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HUNGER weekend guide: MODE, Big Dyke Energy and Mark Leckey

A spotlight of events Thursday to Sunday celebrating experimental music and artwork.

We feel like we’re starting to repeat ourselves here, after yet another disastrous week in politics leaving no one in any light of what’s going to happen after October 31st and more thoughts of why the hell is Boris Johnson our PM, it’s time for a well-deserved weekend to forget about the days before.

This Thursday to Sunday is full of cutting-edge music and art shows delving into experimental fields, philosophically, physically and through sound, and so HUNGER have picked out some of these must-attend events for this Weekend Guide.


Suzanne Ciani

All hail the ‘Diva of the Diode’, or otherwise known as Suzanne Ciani, the five-time Grammy award-nominated composer, electronic music pioneer, and classical recording artist.

The trailblazing artist is performing this Thursday at Kings Place, Suzanne is an extremely important and innovative figure in electronic music’s history and the chance to watch her perform is not to be missed.

Find out more information here.

Price n/a, 19:30 – 22:30

Location: Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG


Big Dyke Energy, Michelle Manetti, Club Fitness + Angel D’lite

Get your groove on with Big Dyke Energy this Friday night.

Taking place at Bermondsey’s notorious sweaty warehouse – MOT, the night will feature Michelle Manetti, Club Fitness, Angel D’lite, Elliott and Meach.

Big Dyke Energy welcomes all queer womxn and non-binary, trans+, genderqueer + female-identifying people, the venue features gender-neutral toilets and a strict safe space policy will be in place.

There are also tickets set aside for people on low incomes or unemployed, please DM Big Dyke Energy for more information on this here.

Purchase tickets here.

Price £9, 22:00 – 05:00

Location: Venue MOT Unit 18, Orion Business Centre, Surrey Canal Rd, SE14 5RT

Mark Leckey: O’Magic Power of Bleakness

Somehow, artist Mark Leckey has transformed Tate Britain’s galleries with a life-sized replica of a motorway bridge on the M53 on the Wirral, Merseyside, where the artist grew up. We can’t picture how the logistics of this will exactly work, but we definitely want to go and check it out.

Throughout his work, the bridge has been a recurring motif for Mark, in this instance it is the setting for a new audio play focuses on a group of teenagers inspired by folklore, stories of changelings, ‘fairy raids’ and the artist’s own pre-adolescent experiences.

Alongside the new work, Mark’s seminal Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore 1990 and Dream English Kid 1964–1999 will also be presented.

Mark is one of the most influential artists working today. Since he first came to prominence in the late 1990s his work has addressed the relationship between popular culture and technology as well as exploring the subjects of youth, class and nostalgia.​

Purchase tickets here.

Price £13, 24 September – 5 January

Location: TATE BRITAIN, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

SWITCH// ft. Ikonika, Scratcha DVA w/ Lady Lykez

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Dance music’s heroes old and new are coming to Peckham.

Across Bussey Building’s two floors will host Anz’s multi-genre gems, Riz La Teef’s arsenal of dubplates and Ehua’s command of rolling percussion join dance floor stalwarts Scratcha DVA and Ikonika and the brainchild of three of South London-based’s finest rolling outbreaks, bass and beyond.

A line-up worth forking out for Bussey’s expensive drinks!

Find out more information here.

Price £12, 23:00 – 05:00

Location: CLF Art Cafe [Block A, Bussey Building], 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, London SE15 4ST


MODE 2019: 10hrs of Ambient (GAS, Laurel Halo, Beatrice Dillon)

MODE’s 2019 series has been curated by electronic music DJ Laurel Halo, who has dedicated this year to bring experimental music, visual arts and astonishing performances to unique spaces across London.

This Saturday hosts a unique 10-hour ambient event featuring headline live audio-visual performance from the legendary Wolfgang Voigt performing GAS live, alongside Beatrice Dillon, Kali Malone and many more. A delight for ambient fans, Laurel Halo has brought together some of the most respected artists in this field for a day of live sets designed for deep listening.

MODE runs from September 18 – October 6.

Find out more information here.

Price £30, 13:30 – 00:00

Location: 55 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7

Trevor Paglen: From ‘Apple’ to ‘Anomaly’

A poignant event by Barbican exploring the underbelly of our digital world in this exhibition reveals the powerful, and often hidden, forces at play in artificial intelligence.

Probably not the kindest Saturday excursion if your brain’s feeling a little delicate from the night before, but otherwise an extremely important exhibition in educating people over the potential power AI has over humankind.

Trevor has incorporated approximately 30,000 individually printed photographs, largely drawn from ImageNet, the most widely shared, publicly available dataset. This dataset is archived and pre-selected in categories by humans and widely used for training AI networks. In some cases, the connotations of categories are uncontroversial, others, for example, ‘bad person’ or ‘debtors’, are not. These categories, when used in AI, suggest a world in which machines will be able to elicit forms of judgement against humankind.

Find out more information here.

 Price FREE, 11:00 – 20:00

Location: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Free Movements w/ Sybil, Luca, Dave De Rose, Dan Nicholls + more

Another great night of experimentalism, Free Movement aims to explore the use of music to allow transformative communal experiences. Improvised sound for trance, movement, and mind-expansion, open to all avenues of musical direction but rooted in the power of the rave as an opposition to the repression of consciousness.

Sybil from SIREN, Dave De Rose, Dan Nicholls, and Luca Schiavoni are set to play accompanied with visuals by Hanzo, as well as a Q&A with Christian Duka about ‘Transformative experiences with sound and movement’.

Find out more information here.

Price £5, 20:00 – 02:00

Location: SET, 27a Dalston Lane, London, E8 3DF


BL CL B X: ‘All you need’s an excuse’, London Community Video Archive

Get to know your city a little bit better, ‘All You Need’s an Excuse’ is an exhibition by The London Community Video Archive (LCVA), an organisation that preserves and shares community videos made in the 1970s/80s in London. The exhibition comprises videos made in and around North London, ephemera and community events.

Find out more here.

Price FREE, 12:00 – 17:00

Location: LUX, Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, London, N19 5JF

Hoxton Forward Movement Free Daytime Sunday Gathering with Pop-Up Record Shop & Secret Guest

What a mouthful of an event name eh, nevertheless looks like a Funday Sunday is calling. For the last full daytime party outside at Grow Hackney for 2019, they have organised a day full of exciting things; a record shop van, food, a very special guest as well as DJs including Jessi (H.E.R), Kousto and Dan Formless.

Price FREE, 13:00 – 22:30

Location: Grow, 98C Wallis Road; Main Yard; London E9 5LN


Have a good weekend!

26 September 2019