Somerset House Studios

AGM 2019

Fri 04 Oct 2019
19.00 - 00.00

Mykki Blanco, Chicks on Speed, Sam Williams and Roly Porter, Zuzanna Czebatul, Philomene Pirecki, Vivienne Griffin, Décalé + more TBC.

This October Somerset House Studios turns three, and this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) once again opens the building up for one night only for must-see performances from Mykki Blanco, Chicks on Speed, and a new collaboration between Sam Williams and Roly Porter

For one night of the year, AGM sees artists take over the Grade I listed former Admiralty HQ; giving the public a rare opportunity to access three floors of private underground spaces for performance, music, pop-up bars and an after-hours party like no other.

For 2019, a performance-led programme will explore states of temporality and continuous change. Movement, flux, decay; works seen to materialise and dissipate, where beginnings and endings are blurred; encounters beyond the gallery, stage or club which might be experienced only in part, yet squarely locate the audience in the here and now.

Internationally renowned musician, performing artist, and LGBTQ+ activist Mykki Blanco presents special performance following a short residency at Somerset House Studios.

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Mykki Blanco
Myki Blanco, image credit: Primary Talent International

Chicks on Speed’s Melissa E. Logan and Alex Murray-Leslie in collaboration with Anat Ben-David and Tina Frank, perform a real-time assemblage of collected documentation from our environments to generate sounding visual art. 

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Chicks on Speed, image credit: Chicks on Speed

Developed in residence at Somerset House Studios, visual artist Sam Williams and musician Roly Porter collaborate for Salvage Rhythms, a performance drawing on systems of archaeology, mycelial networks, composting and non-human relationships to explore different possibilities of survival and connection.

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Salvage Rhythms, image credit: Sam Williams

Philomene Pirecki presents a new multi-channel audio visual installation drawn from research into the phenomena of frisson or ‘skin orgasms’, their stimuli and physiological effects. Vivienne Griffin’s site-specific drone installation Codependent Frequencies modulates in tone as the staircase of the building is ascended and descended, and Zuzanna Czebatul’s work T-Kollaps fills the interior of the River Rooms with inflated toy-columns as if with elements of ancient ruins suffering decay. 


T-Kollaps, image credit: Bartosz Gorka

In the basement, the Paint Room features a takeover by Décalé (meaning displaced in place and time), a club night and platform run by Chooc Ly and Anne Duffau (A---Z) for nocturnal creatures, loud existential insurgents and disobedient children where audiences can encounter experimental, collapsing and flawless sounds and visuals.

AGM will also offer for late night access to Gallery 31

Since October 2016, the Studios have nurtured a unique community of over 300 artists and makers who’ve inspired a boundary breaking programme of events, workshops and exhibitions rooted in art, music, subversion, critical thinking and the celebration of counter cultural movements.

AGM is a multi-room event with artists performing across different spaces throughout the night. Access to any given space will be on a first come first served basis. 
Further programme details to be announced in September. 

Please note this is an 18+ event.

The Chicks on Speed performance is supported using public funding by Arts Council England