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A Weekend of Weird

Nov 22, 2016

The Gold Ones
26 November 2016

A Weekend of Weird

Performance 13:45-14:30

When Max Gold’s video transmission first came through to us, he named himself as ‘one of the Gold Ones’. After tracking Max for a period, we began filming in the space we now understand to be the Cosmic Care Home (CCH), looking through the walls that are at times transparent or listening in on voices from the other side. The place the Gold Ones inhabit resembles what we would describe as a ‘total institution’. They appear to be predominantly cut off from a wider community and lead an enclosed and bureaucratically controlled existence. Here, now, you can step inside the CCH, where the real action is, surrounded on all sides by the Five Gold Ones.


About the Weird: The Weird is an emerging field that encompasses literature, film, music, art and performance. Its world is subtly strange, uncanny, irrational, inexplicable, questioning our everyday environments and perceptions and implying that our world is far more bizarre and disturbing than we would like to believe.

A Weekend of Weird brings together writers, performers, filmmakers, artists, publishers, academics, enthusiasts and celebrants to ask: what is the Weird? Where did it come from? Where is it going?

About the Weekend: comprising panel discussions, live performances, film screenings and a specialist book fair, this event is organised by Radar in collaboration with Nick Freeman and Dan Watt from Loughborough University’s School of the Arts, English and Drama. Contributions will be made throughout the weekend by John Hirschhorn-Smith, Andrew Michael Hurley, Alison Moore, Timothy Jarvis, James Machin, Rosalie Parker and Mark Valentine.

These sessions will be interspersed with live performances and a series of specially curated film programmes. For this programme Radar has commissioned new works by Joey Holder, Ben Judd, Tai Shani and artist collective Reactor. There will also be screenings of work by Sidsel Christensen and Pauline Curnier Jardin.

A Weekend of Weird full programme here