30.05.2018 - 02.06.2018 - ‘The Revolution of Everyday Life’ (2018) Long Division Festival, Wakefield.
Fifty years ago, the streets of Paris were covered with posters created by art students to fuel the revolutionary protests of May-June,1968. As a prelude to their forthcoming artistic performance as part of the Long Division festival, the artist’s collective @.ac (www.attackdotorg.com) will be flyposting various sites across the city of Wakefield with images that attempt to bring Wakefield in 2018 and the Paris of 1968 into a radical dialogue, via the seductive power of Rock ‘n’ Roll. These posters will recirculate original images from the ‘French May’ around the streets and walls of Wakefield, posted in arrangements designed to evoke the activist art of the 1960s, particularly the work of the French artist Daniel Buren. At the same time, these poster-interventions are also designed to connote the aesthetic of the guerrilla marketing of rock ‘n’ roll gigs on the walls of music venues and city streets. Fragments of song lyrics from 1968 should be recognisable within these poster works, emphasising the continuing revolutionary potential of youth culture, particularly popular music. This is not which is not intended as a nostalgic lament for a lost revolutionary zeitgeist, but as a catalyst for a critical debate about politics and Wakefield today. In dedication to the recently published ‘Manifesto for a New Wakefield’ these poster works also are an homage to the long forgotten, but influential, local activist band, the Wakefield Revolutionary Force.
30.05.2018 - 02.06.2018
Flyers and posters have been distributed across Wakefield in a citywide installation. You can see flyer-works and poster-works at the following venues -
The Art House / Unity Works / Wah-Wah Records / Create Cafe / Eye-Wood Vintage / Beer Exchange / Theatre Royal / Elizabethan Gallery / The Red Shed / All Long Division Venues / Other Random Places
@.ac will be running a critical seminar / social sculpture outside the Elizabethan Gallery Wakefield (WF1 1QW), free and open to all.
This will comprise of two main activities but the audience are free to suggest their own. Our overarching aim for the day is to kickstart a discussion about culture, politics, and The Manifesto For A New Wakefield.
1pm - 5pm: 'Anyone Can Play Guitar'
The Punk fanzine Sniffin Glue printed a famous image insisting that you only need to know three guitar chords to start a band. We will be testing this theory out by trying to teach everyone some chords and hopefully starting loads of new Wakefield bands. Come along to our seminar space outside the Elizabethan Gallery to sit in the sunshine, play guitar, and talk with @.ac about music, politics, philosophy, and the future of Wakefield.
2pm-3pm: Free Philosophy Seminar on Raoul Vaneigem's 'The Revolution of Everyday Life'
This revolutionary text was one of the main philosophical influences on the radical student movement of 1968. It attempts a far-reaching humanist critique of capitalism and suggests that another world is possible. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the events of 1968, @.ac will be discussing excerpts from this text, not only to question whether it is still relevant today, but also to question whether that other world, dreamed of in '68, is still achievable.
No prior knowledge of philosophy or politics is required. If you want to have a look at the excerpts we will be discussing, they are available here. Or the full text of Vaneigem here (pages 8, 12, 17, 18, 49, 57).