Join us as we mourn the death of Cassini, lament the loss of our eyes on Saturn and celebrate exploration both scientific and artistic.
After nearly twenty years in space and countless discoveries made, on the 15th September 2017 the Cassini Spacecraft will be sent the command to plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere — destroying it completely and resulting in a fiery end to the mission.
Funded by the Arts Council England and in partnership with writing agency Spread the Word, Ella Frears has been Poet in Residence at Royal Holloway University responding to the final months of the mission; working towards elegy and asking what the death of a machine one billion kilometres away might mean to us.
Curated by Ella and hosted by Stuart Silver, the evening will feature poetry written during the residency, a live performance of a newly commissioned Space-Funeral March by composer Rufus Isabel Elliot, and new works by Architect/Designer Emma-Kate Matthews and filmmaker Louis Rizzo-Naudi. This will be followed by the wake: DJ, drinks, dancing.
Ella Frears is a poet, visual artist and curator. She has had work published in Poetry London, The Rialto, The Moth and The Stockholm Review of Literature among others. She was a Jerwood/Arvon mentee, was shortlisted for Young Poet Laureate for London, and has completed residencies for Tate Britain, The National Trust and the Olympic Park. Ella’s debut pamphlet Passivity, Electricity, Acclivity is forthcoming with Goldsmiths Press Nov 2017.
Stuart Silver is a Bafta nominated, Perrier award winning writer/performer/director working solo across film, theatre and gallery venues, television, radio, public spaces and in creative educational and mentoring contexts. He created the acclaimed monologue with bluegrass ukulele ‘You Look Like Ants’ and is the co-founder of (nobleandsilver) – the multimedia performance group.
Rufus Isabel Elliot is a composer. Rufus’ works have been performed in venues such as the Tate Modern, LSO St Luke’s, London, and the Chisenhale Art Gallery, and have been used collaboratively by artist Benedict Drew as part of the fortnight-long ‘Slow Boat’ project, in which a canal barge was studded with contact mics and brought from Birmingham to London.
Emma-Kate Matthews is an architect, artist and musician. In 2012 she founded EKM Works; a creative practice which promotes cross-disciplinary design with a focus on the boundaries of innovative technologies. Emma-Kate has exhibited at the Royal Academy and the RIBA, she also teaches at the Bartlett UCL.
Louis Rizzo-Naudi is a filmmaker living in London. In 2016 he graduated from King’s College London and received the Film Studies dissertation prize for his essay on the sublime in footage of the International Space Station. He is currently working on two projects to be filmed in Malta and London.
Doors: 7pm / Performances begin 7.30pm
Dress code: Space-Funeral (whatever you feel is right)
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Bold Tendencies is a not-for-profit creative enterprise and arts organisation that has been based in Peckham, South East London, since 2007 and is located on the disused top four floors of the municipal car park. This performance will take place on the lower covered floors of the site, immediately below the rooftop. On arrival please go to the top floor kiosk where staff will check your ticket and direct you to the performance.
Access to Bold Tendencies by foot: The car park is a short walk from Peckham Rye station. Turn left down Rye Lane (towards McDonalds), cross the road at the pedestrian crossing. Santander will then be on your right hand side and you should be facing the Multiplex cinema. Walk towards the cinema and turn right – here on your left you will find the staircase leading up to Bold Tendencies which is manned at all times.
Public transport: The nearest train station is Peckham Rye Overground Line from Highbury & Islington and Clapham Junction South Eastern services from London Bridge and London Victoria Local buses: 12, 36, 37, 63, 78, 171, 343, 363, 436
Vehicle access: There is very limited Pay and Display parking on the ground floor of the site (accessible from Cerise Road off Hanover Park). We strongly advise that you do not arrive by car if possible, but if necessary see Southwark Council’s website for more information on local parking options.
Step free access: Step free access is available via the lifts from the ground floor. We strongly advise that you arrange access in advance by emailing email@example.com, however this can also be arranged with the security team at the main entrance on arrival.