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Film Club at Grand Union

2012.08.31 | 0 comments
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Monday 3 September 6.30-8pm 

We kick off our new Flim Club nights with the latest Outpost Open Film programme selected by artist film-maker Stuart Croft.

The programme features films by Inez de Coo, Matthew Ferguson, Ian Giles, Georgie Grace, Peter Harris, Paul Harrison, Yuki Kishino, Adam Knight, Anna Lucas, Lucy Pawlak, Vicki Thornton, Rehana Zaman.

Outpost Open Film is a touring show reel of films from OUTPOST’s artist membership. The programme brings together themes that emerged from the submission process: the use of text features prominently, from the hookup web space of Chatroulette to the dismembered voiceover, from lip-syncing the famous to the animated political slogan. The programme is in two parts, both of which are 40 minutes long.

Stuart Croft is an artist-filmmaker. He writes and directs gallery-based films that focus on recurrence, deception, power and desire. Croft is based in London and is a lecturer at the Royal College of Art where he programmed the RCA’s Moving Image Studio.

Outpost is an artist-run gallery based in Norwich and founded in November 2004. See for details.






Oxbow Orchestra, one off collaborations and more

2012.08.08 | 0 comments
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To celebrate the 10th edition of the festival, we are proud to host a number of special collaborations where you can see known performers embarking upon unknown sounds. One such performance we are proud to present is Oxbow Orchestra. Expect strings, woodwinds, brass, operatic backing vocals and classically contained renderings of the Oxbow song book, featuring Eugene S Robinson and Niko Wenner from Oxbow and an Orchestra who will deliver songs new and old in a format unaccustomed to the blood and sweat of a typical Oxbow outing. The textbook definition of ONCE IN A LIFETIME. This ties in very nicely with the first film announcement which will be The Luxury Of Empire, a very intimate portrait of Oxbow at the peak of their artistic maturity, candid interviews and live footage reveals the trials and tribulations of this band. The film programme is coming together nicely with Jeremy Deller’s ‘The Bruce Lacey Experience’ and a number of films curated by Jason Forrest at Network Awesome.

From one large scale event to a couple more (well it is our tenth birthday after all!) Lash Frenzy will perform Vir Heroicus Sublimis’ as an improvised noise collective, featuring members of Anaal Nathrackh, Beestung Lips, Benediction, Sally and Einstellung. Another distinctive pairing will see KK Null and Birmingham’s own ORE in sonic battle. In many ways, KK Null’s collaboration with Lash Frenzy at Supersonic 2010 (with ORE’s Sam on tuba) acted as a proof of concept for the sound of ORE, so it’s entirely fitting to bring the two entities together this year.

The issue of creating art in challenging times is one close to the festival’s heart and an exciting panel discussion will see the topic dissected by some truly inspirational practitioners.. The discussion is called ‘You Can Be You’ and will feature an array of maverick artists including Penny Rimbaud, Jarboe and Eugene Robinson. Offering an insight into some of the hows and whys of maintaining an independent spirit whilst on the very edge of the avant-garde, the panel will debate such topics as, how is the drive to make art is sustained under sometimes-difficult circumstances? and after many years of writing and touring music, will the desire to create ever be satiated?

Given the success of Imperfect Cinema’s cinematic workshop last year, we have invited the team back to host a free workshop exploring DIY modes of filming and cinema only this time, the footage people gather using Super 8 cameras will be edited and used as visuals for Drunk in Hell’s performance. All in all, an exciting opportunity for festival goers to be part of the performance and for them to utilise the unique industrial backdrop in a highly creative way. If you’re interested in booking a place, email with ‘Imperfect Cinema’ in the subject line.


Vinyl Rally will be a large-scale installation combining sound art, video art and kinetic sculpture into every kid and kidult’s dream-hybrid; an immersive participatory play-set playing off vinyl fetishism, video arcade mystique and the machismo of motor sports in a video game played within a real world setting! Classic first person video racing is simulated as remote control cars with styli attached, race across a track constructed from a mass of disused vinyl records. This installation will be realised by Australian artist and glass eating expert Lucas Abela AKA Justice Yeldham. Who’s excited to have a go on this mean machine?


Phew! Lots more info to come, as well as day tickets and volunteering opportunities. Weekend tickets are available to purchase via and don’t forget, if you want to see these sorts of ambitious projects continue, you can support us via our We Fund campaign

Supersonic Taster – photos

2012.08.06 | 0 comments
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Thanks to all who came along to the first of two Supersonic taster events last Saturday at Eastside Projects in Birmingham. The amazing performances, and diversity of acts on show has got us all buzzing for the main event in October. Below are some lovely shots of the event by Katja Ogrin.

Laurence Hunt of Pram opened with a solo percussive project. Creating abstract sounds and looped feedback.

Sarah Farmer presented ‘An Array of Events’ using DIY instrumentation (plus viola)

Iron Fist of the Sun stepped the volume up a notch with a power electronics set

The first UK outing of Justin Broadrick’s new JK Flesh project. And it was LOUD.

King Midas Sound System closed the event with a set touching dub, reggae, drone and noise, plus great vocals from Roger Robinson and Kiki Hitomi

If you missed this event, fret not! A second Supersonic Taster event takes place at London’s Corsica Studios this Thursday 9th August. Tickets are available via

And if you’d like to see more events like this happen, with line ups to be found nowhere else, support us via our We Fund campaign.

One Applination under a Groove

2012.08.02 | 0 comments
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One Applination under a Groove
8pm Friday 31 August to 8am Saturday 1 September 2012

Grand Union, in conjunction with Hooky Street Press and BAZ productions, will be hosting a 12 hour application writing all-nighter / ‘extreme writing event’.*

One Applination under a Groove invites artists, writers and whoever wanders in from local nightclubs by mistake, to write all night in response to a series of quick-fire application writing challenges, tasks and briefs set by art world ‘think-tank’ BAZ.

Please email if you are interested in taking part. Places are limited to 100.

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Participants should bring a laptop if they have one, sleeping bag and biro. Energy focused beverages and food will be available throughout the night. A FREE fry-up will also be provided as reward for the 12 hours of fictitious – and potentially quite pointless – proposal writing.

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Writing produced during the event will be collated into a print on demand publication which all participants will receive a FREE copy of.

One Applination under a Groove is part of the Hooky Street Press project – a new art-writing initiative co-ordinated by Chris Poolman exploring the role, use and value of humour in art-writing.

BAZ are an art-world ‘think-tank’ based at Grand Union.



* Writing West Midlands terminology. Think abseiling whilst reading Terry Eagleton.

Call for new studio holder at Grand Union

2012.08.01 | 0 comments
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Grand Union is currently looking for a new studio holder. Please see to download a PDF with details of how to apply. Deadline 29th August 2012.

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