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DFF: Karol Radziszewski + Supersonic Festival

December 1, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - December 2, 2017 @ 1:00 am

Join us for the December edition of Digbeth First Friday to see late opening of QAI CEE exhibition by Karol Radziszewski 5PM-followed by Supersonic Festival Presents ORE album launch with Adrena Adrena Health & Efficiency ILL

Karol Radziszewski presents a rich selection of Central and Eastern European queer archive materials from the collection of the Queer Archives Institute (QAI). The QAI, established by Radziszewski in November 2015, is a non-profit artist-run organisation dedicated to research, collection, digitalisation, presentation, exhibition, analysis and artistic interpretation of queer archives, with special focus on the countries of the former Eastern Bloc. The QAI is a long-term project open to transnational collaboration with artists, activists and academic researchers. The Institute carries out a variety of activities and projects – from exhibitions, publications, lectures, and installations to performances.The “QAI/CEE” exhibition also features Radziszewski’s photographs and video works.

Karol Radziszewski lives and works in Warsaw (Poland) where he received his MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2004. He works with film, photography, installations and creates interdisciplinary projects. His archive-based methodology, crosses multiple cultural, historical, religious, social and gender references. Since 2005 he is publisher and editor-in-chief of DIK Fagazine. Founder of the Queer Archives Institute.His work has been presented in institutions such as the National Museum, Museum of ModernArt, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; New Museum, New York; VideoBrasil, Sao Paulo; Cobra Museum, Amsterdam; Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow and Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz. He has participated in several international biennales including PERFORMA 13, New York; 7th Göteborg Biennial; 4th Prague Biennial and 15th WRO Media Art Biennale.

The exhibition is free.

Opening Times:
11 November 2017 – 6 January 2018
Tuesday – Friday 11.00 – 18.00
Saturday 13.00-18.00

ORE Album Launch
with Adrena Adrena Health & Efficiency ILL
£5 in adv. upstairs acts:
Free entry downstairs DJs

“Dissonant tones rub together like giant battleships scraping along one another as the duo of Ore alternate between passages of static drone and slow groans of “riff”.” – ATTN:Magazine

“The music David Lynch would use if he was doing a Hovis advert.” – Mark Fell

ORE- BELATEDLY is to be released on 2xLP and digitally via Box Records and features collaborations from Khyam Allami, Beck Baker, Sophie Cooper, Thomas Stone and Kazuyuki Kishino (KK NULL).
ORE is the the drone, doom tuba sound of Sam Underwood. Belatedly in his words:
“The title is derived from the fact that I failed to complete this album the first time around. I started it as a gift to my father when he was diagnosed with lung cancer in late 2014. But I failed to complete it before his death 8 months later. I subsequently aimed to complete it but found that too hard…so had to start the whole thing afresh. This is now ready, Belatedly. ”

Adrena Adrena
Adrena Adrena is a collaboration between visual artist Daisy Dickinson and drummer E-Da Kazuhisa, previously the drummer of the Japanese noise band Boredoms (WEA Japan, Reprise/Warner Brothers) and currently British electronic/post-rock band Seefeel (Rephlex, Warp Records).
The duo cut a raw blend of drums, noise and organic visual work, featuring in their performances an eight foot white sphere that hangs above Kazuhisa’s drum kit and which Dickinson maps videos on to; her work was described by William Barns-Graham of Fluid Radio as ‘cosmological and transcendental, drawing attention to the wonder of the earth and our sensuality on it’.

Health & Efficiency
Health & Efficiency formed in 2009, they are based in Digbeth Birmingham. H&E are Mark (Voice/Gtr), Log (Banjo/Electronics), Ben (Bass), Simon (Gtr), Gurd (Drums), Stef (Bass). They chose their name because young people think it sounds dope, it appeals to ardent muso snobs and fifty-somethings find it hilarious.
“A band who care deeply about their art, their meticulous arrangements clearly appeal to the enthusiastic crowd…”
Drawing influence and inspiration from a heterogeneous selection of art and music H&E combine elements of punk-rock, no-wave, free jazz, psych-folk, minimalist composition, and improvisation into a dynamic balance that sounds spontaneous and harmonious in its execution.

ILL is a genre-evading band which believes in the power of disobedient noise. With a repertoire of precarious pop songs and frequent improvised departures, ILL revel in the right to be weird, exploring the borders between the funny and the sinister, the personal and the political, the mundane and the surreal.
“Grotty, wild, weird, frenzied music… fiercely political.” – The Guardian

Hosted by Supersonic Festival
Starting as a one-day event in Birmingham in 2003, Supersonic Festival, curated and produced by Capsule , is an internationally renowned experimental music and arts festival. Occupying an exalted position at the heart of Birmingham’s cultural life, as well as attracting an international audience.

As part of Digbeth First Friday

At Centrala

Centrala Homepage


December 1, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
December 2, 2017 @ 1:00 am


Unit 4, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street
Birmingham, B5 5RT GB
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