise elements of Marxism and anarchist themes […]
September 10, 2021

The Bradley Show Live: ‘How to make a Manifesto’ w/ Special guests Veronica Teo (eVulve Sex Shop) and Nick Hudson (The Academy of Sun) (Online and in Venue interactive session ―  14th September 2021)

Resurrecting The Bradley Show for 2021, we will be creating a live chat show in The Pipeline, Brighton, filled with talks, discussions, videos, interviews and music. The session […]
August 3, 2021

Science Fiction and Revolution: Interactive Conversation with Douglas Lain (In Venue and Online interactive Session – 24th August 2021)

“That’s the beauty of the new economy. There is a game for everybody, or at least every demographic. The rule is this: From each according to […]
August 3, 2021

Queer Bloomsbury: Interactive Conversation with Madelyn Detloff (In Venue and Online interactive Session – 10th August 2021)

  The Bloomsbury Group was a loose network of artists, writers, and intellectuals who lived, worked or studied in Bloomsbury in London. Comprised of Thoby Stephen, […]
April 25, 2021

A Body in Fukushima: A Live Conversation with Eiko Otake and William Johnston (Interactive Group Video Session – 29th June 2021)

  “By putting my body in these places, I thought of the generations of people who used to live there. Now desolate, only time and wind […]
April 25, 2021

Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics. A Live Conversation with Elizabeth Otto (Interactive Group Video Session – 15th June 2021)

  “The irrationalities of non-taylorized bodies and non-normative sexualities haunt the margins of the Bauhaus, as do more familiar haunters: ghosts, spirits and mysticism.”   Elizabeth […]
April 24, 2021

The Cinema of Wong Kar Wai (w/ Anna Warren, Interactive Group Video Session – 1st June 2021)

  It is assumed that genre films lack artistic merit, unoriginal in concept and lacking the vision of the auteur director but whether it is a […]
March 25, 2021

The Proletkult Movement and Amateur Theatre in Revolutionary Russia (A Live Conversation with Lynn Mally – Interactive Group Video Session 18th May 2021)

  “…the  Proletkult engendered controversy because it embodied a politically charged vision of the newly empowered Soviet proletariat. The most committed members took the idea of […]
March 23, 2021

Post-Launch Party: The Exploding Appendix Dossier #1.0 REVOLUTION*ART*MANIFESTO (Interactive Group Video Session – 4th May 2021)

  In January 2021, Exploding Appendix published the first volume of the Exploding Appendix Dossier. The volume focused on the triad of themes REVOLUTION*ART*MANIFESTO and was […]
March 7, 2021

Love: Post-Socratic Dialogues. A Live Conversation with Greg Scorzo ( Interactive Group Video Session – 20th April 2021)

Joe Pastorious and Janet Waverley are an emotionally healthy young couple, who are deeply in love with each other. However, their relationship is shattered when Janet is diagnosed as a psychopath by […]
February 14, 2021

‘In the Beginning a Word • Alfred Jarry and ‘Pataphysics’ with Marc Muir (Interactive Group Video Session – 6th April 2021)

  ’Pataphysics is the science of that which is superinduced upon metaphysics, whether within or beyond the latter’s limitations, extending as far beyond metaphysics as the […]