Sunday, 13 December 2015

Sat 19 Dec - HUMAN SECURITY: Hannah Bryce on demining and humanitarian intervention

HUMAN SECURITY: Hannah Bryce on keeping people safe in and after conflict

Hannah Bryce has managed demining programmes in Sudan, South Sudan and Vietnam and has been at the International Security Department of Chatham House since 2013. She talks about the role and impact of humanitarian intervention especially in Sudan and South Sudan.

Sat 12 Dec - BIRD NEWS: Robbie Judkins and Catherine Clover

Cheep Trills

Avian messages interpreted with sound art. Composer Robbie Judkins has recently visited Morocco where he has collected sqwarks, trills and warbles. He discusses his on-the-road archiving and Jude CM intertwines bird stories from the news agency feeds. With guest contributions in corvid communication from poet/installationist Catherine Clover.

A joint performance piece between Robbie, Catherine and Jude

Monday, 30 November 2015

Sat 5 Dec - INVISIBLE MESSAGE - Sooz Belnavis and Giles Abbott

Artist Sooz Belnavis and storyteller Giles Abbott reflect on the power of story in both visual and oral traditions, to reflect on issues of our time. Discussing myths we live with in 21st century media and how Sooz and Giles use art to reveal beliefs hidden behind the headlines.

With Alice Foster and Rebecca Feiner.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Sat 28 Nov - SUN SPOT: Simon Barraclough on Solar Science and Art

The sun is not just the most important source of energy for life on earth. Poet Simon Barraclough discusses its fiery radiance in science and art and performs moments from his collection and stage show, 'Sunspots'. News-song beamed straight from the centre of our solar system. UV filters recommended.

'Sunspots' is published by Penned in the Margins

"Simon Barraclough illuminates solar science with a poet’s gaze. His words conjure the epic journey of a photon from the Sun’s heart to the retina of the eye, the blaze of sunshine in a Van Gogh canvas or the daily slide of shadows over Stonehenge and Manhattan. Sunspots is a love letter from the third planet to its parent star."
Dr Marek Kukula, Public Astronomer, Royal Observatory Greenwich
"Throughout human history, the Earth’s parent star has been an object of fascination, study, myth-making and worship. In Sunspots, Simon Barraclough explores these various identities through poetry, deftly juggling science and art … Accessible as well as erudite."
Physics World

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Sat 21 Nov - Warren Dockter on Churchill and the Islamic World

Dr Warren Dockter on Winston Churchill.and the Islamic World. Discussing orientalism, empire and diplomacy. Through writings, personal and public, Dockter looks at Churchill's alliances and strategies. His research reframes our knowledge of the twentieth century origins of forces that continue to shape our world today. Letters of vision and division.

with Jude Cowan Montague

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Sat 14 Nov - Chris Beckett - Praise, Courage and Hope in Ethiopia

The poet Chris Beckett, grew up mostly in Ethiopia and has a lifelong interest in Amharic culture.  He provides an informed perspective on coverage in the UK news and reads from his collection The Ethiopian Boy. Praise poetry, music and the rich oral culture of Ethiopia will be discussed alongside issues of human rights and governance.

The Ethiopian Boy is published by Carcanet Press.

with Jude Cowan Montague

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Sat 7 Nov - Self-publishing in 2015 and Early Modern Pamphleteering: Dan Holloway

Dan Holloway and Jude Cowan Montague discuss self-publishing literature and early modern pamphleteers including the Elizabethan Thomas Nashe in a programme connecting proto-journalism with contemporary platforms such as tumblr, blogging and kindle. Dan Holloway is a literary agitator, author and outspoken guru of this DIY wordsmith generation. The latest in our occasional series on early journalism.


Thursday, 29 October 2015

Sat 31 Oct - Leila Segal and Raquel Ribeiro - Cuba and the short story

Leila Segal introduces her new collection, 'Breathe'. Her stories are told from varied points of view but each has an emotional authenticity she acquired through her experiences in Cuba, having lived in the deep countryside as well as in Havana and tourist areas. Also, Dr Raquel Ribeiro on the generation los novismos cubanos and the work of Angel Santiesteban-Prats, imprisoned for journalism and creative writing. His latest collection, 'Last Symphony' is currently available in Spanish.

with Jude Cowan Montague

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Sat 24 Oct - Typical Girls Magazine: Jamila Kenneally

The women behind the new Brighton-based magazine Typical Girls share their work and reflect on how young women interact with the media in 2015 as both producer and consumer. Typical Girls take their moniker from the Slits, and discuss ways to challenge homogeneity.

What does it mean to be a Typical Girl? The magazine website writes ...

There is no one way of answering that question. The Slits wrote of 'bringing out the new improved model' and that's what Typical Girls is all about. We want to celebrate women in all their variations. What makes Typical Girls unique is our aspiration towards diversity. Created as a platform for artists and writers to share their work; Typical Girls is a place to inspire and be inspired.

Sat 17 Oct - Jim Kelly, Penguin author, on news reporting and crime fiction

Jim Kelly, creator of detective-journalist Philip Dryden, investigates the relationship of news reporting with crime mystery writing.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Sat 10 Oct - Vanya Balogh, Tisna Westerhof, Paul Carter Robinson, Stephanie Seungmin Kim and Underground Art

Curator-artist Vanya Balogh and Tisna Westerhof, Paul Carter Robinson, Stephanie Seungmin Kim discuss the ethics and actuality of curating underground art in London in advance of the latest group Q-Park exhibition, Silent Movies, a multi-artist study in Monochromania opening Friday 16 October.
With Rebecca Feiner and Alice Foster.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Sat 3 Oct - Two Years Before the Mast - Improvisation with Grahame Painting

A nautical show, one of our occasional series of improvisations on early journalism.

Journalist and musician Grahame Painting talks about his experiences of the newsroom and features and how roles have changed in the industry.

Grahame and Jude create live in the Resonance FM studio an extended piece based on Richard Henry Dana's seminal early immersive reportage 'Two Years Before the Mast'from the 1840s, the book that informed Moby Dick.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Sat 26 Sept - Two poets of place and personal histories, Susie Campbell and Lucy Furlong

Susie Campbell talks about her collection 'The Bitters' derived from her research into the patient at the former asylum where her grandmother was a patient, and Lucy Furlong reads from her collection 'Clew'.
Susie and Lucy share their current projects. Susie is working on a follow-up sequence to 'The Bitters' based on the Enquiry Reports of the Women's Industrial Council and into her reading of the London College of Fashion archive into women's industries. Lucy has been producing a poetry map of areas where her father used to play, a very personal and touching exploration of his neighbourhood where she still lives with her own family in Surrey.

Jude CM sings a Gaelic folk song to remember Lucy's Irish ancestors.

This show has been rescheduled from its original slot of Saturday 19 September.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Sat 12 Sept - Philip Ruff on the Sidney Street Siege, the identity of Peter the Painter and the Latvian national and socialist struggle.

When London Met Latvia

Philip Ruff discusses the Sidney Street Siege, the identity of Peter the Painter and the Latvian national and socialist struggle. On 3 January 1911, London witnessed a epic gun battle of state versus anarchist fought in the streets of Whitechapel/Stepney. After this terrible encounter in which unprecedented firepower was used in the civic streets a man hunt began for 'Peter the Painter' who eluded the authorities. Philip Ruff's investigative work in tracking the identity of the wanted figure has uncovered much hitherto unknown information about a much bigger political story that has been overlooked in histories of Europe. The struggle of Latvian people for independence, and the associated drive towards anarchism and socialism is brought to life through Philip's story of the real Peter the Painter, Janis Zhaklis.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Sat 1 July - Uliana Apatina and Site-Specific Installation: London, Japan, Wales, Siberia

Artist Uliana Apatina talks about her work creating immersive environments in and out of the gallery in particular two projects. First her project in Japan which draws on the kami-symbolism of vermilion and the Tori Gates for which she worked with local crafts people on traditional carpentrymethods  and second her work in progress in South Wales, which has led her to explore the slate industry and the abandoned mines.
Uliana discusses the nature of a cultural 'in-between' which she experiences as an artist from Siberia living in London and through intense creative projects carried out in the landscape.

Sat 25 July - Death and the Photo

Artist and photographer India Roper-Evans and writer Emma Roper-Evans discuss crime photography and how to create the perfect death scene in word and picture.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Sat 18 July - We Are Spartacus with Steve Moyes and Jude CM

Improviser and composer Steve Moyes joins Jude CM for a live improvised opera, a reimagining of Spartacus and the Third Servile War which draws on research from Barry Strauss's book, 'The Spartacus War'.

Sat 11 July - Susana Sanroman on La Movida! Galician Canibal! Spain in the time of Franco and beyond

Discussion with Susana Sanroman, artist, on Galicia, Spain and art in the time of Franco and beyond.
Susana takes us through her experience and research as a woman from Galicia born just after the Franco regime. A fascinating journey.
Includes the song 'Pepa' with improvised delivery and melody, sung by prisoners in Franco's prison awaiting the knowledge of who would be taken for execution.
Susana also discusses the role of women in the resistance to Franco.

After Franco died, a new time of youthful self-expression erupted in Madrid. La Movida! Galician Canibal was the equivalent in her home region. Susana shares videos of some of the musical groups spearheading these movements.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Sat 4 July - Philip Mansel, Napoleon's court and Revolution and the News

The Vanity of the Eagle: Philip Mansel goes inside the court of Napoleon
'Where News Meets Arts': A hybrid show curated by Jude Cowan Montague and team
Napoleon has been cast by British newspapers as the enemy of the world. Fear of revolution led him to be described in London as a dangerous revolutionary ogre. We go behind the scenes to find out more about the domestic character of his rule. After the Terror, he took control of French governance and moved into the Tuileries. An army leader who denounced artificial pomp he now found himself in the centre of conventions of royalty. Author Philip Mansel talks about how Napoleon's rule looked behind the caricature.
Philip's book, which is published by IB Tauris is called 'The Eagle in Splendour: Inside the Court of Napoleon'
'An eloquent and original study of the Bonaparte family' David Gilmour The Pursuit of Italy
With Jude Cowan Montague

Monday, 22 June 2015

Sat 27 June - City of Irisjude

Iris Garrelfs and Jude Cowan Montague build a city. Markets, streets, offices, shopping centres, parks, public transport are all imagined in an improvised soundscape. Using found sound, experimental vocals, dramatic techniques and visceral vocals, Garrelfs and Montague explore ideas of city spaces and investigate the squares and ways of urban life. Garrelfs is intrigued by change, fascinated with voices and definitely enamoured by technology. She often uses her voice as raw material, which she transmutes into machine noises, choral works or pulverised “into granules of electroacoustic babble and glitch, generating animated dialogues between innate human expressiveness and the overt artifice of digital processing” (Wire Magazine). Montague mixes and matches worlds of text, drama, reality, broadcasting and community theatre. She is a vocalist and likes to improvise experimental, playful song.

Jude also introduces her new book of poetry and sketches, Springfield Olympics, about living on a narrowboat in Springfield Marina during the Olympics, 2012. 
In association with Rebecca Feiner's curated mutli-artist urban installation DEN-City.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Andreas Lang on Radical Cities / March against Austerity

Andreas Lang talks Radical Cities and the sharing economy, DEN-City (27-28 June Fish Island, Hackney Wick) curated by Rebecca Feiner and the common shop mini residency programme. He is a current and founding member of the Public Work Groups which produces socio-special, architectural and discursive spaces. Alice Foster cheerleads and connects with the march against austerity in London via web-news.

From the public works group website:

'We are an art and architecture practice working within and towards public space.
All public works projects address the question how the public realm is shaped by its various users and how existing dynamics can inform further proposals. Our focus is the production and extension of a particular public space through participation and collaborations. Projects span across different scales and address the relation between the informal and formal aspects of a site.
Our work produces social, architectural and discursive spaces.
Outputs include socio-spatial and physical structures, public events and publications.
public works is a London based non-for-profit company. Current members are Torange Khonsari, Andreas Lang who work with an extended network of project related collaborators
The practice has been growing organically since 1999, with its initial founding members Kathrin Böhm, Sandra Denicke-Polcher,Torange Khonsari, Andreas Lang and Stefan Saffer working in different constellations until 2006 before formally coming together as public works.'

with Alice Foster

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Sat 13 June - Heidi Kingstone and Dispatches from the Kabul Cafe

Heidi Kingstone: 'Dispatches from the Kabul Café'

Kabul is one of the fastest growing cities on the world, and over 3.500 years old. It is full of stories of women which are rarely heard. Journalist and author Heidi Kingstone shares recollections of conversations and incidents from  her time reporting from Afghanistan from 2007-2011, the last years of ISAF-controlled Kabul. Her book, 'Dispatchs form the Kabul Cafe' is a personal narrative over a four year period, living and working as a foreign correspondent in the capital of the Islamic Republic, and its nuanced, hard-hitting anecdotes are informed by Heidi's passionate support for women's rights.
with Jude Cowan Montague

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Sat 6 June - Supporting Wole Soyinka for Oxford Professor of Poetry

'The Act of Literature is a Symbolic Resistance' - Supporting Wole Soyinka for the Oxford Professor of Poetry

Benjamin Zephaniah writes: “In times like these when we are spending so much time and energy looking inwards and being nationalistic, Wole Soyinka will help us reconnect with the world and be more outward looking. We really need him."

Poets and writers Natalya Din Kariuki, Jude Cowan Montague and Gale Burns discuss the work of Wole Soyinka as a poet and activist and explain why 'The News Agents' support his candidacy for the Oxford Professor of Poetry.

The ocean meets the sea in the marketplace ... lost journeys of the mind ... we share the strange and marvellous ...

Jude CM's former tutor Lucy Newlyn is behind the campaign in favour of Soyinka and Jude is one of the nominators.

Election of the Oxford Professor of Poetry: Hall’s English Fellow leads campaign for Wole Soyinka

Friday, 29 May 2015

Wole Soyinka - image by Pietro Naj-Oleari
Image by Pietro Naj-Oleari
Five candidates have been nominated to succeed Geoffrey Hill as the next University of Oxford Professor of Poetry: Simon Armitage, Ian Gregson, Seán Haldane, Wole Soyinka and A E Stallings. Professor Lucy Newlyn (St Edmund Hall Fellow and Tutor in English) is acting as the representative for one of the front-runners, Wole Soyinka. Commenting on the election this morning, she said: “Soyinka has the stature, gravitas and intellectual power to give unforgettable lectures; and he will fulfil all the duties of this post warmly, energetically, and with immense enthusiasm.”
All graduates of Oxford University (an electorate of around 250,000 people, known as ‘Convocation’) are eligible to vote for this highly prestigious chair, and the election has already attracted significant media interest.
149 people nominated Soyinka, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986. They include St Edmund Hall’s Principal, Professor Keith Gull, and 25 of the College’s Fellows. A further 24 of the nominators are Hall lecturers or alumni. The JCR (the College's undergraduate student body) also voted in favour of supporting Soyinka’s candidacy when it met last Sunday.
They all believe that Soyinka would be outstanding in this role, capable of inspiring the University community with his published work, his vision of what literature is, and his way of talking about poetry. In a flysheet published in the University Gazette, 12 members of Congregation (including four Heads of House, the Warden of Rhodes House, and the Director of TORCH) wrote: “As the first African elected to this post, Soyinka’s appointment would be an immense historical milestone for Oxford University. He is an inspirational speaker, whose fascinating lectures would attract large, attentive, international audiences.”
He has received endorsements from many high-profile writers and public figures. These include Benjamin Zephaniah, who writes: “In times like these when we are spending so much time and energy looking inwards and being nationalistic, Wole Soyinka will help us reconnect with the world and be more outward looking. We really need him."
Professor Newlyn is delighted with the support Soyinka has received from colleagues in the Hall and across the University, as well as from Aularians: “The Hall is sending out a very strong signal to the electorate. Please join us, and help to make history by voting for Wole Soyinka, one of the world’s greatest living writers, as the next Professor of Poetry at Oxford.”

How to vote

Voting has now opened, and anyone with a degree from Oxford is eligible to vote either online or in person at the University Offices. To do so, you must first register to vote before noon on Monday 8 June (registration takes some time to process, so you are advised to register as soon as possible!). Votes must be cast by midday on Wednesday 17 June.
The result of the election will be announced on Friday 19 June.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Sat 30 May - Little Emperors and Material Girls: Sex and Youth in Modern China with Jemimah Steinfeld

 Looking behind the headlines at dating, relationships, from love markets to sino-punks. Author and journalist Jemimah Steinfeld talks about the generation that have grown up under the one-child policy. Uncovering the sexual and cultural revolution taking place in the world's fastest-growing economic powerhouse. Steinfeld is a freelance writer managing the literature programme at London's Asia House and lived and worked in Beijing as a journalist for the Global Times.

'Steinfeld skilfully weaves lively accounts of her interactions with Beijing's youth with references to government policy and pronouncements, both current and in the recent past, as well as to more detailed sociological studies to produce a highlight readable book which is much more than casual journalism...'
Jane Haile, New York Journal of Books

With Jude Cowan Montague and studio guest the artist Aowen Jin

Monday, 18 May 2015

Sat 23 May = The Fall of the Rebel Angels = Rebecca Feiner & Jim Racine

The Fall of the Rebel Angels

Rebecca Feiner and Jude CM have been taking part in an underground group show in Venice curated by Vanya Balogh.
They took part in the opening, performing and have work in the exhibition for a month.
Rebecca talks to Alice Foster about navigating Venice as a curator/artist and as a visitor, all on low budget.

Jim Racine talks about making bronzes - and his studio in Hong Kong and the UK. The politics of bronze.

with Alice Foster and Rebecca Feiner

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Sat 16 May - Tamara Erde and Aowen Jin: Skin Colour and Body Image & History in the Palestinian and Israeli Classrooms

Tamara Erde talks about her 90 min documentary film 'This is my land'
How do the Palestinian and Israeli (Jewish and Arab) education systems teach the history of their nations?
The film follows several Israeli and Palestinian teachers during a school year and the way they teach their national history.Through dialogues and challenges with their students, debates with the ministries curriculum and its restrictions, the viewers obtain the long lasting and profound effect that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict transmits onto the next generation.

Aowen Jin
Aowen Jin is a leading Chinese-born British artist, based in London. She discusses her work towards exhibition on perceptions of body image . This project is in collaboration with The Body Narrative and explores how African/Caribbean young women express their identity in London through the colour of their skin.

With Jude Montague and Rebecca Feiner

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Sat 9 May - Katy Evans-Bush - Essays, Conversation and Blogging the life of London

Katy Evans-Bush, whose blog 'Baroque in Hackney' was nominated for the George Orwell prize, talks about her new book of essays forthcoming with Penned in the Margins. She is a Salt poet and cultural commenter and her unique blog has been praised by English PEN as "free speech in action". Independent, unscripted discussion may range over such subjects as unhappy hipsters, this cold spring, the fate of the artist and writers being 'as mad as hell and not going to take it any more.'

About: Baroque in Hackney and more (from Katy's website, retrieved 3/5/2015)

This blog has been running since 1 June, 2006, when I started it because Jane Holland told me I had to. She was right. It’s gone through many incarnations since then and it has made many things happen. The title was a joke, based on the American pronunciation of ‘Baroque': I had just been made (for only the first time, it turned out) redundant. Its slightly deeper resonance was the sadness of having no money and being in Hackney and loving nice things. But Hackney itself is a nice thing, a lovely and wonderful place with a deep rich history. The blog, I hope, reflects its cosmopolitan heritage.

The aim from the start has been to write about poetry, but also about the kinds of things a person who likes poetry might also be interested in. My ideal reader is myself. In practice this has meant I write in a general way, about culture, with a sort of preponderance of poetry news; and that around the year of the cuts (when I lost my last full-time job) the blog waxed pretty political for a time.

As well as Baroque in Hackney, I’m a partner also in the photographic London website, The London Column, run by David Secombe.

See the Poetry pages for my poetry and so on. I write poetry, and reviews for assorted poetry magazines, and features on social media and self-publishing for MsLexia magazine. Essays and opinion pieces have appeared in books and magazines around the place. In 2010 I was editor of Salt Publishing’s Horizon Review magazine for a year, before it folded.

Hosted by Alice Foster.

'Egg Printing Explained', Katy's second published poetry collection
Salt Publishing, published June 2011

Monday, 27 April 2015

Sat 2 May - Sarah Kate Michel - songs and ecology of Sumatra

Sarah Kate Michel, aka Pandorasdiary aka will appear for a Sumatra Special.

Jude Cowan Montague spent some time in Bukittinggi (West Sumatra) learning Saluang music and is planning to return soon to see how things have changed... Sarah Kate Michel loves North Sumatra in particular and learnt some traditional Batak, Javanese and pop there (aka DANGDUT).

Jude CM is going to do some Saluang, and Pandorasdiray (aka Sarah and Maya) will be playing a song or two live and chatting about our current project in Sumatra

A panel including Alice Foster will be discussing the rainforest, sustainable tourism and more.

Banner by Sarah Kate Michel.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sat 25th April - Sean Worrall on underculture and art

A discussion with the London-based painter and curator.

Sean Worrall is an artist and a gallerist. Working from East London, he currently runs and curates Cultivate, previously based in Vyner Street which has recently morphed into a pop-up experience. Mostly Sean is a painter and he discusses a current project in which gallery meets street - #365ArtDrops on recycled found things in 2015.

Sean also runs an active art zine/blog, The Organ -

In addition to discussing his own work and the underground art scene in London he will talk about representation of art, and what stories are hot and not in the London media with host Rebecca Feiner.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Sat 18th April - Ivor Kallin, John Bisset help Jude CM reimagine 'The Leidenfrost Effect' with Wim Oudijk

Improvising artists Ivor Kallin and John Bisset join Jude Cowan Montague for a reimagining of her new album 'The Leidenfrost Effect' with Wim Oudijk released on Folkwit Records and Disco Fair.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Sat 11 April - The Oral Histories of Henry Mayhew - live improvisation by Jude CM

 A hybrid news-arts programme curated by Jude Cowan Montague and team.

The working people of London in the 1840s. Mayhew documented street life in articles for the Morning Chronicle. Costermongers or street traders, prostitutes, mudlarks, sweatshop workers, Punch and Judy men, pure-finders (who gathered faeces to sell to tanners), photographers, labourers, beggars, rat catchers, recyclers, sewer-hunters, flower-sellers, street authors, all manner of enterprise and survival found its way into his oral histories. Mayhew's work references earlier habits than those current in the 1840s. He references the 'saloop' shops, stalls vending drink made from the powder of the red-handed orchids from India which were replaced by the modern coffee stalls. The street diet of 'hot shee'ps foot', 'pepper and saffron' and 'hot peascod' are part of the oral history of the obsolete cries of the costermongers.

Selections form the basis of a live studio improvisation by Jude Cowan Montague. Part of a mini creative series for 'The News Agents' output based on early journalism and documentary.

Bird-nest seller

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Sat 4 April -Sonic potatoes & readymade performance : Geraldine Gallavardin and Agnes Varda

 The artist Geraldine Gallavardin on Lab451London, her platform for multi-talented international artists that explore performance as one of their versatile practices, about her own work in installation, visual art and working with the heritage of twentieth-century artists such as Marcel Duchamp.

The work of Agnes Varda, filmmaker, photographer and the only female director of the French New Wave made a 2000 documentary film 'Les glaneurs & la glaneuse' The Gleaners and I. a controversial work as Varda abandoned high-end film equipment for low-end digital video. Potatoes are one of the gleaned products ruminated on in the film. Gallavardin produced a participatory/soundscape performance 'L'origine du monde' (the origine of the world) after Gustave Courbet, Marcel Duchamp 'Etants donnés' & 'Les glaneurs'. This will be visited within a new piece of performance audio art created live by Gallavardin and Montague.

Geraldine Gallavardin on going impromptu as part of her installation “Are you ready for the Fair Marcel Duchamp” – Frames as Ping Pong bats with a collage/photo featuring “Sixteen Miles of String” Marcel Duchamp piece (during the exhibition the First Papers of Surrealism exhibition, New York, 1942)+ foil paper+strings — during exhibition Rhizome’0002 “The Indian Summer” at Camden Image Gallery October 2014 – London

Geraldine Gallavardin is a conceptual contemporary French artist; a curator, poet, musician & actress based in London. Originally from Lyon, France she holds two MA in Fine Art, one from “Les Beaux-Arts de Grenoble”, France (1997) & one from Chelsea College of Fine Art & Design, London (1999). Geraldine has been in the Art Scene since the 90s.
She used participatory/readymade performances art, social sculptures, installations, drawings, videos & live art as her main artistic language. She creates Free Improvised Music/soundscape in her performances & has played abroad & in the UK with band such as “The A Band”. She has exhibited internationally in Art Centres, Galleries, art Festivals & in the UK in places such as the ICA, the South London Gallery during the London Biennale in-situ by the Tate Modern and The Serpentine Gallery.

Lab 451 London is a platform founded by Geraldine Gallavardin for multi-talented international artists that explore performance as one of their versatile practices. On a journey with raconteurs sprinkling an inch of conceptual art, raw happenings, soundscape & experimental impromptus music accompanied by merry troubadours, poets declaiming their thirst, wicked opera singers, theatreoholics; performers of all kind feasting on the possibilities to encapsulate their unframed vision of our era”

The idea of Lab 451London is that of a moveable laboratory for international artists to express & emphasize through their own unique art form; a language, whom as a Freedom embodies the way we see & represent the world around us.

The title refers to the dystopian novel from the American writer Ray Bradbury published in 1953 during the McCarthy era & the French New Wave filmmaker François Truffaut who wrote & directed a film adaptation of that novel in 1966.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Sat 28 March - Ebola, a river of fear. Plus palm-wine music.

A year after the Ebola outbreak was declared, the fear that gripped the world and news organisations is still feeding our apocalyptic zeitgeist.

Singer-songwriter Bunton Cole, who grew up in Sierra Leone, will perform and speak about his band, the Zambezi Experience. Tune in to hear palm-wine melodies.

Vincent from Nostalgie Ya Mboka joins our panel to discuss politics of music in Africa.

The Ebola River, also commonly known by its indigenous name Legbala,[1] is the headstream of the Mongala River, a tributary of the Congo River, in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo.[2] It is roughly 250 km in length.

The name Ebola is a French corruption of Legbala, its name in the Ngbandi language which means "white water".[3] During the Belgian administration these names were interchangeable along with the French names Eau Blanche[1] and rarely L'Ébola.[3]

In 1976, Ebola virus (EBOV) was first identified in Yambuku, 60 miles from the Ebola River, but Professor Peter Piot decided to name it after the river so that the town would not be associated with the disease's stigma.[3] Thus, the river is eponymous to the terms Ebola virus, Ebolavirus, and Ebola virus disease.[4] Despite afterwards discovering that the Ebola River was not in close proximity to the Yambuku village, the virus name was preserved. Wikipedia, retrieved 24 March 2015

A show curated by Alice Foster.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Sat 21 March - Paul Hawkins, Sarer Scotthorne, Hesterglock Press & Boscombe Revolution

Paul Hawkins, Sarer Scotthorne, Hesterglock Press & Boscombe Revolution.

Poetry, society and the provocations of revolution. Poet Paul Hawkins presents the poetry/flash-fiction pamphlet Boscombe Revolution, with guest editor of the third issue on revolution and gender, poet Sarer Scotthorne.

'The revolution will be radical and diverse or no revolution at all', Twitter @HesterglockP and Facebook.
Hesterglock Press publishes poetry and flash fiction pamphlets and zines, including Westside HERstory (featuring Bristolian women writers and edited by Sarer), the Hydrazine and Sarer’s own pamphlet collection The Blood House.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Sat 14 March - Jenny Lewis in conversation with Jude Cowan Montague - the goddess Ishtar

Poet and musician Jenny Lewis returns to discuss her work translating the Epic of Gilgamesh and create a special audio experience dedicated to Sumerian poetry, believed by many to be the oldest written poems in the world.

The Epic of Gilgamesh is a great work of early written literature. Gilgamesh, king of Uruk and Endiku, a wild man created by the gods to help prevent Gilgamesh oppressing his own people, become close friends. The poem resembles contemporary 'buddy' movies as the friends embark on exciting adventures together, journeying to the Cedar Mountain and defeating Humbaba, its monstrous guardian. They kill the Bull of Heaven which the goddess Ishtar sends to punish Gilgamesh for spurning her advances. To punish these actions the gods sentence Endiku to death.

This first part of the epic will be revisited in a dramatic audio rendition in the studio.

It is possible to read the epic as an assertion of patriarchy over the matriarchal religion personified by the goddess Ishtar. Jenny and Jude will discuss the work from a modern feminist perspective and reimagine the struggle of Ishtar in the Resonance FM studio.


Queen of the Night relief from the Old Babylonian period, often considered to represent an aspect of Ishtar.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Sat 7 March - Leila Segal on Voices of Freedom / Shahed Saleem on the development of the British mosque

Leila Segal author, poet and founder of Voice of Freedom, a participatory photography project for formerly trafficked women in Israel, Ethiopia, UK and beyond. The project enables women to document their lives through the camera lens and supports them as they create often powerful and intimate texts, in their own words of survival, hope and resilience to accompany the images. The exhibitions by the women have been hosted by Amnesty International UK, the Anti Slavery Society and recently at renowned human rights law chambers Matrix.
Shahed Saleem, architect and author of The British Mosque: A Social and Architectural History,will be discussing the development of the British Mosque with Rebecca Feiner. Commissioned by English Heritage it is the first authoritative survey of the British mosque. He will be discussing his journey from east London to Yorkshire and beyond revealing the story of a building type, which has had and continues to have, a major impact on the urban landscape and has introduced the visual language of Islamic architectural symbolism to the UK street scape.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Sat 28 Feb - The Live-Work Crisis in London with Calum F. Kerr

Calum F. Kerr and invited guests discuss the live-work artist crisis in London and the Dalston Underground studios.

Brian Guest is the co-founder and general secretary of S.P.A.R, the Society for the Preservation of Admirable Rubble (S.P.AR) he will talk about the developers art of demolition and S.P.A.R's campaign to preserve the rubble of fallen buildings across the UK. The Society fights to keep the rubble created from bulldozing peoples homes and businesses on display. Their definition of Admirable Rubble is: Rubble that embodies all the qualities of the demolished building so meriting a portion being retained as a reminder of its existence even after a new building is in its place.For the latest reports from the Society see: - S.P.A.R gladly accept photos of admirable rubble from non-members.

Brian Guest appears courtesy of artist and performer Calum F Kerr -

Photo Credits:
Brian Guest at S.P.A.R Centre Camden, “Rhizome’0002 “The Indian Summer” at the Camden Image Gallery from 17th – 20th October 2014. Curated by Geraldine Gallavardin

Brian Guest and the S.P.A.R logo

with Matteo Besana and Alice Foster.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Sat 21 Feb - Lara Pawson on the Jimmy Mubenga Trial / Glenn Fitzy Fitzpatrick on making art post Charlie Hebdo

Lara Pawson talks about the trial which has cleared the G4S security guards of the manslaughter of Angolan refugee Jimmy Mugenga. The choice of the Old Bailey judge not to allow the jury to consider the evidence of racist texts sent by the defenders, has exposed court process to criticism from protestors and the Institute of Race Relations. In relation to this topic, we will discuss how environments might enforce and structure power, taking as our starting point James Bridle's exhibition, 'Seamless Transitions' currently at the Photographers' Gallery.

Glenn Fitzy Fizpatrick is an artist and former soldier who works in diverse visual media.
'After the Charlie Hebdo incident, I felt so devastated by the killings and was left asking myself why, I know we need mutual respect of each others cultures but honestly was art really worth dying for? Since 2007 I started to work in pen drawing highly detailed drawings that would question the wars, our economy, our environment and the need for an ultimate consumerist society. After seven years of drawing purely in pen and saving the empties I knew one day I would make a sculpture out of this product, but what could I possibly make that would suggest and amalgamate my journey and quest for peace. After seeing the people holding up the pen in support of freedom of speech around the world I knew it was time to make a sculpture with the empty pens, without question I made a machine gun out of pens, a suggestion the pen is mightier then the sword, and with this we still have the power to make the world a better place. Titled 'Empty Magazine' I found the link between the Hebdo deaths and the emptying of a machine gun magazine left me with a chilled emotion that had to be placed emphasis upon.'


Sunday, 8 February 2015

Sat 14 Feb - Paul Sakoilsky, The Editor of the Dark Times / Dino Mahoney HONG KONG BAR HOP

Dino Mahoney presents his project HONG KONG BAR HOP

HK Bar Hop is a hedonistic celebration of the gay scene in Hong Kong at a time when many Hong Kong people are concerned that Big Brother China , potentially threatens the freedoms that they have. The recent Occupy Hong Kong Yellow Umbrella protest movement expressed was an effort to catch the world attention.

'The Dark Times'

Paul Sakoilsky is The Editor.

'It started simply enough: whilst painting a canvas for the first time in many years, in an absolutely freezing apartment/come-studio in Deptford, I was using one of those shitty free London tabloid papers to clean my palette knife/brush and started doodling, and then wrote on it, the dark times: London’s only truly independent newspaper. I believe this was at the end of 2006? But the project had it’s first full blown realisation at the ‘Climate of Change’ exhibition in Union Street[2] in 2007, where as artist-in-residence and building security (along my Staffordshire terrier), I set up the first dark times: press office.' Paul S.

'RISE UP' The Dark Times: Installation, mixed media, '
We Could Not Agree' Exhibition, London, Frieze Week, 2014.
©paul sakoilsky 2014.

Dark Times will arise for it's first radio manifestation as part of The News Agents, in a premiere performance commissioned by Jude Cowan Montague.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Sat 7 Feb - Andrew Stys - Autobiography, art and mash up

Andrew Stys, also known as double_u or uu is an artist from Warsaw, Poland. He had a Soviet art education and trained as an architect. He talks about his autobiographical art, and shares some of his musical and visual mash ups including recent collages triggered by material collected on a recent trip back to Warsaw which addresses remnants of life before the holocaust. In a live art class he shares secrets of how he works with found pictures.

He has created a new series of work entitled 'Hey Jude' for the News Agents

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sat 31 January - Michelle Lewis King - Pulse Music

Michelle Lewis-King is an acupuncturist and performance/sound artist and creates graphic notations and sonic compositions from the pulse of others using Chinese pulse diagnosis.

She diagnoses Jude CM's pulse and creates a piece for Resonance FM live in the studio and discusses acupuncture's place in the medical services as a current practitioner in the UK with Rebecca Feiner.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Sat 24 Jan - News City with Bettina Schroeder - a live audio installation

Bettina Schroeder and Jude Cowan Montague build News City live in the Resonance FM studio, a work first created for Geraldine Gallavardin's Lab451London at the Camden Image Gallery on 3 January 2015.

The News City grows into something rich and strange, an audio installation with guest correspondent James A Smith. He reports from Washington and other bureaux.

Listen out for the drones circling the towers, tins, boxes and cylinders.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Sat 17 Jan - The News Agents in SE Asia

Journalist Alice Foster landed a job on a newspaper in Cambodia, decided to miss her flight home and ended up staying two and a half years. She shares her memories and stories from her time working on one of the country's leading newspapers based in the capital, Phnom Penh.

Alice in Cambodia

Jude C Montague fell into her first job in Sumatra Barat, singing saluang songs with local folk musicians. She has recreated these, encoding her broken knowledge. The original verses that she learned to a rudimentary standard have been transformed further by time. The result is fragmentary pieces recorded for an album 'Bukittinggi Tales' for Linear Obsessional. It is an elegy to cultural encounter, music dissipating under mossy effects of memory.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Sat 10 Jan - Daniel Lehan; Concrete poetry and news

Poet Daniel Lehan talks about his project to make collages and concrete poetry from the Metro newspaper.

Daniel Lehan is a former paperboy, choirboy, shop assistant, ice cream seller, chip shop manager, petrol pump attendant, pub caterer, post office worker, theatre usher, cleaner, adult education tutor, leaflet distributor, front of house manager, t-shirt designer, screen printer, children’s book author and illustrator, gardener, teacher.


Metro Lines, Daniel Lehan, 2014.

Jude CM offers a casket of old news relating to the project 'London Bones' to the studio team for vox pops.

Jude Cowan Montague and London Bones, Photo by Matt Armstrong, 2014