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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January 28, 2023

Dystopia: A Live Conversation with Patricia McManus. (Online and In Person. 28th February 2023)

In this session we will be talking to Patricia McManus about the politics of dystopian fictions, their relationship to utopian literature and what theorists like Theodore […]
January 4, 2023

Rap Music, Censorship, Abolitionism and Radical Listening: A Live Conversation with Wanda Canton (Online and in Person — 7th February 2023)

Rap music has often been heard in conjunction with issues of policing and criminality.  Sometimes as a theme addressed within the music, or critically engaged with […]
January 2, 2023

Remade In America: American Surrealism. A Live Conversation with Joanna Pawlik (In-Person and Online – 17th January 2023)

“Surrealism means revolution, not spectator sports.”  — protest slogan used outside the Dada, Surrealism and Their Heritage show in 1968 Surrealism was a radical art movement […]
December 30, 2022

Exploding Appendix Program 2023 (January to June)

Exploding Appendix is back for 2023. As always, all are welcome to our free sessions which take place every three weeks on a Tuesday.  Exploding Appendix […]
November 20, 2022

The Exploding Appendix Annual Dada Cabaret and Christmas Party (In Person and Online – 13th December 2022)

Image. Section from Marcel Janco, Cabaret Voltaire, 1916 In time honored tradition, Exploding Appendix welcomes you to their fourth night of art and anti-art, participatory creativity […]
November 5, 2022

The Birthday Party: An Exploding Appendix Special with Bradley Tuck (In-Venue and on-line interactive session. 22nd November 2022)

Original photo by Gabriella Matei . Design by Carolann Bossom In 2017,  Bradley Tuck founded Exploding Appendix. Part of the idea behind the project was to […]
October 18, 2022

…And Fuck Off a Second Time: Collaborative Notes on Fashion and Dissent (In-Person and Online Interactive session. 1st November 2022)

Photographer: Neil Philip Whitehead. Model Bradley Tuck. For “Fuck Off“. In 2015, in an attempt to subvert Fashion Magazines like i-D, Dazed and Vogue, a group […]
October 1, 2022

Critiquing Psycho: A Multimedia Presentation and Conversation (In Venue and Online – 11th October 2022)

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho, with its combination of sex, violence, suspense and playful subversion of audience expectations has become one of the most iconic and critically […]
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 […]