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Fri, Oct 18



Ron Athey - Acephalous Monster

Iconic US performance artist Ron Athey presents his new work. Influenced by WW2 anti-fascist review & secret society Acéphale, the cut-up poetry of Brion Gysin and Athey’s pioneering S&M practice, Acephalous Monster is a radically transformative ritual for resistance.

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Ron Athey - Acephalous Monster
Ron Athey - Acephalous Monster

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Oct 18, 2019, 7:30 PM

CLAY, 1, 2 Regent St, Leeds LS2 7QA, UK


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Internationally acclaimed US performance artist Ron Athey presents his new work Acephalous Monster.

Athey rose to international prominence in the 90’s making performance that explored challenging subjects like the relationships between desire, sexuality and traumatic experience and confronted conservative narratives around AIDS, S&M and body autonomy.

His new work Acephalous Monster is inspired in part by the secret society of Acéphale, the 1930s anti-fascist review and magazine published by philosopher Georges Bataille. Using projections, readings, lectures, appropriated text and sound, and by re-imagining cut-up technique pioneer Brion Gysin’s brutalist Pistol Poem as a vocal/percussive choreography, Athey turns to the Acéphale, the eponymous figure of the headless man, a powerful symbol of radical transformation, and attempts to make sense of a current reality where neo-fascism is mutating, creeping, and marching.

This performance includes nudity, blood letting and graphic sexual content.


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