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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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 […]
February 13, 2021

C.L.R. James, Autonomist Marxism and Worker Self-Organisation: An interactive Conversation with Facing Autonomy (Live Group Video Session – 23rd March 2021)

  …there is a trade union version of entryism also being practised. And I think where C.L.R. James even turns away from that, and also turns […]
February 12, 2021

Marxism and Cultural Revolution: A Live Conversation with Shalon van Tine and Doug Enaa Greene (Interactive Group Video Session – 9th March 2021)

  According to Leon Trotsky, “even a successful solution of the elementary problems of food, clothing, shelter, and even of literacy, would in no way signify […]
January 16, 2021

The Dirtbag Left: A Live Discussion with Amber A’Lee Frost (Interactive Group Video Session – 23rd February 2021)

    “Civility is destructive because it perpetuates falsehoods, while vulgarity can keep us honest.” Amber A’Lee Frost, The Necessity of Political Vulgarity   Amber A’Lee […]
January 16, 2021

Austerity Ecology: A Live Discussion with Leigh Phillips (Group Video Discussion – 9th February 2021)

  I am convinced that our greatest hope in combating a scale of climate change that significantly inhibits human flourishing lies in a turn away from […]
January 15, 2021

In this Market of Fleas, Selling Klezmer CDs: A Conversation with Daniel Kahn (Interactive Group Video Session – 26th January 2021)

  “All you drunken Shiksa sweethearts with your bloodshot eyes of blue All you border-crossing Feyglekh who’ve been quarantined for flu All you lost exilic aliens, […]
November 2, 2020

The Politics of Civil Liberties and Free Speech: A Discussion with Christine Louis-Dit-Sully (Online Group Video Discussion – 12th January 2021)

  In a period of political authoritarianism, increasing scope and power of private tech firms, and a series of crises that have required a fundamental rethinking […]
October 26, 2020

The Exploding Appendix Annual Dada Cabaret and Christmas Party (Online Video Session – 15th December 2020)

  In time honored tradition, Exploding Appendix welcomes you to their third night of art and anti-art, participatory creativity and revelry! Let us scale the heights […]
October 26, 2020

Like Ho Chi Minh! Like Che Guevara! The Revolutionary Left in Ethiopia (1969-1979): An Interview with Ian Scott Horst (Online Group Video Session – 1st December 2020)

“In a very real way, the Ethiopian revolution was the only actual revolution produced by the wave of youth radicalization that swept Europe and North America […]
October 7, 2020

Tzadik Listening Session (Online Group Video Session – 3rd November 2020)

“Cartoon music for me was a real breakthrough in terms of musical form, how it was structured. It seemed to me that it was completely revolutionary […]
September 26, 2020

Sappho and the Virgin Mary: A Presentation and Discussion (Online Group Video Session – 6th October 2020)

  “… I suggest that the fascinating “impossibility” of Mary’s virgin motherhood constitutes precisely its attraction for those constructing antimarriage and antireproduction narratives in the nineteenth […]
September 9, 2020

The Red Years: Theory, Politics and Aesthetics in the Japanese ’68. A live discussion with Gavin Walker (Online Group Video Session – 17th November 2020))

  1968 was a year that heralded revolution and revolt across the world. Whilst we have become accustomed to in-depth analysis and cultural nostalgia for these […]
August 10, 2020

Marx, Color, Politics: A Live Presentation by Iona Singh (Online Group Video Session – October 20th 2020)

  “Man lives on nature – means that nature is his body, with which he must remain in continuous interchange if he is not to die. […]
August 8, 2020

Henri Lefebvre, Rhythmanalysis and Modern Dance (Live and Online Group Video Session – September 22nd 2020)

  “The rhythm that is proper to capital is the rhythm of producing (everything: things, men, people, etc.) and destroying (through wars, through progress, through inventions […]
July 13, 2020

The Art and Life of George Grosz: A Live Discussion with Barbara McCloskey (Online Group Video Session – September 8th 2020)

The art of George Grosz (1893-1959) provides bitterly satirical and haunting grotesque caricatures of the world in which he lived. Emerging out of the First World […]
July 13, 2020

Socially Distanced Picnic and ‘How to Make a Happening’ Workshop (Brighton and online – 25th August 2020)

On the 25th August, the Exploding Appendix Avant-garde Art Practice and Research Group  will be meeting in an undisclosed location near Preston Park 7pm until 10:30pm (Email us […]
July 13, 2020

The Upcoming Exploding Appendix Dance Film Project (Brighton, UK)

Exploding Appendix is committed to both an intellectual and practical investigation into an avant-gardist inspired participatory creativity. Over the summer of 2020 we aim to explore […]