Other Events: Jeremy Deller's new film, Hesska, Oli XL and more on 20 December

Published on Nov 25, 2019

Running alongside Sonic Acts Academy 2020, Sonic Acts continues its monthly club night Progress Bar at OT301, with upcoming editions taking place on 20 December 2019 and 17 January 2020

After an exhilarating start to the season, we are excited to announce the programme for the December edition: beginning with a screening of Jeremy Deller’s recent film Putin’s Happy (2019), a talk by Tracian Meikle (Coordinator) and Judith Leysner (Consultant) of intra-curricular initiative’ Unsettling, as well as DJ sets by Bby Eco, Exploited Body, Hesska, Oli XL and Parisa Madani. 

Jeremy Deller’s single-channel film, Putin’s Happy, provides a unique view of the rise of right-wing populism, looking at the often-absurd xenophobia, isolationism, and misplaced patriotism that fuelled the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, sentiments ironically shared by many Continental Europeans on the right. In his new film, Deller focuses on the grotesque details and eccentric décor of British populism’s fantasy world, showing its tragicomic effects in reality as its protesters reappear day in and day out.

Bby Eco is the recording project and DJ alias of visual artist Joris Benjamins. Hailing from Amsterdam, he co-runs the label and experimental club night SYMBYOSYS, through which he recently released his debut EP Ecodrome. Helsinki-based artist Noah Kin, aka Exploited Body, explores the toxic relationships we have with our bodies, societies and planet through relentless sonic experiments that push the limits of the physicality of sound. A staple in the Manchester club scene, long-standing NTS Radio resident Hesska utilises her background in the city’s noise and industrial scene to inform her expert selection of forward-thinking club sounds. Parisa Madani is 500 billion years old and, usually, she keeps all her secrets to herself, but Progress Bar promises to be a special night for her and her listeners. 

Meanwhile, Stockholm’s Oli XL has emerged as one of the most intriguing new artists in underground club music via his work as a producer, DJ, visual artist, and as head of the now-defunct W‑I label and its successor Bloom. Unsettling is an intra-curricular initiative rooted in Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut, working actively between and beyond discourses of the academy to create a more radical inclusive structure.

Presale tickets are now on sale. Keep an eye on the Facebook event page for programme updates. 

*Coming for the talks? A limited amount of €3 Early Entrance tickets (arrive before 21:00) are available, including free entry to the club on top!

We endeavour to ensure Progress Bar is accessible for everyone. While OT301 Studios is fully accessible, Cinema of the Dam’d is unfortunately only accessible by stairs. If you wish to attend the talks and have other access requirements, please get in touch with us before 17 December to discuss appropriate arrangements.

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Oli XL. Photo courtesy of the artist.
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Hesska. Photo courtesy of the artist.