Designed Howlings with Ugly Duck: As part of Ugly Duck’s Art and (H)aktivism season, Designed Howlings explores creation as a course of radical action, highlighting artists who use art and design to create secret communications, inside jokes, and hidden modes of resistance.
Named for the ‘howlings’ of early suffrage activists, these current arts of resistance live in the context of women’s suffrage, the industrial revolution, and the relationships between design reform, technical innovation, and the labor movement. Ranging from radical product design and sound art to game art, tattoo design, and social sculpture, exhibited creations savage the status quo.
July 19 – 22, 2018
47-49 Tanner St, London, SE1 3PL
On March 24 SXRVXVE and Feeling Gloomy created This Was Hardcore, a video art dance party celebrating 20 years of Pulp’s This Is Hardcore. While DJs Gordon and Nathaniel Gloom spun Brit Pop classics and deep cuts, revellers experienced video art responding to things Brits love to sing about: class systems, colonialism/post-colonialism, social inequality, British domestic aesthetics, and middle class ennui. Exhibited artists: Jas Eccles, Helen Flanagan, Stacey Guthrie, Elise Hadgraft [Corporationpop], Gregory Hayman, Sadie Hennessy, James Hopkins, Ralph Klewitz, Hana Lait, Eden Latham, Sarah Locke, James McColl, Campbell McConnell, Paul Miller, Matt Mullins, Alexandru Raevschi, Anna FC Smith, Eleanor Turnbull, and Patricia Walsh. View a selection of images from This Was Hardcore.
Our inaugural event, SXRVXVE: An Art Space, ran January 23 – 27 2018 at the Center at West Park Sanctuary Theater. An ambitious week-long exhibition of visual art, together with a variety of one-night events, SXRVXVE showcased works responding to social inequality, the failures of the criminal justice system, and other structures that silence marginalized voices. Ensconced in Romanesque-Revival architecture and Tiffany stained glass, artists reacted to injustice with action, rage, nuance, and humor. National and international featured artists included Adriana Corral, Anne Peabody, Anthony Montouri, Jordan Kady, Olga Gluse, Jennifer Harley, Adriana Tosun, and more. View a selection of images from SXRVXVE: An Art Space.
SXRVXVE: An Art Space included a variety of one-night events, including SXRVXDEO, a short film screening; Valiant Dust, a showcase of Shakespeare’s most powerful and complicated women; and Foul-Mouthed Saints, a night of rambunctious comedy with Josh Gondelman, Sarah Tollemache, Mitra Jouhari, and more.
Through the exhibit and other fundraising events, SXRVXVE raised $4000 for The Crime Victims Treatment Center, enough to provide therapy for 96 survivors. A not-for-profit organization, CVTC is committed to helping New Yorkers heal from violent crime, changing cultural norms around violence, and promoting social justice through progressive legislation and community mobilization.
The Center at West Park is a home for arts, culture, and community in the historic West Park Presbyterian Church, a New York City landmark. The Center is a secular not-for-profit organization that offers a diverse range of programs for artists, audiences, and the neighborhood; manages the building’s facilities; and stewards the restoration of its historic exterior. This production is made possible, in part, through the Center’s Artist Residency program. To learn more about this program and apply for a residency, visit www.centeratwestpark.org.
Pictured: Anne Peabody, Untitled, 2018, part of SXRVXVE: An Art Space. Photograph courtesy Kirby Sokolow.