Digbeth First Friday – Fierce Takeover!
Digbeth comes alive on the first Friday of each month with exhibitions, late-night openings, special events, culture in unexpected spaces, live music, street food and more. Look out for Fierce interventions at this October edition as we welcome in Fierce month and start the final countdown to the festival.
Look out for Fierce activity at STRYX, Grand Union and Centrala. Full listings will be online soon. We recommend you check the listings in advance so you can make the most of your evening. Maps are available online a few days before the event and at participating venues on the day.
Full listings online in autumn 2017, we recommend checking listings in advance to make the most of your evening. Maps are available online a few days before the event and at participating venues on the evening.
Stryx Gallery presents three performance artists based in Holland, Lithuania and United Kingdom who have cultivated their own unique rituals and idiosyncratic belief systems. Within the current climate of tribalism, separation, and borders, their aesthetic role play taps into universal contradictions of restriction and choice, collective and individual patterns of behaviour. Curated by Paul Newman.
Eothen Stearn (B. 1987, UK) graduated with a MA from The Piet Zwart Institute in 2017, a BA from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2010 and attended The School of the Damned in 2015. Eo is currently living and making work in Rotterdam. During Eo’s time at Stryx, a secular sermon will be given on loneliness and togetherness. Later followed by a 3 character gossipy dance, exploring the notion of the one-women band and gossip’s relationship to friendship and solidarity.
Eo is interested in the power of Embodied states to open up space for entanglement and Intersectionality. Eo looks into how to create mess, passages and a coherent chaos whereby playfulness and joy can be used to explore cultural consciousness. Eo explores the notion of witnessing; spending time with where the narrative of one body begins and ends. Eo works directly with the everyday in order to critique, interrogate and question how and why things operate in the way they do. Eo’s art is often associated with Craft and its historical functionality within Feminist Revolution.
Arma Agharta is a sound performance artist and promoter from Lithuania, devoted to improvised and experimental music. Since 2006 he has organised more than 100 events in Lithuania and did more than 300 performances all around the world: from Brazil to Philippines, from Siberia to California, from Greenland to Moldova, Arma Agharta, with his sound performance will call to experience the intense here and now feeling. The big scale of sounds, actions and emotions won’t let the attention drift away. The methods to achieve this vary from eruptions of chaotic noise to hypnotic psychedelic ritual, from dadaist humour to outsiderish moods. The instrumental part consists of various electronics from the Soviet Union era, objects, synthesizers, costumes and voice.
A genderqueer performance artist based in the West Midlands, Alex Billingham has performed for HFWAS, Warwick Bar Fete, Black Hole Club, Grasslands and currently curating a series of residencies for The WIG. Queer heritage, outdated sci fi and riot girl, influence the practice with vulnerability being the primary obsession. Worship at the alter of VULTAN! Interact with VULTAN, Prince of the hawkmen. Build his nest or leave votive offerings. A durational performance exploring faith and Queer culture. – this will get messy.
Full details on Digbeth First Friday.