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Friday, 29th June, 2012
Gallery Talk: Romuald Hazoumè

Entry £Free, 4 pm - 5 pm

Romuald Hazoumé photo: Jonathan Greet
Romuald Hazoumè
photo: Jonathan Greet

Romuald Hazoumè will discuss his work practice and new works within Cargoland, histhird solo exhibition at October Gallery, London. Hazoumè is a multi-faceted artist, who works across a wide range of media, including sculpture, photography, painting and film. His powerful creations mark him as one of the most innovative and exciting personalities to emerge from Africa. Hazoumè’s work first came to prominence in the U.K with the inclusion of his now signature 'masks', appropriated from plastic petrol cans, in the Saatchi Gallery’s Out of Africa show, in 1992. In the past twenty years his work has been widely shown throughout Europe, the United States and Asia, including the British Museum, the Guggenheim, Bilbao, the Museum of Arts and Design, New York and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Currently his works are being exhibited in We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today, atManchester Art Gallery. In 2007, Romuald Hazoumè was awarded the Arnold-Bode-Prize at documenta 12

To reserve you seat goto http://hazoumegallerytalk.eventbrite.com

Saturday, 26 May, 2012

GALLERY TALK:
The Legends of the 84 Mahasiddhas of early Indian Buddhism

Entry £Free (donations welcome)
3 pm

Assembly of Six Mahasiddhas.
Detail of wall painting from the Great Stupa of Mindrolling, Dehradun, India, 2001. Photo courtesy of Gabriel Berde, New York.

 

The Mahasiddhas, literally the ‘Greatly Attained Ones’, lived in India between the 8th and 12th centuries and were the instigators of the highly esoteric Yoga Tantra systems that were finally transmitted into Tibet. The Mahasiddhas came from all walks of life, and the diversity of their often-outlandish legends reveals much about the different approaches to enlightenment.  Robert Beer gives this illustrated talk which will explore some of their pithy life stories.

Book online at:
http://visionsdivinemahasiddhas.
eventbrite.com/

 



Tuesday, 29th May, 2012
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:
Solve et Coagula: An Orphic Mystery Play
Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available

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Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule

The Ancient Greek bard Orpheus can never return to the Underworld after seeking his lost love there. Immortalised yet unable to appreciate His eternal body, he was torn limb from limb by the Maenads… A head, adrift on the elements, found by the Knights Templar and become their oracle, desires to make a new body... The ecology of individual and collective is explored in this ritual theatre. Live song and dance is accompanied by a stop-animation film of the coagulation of a life-size statue (created by Orryelle in 2011) which is a coagulation of 31 smaller wax figures which interlock to form a larger composite figure. After the performance Orryelle will talk about the interior meanings and processes involved, with a Q&A session. Further info at http://www.crossroads.wild.net.au/morph.htm

Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule is a prolific multimedia artist and the director of the Metamorphic Ritual Theatre Company, dedicated to the wo/manifestation of the Wyrd in the realms of the flesh. Orryelle's current creative foci are the Tela Quadrivium, a fourfold alchemic bookweb being progressively published by Fulgur Limited (Conjunctio 2008, Coagula 2011, Solve 2012…); the completion of a series of group Global Chakra Workings at sacred sites around the planet; and the culmination of the Orpheus Working in various media.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Wednesday, 13th June, 2012
ART IN THE CAPITAL presents:
Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude
with Lydia Bauman



Entry £10 /£8 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for lecture at 6:30pm

Lydia Bauman presents Art in the Capital, at October Gallery an illustrated lecture and alternative look at major exhibitions in London's most prominent institutions.  This month Lydia looks at the Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude exhibition. 

Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude
Turner created a revolution in painting at the beginning of the 19th century, responding to a modern industrial landscape with a freer style and new approaches to composition. Yet a lasting dialogue with the 17th century painter Claude lay at the heart of these developments.

Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude (showing at the National Gallery) compares closely related works by Turner and Claude and discovers to what extent Turner was inspired by Claude's mastery of light and landscape.

Tickets come with a complimentary glass of wine or juice, which can be enjoyed before the lecture in the October Gallery, where our current exhibition is Masters of the Transvangarde.


To book tickets online visit http://turnerinspiredlecture.eventbrite.com/
For all enquiries please ask for Jo Walsh 02078311618

 

Wednesday, 6th June - Friday 15th June, 2012
Cultural Co-operation and October Gallery presents:
World City Music Village 2012

£Free

WEDNESDAY 13th JUNE

12:30 – 1:15pm
Festival Club Talk:  Rita Ray
Celebrating Sanctuary in a World City
Rita is a DJ who works extensively to combine her skills as a DJ with live music. At the heart of what Rita does is the desire to play records that turn people on to new, global sounds they’ve never previously heard.

A resident DJ with Max Reinhardt at the Brixton club ‘Mambo Inn’ 1989 – 1997, the DJs’ musical menu of Latin, African and an eclectic mix of Jazz soon established the pair as the hippest and most influential selectors of ‘world ‘ styles in the UK capital.

Beyond her established career as an MC and DJ, Rita has played a key role in the Refugee Council’s annual arts festival “Celebrating Sanctuary” and Platforma, a new national social and cultural resource that promotes and supports refugee artists

1:30 – 2:15pm
Festival Club Performance: Anusha
The name chosen by an Indian classical dance collective, Beeja’, means ‘seed’ in Hindi and carries a sense of transformation and the start of life. This is also this growing dance collective’s mission: to generate new ideas, new understanding and fresh creative forms through dance.

Founded by Anusha Subramanyam a celebrated London-based exponent of Bharatanatyam, or South Indian temple dance, Beeja draws on its members’ skills in various classical Indian dance forms, plus Bollywood, Indian folk, visual arts, music and design.

Beeja’s burgeoning appeal and impressive record of achievement lies in its ability successfully to blend traditional and contemporary Indian musical and dance styles, from classical to folk to pop and hip hop.


THURSDAY 14th JUNE

12:30 – 1:15pm
Festival Club Talk:  Chili Hawes
Masters of the Transvangarde: New sensibilities from around the planet 
Chili Hawes, FRGS, is one of the Founders of October Gallery and has been its Director since it opened in 1979. A native of the Rocky Mountains, she gained a BA in French Literature from Colorado College, followed by a year at the Sorbonne and further post-graduate work in Linguistics at Claremont Graduate School and has taught at all levels of the educational system both in the USA and Australia.

A founder and director of Institute of Ecotechnics - www.ecotechnics.edu - Chili has managed various ecological projects in the high desert of New Mexico, the Outback of Australia and the south of France. She has travelled widely including major research trips for the October Gallery to India, Melanesia, Peru, Southern Africa and Fiji.

1:30 – 2:15pm
Festival Club Performance:  Vayu Naidu
Vayu is a storyteller and Artistic Director of Vayu Naidu Company. Vayu discovered Storytelling in South Eastern India and Chennai, her home city. She came to England in 1988, studying at the University of Leeds for a doctorate on Indian Performance Oral traditions and contemporary western theatre. Her subsequent career has included teaching, writing and performance. In 2001 she founded Vayu Naidu Company, to promote storytelling as theatre, with a signature style combining text, music and dance. Its inaugural production was South, written and performed with musician Orphy Robinson and three dancers (UK tour 2003).


FRIDAY 15th JUNE

12:30 – 1:15pm
Festival Club Talk:  Finbarr Whooley
World Culture in a World City: The Role of the 21st Century Museum
After taking degrees in History (University College, Cork) and later Museum Studies (Leicester University), Finbarr worked at the Livesey Museum for Children in Southwark in the late 1980s.

He went on to run LB Brent’s Museum Service where he assisted many people from the Borough’s cosmopolitan population to represent their specific cultures and histories in a museum setting. In 1999, he moved to the Horniman Museum & Gardens where is Assistant Director.

The Horniman is justly famed for its breathtaking ethnographic collections from across the world as well as for its magnificent gardens that offer panoramic views across London.  Finbarr has helped nurture and sustain the Horniman’s national and international reputation for robust yet nuanced scholarship, thereby appealing to and engaging people from all of London’s diverse communities.

1:30 – 2:15pm
Festival Club Performance:  Guy Schalom
Born in Israel to an Egyptian Jewish family, Guy is currently based in London and has over 20  years’  experience in a range of musical idioms. His broad experience allows him to move effortlessly between performing percussion solos in large-scale productions such as Riverdance (Royal Albert Hall) to leading his own jazz and world music ensembles.

A focus  of  Guy’s  work  is  to  explore  the  connection  between  music  and  dance. He works regularly with Arabic, Jewish and Flamenco dancers to convey this connection - combining choreographies and on-the-spot improvisations.

He has also recorded music for numerous network television programs including Where The Heart Is (BBC), Fat Friends (ITV), Glenn Miller’s Last  Flight (Channel 4) and GMTV.


For further details please see http://www.culturalco-operation.org/festival

Tuesday, 26th June, 2012
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:
Peyote hunters of the holy mountain; …and how to get cactus lodged in your reducing valve
Dr David Luke

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available

Please RSVP on Facebook (afraid so) so that we can anticipate numbers – Please pay on the door.

Dr David Luke

In almost 500 years since the Spanish conquest of Mexico, the Huichol (actually self-named the Wixáritari) were never infiltrated by outsiders, but instead left their ancestral lands in the desert of San Luis Potosí and headed west for the mountains of Nayarit. Hiding out in the inaccessible highlands they held strong against foreign incursions of all kinds, and for half a millennium they have remained true to their shamanic pagan origins, embarking on a month-long journey each year, walking back to their original habitat, the desert of Wirikuta, to harvest their holiest sacrament, the psychedelic peyote cactus.

On their annual pilgrimage the Huichol also pay homage to their ancient holy mountain in the eastern desert, El Quemado, which is both spiritually endowed and minerally rich, loaded as it is with over a billion dollars worth of silver, and is the target of various opencast mining projects... This talk explores the Huichol traditions and current problems, and also discusses recent scientific research into the apparent psi-inducing properties of mescaline, the most psychoactive chemical constituent of peyote.

Dr David Luke directs and curates the Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series at the October Gallery, which occasionally zoops off in new and interesting co-creative directions like the Breaking Convention: Multidisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness. He spends much of his time exploring the apparently magical phenomena of far-flung cults and indigenous groups under the auspices of his role as Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich. He is also the former President of the Parapsychological Association, a past Research Associate of the Beckley Foundation, a current lecturer on the transpersonal psychology MSc at the University of Northampton, and an explorer of lost pirate utopias. He still hasn't written a single book but promises to finish editing the Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness anthology very soon.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Friday, 29th June, 2012
Gallery Talk: Romuald Hazoumè

Entry £Free, 4 pm - 5 pm

Romuald Hazoumé photo: Jonathan Greet
Romuald Hazoumè
photo: Jonathan Greet

Romuald Hazoumè will discuss his work practice and new works within Cargoland, histhird solo exhibition at October Gallery, London. Hazoumè is a multi-faceted artist, who works across a wide range of media, including sculpture, photography, painting and film. His powerful creations mark him as one of the most innovative and exciting personalities to emerge from Africa. Hazoumè’s work first came to prominence in the U.K with the inclusion of his now signature 'masks', appropriated from plastic petrol cans, in the Saatchi Gallery’s Out of Africa show, in 1992. In the past twenty years his work has been widely shown throughout Europe, the United States and Asia, including the British Museum, the Guggenheim, Bilbao, the Museum of Arts and Design, New York and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Currently his works are being exhibited in We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today, atManchester Art Gallery. In 2007, Romuald Hazoumè was awarded the Arnold-Bode-Prize at documenta 12

To reserve you seat goto http://hazoumegallerytalk.eventbrite.com

Saturday, 5th May, 2012

GALLERY TALK:
The Cosmology of the Outer and Inner Universe according to the Indian and Tibetan Buddhist Traditions

Entry £Free (donations welcome)
3 pm

Sunlal Ratna Tamang, Element Mandala from the Kalachakra Tantra, 2005.
Gouache on cotton, 50 x 44.5 cm

Robert Beer explores  the Buddhist ‘Wheel of Life’ painting with its six realms of cyclic existence, and the outer cosmology of our physical universe according to the Kalachakra Tantra. The ‘inner cosmology’ will focus on human embryology, how dreams occur, and how the chakra systems of the subtle body are utilized in various highest Yoga-tantra practices to mimic the death experience.

Book online at:
http://visionsdivinecosmology
.eventbrite.co.uk
/

 



Tuesday, 24th April, 2012
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:
Psychedelics and Brain Imaging
Dr Robin Carhart-Harris

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available

Please RSVP on Facebook (afraid so) so that we can anticipate numbers – Please pay on the door.

Dr Robin Carhart-Harris

This talk will describe the research Robin has been carrying out over the last few years involving brain imaging and psychedelics. This work has been motivated by Amanda Feilding and the Beckley Foundation and done under the mentorship of Prof David Nutt and with the support of Imperial College London and the Universities of Bristol and Cardiff. Robin will describe the rationale, results and implications of their imaging work with psilocybin (magic mushrooms), the early results of an ongoing study with MDMA (ecstasy) and the design of a planned study to assess psilocybin as a treatment for depression. The scientific content will be presented in an accessible way with the hope of stimulating an interest into the neurobiology of psychedelics and their potential therapeutic action.

Robin Carhart-Harris completed his PhD in Psychopharmacology at the University of Bristol after doing an MA in Psychoanalysis at Brunel University, London. In 2009, under the mentorship of Professor David Nutt, Robin moved to Imperial College London to continue his clinical research with the classic psychedelic drug psilocybin (magic mushrooms). Over the last four years, with Amanda Feilding of the Beckley Foundation and David Nutt, they have built up a programme of research with psychedelics that includes brain imaging with psilocybin and MDMA and soon an MRC-sponsored clinical trial to assess the efficacy of psilocybin as a treatment for major depression. Our work with psilocybin is now published in PNAS and the British Journal of Psychiatry with several other relevant papers to follow. This research has been principally supported by the Beckley Foundation (UK) who have been essential to its initiation and success. Additional sponsors have included the Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation, Heffter Foundation and MAPS.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Saturday, 21st April, 2012

GALLERY TALK:
Robert Beer talks about Visions of the Divine

Entry £Free
3 pm

Robert Beer

Robert Beer will discuss the scope of this exhibition, with particular emphasis on the ‘Synaesthesia paintings of John F B Miles’ and ‘The Modern Newar Art Movement'.

Book online at:
http://visionsdivinegallerytalk
.eventbrite.com/



Tuesday, 27th March, 2012
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:
Cosmic Consciousness and the Quest for Hermes Trismegistus
Gary Lachman

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available

Please RSVP on Facebook (afraid so) so that we can anticipate numbers – Please pay on the door.

Gary Lachman

In antiquity, through the Renaissance, and up until the beginning of modern times, the name Hermes Trismegistus was one to conjure with, literally. Thought to be the source of all ancient wisdom and knowledge, founder of civilization, master of magic, the arts, and sciences, Hermes Trismegistus was believed to be a contemporary of Moses, the teacher of Plato, and for some his prestige equalled that of Jesus Christ. Yet in the early seventeenth century, this legendary figure lost all credibility, and the hermetic philosophy associated with his name became a laughing stock. Who was this remarkable individual, why did his mystic teachings lose their standing at the start of the modern age, and is there anything we, at the end of it, can learn from him? My talk will look at the remarkable history of this extraordinary character, at the early Hermeticists pursuit of gnosis and its links to "cosmic consciousness," and will explore the possibilities the teaching of Hermes Trismegistus may hold for us today.

Gary Lachman is the author of more than a dozen books on the links between consciousness, culture, and the western "counter tradition," including Jung the Mystic, Politics and the Occult, and A Secret History of Consciousness. He is a regular contributor to Fortean Times, and has written for the Guardian, Independent on Sunday, TLS, and other journals. In a previous life, he was a founding member of the pop group Blondie.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Saturday, 24th March, 2012
SYMPOSIUM:
Every Picture Tells a Story: Women and Politics Now



Tickets: £6/ £5(concs)
Under 12s - Free
Tickets include refreshments throughout the day.
Wheelchair accessible.
Children welcome.

Celebrated artists, politicians, performers, community workers and LGBT activists will offer insights into contemporary gender issues in this unique symposium hosted by October Gallery Education. Taking Palestinian artist Laila Shawa’s Disposable Bodies No.3 (pictured) as a trigger, the symposium offers a layering of narratives to create a collective portrait of women today. How conflicted will these multiple perspectives be? Do we really need a Women’s History Month anyway?

Explore the politics of motherhood, conflict, careers and disability with poet Dr. Benjamin Zephaniah (When I Grow Up, Talking Turkeys), actor Zawe Ashton (Dreams of a Life, Fresh Meat), Tulip Siddiq (Camden Councillor), artist collective DARTER (currently exhibiting at Whitechapel Gallery) as well as Laila Shawa herself.

This event takes place during Laila Shawa’s current exhibition at October Gallery The Other Side of Paradise. Her mixed media works depict the current chaos in Gaza and explore the psychology of the female suicide bomber.

Along with lively discussion and debate, there will be a film screening by a local young women’s group, in response to being a young woman in London. There will also be a live performance by dub duo The YuYa.

Contact Ella/Beth Education Coordinators for more information
Email: education@octobergallery.co.uk
Tel: 0207 242 7367

Book on line at http://womenandpoliticsnow.eventbrite.co.uk/




Tuesday, 28th February, 2012
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:
High society: Mind-altering drugs in history and culture
Dr Ben Sessa

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available

Please RSVP on Facebook (afraid so) so that we can anticipate numbers – Please pay on the door.

Ben Sessa
Dr Ben Sessa
Ben will discuss:

  • Psychedelic drugs in medicine – very brief history
  • The history of therapeutic MDMA
  • How MDMA works to enhance psychotherapy
  • The scourge of PTSD
  • Risks and relative safety of MDMA
  • Challenges to the clinical use of PTSD
  • MDMA, Politics and Medical Research
  • The future for psychiatry

In Ben’s view this is not a controversial subject – such is the overwhelming evidence for the safety and efficacy of clinical MDMA use, but others may disagree. Please join the debate.

In the spirit of the modern, stream-lined NHS, Dr Ben Sessa will reduce costs by presenting his biography in salient bullet points:

  • 1972 born to a left-wing libertarian Quaker family; encouraged to protest peacefully, shun television, sew and play the piano.
  • 1987 suffered near-death experience on school rock climbing holiday and decided to strive to become ‘the world’s first doctor who didn’t hurt children’.
  • 1994 completed psychology BSc at UCL.
  • 1997 qualified as medical doctor in London in 1997 then went to Oxford to specialise in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
  • 2005 shocked by my profession’s apparent lack of knowledge about psychedelics published an article in the British Journal of Psychiatry – the first mention of medical LSD since the 1960s.
  • 2007 join Professor David Nutt’s psychopharmacology department in Bristol and contribute to the now infamous Home Office review of Ecstasy, which eventually lead to David’s sacking as chair of the ACMD.
  • 2009 become the first person in the UK in 40 years to be legally given a psychedelic drug, when injected by David Nutt with intravenous psilocybin as part of a Bristol University research project.
  • 2011 co-chairs UK psychedelic conference Breaking Convention. Currently working clinically with the National Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and continuing to research psychedelic drugs as medical treatments.
  • 2012 plans to run UK’s first MDMA clinical study
" I am driven to promote the subject of Psychedelic Therapy by the observation that traditional psychiatric treatments are often failing my patients. We owe it to these people to do this research."

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Wednesday 22nd February 2012
FILM - THE CUTTING TRADITION: Insights into Female Genital Mutilation (narrated by Meryl Streep)
Introduced by Nancy Durrell McKenna, Director


7pm
Doors open 18:30pm
Tickets include a glass of wine
£10.00 ticket – Profits to be donated to Safe Hands for Mothers www.safehands.org

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a harmful and brutal practice. It is estimated that up to 140 million women and girls have undergone some form of FGM, which should not be viewed as an isolated practice. Its justification is that it is an important initiation, which reinforces virginity, chastity, purity, marriageability and fidelity.

SafeHands for Mothers is a dynamic young charity whose mission is to reduce maternal and infant mortality in developing countries. The charity was commissioned by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) to make The Cutting Tradition, Insights into Female Genital Mutilation.

The Cutting Tradition is narrated by twice Academy Award Winner, Meryl Streep and was given the prestigious Best Documentary Award at the Australian Victoria independent Film Festival and won an award for Best Direction at the Philadelphia Documentary and Fiction Festival in 2010.

The Cutting Tradition was filmed in five countries: Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia and the UK, and highlights the complex social, religious, cultural and economic issues which underpin the ongoing practice of FGM. FGM is not just a cultural norm in parts of the developing world, but is also occurring among some practicing communities in the UK.

Nancy Durrell McKenna is an award-winning photographer and film-maker who has spent most of her professional life documenting the lives, rituals and traditions of women and families around the world and has produced work in collaboration with British Council, UNICEF, WHO, Save the Children and OXFAM.

In 1993, she won a Gold Award at the International New York Film and Television Festival for the pioneering film 'Birth: Eight Women's Stories' and was awarded The Royal Photographic Society's Combined Royal Colleges Medal, for outstanding contributions to photography in the service of medicine and surgery in October 2007. As Executive Director of SafeHands, Nancy is dedicated to reducing maternal and newborn mortality globally.
Saturday, 18th February, 2012
ARTIST TALK: Laila Shawa

Entry £Free
3 pm

laila shawa
Laila Shawa
Laila Shawa (born in Gaza in 1940 and currently living in London) will talk about her work in her new solo exhibition, The Other Side of Paradise. This new series, which draws on hyper-realism and Pop Art, addresses the phenomenon of female suicide bombers. Shawa investigates, for instance, the underlying conditions which may trigger/motivate the decision to take a path of no return. Shawa will place these new pieces in the context of her larger body of work, including her ongoing series of silk screens and prints The Walls of Gaza, which she started in 1992. Many of her works are socio-political critiques centring on issues such as injustice and inequality, specifically in times of repression, conflict and war, and affecting women and children in particular. Her talk will enable us to gain an insight into her work and her life, which has been dedicated to various artistic, political and educational projects in Gaza, Beirut and London.



Organised by October Gallery and the
Radical Distrust Project, University of Kent.

This workshop featuring Laila Shawa alongside writers, academics and curators will address the ways in which visual cultures construct, represent and contest separatisms, violence and the breakdown of social trust in the Middle East. From the construction of the Israeli West Bank barrier to the street art that festoons it to the multi-layered and subversive works of Laila Shawa, visual cultures have a central role in the establishment of social trust amongst communities in the Middle East.

In this interdisciplinary, interactive forum we wish to examine the role of various visual modes including street art, graphic novels/comics, film, architecture/urban planning, photography, painting, installations, art theory and art education. Questions we will be addressing together are:

  • How does distrust manifest itself in visual icons and in the organisation of space?
  • How do individuals, communities and artists negotiate or contest these visual manifestations of distrust?
  • Can visual arts play a role in redeveloping trust between divided groups? What might this entail?

Speakers will include Laila Shawa, Felicity Allen, Wendy Pullan, Gabriel Koureas, Sue Malvern and William Parry. Refreshments and drinks will be provided.

Spaces are limited for this free event so please RSVP to mariska@octobergallery.co.uk and N.A.Ahmed@kent.ac.uk

Radical Distrust: A Cultural Analysis of the Emotional, Psychological and Linguistic Formations of Religious and Political Extremism, University of Kent
The Radical Distrust research programme serves to analyse the emotional and psychological formations of extreme beliefs through a comparative study of literary texts and performance culture across the areas of postcolonial and Middle Eastern studies. Our research also explores the role that music, youth culture, literature and performance may play in establishing new forms of connectivity.

www.radicaldistrust.org

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Wednesday 1st February, 2012
LEONARDO DA VINCI: Painter at the Court of Milan
An illustrated introduction to the exhibition

Doors open 18:00pm
Tickets include a glass of wine
£8.00 / £6.00 concession

Lydia Bauman

As a painter, Leonardo da Vinci aimed to convince viewers of reality in what they were seeing, while still aspiring to create ideals of beauty. He created exquisite portraits and in his religious works, conveyed a sense of awe-inspiring mystery. We welcome Lydia Bauman, art history lecturer from the National Gallery in London, to present this lecture Leonardo da Vinci – An illustrated introduction to the exhibition.

‘Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan’ at the National Gallery, runs from Wednesday 9th November 2011 – Sunday 5th February 2012 and is the most complete display of Leonardo’s rare surviving paintings ever held. This unprecedented exhibition brings together sensational international loans never before seen in the UK and concentrates on the work produced as court painter to Duke Lodovico Sforza in Milan in the late 1480s and 1490s.

Lydia Bauman is a Polish born artist and art historian. She was educated in Britain, completing a BA hons in Fine Art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and an MA in History of Art with Distinction at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She had since exhibited extensively in Britain and abroad and her work is held in prestigious corporate and private collections worldwide. She has worked as art critic for BBC Radio External Services and Radio Free Europe, as well as translator and art history lecturer for diverse adult audiences, notably at the National Gallery, London. She is currently completing a book on the Great Themes in Art. www.lydiabauman.com

Tuesday, 31st January, 2012
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:
High society: Mind-altering drugs in history and culture
Mike Jay

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available

Please RSVP on Facebook (afraid so) so that we can anticipate numbers – Please pay on the door.

Mike Jay
Mike Jay

Drawing on themes and images from the exhibition he curated at the Wellcome gallery in 2010-11, Mike will survey humanity's engagement with psychoactive plants and chemicals and explore why 'drugs' have developed such a controversial image in the modern West.

Mike Jay is an author and curator who has written widely on the history and culture of drugs. His books include Emperors of Dreams: drugs in the nineteenth century, The Atmosphere of Heaven (on the discovery of nitrous oxide) and the illustrated cultural history, High Society.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.




The October Gallery wish to thank Markson Pianos who have kindly sponsored the piano tuning for this event.

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Tuesday, 29th November, 2011
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:
Plant Psychedelics in the English Courts: Legal Uncertainty & 'Dog Law'
Charlotte Walsh

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available

Please RSVP on Facebook (afraid so) so that we can anticipate numbers – Please pay on the door.

photo: jonathan greet
Charlotte Walsh

Human ingestion of psychedelic plants is thought to stretch from pre-history to the present; in more recent epochs such rituals have been shadowed by attempts at their suppression. This talk looks at the latest efforts to stamp out this praxis on these shores ... and what those of us committed to fighting for our cognitive liberty can do about it.

Charlotte Walsh is a legal academic whose research focus is on psychedelics and the law, viewed from a libertarian, human rights based perspective. She is a founder member of Drug Equality Alliance - an organisation that campaigns for equal rights and protection of all drug users - and is involved in advising individuals prosecuted for activities involving plant psychedelics.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Tuesday, 25th October, 2011
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:
Soil, Soul and Society
Satish Kumar

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available

Please RSVP on Facebook (afraid so) so that we can anticipate numbers – Please pay on the door.

Satish Kumar

The future well being of humanity and the earth is dependent on a new worldview in which the care of the planet, nourishment of the soul and the nurturing of the human community are integrated and seen as a continuum. As the trinity of egalité, liberté and fraternité, we need a new trinity for the age of ecology, which has wholeness, integrity and cohesion. I propose the trinity of soil, soul and society. Our reverence for the earth, our care of the soul and a just order in society represent a vision of sustainability, spirituality and justice.

Satish Kumar is an Indian, currently living in England, who has been a Jain monk and a nuclear disarmament advocate, and has been the editor of Resurgence for the over 30 years. He is also the founder of Schumacher College, an international centre for ecological studies, and of The Small School. His most notable accomplishment is a "peace walk" with a companion to the capitals of four of the nuclear-armed countries - Washington, London, Paris and Moscow, a trip of over 8,000 miles. He insists that reverence for nature should be at the heart of every political and social debate.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Saturday 22nd October, 2011
Tea at 3- Performance by Bloomsbury Voices as part of the Bloomsbury Festival 2011

£Free, 3pm

Tea at 3 is about the continuous joy and quirkiness of living and writing in Bloomsbury and part of the festivities around the Bloomsbury Festival 2011.

Published Poets Stephanie Gerra and Wendy Shutler have been wowing spoken word fans in London with their quirky readings for over eight years. Their performances weave together differing perspectives and voices on subjects ranging from quantum physics, to love, sex and gastronomy. All cunningly underpinned by many references to their literary hood; Bloomsbury, and often full to bursting with allusions to nature and the cycles of the seasons as they impinge upon and bring relief from London’s urban roar.

While their poetic exchanges consist on occasion, of pithy erudition and philosophical musings, all of Stephanie and Wendy’s poetic ‘conversations’ are interspersed with and undercut by humour, satire and this time the wild and touching melodies of singer-song-writer Catherine Paver, whose evocative tracks make you feel like you are sitting around a camp fire in the old wild west.

Served up with delicious tea and cake…..with the utterly charming and unexpected architecture of October Gallery as a setting…what could be more blooming marvellous?

Tickets for this performance are limited, to reserve your seat register at http://teaat3.eventbrite.com/

Saturday, 22 October, 2011
LETTER LOUNGE (Bloomsbury Festival)


2pm - 5pm.
October Gallery Cafe.
£Free Admission


Everyone loves finding a handwritten letter from an old friend on their doormat. The best way to get one is to send one.

We’re all too busy living our lives to ever find the time to put pen to paper, let alone walk to the post box. Letter Lounge will take place in the October Gallery Cafe, and will be a space where you can come along to write the letters you never have time for and enjoy a bit of a social.

It is really very simple; we provide paper, pens, and stamps. All you need to bring is the address of the person you’re writing to and a sunny disposition. We even take the trouble to post your letters for you.

http://letterlounge.co.uk
www.bloomsburyfestival.org.uk
Sunday 9 October, 2011
POETRY CHALLENGE 2011


2.30pm - 5.30pm. Admission by donation

The Poetry Challenge, as always, promises to be a lively event. People, aged 8 to 80, can share this unique opportunity to recite a favourite poem by heart.

Everyone who recites is invited to sponsor one of the main participating charities or any charity of their choice. Now more than ever charities need support and this is a fun way of doing it.

Poets, reciters and audience can experience for themselves why Nicholas Albery, poet and social innovator, set up the Poetry Challenge in 1995. He felt that learning and reciting a poem keeps you young, exercises your brain, and feeds your mind as well as your body:

‘to know a poem by heart / is to slow down/to the heart’s time’; ‘to pay homage to intensity’ and to have ‘a poem by your side / through the valleys and the shadows / in the day and the night’.
Admission to venue by donation. You are welcome equally as reciter and as listener. If you intend to recite it would be helpful to let us know you are coming, email us to receive a sponsorship form at pc2011@hotmail.com

To register please visit: http://poetrychallenge2011.eventbrite.com/

The charities we are sponsoring are:
The Natural Death Centre (www.naturaldeath.org) an educational charity founded by Nicholas Albery, runs a free helpline giving advice on all aspects of dying, bereavement and funerals, in particular family-organised and ‘green’ funerals. It depends entirely on donation and book sales.

Parents for Inclusion (www.parentsforinclusion.org) has changed the lives of many families with disabled young people over the last 25 years and the professionals who work with them. Our work enables people to gain the understanding, build the skills and grow the confidence needed for creating a world where everyone is welcome and belongs right from the start.

Sumatran Orangutan Society SOS (www.orangutans-sos.org). These gentle cousins of ours are facing extinction due to the exploitation of the rain forest for palm oil plantations. One of their last habitats is the Leusar National Park. Lucy Wisdom founded SOS in response to her diagnosis of cancer 14 year ago.
Tuesday, 27th September, 2011
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:
Bard Medicine: Sacred Elixirs and Tantric Mantras from the Pen of the Dragon
Peter Moore

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available

Please RSVP on Facebook (afraid so) so that we can anticipate numbers – Please pay on the door.

Peter Moore

Peter Moore (aka Pen Dragon) is a performance poet, pirate prophet and heretic healer who fuses myth, magic and slyly self-mocking tales of mystical misadventure into a wryly romantic, psychotropic-semantic cocktail so salty it should come with a Class A categorisation. An avid traveller, he has toured extensively in India and elsewhere including an eighteen month stint aboard the Institute of Ecotechnic's Research Vessel Heraclitus. Artistically he seeks to distil the essence of the multiplicity of spiritual traditions into a poetic perennial philosophy both piquant and pertinent enough to inoculate against those twin enemies of true illumination - the Scylla of supercilious scientific cynicism and the Charybdis of uncritical New Age vacuity.

He divides his time equally between living and writing in India and performing at festivals, rituals and private gatherings in the UK and elsewhere. He is currently working on a volume of poetry, prose and visionary art with the working title of 'Rimes of Passion'.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Saturday 17th September 2011
Gallery Talk: Owusu-Ankomah
Owusu-Ankomah
Owusu-Ankomah
Photo: Dagmar Calais
£Free, 3pm

Striking signs and symbols, circles of shining orbs - an opportunity to hear Owusu-Ankomah speak about his latest works, artistic practise and exploration of mysterious sacred sites. Using a palette of new colours, the artist muses about the possibility of a parallel coexistence of multi dimensional universes. To accompany the exhibition
Microcron – Kusum
(Secret Signs - Hidden Meanings)
at October Gallery.

To reserve your place visit:
http://owusuankomah.eventbrite.com

Friday 16 September, 2011
Karma Tshering: Film Viewing and Director's Talk


6:30pm – 9pm
Entry by Donation
Doors Open:  6:30pm
Film Begins:     7:00pm
Refreshments Available


The last time October Gallery showed one of Karma Tshering’s Bhutanese Films there was not a dry eye in the house.We’re delighted to welcome Karma back to London, for an exclusive viewing of ‘Chepai Bu (My Beloved Son)’.

'Chepai Bu’ won nine awards in the first Bhutanese Film Award’s 2001and is about the transition between modernity and tradition in Bhutan.  The story is set around an innocent boy from a rural village and how moving to the city changes his life.

We welcome you to take part in Karma’s film on the Bhutanese world and a post viewing discussion on life and film making.

Register your interest at:  http://karmatsheringchepaibu.eventbrite.com

Rachid Koraïchi: Winner of the Jameel Prize, 12 September 2011, Announced at the V&A on 12 September 2011.
The Jameel Prize 2011: Shortlist Exhibition
Owusu-Ankomah
Rachid Koraïchi, Les Maîtres Invisibles (The Invisible Masters), 2008.
348cm x 200cm , Black and White Appliqué
Until 25 September, 2011
10:00 – 17:45pm

V&A Museum, Cronwell Road
London, SW7 2RL

ADMISSION £FREE

October Gallery is delighted to announce that Rachid Koraïchi has won the prestigious Jameel Prize at the V&A. The award ceremony took place on12 September and Rachid Koraïchi was announced the winner by Hasan Jameel, Martin Roth, Director of the V&A, and Ed Vaizey MP.

Rachid Koraïchi is showing his winning works, a selection of embroidered cloth banners from a series entitled Les Maitres Invisibles (The Invisible Masters, 2008), alongside works by the other nine artists and designers shortlisted for the Prize. The exhibition is currently at the V&A and will tour to venues across Europe and the US.

“When the announcement was made my first reaction was one of surprise - but of course, also, one of great pleasure. I think the quality of the artists short-listed meant that any one of us could have been chosen. I think that taken all together we represent the immense talent and creativity of the world of Islamic art as it exists in the present.”
Rachid Koraïchi, 12 September, 2011

The Jameel Prize is conducted in partnership with Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI).  The prize was conceived after the redesign and redisplay of the V&A’s Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art, which opened in July 2006. The gallery is an outstanding presentation of the rich artistic heritage of the Islamic world, and the prize aims to raise awareness of the thriving interaction between contemporary practice and this great historical heritage. It has also contributed to a broader understanding of Islamic culture and its place in the world.

Rachid Koraïchi was born in Algeria and now lives and works between Tunisia and France.

In his work he uses Arabic calligraphy and symbols and ciphers from a range of other languages and cultures to explore the lives and legacies of the 14 great mystics of Islam. The work aims to show that the world of Islam, in contrast to contemporary perceptions of crisis and violence, has another side entirely, evident in the tolerant and sophisticated writings of great Muslim thinkers and poets such as Rumi and El Arabi.

If you are interested works by Rachid Koraïchi for collection purchase, please contact Elisabeth Lalouschek or Chili Hawes to schedule a viewing appointment on 02072427367 or art@octobergallery.co.uk .
Wednesday 17th-20th August, 2011
Concise Oxford English Dictionary: ‘Words of the Century’
Photography exhibition.
'fun fair' by Jimmy Symonds

“Words of the Century’ is an exhibition of 100 monochrome photographs by artist Jimmy Symonds. It is being shown as part of the centenary celebrations of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, which will take place at the October Gallery over four days in August, to be curated by the Oxford University Press.
For this exhibition, the artist has painstakingly researched new words and phrases that entered the English language in each year of the twentieth century, then illustrated them with one of his photographs.

The work is presented in a series of ten hand-made concertina-style artist books, one for each decade of the twentieth century, that stretch across the gallery space to give the sense of a ‘sculptural dictionary’. The photographs were taken between 1994 and 2010, in places as diverse as Lincolnshire and Jakarta.

Jimmy Symonds studied English Literature and Primary Education at the University of Cambridge, and later went on to the Royal College of Art to complete an MA in photography. His work has been exhibited widely, including London, Oxford, Madrid, Belfast, New York, Winchester and Bangkok.

Tuesday, 26th July, 2011
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:
Ayahuasca and Degenerative Illness: A Personal and Anthropological Exploration of How One Woman Found Her Cure
Aprile Blake

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available

Please RSVP on Facebook (afraid so) so that we can anticipate numbers – Please pay on the door.

A profound story of how Ayahuasca, the enthneogenic wonder of the Amazon, is healing one woman’s terminal illness. In her early 20s, Aprile Blake, was diagnosed with the rare, chronic, degenerative and deformative illness; ‘Acromegaly’. Repelled by the consequences of the biomedical intervention, she delved into the surprising and expansive world of alternative and cross-cultural approaches to healing. This was the beginning of a life journey, the revealing of a dharma, as it were, which would ultimately lead to her salvation.

With a background in Medical Anthropology and the unique insight available only to those who have overcome huge personal adversity; Aprile will explore the meaning of chronic illness in today’s world; in the Western frame as well as in the context of other healing systems. Covering themes of self-hood, embodiment, the human condition, metaphor, ontology and faith, this discussion embraces the search for meaning in the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual realms. It reveals why enthneogens are more pertinent than ever before, and their role in mending the chasm in our broken relationship to spirit and our own divinity. All this is interweaved through the trajectory of a personal healing odyssey that also explains the nitty gritty of how Ayahuasca actually cures degenerative illnes.

Irish woman Aprile Blake, spent many years of her early adult life larking about various Asian and South America countries. Whilst it was fun, in truth, she was disillusioned and searching for something more, though what that was, she didn’t exactly know. It was during this time that she began to become very ill, and so it was that from the age of 24, her life was to be become dominated by this unusual condition. Betwixt and between bouts of illness episodes, Aprile has had a varied career path; NGO co-ordinator, journalist, documentarian, festival super-administrator and even vintage stall proprietor, all of which reflect her wide interests. But, it was the awarding of an MSc in Medical Anthropology, with distinction, in 2001, which marks her true passion; a fascination with cultural conceptions of health and illness and the truths inherent in healing modalities found in non-Western contexts. Though a formalised academic career was never pursued, her experiences, in the field, with her personal illness, has given her a vast cross-cultural and profoundly deep insight into the true nature of chronic illness and what it means to really heal.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

12th – 16th July 2011, 12:30 – 5:30pm
CUT IT OUT
(October Gallery Theatre)
Image by Matthew Heaney, 2011

In collaboration with October Gallery Education and Coram’s Fields Youth Centre, young people aged 13-25 respond to the dramatic coalition government cuts to the public sector through Cut It Out; an exhibition and series of live performances.

Cut it Out confronts the political decisions that directly affect the lives of those too young to vote and challenges the stereotype of the ‘apathetic, apolitical teenager’ head on. From Hip Hop and RnB to comic strips and film making, the young people involved are determined to let their voice be heard and to showcase their exceptional creative talent; to prove that young people today offer a politically articulate, intelligent and engaged future – ‘the not-so-lost generation’.

Events:
Friday 15th July, 2011, 6-8pm - Cut it Out Performance
The project will culminate in a multi-media performance event showcasing the work of Sporadix Dance Crew and hiphop artists EpiQ’E, Damaris and Kreepz, alongside an exhibition including film, installation, photography, graphic design and textiles.

RSVP to education@octobergallery.co.uk
Supported by Camden Council Youth Opportunity Fund

Tuesday, 28th June, 2011
INDIGENOUS ART NOW
Forum of artists’ talks and debate &
Artlink Indigenous magazine launch

Christian Thompson, Untitled #6', 2010, from the 'King Billy' series, C-type print, 144 x 100 cm, Photo © artist.

Organised by October Gallery, Artlink and Framer Framed.

3.00 pm: forum of artists’ lectures and panel discussion
Wonderful opportunity to meet and discuss with artists, editors and other art lovers from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

World known artists represented by contemporary art magazine Artlink Indigenous as well as artists from the exhibition Current will talk about the critical issues their work raises, including Fiona Foley on ‘public art that bites back’, Vernon Ah Kee about ‘some inconvenient truths’ and Christian Thompson who will address ‘identity and disguise’. Daniel Browning, ABC Radio National broadcaster and guest editor of Artlink Indigenous, will moderate the debate. Stephanie Radok, co-editor of the issue will also participate.

6.00 pm: launch Artlink Indigenous, Beauty and Terror (vol 31 no2)
Artlink Indigenous is a new enterprise from the contemporary art magazine Artlink from Australia. Artlink has embarked upon a three year project to bring out an annual issue each June, in response to international demand for a magazine that records and critiques developments in Indigenous art in Australia; the inaugural issue is June 2011.

Artlink Indigenous comprises 34 articles and reflects the huge contrasts in contemporary indigenous art in Australia. The editorial mirrors the complex geographical, philosophical and cultural matrix of remote and regional area art. Topics include: ‘Branded: the Indigenous Aesthetic’, legacies of art produced under colonialism and international perception and understanding of Aboriginal art. Artlink Indigenous profiles diverse artists, from Mary Anne Mugatopi to Jason Wing, Dennis Nona, Jo Rootsey, Darren Siwes and Trevor Nickolls.

These events are free but please RSVP and reserve at
RSVP to attend debate & launch


www.artlink.com.au
www.framerframed.nl/en


Saturday, 25th June, 2011. 3pm
Artist Talk – CURRENT:
Contemporary Art from New Zealand and the Pacific

Andy Leleisi'uao, Cryptid Illuminati, 2010. Acrylic on canvas panels, each panel 1520 x 760 mm, image courtesy Whitespace New Zealand

Andy Leleisi'uao, Cryptid Illuminati, 2010. Acrylic on canvas panels, each panel 1520 x 760 mm
image courtesy Whitespace New Zealand

Deborah White, curator; facilitates a discussion with Andy Leleis’uao, James F. Ormsby, Virginia King and Nic Moon the artists of CURRENT: Contemporary Art from New Zealand and the Pacific.

This conversation uncovers how each artist, in their own unique way, addresses economic and environmental sustainability in the region and draws upon specific cultural traditions to explore, renew and express ‘current creative identity’.

For more information on CURRENT click here: www.octobergallery.co.uk/exhibitions/2011cur/index.shtml

Saturday, 25th June, 2011. 12.30 - 1.30pm
“Woman of Words”: Katherine Mansfield
by Virginia King
October Gallery Club Room

Katherine Mansfield, by Virginia King

ENTRY by Donation to Katherine Mansfield Society
Recommended £3.00 per person, more accepted.


If I were allowed one single cry to God, that cry would be ‘I want to be real'
–Katherine Mansfield

This event is a celebration of Virginia King’s commission to construct a new sculpture of Katherine Mansfield in Wellington, New Zealand. Co-organised by the Katherine Mansfield Society and the New Zealand Studies Network (UK and Ireland), it will be hosted by October Gallery in association with Whitespace , Auckland and coincides with King’s exhibition in the group show ‘CURRENT: Contemporary Art from New Zealand and the Pacific’ at October Gallery, and part of this year’s City of London Festival.

The sculpture competition was initiated by the Katherine Mansfield Society shortly after it was founded in November 2008. The aim was to create an arresting and imaginative image of Katherine Mansfield, to be located on a central site in her home town of Wellington. King was among the many local sculptors and artists who submitted work. Her Mansfield, “Woman of Words”, stands out as a towering figure, as befits a national icon, one hand raised as if in supplication, in a gown that swirls into space; most striking are the hundreds of words and phrases that create the figure’s unique texture, homage to Mansfield the writer’s mastery of language. At night the figure will become an illuminated lantern. The Society is supporting fundraising for the statue.

The event will consist of a lecture introducing Mansfield, the woman and her work, by Dr Gerri Kimber, the Society’s Chair. The New Zealand actress Bridget Armstrong will read the quotations from Mansfield’s work in the lecture, and then she will read the well known story set in Wellington, “The Doll’s House”. This will be followed by a address from Virginia King on how she arrived at her artistic impression of Mansfield, and how she proposes to carry out the commission.

12.30 : Introduction by Jo Walsh and Janet Wilson
12.35 : Lecture by Dr Gerri Kimber
1.00 : Reading of "The Doll’s House" by Bridget Armstrong
1.15: Talk by Virginia King on her sculpture of Katherine Mansfield

SPEAKER PROFILES
Dr Gerri Kimberkms@katherinemansfieldsociety.org
Gerri Kimber is Chair of the Katherine Mansfield Society and Co-Editor of Katherine Mansfield Studies. She is the author of Katherine Mansfield: The View from France (2008), and A Literary Modernist: Katherine Mansfield and the Art of the Short Story (2008). She is the co-editor of Katherine Mansfield and Literary Modernism (2011) and Celebrating Katherine Mansfield: A Centenary Volume of Essays (2011). [S1]

Bridget Armstrong
New Zealand-born actress Bridget Armstrong took the leading role in the BBC television film "KM and LM: The Trials of Friendship" playing the Katherine figure alongside Ida Baker, Katherine's companion and friend. In the series "A Picture of Katherine Mansfield" for BBC television she played the lead in the dramatisation of the short story "Man Without a Temperamen". Bridget has also devised and performed her one-woman show about the life of Robin Hyde called “The Flight of the Godwit” to great acclaim all over New Zealand.

Tuesday, 21st June, 2011
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:
Telemaque in Marmelade: How Mesmerism met Vodou in Pre-Revolutionary Haiti
Dr John Cussans

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available

Please RSVP on Facebook (afraid so) so that we can anticipate numbers – Please pay on the door.

John Cussans
John Cussans

John Cussans is an artist, writer and educator who lives and works in London. He completed his PhD - Revolting Subjects and Epidemic Disorder: Georges Bataille, Heterology and Broadcast Horror - in 1995 before setting of to Mexico to research the story of the Narco-Satanicos. In 2001 he co-founded The Bughouse, an arts/psyop network inspired by the writings of Philip K Dick which generated Project VALIS and The Ideoplasmic Congress events in the early 0's. In 2009 he participated in the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince Haiti where he produced the video 'Invisible Mirrors' which tells the story of a UN-led ritual binding of a monumental pig in down town Port-au-Prince in 2004. He is currently working on a public presentation to the community of Grand Rue in Port-au-Prince about the historical meeting of Vodou and Mesmerism in pre-Revolutionary Haiti.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Saturday, 11th June, 2011
Open Garden Squares Weekend
 
This is the second year that October Gallery has shared its beautiful courtyard and participated in the Open Garden Squares Weekend - www.opensquares.org/
This year we will running a yummy cake kitchen and have refreshments for sale during the whole afternoon. We invite you to come and enjoy our courtyard garden and encourage everyone to take part and explore and discover new and beautiful spaces around town.

You can purchase tickets from:
- The ticket hotline on 020 8347 3230 (Mon – Friday / 9am – 6pm)
- Online from www.capitalgardens.co.uk

One ticket allows entry to the 200 gardens participating around London. Ticket prices are £7.50 in advance and guidebooks are supplied with each order of tickets. The closing date for advance bookings is Monday 6th June 2011

MORE ABOUT OCTOBER GALLERY COURTYARD:
Originally St George the Martyr School, built in 1863, October Gallery was founded in 1979 and is dedicated to the appreciation of art from all cultures around the world.

In the centre of the building is an open-air garden courtyard with fruit trees, shrubs and flowers. This provides a delightful setting, reflecting the ethos of the gallery and its artists. The garden is an unexpected refuge in the heart of urban London and another one of Bloomsbury's best-kept secrets.

October Gallery is named after the month in which the gallery was founded, a season associated with ripeness and fruition.

Thursday, 2nd June, 2011
Performance – DIANA BARONI TRIO



Doors will open at 7pm
Performance will be at 8pm
Refreshments will be available
Tickets £20.00 or Concession with ID £15.00

October Gallery, with great pleasure, hosts an intimate evening performance by the Diana Baroni Trio. This is a exclusive event, so tickets are limited.

Diana Baroni Trio (dbTRIO) have appeared in the most prestigious festivals of Barouque and World Music around the globe. Diana formed dbTrio to create a link between the sonorities of the XVIII century and the traditional music of the New World colonies.

dbTRIO emphasizes the warmth and intimacy of a chamber music ensemble, recreating a unique musical style through afro-amerindian songs and powerful rhythms. Composed of Tonadas, Pasacalles, Valses, this is a repertory of oral tradition, upholding the fundamentals of South-American folklore. This time rich music, combined with sonic poetry, portraits Latin culture in its full passionate beauty.

dbTRIO features Diana Baroni, Argentinean Flutist and Singer; Rafael Guel, Traditional Guitar & Voice; with Kora player Tunde Jegede, who brings African traditions to this colourful repertory richness.

Book your ticket here for a mesmerising evening of artistic collaboration: http://dianabaronitrio.eventbrite.com/

DISCOUNT FOR WEBSITE AND NEWSLETTER FANS: £5.00 off each ticket when you book using eventbrite before Tuesday 31 May
Use code: dbTrio for your discount to apply.

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17-25th May 2011
Bamako & London
…a collaborative exhibition of exchanges

Bamako&London is a cross-cultural and multi-vocal portrait photography
exhibition project supported by narrations and film footage from both cities. A photographer from Bamako is collaborating with a photographer from London to bring together the every-day of their respective cities in one exhibition. The topics football, taxi drivers, family meals, drinking tea and making music will be revisited in the
images and voices of a range of British and Malian individuals themselves. Two identical site-specific exhibitions will be displayed for up to one month in museum galleries, London (UK) and Bamako (Mali). The exhibition will travel consecutively to both countries.

Venues
the exhibition will show 17-25th May 2011 in London at October Gallery (www.octobergallery.co.uk 12h30-17h30) and at the
Musée de Bamako in Mali end September 2011

Twenty portrait photographic images tell a range of ‘every-day’ scenes of
individuals with their stories re-told via transcriptions.

Silent recordingsof CCTV-style footage are projected depicting every day
events in London and Bamako.

Events. There will be related events and a education programmes running throughout the exhibitions

See: www.bamakoandlondon.com

images © Alioune Bâ and Diane Patrice

7th - 11th June 2011, 12:30 - 5:30pm
PANGAEA 3011: MUSEUM OF THE FUTURE
(Theatre Showroom, October Gallery)

Andy Leleisi'uao, Cryptid Illuminati, 2010. Acrylic on canvas panels, each panel 1520 x 760 mm, image courtesy Whitespace New Zealand

Experience the sights, sounds and stories of the world in 1000 years time, created and curated by young people from refugee families.


Public Performance and Guided Museum Tour
11th June at 1pm and 3pm

Admission Free but booking recommended.
To reserve a place or for more information contact Beth Atkinson, Education Coordinator: education@octobergallery.co.uk

Friday 15th April 8pm
Saturday 16th April 3pm & 8pm, 2011
MAROUF THE COBBLER
the last tale of the Arabian Nights is a fantastical story of wealth, poverty, trickery passion and greed, where desires are manifested and fate and faith entwine.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to showings
£8/£6 (conc)

Marouf, a poor and desperate cobbler, flees his brutal wife and is magically transported to a faraway country where he discovers:

“In a land where no-one knows you, there do what likes you!...”

By tricking all to believe he has wealth beyond measure, Marouf gains the riches of the land to squander and finally even the hand of the King’s daughter.

As the truth of his status unfolds, how will Marouf avoid being killed “by the foulest fashion of death!”?

. ..come and see the play! Sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Tickets available from http://maroufthecobbler.eventbrite.com

Saturday, 14th May, 2011
CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE BIOSPHERE
Frontiers of the Future

A day not to be missed. Four luminary thinkers join to speak about the earth, our minds, our universe and the future. An afternoon spent exploring the mysteries of ecology, cosmos and consciousness, followed by dinner with spirited conversations and then a fusion of art, poetry and dancing at the Synergetic Fusion Salon.

Programme arranged by: Institute of Ecotechnics Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness Lecture Series with the Scientific and Medical Network

Afternoon Talks (Colloquium)
3:00pm-6:30pm



John Allen
John Allen
Biosphere, Ethnosphere and Emergent Evolution
Author of Me and the Biospheres and Far out and Far Away

Inventor of the Biosphere 2 project, the visionary polymath will speak and discuss the relationships between the Earth's biosphere, technosphere and ethnosphere (cultures), and imagines what humans could become if we are willing to consciously participate in our own evolution.
Ralph Metzner
Ralph Metzner
Expansion of Consciousness in the Individual and Society
Co-author of Birth of a Psychedelic Culture with Ram Dass

Author of many books, practicing psychotherapist and Professor Emeritus at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Involved in consciousness research for over 50 years, including psychedelics, yoga, meditation, and shamanism, he is co-founder and president of the Green Earth Foundation, a non-profit educational organization devoted to healing and harmonizing the relationship between humans and the Earth.

Amanda Feilding
Amanda Feilding
Frontiers of the Mind: Exploring Human Capabilities
Scientific director and founder of the Beckley Foundation

Amanda Feilding, has had a life-long interest in consciousness and its altered states, and is dedicated to furthering the understanding of this still elusive subject. In the early 1960s she studied mysticism and comparative religions at Oxford with Professor R.C. Zaehner, and has been engaged in the independent study of psychology and neurophysiology ever since. In 1998 she set up the Beckley Foundation and, in collaboration with leading scientist around the world , she initiates and carries out pioneering research into altered states of consciousness. Thereby opening up the doors of research into this vital, but taboo, topic.

Bernard Carr


Bernard Carr
Cosmos, Creation and the Culmination of Consciousness
Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Queen Mary

Bernard Carr’s research includes the early universe, black holes, dark matter and the anthropic principle. He is the author of more than two hundred scientific papers and editor of "Universe or Multiverse?". His interests include psychical research and the relationship between physics and consciousness. He is a former President of the Society for Psychical Research and currently Chairman of the Scientific and Medical Network.

The afternoon will be chaired by David Luke, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Greenwich, London,and Director of Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness Lectures Series.


Dinner
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Catered Dinner in Café/Courtyard
(optional for participants)

Synergetic Fusion Salon
8:30pm - 11:30pm


8:30pm – 8:45pm
John “Dolphin” Allen
Reading from his Liberated Space novel from the Haight-Ashbury scene in 1967 when Bobby Kennedy was shot, accompanied by a slide show.

8:45pm - 9:00pm
Ralph Metzner
Reading from Web of Life, poetry with video accompaniment.

9:00pm - 11:30pm
EarthDance
Hosted by DJ Jon "Om" Petit - Funky Psychedelic Audio Experimentalist with releases on Dragonfly/Aquatec/Twisted & Nano Records has DJ'd all over the world at legendary parties like Skylab, Return To The Source, Samothraki (Greece), Universo Parrallello (Brazil) and many more!

Full Programme* (includes dinner) £50
Colloquium* £30
Dinner and Fusion Salon £25 (£22.50 conc.)
Fusion Salon £10 (£7.50 conc.)

*50% discount for FULLTIME students*, including masters & PhD students Sponsored by SMN

Online booking at:
http://frontiersofthefuture.eventbrite.com/

Further enquiries to
books@synergeticpress.com
Tuesday, 29th March, 2011
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:
Ancient Mindscapes
Paul Devereux

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available

Please RSVP on Facebook (afraid so) so that we can anticipate numbers – Please pay on the door.

Paul Devereux

An audio-visual presentation on the nature of ancient sacred geographies in which we learn how ancient cultures worldwide invested their territories with spiritual and mythical meaning – from the Nazca Lines in Peru to Buddhist soundscapes in Asia, from effigy mounds in the Americas to a new explanation for Stonehenge, and a great deal more.

Paul Devereux is a prolific author, with many articles, a range of peer-reviewed papers, some contributory chapters, a few blogs, and 27 published books to his credit. Some of his books include Secrets of Ancient and Sacred Places, Re-Visioning the Earth, Haunted Land, The Sacred Place, and The Long Trip. His latest (2010) is Sacred Geography. He also lectures and gives workshops worldwide to various types of audiences, from academic to general, is the managing editor of the peer-reviewed publication, Time & Mind - The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture (www.bergjournals.com/timeandmind), and is a research affiliate with the Royal College of Art (see www.landscape-perception.com). His personal research currently centres around the study of sound at archaeological sites, general consciousness studies, and he is in the early stages of developing a fresh parapsychology project.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Tuesday, 22nd February, 2011
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:
The Abuses of Enchantment
Mark Pilkington

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available

Please RSVP on Facebook (afraid so) so that we can anticipate numbers – Please pay on the door.

Mark Pilkington

In this audio-visual presentation Mark shows how military and intelligence operators have shaped and exploited beliefs in UFOs, ghosts, monsters, vampires, and elements from folklore and conspiracy theory to create an armoury of supernatural weapons of mass deception capable of manipulating consciousness on a grand scale. The inspiration for these toys, tools and techniques has come from a range of sources including fiction, cinema, stage magic, advertising and occultism and has, for many of its intended and unintended targets, altered their very perception and understanding of the world around us.

Mark Pilkington has written for Fortean Times, the Guardian, Sight & Sound, The Wire, Frieze, The Anomalist and a host of other magazines and journals. His book 'Mirage Men: An Adventure into Disinformation, Paranoia and UFOs' was published in July 2010. Mark also runs Strange Attractor Press, editing and publishing its occasional Journal, organising events and exhibitions and broadcasting on Resonance FM. When not squinting at words, Mark can be found playing synthesisers and electronic gizmos with musical outfits including Disinformation, The Asterism, Raagnagrok and Urthona.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Saturday 29 January, 2011
Gallery Talk: Govinda Sah 'Azad'
John Allen
Govinda Sah 'Azad'
photo: Jonathan Greet
3pm
£Free

Govinda’s new paintings are based on fantastical cloud formations and tumultuous skies, which he depicts through large canvases. His free flowing works invite the viewer to consider light and dark, space and the passage of time. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear this versatile artist from Nepal talk about his inspiration, his work methods - which includes use of oil, acrylic and spray paint.

Govinda's exhibition Transcriptions will be showing from 27th January to 26th February 2011
Wednesday 19 January, 2011
LIMINAL - SUBLIMINAL:  AN EVENING OF POETRY AND PAINTINGS WITH MIMI KHALVATI, ZIBA KARBASSI AND STEPHEN WATTS
John Allen
Golnaz Fathi, Scrolls (triptych), 2006. Acrylic on paper, each 1000 x 55 cm
7pm
Tickets £8 (£6 conc).
A special mezze ticket is available of £13, (£11 conc) and includes a choice of Iranian based snacks.

Against a backdrop of paintings by contemporary Iranian Artist Golnaz Fathi, poets Mimi Khalvati and Ziba Karbassi will read poems that reflect their Iranian heritage. Poet and translator Stephen Watts will read the English translations of Karbassi's poems.

Mimi Khalvati’s beautifully crafted poems reflect both her Persian and English influences. She is well-versed in many poetic forms, in particular the Persian verse form, Ghazall. Her most recent collection The Meanest Flower (2007) was shortlisted for the 2007 T. S. Eliot Prize.

Ziba Karbassi is one of the rising stars of Iranian poetry. She has published seven volumes of poetry in Persian which have received wide critical acclaim. She has been translated into several languages. An entire volume of her poetry is being translated into English by Stephen Watts.

Golnaz Fathi is a member of an exciting group of contemporary artists currently working in Iran and is one of only a tiny handful of women trained to the highest level within the discipline of Islamic calligraphy. Fathi’s work is dense with potential meanings and interpretive possibilities. She investigates abstract forms of representation and uses modern media to aid her exploration.

Tickets are available from the Poetry Society website www.poetrysociety.org.uk or by calling 020 7420 9886. There is a booking fee of £1 on telephone bookings.

2010

Wednesday 1st December, 2010
TALK: AN EVENING WITH JOHN DOLPHIN ALLEN -
ECOLOGIST, POET, PHILOSOPHER AND
INVENTOR OF BIOSPHERE 2
John Allen
John Allen

7:30 pm (doors open 7:00)
Tickets £7 (£5 conc).

Proceeds to go to support the Research Vessel Heraclitus (www.rvheraclitus.org)

Join us for a stimulating meeting with the luminous mind of John Dolphin Allen who will read from his poetry and other writings, including his award winning book, Me and the Biospheres: A Memoir by the Inventor of Biosphere 2
(Synergetic Press).

Tuesday, 30th November, 2010
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:
The Daemonic Vulva
Dr Patricia MacCormack

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available

Please RSVP on Facebook (afraid so) so that we can anticipate numbers – Please pay on the door.

Dr Patricia MacCormack

This talk will attempt to playfully involute demonic invocation and chaos magick through the patterning of female genitalia toward a queer feminist ethics of occultism. The vulva is threshold of internal and external, it is made up of more than one organ – clitoris, labia majora and minora, vagina, cervix, and the general perineal area – a pineal perinaeum if you like. The vulva is a conceptual gate, just like the gates through which we enter into unnatural worlds and interkingdom, interworld and interspirit alliances in enochian sex magick and necronomic chaos magick. Through ritual we can become vulvas – paradigmatically and conceptually. We can think and act like vulvas.

Like, and through chaos magick, becoming vulva is involuted and undone, creating a larval sexuality – immature and transformed at every synthesis, which acts not toward a thing but toward its metamorphosis, toward perceiving itself which cannot be perceived, toward the imperceptibility within repetition where all elements within syntheses are dissipated, disoriented and reoriented with each turn, each folding and each alteration in the aspects of involution. Vulvas and chaos offer infinity.

Dr Patricia MacCormack is Reader in English, Communication and Film at Anglia Ruskin Cambridge. She has published extensively on Continental Philosophy, the work of Deleuze and Guattari, Blanchot, Bataille and Irigaray, also on queer ethics, perversion, posthuman theory, body modification, occultism and extreme visceral horror film. She has appeared in a number of documentaries and dvd extras speaking on radicalisations of flesh and gore through aesthetic experiments in film. She has work in Queering the NonHuman, Deleuze and Law, AfterImage, Body and Society and many other volumes and journals. She is the author of Cinesexuality and the editor of The Schizoanalysis of Cinema.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Saturday 13th November, 2010
GALLERY TALK: GOLNAZ FATHI
Golnaz Fathi
photo: Loredana

3pm. Admission: Free

Bold swatches of colour, abstract forms of representation - an opportunity to hear Golnaz Fathi speak about her artistic practise and her explorations based on calligraphic practices and techniques.

To accompany the exhibition
Liminal-Subliminal at October Gallery

Tuesday, 26th October, 2010
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:
Alan moore

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available

Advance bookings only. No tickets available on the door.
Only available from www.eventbrite.com/event/835419763

Alan Moore

Comic book legend (usually writer, but is fast becoming superhero in his own right), psychogeographer, novelist, yarn spinner, Olympic standard imaginator (ok so that’s not a real word) and “one of the world's most inept LSD dealers” (according to Wickedpedia, so can’t be true) – will be coming along to the gallery to perorate profoundly about something spectacular. Update to follow.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th October, 2010
BLOOMSBURY FESTIVAL
Across Boundaries
 

In October, St George's Bloomsbury and October Gallery will join forces to stage workshops and events.

Across Boundaries is in conjunction with the Bloomsbury Festival, the 'Big Draw' and Black History Month. For further information about the workshops see the education web page or for more information about a cultural weekend of events see www.bloomsburyfestival.org.uk

Tuesday, 28th September, 2010
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:
Drugs and Magic: The Chemicals of Chaos
Julian Vayne

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available
Please reserve your place as space is limited.
Email rentals@octobergallery.co.uk or call 44 (0)20 7831 1618

Julian Vayne

This event will be held at October Gallery and not the 'pop-up' shop as previously advertised.

In this talk entitled 'The Chemicals of Chaos' Julian will introduce the heady brew that is bubbling in the cauldron of his next literary work. By exploring the Book of Nature, and privileging direct experience over scriptural knowledge, the magician, the artist and the scientist are all engaged in a radical project. This project is political dynamite, hence the necessity for secrecy and conspiratorial action. Chaos magic is an expression of this same drive for direct illumination, aiming as it does for gnosis through practices culled from many different spiritual traditions. The use of psychoactive chemicals are one such technique for plugging directly into the numinous that obviate the need for gods, guides or gurus, and this may be why both left and right wing governments want to see them banned.

So come and join in a mystical tour that starts in prehistory, shadows the story of the Knights Templar, hides in the Invisible College and finally bursts into view with the discovery of LSD. You have nothing to loose but your mind...

Julian Vayne is a practicing occultist and writer. His own journey has taken him through shamanism, Wicca, Druidry and Thelema but he is probably best known as a chaos magician. He is the author of the acclaimed and unique book on magic and drugs Pharmakon: Drugs and the Imagination, and has authored/co-authored several other books on the occult including Magick Works: Stories of Occultism in Theory and Practice and Now That’s What I Call Chaos Magick.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month (excluding August). Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

6th September -2nd October 2010
ACROSS THE STREET, AROUND THE WORLD
October Education - Pop Up shop
 

Across the Street, Around the World is October Gallery Education's latest new creative venture. During the month of September 2010, the gallery is stepping into the community and will be running an extensive arts education programme from a 'pop-up' shop at
42 Theobald's Road, London, WC1 X8NW.

Promoting contemporary art from around the world, Across the Street, Around the World has something for everyone, from morning workshops, lunchtime lectures to evening events and activity days.

Contact Liz Fraser-Betts, Education Coordinator at education@octobergallery.co.uk

Tuesday, 13th July, 2010
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:
Terence McKenna's Elves, Eckhart Tolle's Egos, and Bruce Damer's Avatars: New Tools to Forge or Forego a New Earth
Bruce Damer

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available
Please reserve your place as space is limited.
Email rentals@octobergallery.co.uk or call 44 (0)20 7831 1618

Bruce Damer

On this the 10th anniversary of the passing of Terence McKenna, we can now look back at his Copernican explorations of the mind with some hindsight and ask many questions: what where his voyages into deeper conscious states all about? do the machine elves really exist? how do his warnings about the current state of Humanity play out today? But perhaps the most powerful insight gleaned from McKenna's many journeys might be related to the more recent work of Eckhart Tolle and others on the Ego.

McKenna and Tolle both describe mind states in which the Ego may be sensed briefly as a separate entity from oneself, providing momentary release and the sense of exquisite presence of the unencumbered self. For Tolle the recognition that the Ego is an inner actor with an agenda is the key to the transformation of the individual and of planetary civilization. McKenna clearly describes the Ego manifesting itself within elevated mental states, providing a possibly unique opportunity to understand and deal with it then and later in normal states of mind. If this is in fact a common experience, it could, in combination with regimens proposed by Tolle and others, give us a vital new tool to forge a New Earth.

Damer will bring into this mix the newly pressing issue of Humanity's increasingly intense exposure to technology, especially digital screens, and how that may be affecting a planetary change in mind state. Loading more of our selves into avatars, social networks, and endless update/interrupt streams may be dissolving or may be enhancing a species consciousness millions of years in the making. The future of us and our world is at stake in this giant unplanned experiment.

Bruce Damer is a visionary technologist and humanist who may be found farming with his partner Galen Brandt in the redwood forests in Northern California and occasionally trekking along back roads into adjacent Silicon Valley. His work for twenty five years has been in innovative human-computer interfaces: in the 1980s bringing graphical user interfaces to the PC platform, in the 90s pioneering work in virtual worlds inhabited by avatars, in the 2000s creating 3D mission visualizations and designs for NASA, and in the 2010s creating a simulation framework to study the origins of life on Earth. Bruce's 1999 project with Terence McKenna brought virtual worlds into Terence's reality and led to Bruce's interest in the inner virtual worlds and avatar-like inhabitants experienced by Terence himself:

More about Bruce's life and work at: http://www.damer.com

Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

 

Friday 9th of July 2010 – 6:30pm-9:30pm – Entry: £15
BORN UNDER A WANDERING STAR …
BOOK LAUNCH OF THE HONEY GATHERERS BY MIMLU SEN
& MUSIC OF THE HONEY GATHERERS BY PABAN DAS BAUL AND FRIENDS

Please reserve your place as space is limited.
Email stefani@octobergallery.co.uk or call 44 (0)20 7831 1618



 

The charismatic Paban Das Baul – together with a selection of musicians - is returning to the U.K. to promote his latest CD and to perform at William Dalrymple’s Nine Lives Tour in Gateshead, whilst his partner, Mimlu Sen, will be launching her book The Honey Gatherers, describing her travels in the company of these mad, marvellous and mystical musicians.

The Bauls of Bengal belong to one of the oldest extant traditions of ecstatic oral music in the world. The word 'baul' meaning ‘mad’ or ‘possessed’ denotes a wandering minstrel whose life is entirely given over to music, song and dance and to a set of beliefs that distinguish the unconventional Baul life-style from the ordinary lives of others. The Bauls’ beliefs are a syncretic mix of Islamic Sufism, Tantric Buddhism and variants of Hindu Vaishnavism developed in a part of the world where these different faiths have interacted closely for many centuries. The Bauls defy all forms of classification, professing to be ignorant of – or uninterested by – attempts to explain their origins, beliefs or practices in western historical terms or indeed in any terms other than their own. Their only focus of interest is the intersection of the human body with the present moment, since those two intersecting arcs define the sole possible stage of actual liberation. The Bauls unite to sing and dance in the company of spirited friends aiming at nothing less, during the course of an evening together, than the enlightenment of the body by ecstatic song.

Tuesday, 29th June, 2010
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:
Was Jung a Mystic? The Occult World of C.G. Jung
Gary Lachman

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available
Please reserve your place as space is limited.
Email rentals@octobergallery.co.uk or call 44 (0)20 7831 1618

Garry Lachman

Throughout his long and sometimes turbulent career, the psychologist C.G. Jung insisted that he was first and foremost a scientist. Yet from the start, Jung's interest in the human psyche had a decidedly paranormal, even occult slant. From his early days attending séances to his last pronouncements on a dawning 'Age of Aquarius', Jung moved in territories most scientists ignored, when they didn't ridicule them outright. Jung himself, though, had a very ambivalent relation to mysticism and the occult.

While in his personal life he embraced a variety of occult ideas, as a 'scientist' he downplayed his involvement, and it was not until late in his career that he came 'out of the closet' and made public his belief in esoteric notions like synchronicity, his belief in a coming New Age, and his use of magical practices, like the Chinese I Ching. Although working in the shadow of his one-time friend and mentor Freud for much of his career, today Jung is one of the founding fathers of the 'new consciousness' movement, and his mystical and occult investigations have been responsible for the huge interest in many of the 'alternative' ideas widely popular today. Gary’s talk will chart Jung's 'occult history', look into the reasons behind his early reticence and later advocacy, and ask whether Jung was really a scientist at all.

Gary Lachman is the author of several books on the meeting ground between consciousness, culture, and the western esoteric tradition, including Politics and the Occult, Rudolf Steiner: An Introduction to His Life and Work, In Search of P.D. Ouspensky, A Secret History of Consciousness and The Dedalus Book of the 1960s: Turn Off Your Mind. He is a regular contributor to several journals, including the Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, and Fortean Times, and frequently broadcasts for the BBC. As Gary Valentine, he was a founding member of the rock group Blondie, and wrote some of their early hits. His New York Rocker: My Life in the Blank Generation is an account of his years as a musician, and in 2006 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His most recent book is Jung the Mystic: The Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung's Life and Work.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month (excluding August). Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

 

Wednesday 30th June - Friday 9th July 2010 (excl Sat, Sun & Mon)
WORLD CITY - MUSIC VILLAGE
FESTIVAL CLUB @ OCTOBER GALLERY


 

"Nestling in the intellectual heartland of Bloomsbury, the October Gallery is an intimate hub of artistic innovation and exchange. 

Its sumptuous rooms, Mediterranean courtyard and vibrant gallery with café host the 2010 Music Village’s lunchtime Talks and Performances.

A stunning exhibition Ecstatic Flow by Paris-based Sufi artist Rachid Koraïchi provides an ideal backdrop for a stimulating mix of opportunities to engage more deeply with this year’s festival theme." 


LUNCHTIME EVENTS
Talks                          12.30-1.15pm
Performances            1.30pm-2pm

Food available from October Gallery cafe.

Wednesday 30 June
1.30pm Performance:  Ensamble Criollo. A unique instrumental line-up with Latin harp, cuatro and caphachos

Thursday 1 July
12.30pm Talk: Citizen Ethics: fanning the flames of a vital debate - Madeleine Bunting, Associate Editor, The Guardian

1.30pm Performance: Zahra Rezaei Afsah with Arash Moradi - Stories from ancient Persian illustrated manuscripts with musical accompaniment.

Friday 2 July
12.30pm Talk: Intercultural engagement as a foundation for a free and fair cosmopolitan society
Ranjit Sondhi, Chairman, Heart of Birmingham Primary Care Trust. Visiting Professor of Diversity, Cohesion and Intercultural Relations at Coventry University

1.30pm Performance:  Kathy Hall – London Jing Kun Opera Association - Chinese stories from the well-known Beijing Opera performer

Tuesday 6 July
12.30pm Talk:
Understanding how community-led initiatives build Community Cohesion
Vaughan Jones and Alex Sutton, Praxis

1.30pm Performance:  Vayu Nadu
Theatrical storytelling from South-eastern India

Wednesday 7 July
12.30pm Talk: The Last Mughal: the fall of Delhi 1857
William Dalrymple, author

1.30pm Performance:  El Andaluz
Leading London exponents of classical Arabic and Andalusian music

Thursday 8 July
12.30pm Talk: The Role of London’s heritage in the making of a World City - Wesley Kerr, Chair, Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for London

1.30pm Performance: Mr Gee - Live poetry from this acclaimed spoken word artist and radio presenter

Friday 9 July
12.30pm Talk:
World City in a world setting
Doreen Massey, author of ‘World City, Professor of Geography, Open University

1.30pm Performance: Tuup - Traditional stories from Swaziland and Lesotho


FESTIVAL WEEKENDS
Chill to the rhythms of the world in two of London’s best-loved outdoor settings.  8 performances each day.
1-9pm daily

VICTORIA PARK
SAT 3 & SUN 4 JULY

HYDE PARK
SAT 10 & SUN 11 JULY

FREE ADMISSION

For further World City - Music Village events and information see
www.culturalco-operation.org

Sunday 20 June 2010 – Doors Open at 4.00pm
URURANGI: Celebrating Matariki – The Pacific New Year

Union Chapel, Islington, N1 2XD (NOT AT OCTOBER GALLERY)
Get your ticket from tinyurl.com/URURANGI
Preshow Tickets £12.50 + booking fee
On the Door £20.00



 

October Gallery wants you to know about an upcoming event at the Union Chapel, Islington, N1 2XD on Sunday 20 June 2010. URURANGI features two of our Pacifican artists Rosanna Raymond (Sistar Spacific) and George Nuku. URURANGI is a fundraising event for the London Maori Culture Group, Ngãti Rãnana and an afternoon of fantastic Pacific performances and culture.

The line-up for the event is something very rarely available to a larger audience in London, as it shows, maybe for the first time, how vibrant and active traditional and contemporary Polynesian culture is in the city.

The event feature talents drawn from across the South Pacific region: log drums and dancing by Beats of Polynesia; the soulful sounds of LA Mitchell; spoken word from Sistar Spacific; art by George Nuku; a dance performance by Ana Lavekau and the grand finale by Ngãti Rãnana themselves.

Ngãti Rãnana has been invited to compete in an International Performing Arts Competition, Te Manahua, where they will be up against other groups from Hawaii, Sydney and the Pacific Islands. The concert at Union Chapel is one of many events the Club are holding to raise funds to help pay for the travel to Hawaii.

 

Tuesday 15th of June 2010
FILM: Sufi Soul, The Mystic Music of Islam by
Dir: Simon Broughton


 

Doors: 6:00pm for 6:30pm
£7

Sufi Soul – the Mystic Music of Islam follows William Dalrymple on a personal journey into the mystical and musical side of Islam as he charts the traditions of Sufi music in Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, India and Morocco. Director, Simon Broughton is the co-editor of the Rough Guide to World Music and editor of the World Music magazine Songlines. Simon will introduce Sufi Soul and hold a Q&A after the film.

 

Saturday 12th of June 2010
Gallery Talk: Rachid KoraÏchI - Ecstatic FLOW


 
3pm
Admission £Free

Rachid Koraïchi will be talking about his new works, celebrating the lives and teachings of Sufi Masters, in the setting of the October Gallery.

The Exhibition Ecstatic Flow runs from 11th June - 10th July. For more information click here

 

Saturday, 5th June, 2010
TALK: WALKING WADI HADHRAMAUT
By Chris Bradley

Entry £5 Donation, 3:15-5pm
For further details and booking
For further information please contact Joanna Ellis 01737842541



 

In the mid 1990s adventurer, writer and photographer Chris Bradley walked solo and unsupported along the full length of the longest wadi in Arabia. The route was along a 500 kms dry river valley through South Yemeni towns, villages and tribal regions. Little known to the outside world, South Arabia is rich in culture and history, mentioned in both the Bible and the Koran. This lecture will highlight the important towns of Seiyun and Tarim, the amazing mud-built skyscrapers of Shibam, and pilgrimage site of Qabr Hud. After three weeks of walking Chris eventually arrived at the Indian Ocean near to the coastal town of Seihut.

Chris Bradley is the author of the Discovery Guide to Yemen; Insight Guide to the Silk Road; and several Berlitz Guidebooks including Libya, Cairo, Abu Dhabi and Egypt's Red Sea. He is a lecturer, adventure tour leader, writer and photographer. This special fund-raising lecture is on behalf of the 'Friends of Hadhramaut' charity.

 

Friday 4 June, 7-9:00pm
Sound Session 2: Meditative Singing Bowls

Entry: £10
For more information and reservations email: the.sound.bath@gmail.com



 

The sound of Tibetan singing bowls of gongs have a soothing quality
that helps the body to enter into a state of deep relaxation and calms the mind.

The bowls used produce sound specially for massage, and are high quality instruments with therapeutic properties. Each bowl is designed to resonate with a particular part of the body enabling healing on a cellular level, releasing tension and releasing energy blockages.

Both sound massage therapists are trained in the Peter Hess Method.
The session will last for about an hour and will begins with a short introduction.
Please bring your own blanket for warmth and comfort.

Precautions: the session should not be attended by women in the first three
months of pregnancy, or by people under the influence of alcohol or
psychotropic medication.

 

Tuesday, 25th May, 2010
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:
Blather, Rinse, Repeat: An Ethnography of Online Conspiracy Theories
Damien DeBarra

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available
Please reserve your place as space is limited.
Email rentals@octobergallery.co.uk or call 44 (0)20 7831 1618

Damien DeBarra

After 12 long years rummaging through the bowels of the internet, Damien DeBarra takes us on an anthropological journey through cyberspace: specifically looking at the 9/11 conspiracy theories, in an attempt to understand how conspiracy theorists and their detractors have engaged in a running cyber-battle - with each group seemingly claiming to be the guardians of 'the truth'.

Using theory from the nascent field of 'virtual ethnography', 'Blather, Rinse, Repeat', looks at the processes by which conspiracy theorists, their debunkers and the media have adapted to the shifts in meaning-making brought about by the rise of social media. Who is telling the truth? Does the phrase 'the truth' have any meaning any more? And, perhaps most importantly, have these conspiracy theories mutated from an exercise in harmless online speculation, to become the vehicle for an altogether more sinister agenda?

Damien DeBarra grew up in Clontarf, north Dublin, Ireland but moved to the UK in 2002. He then decided to chuck it all in and leg it somewhere warm, spending a year and a half going slowly mad in Valencia, Spain. After a terrifying experience in an illegal Valencian all-night kebab shop/night-club (involving hallucinogenic sun-tan oil, dehydration and a woman in an Elvis suit) he scarpered back to the UK and now lives in London. He doesn't talk to anyone and passes his time smiling at people on the tube.

He's been writing for blather.net since 2002. His key interests are
archaeology, technology, graveyards and graverobbers, and "things that go bump in the night". In recent times his work has focused on the "anthropology of conspiracy theories", specifically the 9/11 conspiracy theories.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month (excluding August). Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

 

Saturday, 14th May, 2010
MUSEUMS AT NIGHT

 
Friday 14th May
5.30pm to 9pm
Admission: Free

In partnership with Museums at Night 2010 and Culture 24, October Gallery will host a late night opening of exhibition
KENJI YOSHIDA: A CELEBRATION OF LIFE.

Come and experience magnificent forms and colours, make origami peace cranes in our garden and listen to musicians from the Orsino Ensemble compose pieces inspired by our exhibition.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see these fabulous works in the spring evening light.

 

 

Saturday, 8th May, 2010
John Allen
Cultures and Biomes of the Biosphere

2pm at THE INSTITUTE FOR CULTURAL RESEARCH
see www.i-c-r.org.uk/events/lectures.php for details and booking

John Allen

The biosphere is “the place on earth’s surface where life dwells” and biomes are the ecosystems within it. In this talk John Allen, renowned ecologist and engineer, metallurgist, adventurer and writer will use his experience of build- ing man-made closed ecological systems and his uniquely poetic, spiritual vision to explore the complex inter-relationships of the biomes that make up our world: deserts, forests, grasslands; coral reefs and marshes; world cities and agriculture.

 

 

Saturday, 8th May, 2010. 2-4pm
Bo Lutoslawski’s
TALK: PERFORMANCE PHOTOGRAPHY

Entry £10. To reserve your place, please contact Bo on bolutos@gmail.com or call 07503 571 024.
www.lutoslawscy.eu – blog: http://boleslawlutoslawski.blogspot.com/

During the workshop, I will use the original photographs from my exhibition at South Bank, London as examples. This show was a portrait of a performance by the Opera Factory, from conception of the work to the opening night. I will also briefly touch on the importance of portraits when printed in related publications, like photographs of Michael Vyner or Tom Stoppard.


 
Part 1: Fundamental aspects of a performance on stage and photography
  • Understanding of stage, lighting, & nature of stage design.
  • Restrictions and opportunities for access to the action on stage.
  • Cooperation with director and actors.
  • Knowledge of performance.
  • Theatre / Opera.
  • Dance.
  • Subsequent choice of camera and exposure setting.
  • Presentation / publication.
  • Design, visual awareness and composition.
Part 2: Key skills on a day of shooting (usually one of the rehearsals)
  • Ability to observe and to anticipate events on stage (like reportage).
  • Sensitivity to various light setting (like in a studio, but without having any control).
  • Being in the right place at the right time (like in field games).
  • Sense of the architectural qualities of stage.
  • Being in tune with the performance.
  • Working smoothly in order not to disturb anybody (they are very, very tense and tired).
Outdoor Events
  • Type of access
  • Timetable and places of individual events
  • An option of using one or two cameras with different lenses or a zoom
  • Purpose
"I have known Bo Lutoslawski's work for thirty years. He is a photographer with a deep insight into people and character, an extraordinary honesty and a capacity to reveal the identity of his sitters. He engages with his sitters in a very powerful way as his work reveals.
Many people would learn a great deal from his technical and psychological approach. I wish him well."

Sir John Tusa, Chairman, University of the Arts London (formerly Managing Director of BBC World Service)

Tuesday, 27th April, 2010
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:
Biospheric States of Consciousness
John Allen, FLS

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available
Please reserve your place as space is limited.
Email rentals@octobergallery.co.uk or call 44 (0)20 7831 1618

John Allen

Join us for an evening with the luminous mind of John Allen. Described as a “visionary, engineer, adventurer, avant-garde theatre producer, systems ecologist and all-round unique individual” (R.U. Sirius), Allen has told his story in Me and the Biospheres: a Memoir by the Inventor of Biosphere 2, which will be a background to his talk. In it, John Allen unfurls “both a warning and a call to action” (Tim Smit) and navigates the reader through his engaging account of the largest laboratory for global ecology ever built.

Biosphere 2 covered three acres of Arizona desert and included seven model biomes: An ocean with coral reef, and a marsh, rainforest, savannah, desert, farm, and micro-city. Eight people lived inside this structure for two years (1991-1993) and grew their own food, and recycled all air and waste.

His talk will introduce you to his extraordinary way of thinking and approach to biospheric states of consciousness, referring to some key people who have provided essential sources of inspiration to understanding our world of life, including: Richard Evans Schultes, Albert Hoffman, Yaqui Shaman, Amazonian Shaman, Anil Thakkar, Sergeant Jackson, and Hamid the Deaf and Dumb Magician. John will discuss how to distinguish different biospheric states of consciousness.

John Allen is an accomplished total systems scientist, poet, philosopher, and inventor who started making Biosphere 2 by assembling together five “smaller” projects: The creation of a ferro-cement sailing ship (R/V Heraclitus) to study ocean and river ecologies and cultures; the development of a rainforest restoration project; a savannah regeneration station; a theatre group that performed on six continents; and the October Gallery, venue of this talk series, showing transvangarde art from around the world, and others. These projects, whose success led to Biosphere 2’s awe-inspiring construction and operation, demanded the efforts of a diverse team of international scientists, engineers, artists and thinkers with whom John Allen worked closely for decades. They included members of the National Science Academies of Russia, Great Britain, and USA.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month (excluding August). Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

 

Tuesday, 20th April 2010
FILM: Kenji Yoshida - Artist Of The Soul : A Film by Ishmael Fifi Annnobil
photo: Jonathan Greet
 

7:30 pm (Doors open 6:00 pm)
Tickets: £5/£3 conc.

Artist of the Soul, is a documentary celebrating the life and work of Japanese artist Kenji Yoshida (1924-2009).

Directed by Ghanaian filmmaker Ishmael Annobil, Artist of the Soul is a visually rich film, including a definitive interview with the artist before his death in 2009. There are contributions from friends and curators, his agent and friend, the late José Férez Kuri, and Lawrence Smith, Keeper Emeritus of Japanese Antiquities at the British Museum who gave Yoshida his solo exhibition in the Japanese Galleries in 1993.

To reserve a place please RSVP to press@octobergallery.co.uk

Saturday, 17th April 2010
TALK: Yoshida Kenji: A Talk by Lawrence Smith

3:00 pm
Tickets: £FREE

La Vie, 1998
Oil and metals on canvas,
130 x 97 cm

The first anniversary of the passing of Kenji Yoshida, the October Gallery is pleased to announce a special exhibition of Yoshida’s work that will celebrate the extraordinary life of this remarkable man and outstanding artist. The exhibition, A CELEBRATION OF LIFE, will display works from the different periods of Yoshida’s career, including the incandescent etchings he made at Stanley Heyter’s Atelier 17 in Paris in the early 60’s, inks, calligraphy and paintings on paper from the 70’s onwards, as well, as the distinctive oils on canvas that are his characteristic contribution to contemporary art, deftly-sketched portraits of the created universe itself.

Lawrence Smith, Keeper Emeritus of Japanese Antiquities at the British Museum will speak about Yoshida’s extraordinary life and career.


To reserve a place please RSVP to press@octobergallery.co.uk

Thursday, 15th April 2010
Reality: A dialogue by the legendary duo
John Allen and Tony Blake

6:30 pm (Doors open 6:00 pm)
Tickets: £8/£6 conc.

John Allen and A.G.E Blake
John Allen and
Anthony Blake

Don’t miss this last round of dialogues which have been going strong since 1994!
Continuing a thought-provoking series of discourses, Allen and Blake, two outstanding contemporary thinkers, exchange views about human existence.

Anthony Blake
Anthony Blake’s early training was in physics at Bristol and the philosophy and history of science at Cambridge. He worked for more than fifteen years with John Bennett, one of the leading proponents of Gurdjieff’s ideas. Following a meandering path through consultancy, publishing and educational research he co-founded the non-profit DuVersity and authored books on Time, Systems, and Intelligence. His last two books were ‘The Supreme Art of Dialogue’ and ‘A Gymnasium of Beliefs in Higher Intelligence’. Married, with six children, he is currently living in Scotland.

John Allen
John Allen is inventor of Biosphere 2, engineer, author, poet, dramaturge, and co-founder of the Institute of Ecotechnics, a UK registered charity which is particularly interested in projects that advance the ecology of technics and synergize body, brain and behaviour in humans.

To reserve a place please RSVP to press@octobergallery.co.uk

Tuesday, 30th March, 2010
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series presents:
Our Living Sun: The Missing Piece in the Cosmic Jigsaw
Greg Sams

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available
Please reserve your place as space is limited.
Email rentals@octobergallery.co.uk or call 44 (0)20 7831 1618

Greg Sams
Greg Sams

Across the world our local star was once understood to be a living entity, and appreciated as our source of life energy. In the Western world today we see it as a senseless ball of fire, giving more thought to sunglass styles than to the nature of the Sun itself. We are even taught to fear it, though nothing could be more important to us and planet Earth. It was not the application of science that branded belief in a living Sun as primitive and ignorant it was the triumph of the prophet-driven religions that controlled our schools and universities for centuries.

In the light of solar science, ancient (and not so ancient) cultures appear to have been correct: a living Sun makes more sense than a hot rock. Recognition of stellar consciousness is THE big missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle of our cosmos. From the logical exploration of this realization it becomes apparent that consciousness pervades the entire cosmos, and that our Universe is a bottom up construction that is filled with intelligence and design, yet in no need of an Intelligent Designer.

Tonight we will be taking the lid off the longest running cover-up in history and bringing the Sun back in from the cold. The implications are stunning!

Gregory Sams has been bringing novel concepts to the culture from the age of 19, when he and his brother Craig opened the historic Seed Restaurant in 1968 London. Within a few years his Harmony/Whole Earth Foods was the countrys first and foremost source of natural and organic foods. In 1982 he created and christened the original VegeBurger, then in 1988 moved from food to fractals, opening a shop dedicated to the new chaos theory, publishing and licensing fractal art worldwide. This led to his first book Uncommon Sense: The State is Out of Date, exploring the lesson of chaos theory for humanity. His new book Sun of gOd, has just been published by Weiser Books, in which, as he puts it, the biggest elephant-in-the-room that you could ever imagine is unveiled.

www.gregorysams.com

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month (excluding August). Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

2010 Programme

Tuesday, 27th April  

Special Guest: To be confirmed

Tuesday, 25th May   Blather, Rinse, Repeat: An Ethnography of Online Conspiracy Theories
Damien DeBarra
Tuesday, 29th June  

Was Jung a Mystic? The Occult World of C.G. Jung
Gary Lachman

Tuesday, 27th July  

Drugs and Magic: The Chemicals of Chaos
Julian Vayne


Tuesday, 23th March 2010
Film Screening – Mark of the Hand (52mins)
introduced by Imruh Bakari Caesar (Dir) followed by Q&As


6:30 pm (Screening 7pm)
Tickets: £5/£3 conc.

Aubrey Williams was born in 1926, Georgetown, Guyana, on the Caribbean coast of South America. In 1952, Aubrey arrived on England to devote his time fully to painting. He attended St. Martin’s School of Art and became associated with the New Vision Centre. By the late 1950s and 1960’s, he was winning acclaim in the UK for his abstract canvases. By the early 1970s and 1980s, he worked and exhibited regularly overseas, in Jamaica, Guyana and Florida. The subsequent Olmec Maya series, drew deeply on his broad knowledge of historic Central and South American cultures.

The film follows Aubrey to Guyana’s capital city Georgetown, where he restored one of his murals, at Timehri International Airport. The visit was poignant, as Aubrey was to travel on to Hosororo in the far north-west of the country, returning to the source of his inspiration for the first time in forty years.

Imruh Bakari, born in St. Kitts, Eastern Caribbean, is a graduate of the National Film & Television School, Beaconsfield, England. He was a founder and director of Ceddo, the film and video production and training organisation in London [1982-93], and a director of Kuumba Productions. From 1999 – 2004, he was Festival Director of Zanzibar International Film Festival [ZIFF] and is a founder and director of Tanzania Screenwriters Forum. As a producer and director his credits include fiction and documentary films, most recently: Mwalimu – The Legacy of Julius Kambarage Nyerere [Documentary, 2009 – Tz] – Producer; and African Tales - Short Film Series [Fiction, 2005/2008 - Tz] – Script Editor/Producer. He lectures in Film & Media Studies at the University of Winchester, UK and has published works on African cinema.

To reserve a place please RSVP to press@octobergallery.co.uk


Friday, 12th March 2010
UK TIBETAN WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION
51st Anniversary of the National Tibetan
Women’s Uprising Day


6:30 pm - 9 pm
ADMISSION FREE – ALL ARE WELCOME
Refreshments – Tibetan food served

Dedication Prayers will be held in memory of the brave Tibetan Women who sacrificed their lives for the Independence of Tibet on 12th March 1959 and those women who are still suffering in prisons under the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

A talk and discussion with Dechen Pemba
Dechen Pemba graduated from University College London with a BA in English and German Language and Literature. After over three years lobbying and campaigning on Tibetan issues in Berlin, Germany, Dechen moved to Beijing in September 2006 to study Chinese at the Central University for Nationalities and lived in China until July 2008. Dechen completed a Master’s in Chinese Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in September 2009. Dechen is the editor of the website High Peaks Pure Earth, on which Tibetan blogs written in Tibetan and Chinese are translated into English.

Further info, please email: uk_twa@yahoo.co.uk

Tuesday, 16th February, 2010
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series presents:
Exploring Consciousness: Yogic and Buddhist Philosophy in Relation to Psychic Awareness
Dr Serena Roney-Dougal

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available
Please reserve your place as space is limited.
Email rentals@octobergallery.co.uk or call 44 (0)20 7831 1618

Dr Serena Roney-Dougal

Advaita Vedanta, Kashmiri Shaivism and Mahayana Buddhism all teach that Consciousness is eternal, infinite and the ground of all being: reality in all its different forms. Consciousness is also our highest ideal, our morality and ethics. This philosophy enables a much clearer understanding of exactly what is mind and the place of psychic phenomena (e.g. telepathy) in our world-view.

In the 1970’s a theoretical framework for parapsychology, known as the psi-conducive syndrome, was developed from Patanjali’s yoga sutras. At the psychic level we experience mind not limited by time, space and the senses, as potential omniscience and omnipotence, considered by some as attributes of the divine, and called the siddhis in yogic philosophy. Patanjali says that these develop automatically as we become aware at the deeper levels of consciousness, called samadhi.

Serena Roney-Dougal did a PhD thesis in Parapsychology at Surrey University, and is the author of the books Where Science and Magic Meet and The Faery Faith. She has spent over 35 years studying and experiencing scientific, magical and spiritual aspects of the psyche, and has lectured and taught courses, seminars and workshops in America, Europe, Japan and India. For the past six years she has been researching the relationship between meditation and psychic awareness with Yogis and Tibetan Buddhists in India. This research is now continuing at Samye Ling Tibetan Centre in Scotland.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month (excluding August). Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Saturday, 30th January, 2010. 2-4pm
Workshop in Editorial Portrait Photography:
creating images for interviews in magazines

Small group, so booking is essential (£25 per student). To reserve your place, please contact Bo on bolutos@gmail.com or call 07503 571 024


 
Understanding of the situation:
  • space (outside on a street, in a theatre, at home, during an interview at the office, in a studio)
  • light (natural, artificial, mixed) & ability to control it
  • length of time available (I had 5 min to photograph Paloma Picasso, 2 hours for Michael Palin and a day for Sir Ernst Gombrich)
Personality to be photographed:
  • Dynamic and overpowering by nature
  • Shy and withdrawn
  • Easy going
  • Performing
  • Surprising
Composition:
  • What is available during the session
  • Visual experience and likes
  • The importance of hands, eyes and lips
"I have known Bo Lutoslawski's work for thirty years. He is a photographer with a deep insight into people and character, an extraordinary honesty and a capacity to reveal the identity of his sitters. He engages with his sitters in a very powerful way as his work reveals.
Many people would learn a great deal from his technical and psychological approach. I wish him well."

Sir John Tusa, Chairman, University of the Arts London (formerly Managing Director of BBC World Service)

"I found the workshop very inspiring. Please let me know when you are planning the second workshop, I would be interested to come."
Stefanie Odermatt (project manager in science) November 2009 Cambridge

Tuesday, 26th January, 2010
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series presents:
LSD in Britain: A Cultural History
Andy Roberts

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available
Please reserve your place as space is limited.
Email rentals@octobergallery.co.uk or call 44 (0)20 7831 1618

Andy Roberts

Andy's book, Albion Dreaming: A popular history of LSD in Britain (Marshall Cavendish, 2008) was born from a desire to chronicle the history of this intriguing drug. Andy's talk, illustrated by powerpoint and DVD takes you on a history picnic to sample everything from the drug's arrival on these shores in 1952, through the medical and military experiments, the counterculture, to the sad death of Albert Hofmann. It is probably the only talk on LSD in which you'll hear the words of the Reverend Ian Paisley.

Andy Roberts is the author of several books on folklore, UFOs, cryptozoology and popular culture. His overall interest is in the strangeness of the multiverse and what and why people choose to believe. Besides his books Andy has written for numerous magazines including Fortean Times, where he currently co-writes a monthly sceptical UFO column. His magazine articles have dealt with cults, the Grateful Dead and telepathy, the search for the Death Ray and a great deal of other weirdness. He once edited an Incredible String Band fanzine and is really quite obsessive about the Grateful Dead.

His interest in LSD stems from his first acid trip in 1971 when the ultimate force of evil foretold the future to him. He's still waiting for that particular future to manifest but followed the Prince of Darkness' strange invitation into the labyrinth of 1970s counter culture to see what he could find.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month (excluding August). Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

2009

Tuesday, 24th November, 2009
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series presents:
MAking Sense Of Magic Mushrooms
Dr Andy Letcher

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available
Please reserve your place as space is limited.
Email rentals@octobergallery.co.uk or call 44 (0)20 7831 1618

Dr Andy Letcher

For those who have encountered magic mushrooms, the psilocybin experience is like an ancient codex whose glyphs are at once baffling and clear. To make sense of it, each person must perform an act of translation or interpretation by which the strange is rendered familiar. But how should this be done? In the post-war period alone an original psychological framework has given way to that of mysticism, itself replaced in turn by the language of shamanism.

In this talk, Andy Letcher will encourage us to move away from the mushroom experience itself the usual province of trip-lit , to a consideration of how it has been interpreted throughout history. For, contrary to received wisdom, very few cultures have decoded the mushroom as we do. Along the way he will ask whether magic mushrooms bring genuine transcendence, or if the experiences they occasion forever bound by culture.

Andy Letcher is a freelance writer, academic lecturer and folk musician living in Oxford, UK. He lectures at Oxford Brookes University and Bath Spa University on subjects as diverse as neo-Paganism, shamanism, and theory in the Study of Religion. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom and Mad Thoughts on Mushrooms: Discourse and Power in the Study of Psychedelic Consciousness, published in the journal Anthropology of Consciousness. Known for his iconoclastic style, and with doctorates in both Ecology and the Study of Religion, he challenges us to question received wisdom about psychedelics and psychedelic history. A prolific song-writer, tunesmith and exponent of English Bagpipes, he fronts psych-folk band, Telling the Bees.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month (excluding August). Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Tuesday, 27th October, 2009
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series presents:
War, Ecology and the Noble Savage
Gyrus

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available
Please reserve your place as space is limited.
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Gyrus

Over the past couple of decades there's been a wave of revisionism, in academia and popular books, attempting to upend the hoary old idealization of the Noble Savage. From Steven Pinker's suggestion that the world today is, relatively speaking, more peaceful than it's ever been, to Steven LeBlanc's claim that no indigenous culture has ever lived sustainably, the idea that civilization itself is the source of all our ills has taken a battering.

Having just ploughed through much of the recent literature to satisfy his own curiosity, Gyrus has written a new work analyzing this recent debate, and tonight hopes to guide you through this thicket of polemics, false ideals, and dodgy statistics. Starting with a fresh look at the roots of this ideological battle in the ideas of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Thomas Hobbes, we'll go through the behind-the-scenes stories of recent scholarship.

Is the murder rate among the !Kung, the "harmless people", really higher than that of New York? Is conservation something that only the modern world has practiced? What can we actually know about the 94% of our species' existence spent as hunter-gatherers? And will Gyrus give answers, or just ask more questions? Come along and find out...

Gyrus is an independent publisher, free range scholar, and freelance web developer. In the 1990s he edited and published the rather acclaimed journal Towards 2012, and while doing so grew pretty bored of the whole 2012 thing. He may have to u-turn on this quite soon in order to cash in. His main interests are prehistoric art and culture, altered states, occultism, and everything in-between. He recently published his first collection of essays, Archaeologies of Consciousness, and abandoned the other rather acclaimed journal Dreamflesh after one issue to focus on "a book". He gets by pretty well in London

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month (excluding August). Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Tuesday, 29th September, 2009
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series presents:
A Witch Falls in Love with Husserl and Papaya Leaves: Pagan Gods under a Full Moon (Mind the Compost Heap)
Dr. Christina Oakley Harrington

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available
Please reserve your place as space is limited.
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Dr. Christina Oakley Harrington

This is a night of tales, reminiscences and reflections on three intersecting cultures in Britain today, and a few of the most challenging ideas run through them: the ecology movement, the consciousness / entheogen subculture, and the community of European Wicca. These three communities share some values: the sacredness of Nature as a living, sentient being; the value of alternative perspectives; and an appreciation of experience of the material word in its sensuous glory. The differences are less obvious, but run deep, and tonight's speaker considers these. There are so many imponderables, it can be overwhelming. Questions seem to outnumber answers, and the over-confident hardly inspire certainty in those who value nuanced insight.

How can today's European witches, reciting Shelley in BBC accents in the elegant Sussex downs, claim anything in common with Balinese medicine men? How can taking drugs make you believe you can heal others? Can you speak of The Feminine Principle and not, actually, objectify women? What difference does ritual really make (or is it just self-indulgent). What difference does recycling make, when people are dying of loneliness? Awkward questions with no easy answers show us the rough edges of these various paradigms. If anyone can see us out of this morass, she suggests, it is people like David Abram, author of The Spell of the Sensuous, and the indications in Husserl's philosophy. And some good food and drumming. Maybe. Tonight's talk is a lecture, a stream of consciousness, a standup routine, a one-woman show.

Christina Oakley Harrington is a Wiccan priestess who has been intimately involved with modern paganism for over half her life. She was raised in West Africa and in a closed society which largely excluded Westerners in Southeast Asia. She has lived in the West since her teens. Her mother lives in the deep countryside, does organic gardening, was a pioneer in healing with vitamins and alternative health in the 1960s, and can forage for natural food. Christina herself lives in London, drinks too much coffee, struggles to identify recycling categories. She has, however, been known to recite Shelley to the blowing winds on the Sussex downs. She has a PhD in medieval history, is a former university lecturer, and is the founding director of the legendary Treadwell's Bookshop in Covent Garden.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month (excluding August). Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Saturday 10th October, 2009.

EVENT: Poroporoaki (Farewell)

Entry £Free 3:00pm

Rosanna Raymond Beaten

A day of celebration to mark the end of the exhibition, with the UK based Polynesian community and artists George Nuku and Rosanna Raymond, featuring artists’ talks, performances and a final closing ceremony. Traditional Polynesian food and drinks will be on sale.

Tuesday 15th September, 2009.
Gallery Talk: ethKnowcentrix

Entry £Free 6:30pm

Lisa Reihana Maui

Rosanna Raymond, Lisa Reihana and George Nuku will discuss their work. Shigeyuki Kihara will perform ‘Taualuga: the Last Dance’.  A traditional Samoan dance of celebration, the artist uses the taualuga’s principles of storytelling to reference history and current global issues, combining photography, dance, sound and historical costume. ‘Taualuga; the last Dance’ has been performed at selected venues including the 4th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane Australia; Musée du Quai Branly, Paris and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Saturday 12th September, 2009.
Artist's Forum

Entry £15 /£10 Concessions, 10am - 7:30pm (Food and Drink included)
Please reserve your place as space is limited.
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Shigeyuki Kihara Launiu Maiden

A day of talks and discussion entitled nau te rourou, naku te rourou ka ora te manuwhiri (with your food basket and my food basket the people will be fed).

Led by Oceanic artists Rosanna Raymond, George Nuku, Shigeyuki Kihara and Lisa Reihana. The Artists’ Forum is a unique opportunity to reconsider the representation of cultural policies in museums and galleries.

After a formal Polynesian welcome, Rosanna Raymond will weave performance and visual arts together, looking at words as concrete artefacts and textiles in a session shared with spoken-word artist Malika Booker. George Nuku will speak on the theme of diversity in cultural institutions in a session shared with artist Noel Wallace. Shigeyuki Kihara will present a talk and a film about Fa’a fafine; Gender & Sexual minorities in the Pacific. Lisa Reihana will screen selected video projects, sharing a session with artist and film-maker Isaac Julien. This diverse and multi-disciplinary event aims to stimulate critical conversations and to explore new understandings between cultures. Artists, students, performers and scholars from the UK and Polynesia will discuss the issues and challenges faced by cultural leaders, artists, researchers and curators in today’s global art markets. These themes are developed in the ethKnowcentrix exhibition, which focuses on the ways in which artists reclaim and subvert the ‘ethnographic gaze’ historically applied to Polynesian culture in the West. The day will end with a more informal but nevertheless very important aspect of Polynesian protocol, a shared meal and entertainment from UK based Polynesian performers.

Wednesday 22nd July, 2009 (additional date)
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series presents:
IMAGINATION AND FIRE
New Work and Conversation with Dale Pendell

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available
Please reserve your place as space is limited.
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Dale Pendell

Dale Pendell is the author of the award-winning Pharmako trilogy on shamanic ethnobotany (Pharmako/Gnosis, Pharmako/Poeia, and Pharmako/Dynamis), Inspired Madness, a book about Burning Man, and Walking with Nobby, a book of conversations with the philosopher Norman O. Brown. Works in progress include The Great Bay, a futuristic novel of a post-collapse society, and Stealing Fire, a new book of poems.

He and his wife Laura and a familiar cat live in the foothills of the Sierra in California, where they grow pine and oak trees, along with some manzanita. Their performance group, Oracular Madness, most recently appeared at Burning Man.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month (excluding August). Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Tuesday, 28th July 2009
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series presents:
ANIMISM, ANCESTORS AND ADJUSTED STYLES OF COMMUNICATION: HIDDEN ART IN IRISH PASSAGE TOMBS
by Dr. Robert Wallis

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available
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Robert Wallis

Studies of prehistoric art tend to objectify this ‘material’ evidence in a process of disenchantment which has limited interpretative scope. This talk will draw on the theorising of ‘new animism’ in anthropology and religious studies which moves beyond the problematic attribution of spirit to matter and anthropomorphism in the work of Tylor and in other Victorian imaginations of religion, to consider animist ontologies as those which conceive of a world which is filled with persons, only some of whom are human. I argue that this relational approach enables new, re-enchanting insights into Neolithic art in the passage tombs of the Boyne Valley in Ireland, the study of which has tended towards an anthropocentric concept of ‘the social’ and neurotheological analysis of altered states of consciousness. Animist ontologies effectively disrupt the subject/object dichotomy of Western thought, challenge reductionist neurotheology, and offer an extended understanding of agency and personhood. I focus particularly on ‘hidden art’ to demonstrate how a variety of animist ontologies (from animist-totemist to totemist-animist) may have operated at the Neolithic/Bronze Age transition.

Dr Robert J. Wallis is Associate Professor of Visual Culture and Director of the MA in Art History at Richmond University, London, and a Research Fellow in Archaeology at the University of Southampton. His research interests consider indigenous and prehistoric art in shamanistic/animic communities, and the re-presentation of the past in the present by contemporary pagans and neo-shamans. He is author of Shamans / neo-Shamans: Ecstasy, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans, and co-author of the Historical Dictionary of Shamanism and co-editor of Permeability of Boundaries: New Approaches to the Archaeology of Art, Religion and Folklore and, most recently, Antiquaries and Archaists: The Past in the Past, the Past in the Present. He is currently working on a monograph on art and shamanism.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month (excluding August). Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Saturday,11th July 2009
EVENT: HAND 2 TUSKS - A fundraiser for Artists in the exhibition ethKnowcentrix – Museums Inside the Artist,
(10 Sep - 10 Oct 2009) Shigeyuki Kihara - George Nuku - Rosanna Raymond - Lisa Reihana

Doors open: 6pm-10pm. Tickets: £12
Pay bar, complimentary finger foods by Joy Fenikowski

Bookings - rentals@octobergallery.co.uk or call 44 (0)20 7831 1618



Take a journey through Contemporary Pacific artistic landscapes when London based Pasifikan artists Beats of Polynesia, Brian Fuata, Jerome Kavangh, Moana Pember and Rosanna Raymond come together to present a night of performance based spoken word, embellished with visual art, sound and movements.

“Thrillingly contemporary yet rooted in a deep and ancient culture,
this is powerful performance, rare and wonderful and like nothing else to be seen in London

Luke Dixon, Artistic Director of the International Workshop Festival

Don’t miss this Artist Fundraising Event for the artists participating in the exhibition ethKnowcentrix - Museums Inside the Artist, which opens this September.  Words become art, projected on walls; poems are rendered in the language of dance and sound; chants and traditions are rendered creating ritual spaces, bringing the past into the present. Experience a sensual and provocative night of living art and culture.

Bring your gold coins to be amused at The Amazing Sistar S’pacific’s Fantastical Miniature South Seas Fun Fair where you will find, pay as you go hula girls, lucky dip, coconut salon, Pacific peep show and have your photo taken with Hoary the head hunter!
Tuesday, 30th June 2009
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series presents:
IMAGINATION IS WHAT YOU ARE
by Erik Davis

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available
Please reserve your place as space is limited.
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Erik Davis

One of the most vital aspects of human consciousness is the dimension of the imagination, a broad domain that can be said to include the overlapping worlds of dream, fantasy, creative visualization, hallucination, and the spectres and phantasms of the paranormal. Any genuine engagement with spirituality and religious experience must take the imagination seriously. This is also true of any attempt to engage nature on a holistic level, for it is through the imagination that nature speaks, and the wilderness without can touch the wildness within. In this talk, Erik Davis will explore different theories and practices of the imagination, and will relate them to visionary experience, magic, dreams, and our ordinary engagement with “reality.” An engaging and entertaining speaker, Davis will follow his talk with a discussion.
Erik Davis is the author of the cult classic TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Information Age, also The Visionary State: A Journey through California’s Spiritual Landscape, and a critical volume on Led Zeppelin’s fourth album. A frequent lecturer at universities and festivals alike, Davis has contributed articles and essays to scores of books and publications, and posts regularly at www.techgnosis.com. He lives in San Francisco with his wife.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Saturday, 4th July 2009
Artist Talk:
ABLADE GLOVER

Entry £FREE, 3pm - 4pm (approx)

 

Ablade Glover will be giving a gallery tour and talk to accompany the exhibition Ablade Glover: 75 Year Anniversary



Please reserve your place as space is limited.
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Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. who has a B.A. in philosophy and psychology from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University, has been involved in the study of transformations of consciousness ever since, as a graduate student, he worked with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later Ram Dass) on the Harvard Psilocybin Projects. He co-wrote The Psychedelic Experience, and was editor of The Psychedelic Review.

During the 1970s, Ralph spent 10 years in the intensive study and practice of Agni Yoga, a meditative system of working with light-fire life-energies. He wrote Maps of Consciousness, one of the earliest attempts at a comparative cartography of consciousness; and Know Your Type, a comparative survey of personality typologies, ancient and modern. He was the Academic Dean for ten years, during the 1980s, at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he taught courses there on “Altered States of Consciousness” and “Developing Ecological Consciousness.” He is now Professor Emeritus.

He maintains a part-time psychotherapy practice, and conducts numerous workshops on consciousness transformation, both nationally and internationally. His books include The Well of Remembrance, The Unfolding Self, Green Psychology, and two edited collections on the science and the phenomenology of Ayahuasca and Teonanácatl.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Tuesday, 26th May 2009
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series presents:
SUPERNATURAL: DID PSYCHEDELIC EXPERIENCES MAKE OUR ANCESTORS HUMAN?
by Graham Hancock

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available
Please reserve your place as space is limited.
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Graham Hancock

Modern technological societies value only the alert, problem-solving state of consciousness, and have demonised trance states brought on by the consumption of psychedelic drugs. But in his book Supernatural, the background to his talk at the October Gallery, Graham Hancock presents staggering new information that experiences induced by plant hallucinogens may have played a vital role in the evolution of our species – opening our ancestors to supernatural realms and making us truly human for the first time. It all happened very recently.

Less than 50,000 years ago mankind had no art, no religion, no sophisticated symbolism, no innovative thinking. Then, in a dramatic and electrifying change, described by scientists as ‘the greatest riddle in human history’, all the skills and qualities that we value most highly in ourselves appeared already fully formed, as though bestowed on us by hidden powers. In his lecture, Graham Hancock sets out to investigate this mysterious ‘before-and-after moment’ and to discover the truth about the influences that shaped the modern human mind. His quest takes him on a journey of adventure and detection from the stunningly beautiful painted caves of prehistoric France, Spain and Italy to remote rock shelters in the mountains of South Africa where he finds a treasure trove of extraordinary Stone Age art.

He uncovers clues that lead him to travel to the depths of the Amazon rainforest to drink the powerful plant hallucinogen Ayahuasca with Indian shamans, whose paintings contain images of ‘supernatural beings’ identical to the animal-human hybrids depicted in prehistoric caves and rock shelters. And Western laboratory volunteers placed experimentally under the influence of hallucinogens such as mescaline, psilocybin and LSD also report visionary encounters with exactly the same beings. Scientists at the cutting edge of consciousness research have begun to consider the possibility that such hallucinations may be real perceptions of other ‘dimensions’.

Could it be that the human brain is not just a generator of consciousness, but also a receiver of consciousness, and could the ‘supernaturals’ first depicted in the painted caves and rock shelters be the ancient teachers of mankind? This new approach strongly suggests that human evolution is not just the ‘blind’, ‘meaningless’ process that Darwin identified, but something else, more purposive and intelligent, that we have barely even begun to understand. By criminalising and demonising the consumption of psychedelic drugs it may even be that our societies are blocking off the next vital step in the evolution of our species.

Graham Hancock is the author and coauthor of a number of best-selling investigations of historical mysteries, including Fingerprints of the Gods, Supernatural, The Sign and the Seal, Keeper of Genesis, Heaven's Mirror, The Mars Mystery, and Underworld. His books have been translated into 27 languages and have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide. www.grahamhancock.com

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Tuesday, 28th April 2009
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series presents:
THE SONGLINES OF WILDNESS
by Jay Griffiths

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available
Please reserve your place as space is limited.
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Jay Griffiths

Jay Griffiths will talk about her book, “Wild: An Elemental Journey” which describes her journeys to wildernesses of earth and ice, water, fire and air.  This book is the result of a seven-year odyssey among Native people, listening to their philosophies; meeting cannibals; anchoring a boat to an iceberg where polar bears slept; joining Inuit hunters on a whale hunt; drinking shamanic medicine with Amazonian healers; visiting sea gypsies and journeying to the freedom fighters of West Papua.

She will discuss the songlines of the earth, the paths in the Papuan highlands remembered in song, and the ethereal music of shamans, as well as the songlines of Aboriginal Australia.  The talk will explore the words and meanings which shape ideas of wildness and it will illustrate the anarchic nature of wildness, as well as the kindness of what is wild, both in nature and the human mind. The talk will also explore some of the political resonances of wilderness and the corporate invasions of indigenous lands, arguing for the essential freedoms, and the necessary wildness of the human spirit, everywhere. 

Jay Griffiths is the author of two works of non-fiction “Wild: An Elemental Journey” and “Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time”.  She has also written a long short story, “Anarchipelago” based on the road protest movement of the 1990s.  She is the winner of many awards, including the Orion prize and the Barnes and Noble award for the best first-time author.  She lives in Wales.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

dubai 2009
Tuesday, 31st March 2009
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series presents:
A NEW SCIENCE OF LIFE: MORPHIC RESONANCE AND THE HABITS OF NATURE
by Dr. Rupert Sheldrake

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available
Please reserve your place as space is limited.
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Dr. Rupert Sheldrake

According to Rupert Sheldrake's hypothesis of formative causation, all self-organizing systems, including crystals, animals and societies contain an inherent memory, given by a process called morphic resonance from previous similar systems. All human beings draw upon a collective human memory, and in turn contribute to it. Even individual memory depends on morphic resonance rather than on physical memory traces stored within the brain. This radical hypothesis implies that the so-called laws of nature are more like habits, and evolution, like human life, depends on an interplay between habit and creativity.

Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and several books, including A New Science of Life (new edition, February 2008). His web site is www.sheldrake.org.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

dubai 2009
Tuesday, 24th February 2009
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series presents:
SHAMANIC LANDSCAPES
by Paul Devereux

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available
Please reserve your place as space is limited.
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Paul Devereux

Did the ancient American Indian soul leave its mark on the land? In this profusely illustrated presentation, Paul Devereux will argue that it did by exploring a range of sacred geographies scattered through the Americas. From the Nazca lines to many other "lines", from the spirit paths of the Kogi Indians to the giant ground drawings of California and Arizona, to the vision quest places of the old shamans, to the strange "place where God sits" in Canada. And more. A unique travelogue that traces an interior journey.

Paul Devereux's main areas of interest are archaeo-acoustics (study of sound at ancient places), ancient and traditional lifeways, the anthropology and archaeology of consciousness, sacred sites and landscapes, general consciousness studies including psi phenomena, unusual geophysical events, and what are loosely termed 'earth mysteries'. This is work he has been involved with at a 'front line' level for almost four decades. Paul has published oodles of books, most recently The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia, and Mind Before Matter: Visions of a New Science of Consciousness. www.pauldevereux.co.uk

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Thursday, 19th February 2009
FILM: THE MEANING OF LIFE
by Hugh Brody
First public showing in the UK, film completed in 2008

Entry £8 /£6 Concessions
6:30pm (doors open 6:00pm, refreshments available)
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Hugh Brody will be present for a brief Q&A session at the end of the film.

Hugh Brody’s new film, The Meaning of Life, is about a prison. It is also a film about redemption, spirituality and the possibility of finding meaning in defiance of some of the worst kinds of personal violence and institutional cruelty.

The prison is high in the mountains of western Canada, on the territory of the Chehalis people; over half the inmates come from First Nation backgrounds. For ten years the prison and the Chehalis community have been engaged in a unique partnership. Security and daily management of the prison are carried out by the Canadian Correctional Service; rehabilitation is inspired and led by Chehalis elders, following their ideas of spirituality, ceremony and healing.

One of the inmates in the film says: “You commit yourself to death; you’ve taken away your life by taking a life… Where do you go from here?”

In this film, we see the lives and listen to the voices of those who have experienced loss of life and the attempt to find somewhere to go, some way to find meaning. And the film asks, by implication, the difficult question: is there a justice system where we can find forgiveness and redemption?

Some comments from people who have seen the film

The Meaning of Life” by Hugh Brody brings to “life” and brings “life” to those who have had their life taken away … More important, this film highlights how communities can work together to create a positive relationship and healing that benefits everyone.
The Honourable Gwen Point, Chatelaine of British Columbia.

This is a profoundly moving film that makes its point … in a subtle, understated way that lasts long after the viewing is over.
Marcus Banks, Professor of Visual Anthropology, University of Oxford

If you think that you know what it means for our society to sentence some people to life imprisonment, perhaps you need to think about it again. Better still, you should watch Brody's film about the "Meaning of Life", not that you are going to find in it any easy answer. Our collective struggle to find some meaning in all this is not over yet.
Yvon Dandurand, criminologist and Associate Vice-President,
University of the Fraser Valley

Tuesday, 27th January 2009
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series presents:
DEATH, AND THE GOD OF A THOUSAND EYES
by Dr. David Luke

Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine available
Please reserve your place as space is limited.
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Dr. David Luke

This talk discusses both the scientific and the mystical understanding of people's experiences of visionary encounters with discarnate beings. In all times and places people have had profoundly real experiences of deities, demons, angels, elves, aliens, and ghosts. Sometimes these occur when a person is in altered state – dreaming, on drugs, or is near death. The connection between the altered state and the 'visitation' is explored in a vivid illustrated talk, which takes a personal tour through folklore, mythology, neurochemistry, magic, shamanism, the Luciferian witch cult, brain anatomy, Tibetan demonology, the pineal gland, art, the Reg Veda, psychoactive toads and a cauldron full of other odd ingredients. A lively slide lecture format followed by discussion.

Dr. David Luke lectures in psychology at several London universities and is a writer and researcher with a special interest in parapsychology and altered states of consciousness. He has studied paranormal phenomena and techniques of consciousness alteration from South America to India, from the perspective of scientists, shamans and Shivaites. He lives life on the edge, of Hackney.

This lecture is part of a series to be held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check back to these pages for further details of the upcoming programme or email drdluke@gmail.com to be added to the series' mailing list.

Saturday, 31st January 2009
FILM: FLicKer
(Second London showing)

Screening 3:00 pm (Doors open 2:30 pm)
Tickets: £8/£6 conc.

In this astonishing new award winning documentary, Director Nik Sheehan, a custom made Dreamachine in tow, takes us on a journey into the life of Brion Gysin - his art, his complex ideas, his friendships with some of the twentieth century's key counterculture figures.  Taking the dream machine as the basis of its explorations, FLicKeR asks crucial questions about the nature of art and consciousness, and imagines humanity liberated to explore its creativity in complete freedom.

Featuring greats like Burroughs (in archival footage), singer Marianne Faithfull, singer/artist Genesis P-Orridge of Psychic TV, poet John Giorno, punk rocker Iggy Pop, filmmaker Kenneth Anger and artist/turntablist DJ Spooky, and many more, FLicKeR is a hypnotic documentary. Two longtime Gysin collaborators who are interviewed in the film, Terry Wilson and Udo Breger, will be present at this screening. Film courtesy of Makin' Movies and the National Film Board of Canada.

2008

Friday, 12th December 2008
FILM: FLicKer
(First London showing)

Screening 7:30 pm (Doors open 7:00 pm)
Tickets: £8/£6 conc.

John Allen and A.G.E Blake

In this astonishing new award winning documentary, Director Nik Sheehan, a custom made Dreamachine in tow, takes us on a journey into the life of Brion Gysin - his art, his complex ideas, his friendships with some of the twentieth century's key counterculture figures.  Taking the dream machine as the basis of its explorations, FLicKeR asks crucial questions about the nature of art and consciousness, and imagines humanity liberated to explore its creativity in complete freedom.

Featuring greats like Burroughs (in archival footage), singer Marianne Faithfull, singer/artist Genesis P-Orridge of Psychic TV, poet John Giorno, punk rocker Iggy Pop, filmmaker Kenneth Anger and artist/turntablist DJ Spooky, and many more, FLicKeR is a hypnotic documentary. Two longtime Gysin collaborators who are interviewed in the film, Terry Wilson and Udo Breger, will be present at this screening. Film courtesy of Makin' Movies and the National Film Board of Canada.

Thursday, 20th November 2008
Two Philosophers on the Park Bench of History or the Dangers of Thinking

6:30 pm (Doors open 6:00 pm)
Tickets: £7/£5 conc.

John Allen and A.G.E Blake
John Allen and
Anthony Blake

Continuing a thought-provoking series of discourses which began in 1994, Allen and Blake, two outstanding contemporary thinkers, exchange views about human existence.

Their premise this evening:
Thinking takes one to the edge of consciousness and is liable to arouse sleeping demons. Comforting rationalisations are its betrayal. It is luciferic, given to pride and an enemy of all authorities.

Anthony Blake
Anthony Blake’s early training was in physics at Bristol and the philosophy and history of science at Cambridge. He worked for more than fifteen years with John Bennett, one of the leading proponents of Gurdjieff’s ideas. Following a now ‘normal’ meandering path through consultancy, publishing and educational research he co-founded the non-profit DuVersity for development of free intelligence and authored books on Time, Systems, Intelligence, Dialogue and Methodologies of Thinking and is currently working on a book examining the idea of Higher Intelligence. Married, with six children, he is currently exiled in Scotland.

John Allen
John Allen is inventor of Biosphere 2, engineer, author, poet, dramaturge, and co-founder of the Institute of Ecotechnics, a UK registered charity which is particularly interested in projects that advance the ecology of technics and synergize body, brain and behaviour in humans
Monday, 22nd September, 2008
Music, Dance and Film:
!Gubi Family Tour
chili hawes
 

7:30pm - 10:00 pm
(doors open 7.00pm)
Minimum £10 (£8 conc)
all proceeds go to sustainable development programme. Booking advised. Please contact rentals@octobergallery.co.uk

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE PRESENTS !Gubi Family Tour –Indigenous San from the Kalahari Desert, Namibia, performing traditional music and dance, accompanied by a film by award winning film-maker

A wonderful opportunity to witness a rare treasure of Namibia who will perform In order to raise subsequent funds to set up a sustainable development programme.

In order to build awareness of one of the oldest cultures on our planet, the !Gubi family have been travelling and performing enchanting music throughout Britain. 

Please come and support us to help prevent the extinction of a wise and peaceful culture that has existed for more than 10,000 years. 


3rd August - 8th September 2008
OCTOBER GALLERY ANNUAL HOLIDAY
The October Gallery will be closed for our annaul summer holiday from the 3rd of August. We reopen on the 9th of September and our next show "SAMANTHA HOBSON - Our life ... is land ... is culture " will be running from the 11th of September
Saturday 21st June 2008, 4.30pm
Film: This is My Africa
Dir. Zina Saro-Wiwa (55min)
this is my africa Free Admission - booking recommended
Booking Contact: rosalind@octobergallery.co.uk
Tel: 0207 242 7367

This film is about the Africa that exists in the hearts and minds of people who are from Africa or have lived, travelled or worked there. Amongst the 20 interviewees are the artist, Yinka Shonibare MBE; actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor; author and playwright, Biyi Bandele and Mourad Mazouz, founder of the restaurants Sketch and Momo. This film was commissioned by the Africa Centre.

Saturday, 21st June 2008
GALLERY TALK:
Karel Nel - THE BRILLIANCE OF DARKNESS
chili hawes
Karel Nel, Stellar Grammar, 2007. 540 million-year-old carboniferous dust from Gondwanaland and salt from the atlantic ocean on a wooden base.

3:00 pm
Free Admission - booking recommended 0207 242 7367

Distinguished South African artist, Karel Nel will speak about his work. He will be introduced by Chris Spring, Curator of the African Galleries at the British Museum and author of Angaza Afrika – African Art Now. This will be followed by a Q & A.

As one of South Africa’s foremost and internationally renowned artists, Karel Nel has long been fascinated by the relationship between art and science; Nel’s works directly challenges the view that these two disciplines are radically different. Using site-specific materials, such as carboniferous dust from dinosaurs in Gondwanaland and coco de mer palms from the Seychelles, Nel is able to impart important aspects of the world and the universe through innovative and beautiful artistic expressions.

An Associate Professor of Fine Art at the University of Witwatersrand, Karel Nel is represented in most major museums and public collections in South Africa. His work is also in the collections of the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Tuesday, 17th June 2008
Film: A Gal and Her Gallery (60min) by Suzanne Campbell-Jones
chili hawes
Chili Hawes. Photo: Gonzalo Arcila

7:00 pm (Doors open 6:00 pm)
Tickets: £6/£4 conc.

A Gal and Her Gallery, produced and directed by Suzanne Campbell-Jones tells the story of Chili Hawes, Director of the October Gallery, and of how, with a synergetic approach and with a team of artists, adventurers and friends from around the world, she rescued a derelict building in London and turned it into a pioneer gallery of the transvangarde: contemporary, cutting edge work of extraordinary artists from around the planet.


Enquiries to:
rosalind@octobergallery.co.uk
or tel 0207 831 1618

For further information about the film please see www.mostlymovies.co.uk

6th-7th June 2008, 8.00pm, Matinee 7th-8th June 2008, 3.00pm
Shang Orientheatre: Bardo Todel - the journey beyond ground
shang orient theatre bardo todelDoors open 30 minutes before show
Price: £8/6 concessions
Bookings Contact: rentals@octobergallery.co.uk
Tel: 0207 242 7367

Shang Orientheatre’s new production, Bardo Todel marks the third season at the October Gallery of a stunning dance-sound performance group from Taiwan.

Drawing inspiration from Tibetan Buddhism, and in particular, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Bardo Todel is the story of the journey from death to reincarnation and rebirth.

Director Sun Li-Tsuei's style is influenced by shamanism, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, the mime of Marceau and Le Coq and Chinese martial arts. The ensemble has performed to critical acclaim in Taiwan, Spain, Belgium and the Festival of Avignon OFF in France.

17th May 2008, 4.30pm
Film: This is My Africa
Dir. Zina Saro-Wiwa (55min)
this is my africa Free Admission - booking recommended
Booking Contact: rosalind@octobergallery.co.uk
Tel: 0207 242 7367

Commissioned by the Africa Centre, this film is about the Africa that exists in the hearts and minds of people who are from Africa or have lived, travelled or worked there. Amongst the 20 interviewees are the artist, Yinka Shonibare MBE; actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor; author and playwright, Biyi Bandele and Mourad Mazouz, founder of the restaurants Sketch and Momo

17th May 2008, 3.00pm
Gallery Talk: Chris Spring
Angaza Afrika - African Art Now

chris springFree Admission - booking recommended Booking Contact: rosalind@octobergallery.co.uk
Tel: 0207 242 7367

Chris Spring, curator of the African Galleries at the British Museum and author of the book Angaza Afrika - African Art Now, will discuss contemporary African art with particular emphasis on the artists featured in the exhibition. He will be joined by several exhibiting artists. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session and Chris will be available to sign copies of his book.

19th-22nd March 2008
Art Dubai

art dubaiArt Dubai takes place every March at the Madinat Arena. As the first contemporary art fair in Dubai, the Fair has become a cornerstone for the rapidly growing art community of the Middle East.

The 2008 fair will host nearly seventy galleries from the Middle East, Asia, Europe, North and South America, North Africa and Australia. The October Gallery exhibit can be found at Stand A35.

October Gallery artists exhibited include: El Anatsui, Ira Cohen, Romuald Hazoumè, Rachid Koraïchi, Elisabeth Lalouschek, Hassan Massoudy, Laila Shawa, Wijdan, Gerald WIlde and Kenji Yoshida.

For further details please see www.artdubai.ae

13th-16th March 2008
Joburg Art Fair

joburg art fair
October Gallery will be exhibiting at the first African contemporary art fair held in Johannesburg. On sale will be the largest collection of African and South African contemporary art the world has ever seen - 5000 square metres of the Sandton Convention Centre have been booked for the event.

October Gallery artists exhibited include: El Anatatsui, Romuald Hazoumè,
Ablade Glover, Owusu-Ankomah, Rachid Koraïchi, Sandile Zulu,
Julien Sinzogan, Nnenna Okore.

For further details please see www.joburgartfair.co.za

2007

Tuesday, 11th December 2007
Film: Kings with Straw Mats (72min) by Ira Cohen

7:30 pm (Doors open 7:00 pm)
Tickets: £6/£4 conc.

reclining baba
Ira Cohen 'Reclining Baba'

Kings with Straw Mats is an extaordinary portrait of sadhus at India’s greatest sacred celebration, the Kumbha Mela, which takes place every 12 years. Produced by Ira Cohen with cinematographer Ira Landgarten in 1986, the film follows the sadhus in their path of insight and devotion, intoxicated on the divine, evoking the mythic, silencing themselves in poverty and solitude to reach the unlimited world of shamanistic ecstasy.

All screenings are co-presented by
Arthur Magazine and Universal Mutant. For more information or to order Ira Cohen DVDs, visit Arthur Magazine’s website:
http://www.arthurmag.com

Saturday, 8th December 2007
Talk: Johnny Dolphin

7:00 pm (Doors open 6:30 pm)
Tickets: £6/£5 conc.

John Allen and A.G.E Blake
John Allen aka Johnny Dolphin

Adventurer, Ecologist, Philosopher & Poet, John Allen (aka Johnny Dolphin) will read from his new book of memoirs Me and the Biospheres (Synergetic Press). For one night only, a unique opportunity to hear John Allen, FRGS, FLS, inventor of Biosphere 2, the controversial laboratory of global ecology.

Co-founder of Theatre of All Possibilities, Allen has also designed innovative scientific projects and led explorations around the world. His extraordinary life story and travels have been chronicled in his novels, poetry, short stories and plays written by his alter ego—Johnny Dolphin.

Tuesday, 4th December 2007
Film Double Bill: The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda (31min) by Ira Cohen
&
Paradise Now: The Living Theatre in Amerika (46min) by Marty Topp, produced by Ira Cohen for Universal Mutant Productions

screening 7:30 pm (Doors open 7:00 pm)
Tickets: £6/£4 conc.

John Allen and A.G.E Blake
‘The Snowflake Syndrome’ from ‘The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda’

Ira Cohen’s legendary 1968 film The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda is a “languidly opiated costume ball - so High ‘60s that you emerge from its vision perched full-lotus on a cloud of incense, chatting with a white rabbit and smoking a banana” (J. Hoberman). Invasion is a psychedelic bullet to your third eye.

Paradise Now: The Living Theatre in Amerika, a film of The Living Theatre’s historic 1968 American tour. The Living Theatre, led by Julian Beck and Judith Malina, triumphantly returned to America from years of self-imposed exile in Europe with their theatrical breakthrough Paradise Now. The result of this shared voyage is the spontaneous creation of a temporary anarchist collective - free from the enslavements of war, violence, the State, money and the self.

Friday, 30th November 2007
Poetry reading: Ira Cohen, Allan Graubard, Eric Andersen

introduced by Ian MacFadyen
7:30 pm (Doors open 7:00 pm)
Tickets: £8/£6 conc.

John Allen and A.G.E Blake
Ira reading his poetry at October Gallery 2003
Photo © Ishmael Annobil

Ira Cohen, poet, photographer, filmmaker, traveller was born in 1935 to deaf parents. In 1961 he took a Yugoslavian freighter to Tangiers where he lived for 4 years and published Gnaoua, a magazine devoted to exorcism introducing the work of Brion Gysin, William S. Burroughs and other members of the interzone mob. He produced Jilala, a mythic recording of trance music by dervishes, recorded by Paul Bowles.

In 1970 he went to the Himalayas where he started the Starstream poetry series under the Bardo matrix imprint in Kathmandu, publishing the work of Paul Bowles, Charles Henri Ford, Gregory Corso and Angus MacLise and developing his art of bookmaking working with native craftsmen. In 1972 he spent a year in San Francisco reading and performing and then returned to New York mounting photographic shows.

Cohen is the artistic director of Universal Mutant, Inc., a foundation established with the help of Judith Malina, Gerard Malanga, and Will Swofford in order to promote and protect the works of insolite / occult / alternative writers, filmmakers and interdisciplinary artists.

Allan Graubard is a poet, playwright and critic. Books include: From the Mylar Chamber: Photos of Ira Cohen and Fragments From Nomad Days.

Eric Andersen is a singer and songwriter from New York who has recorded 25 albums of original material, and is a writer of short stories. He has contributed essays and articles for the Rolling Stone Book of the Beats, the William Burroughs/Tom Waits collaboration of The Black Rider for the Norwegian National Theater, Freedom Is A Constant Struggle (reminiscences of the 1960’s Civil Rights movement), and the National Geographic Traveler magazine.

Ian MacFadyen’s published essays include Ira Cohen’s Photographs: A Living Theatre (Cynthia Broan Gallery) and Machine Dreams: OpticalToys and Mechanical Boys. He has written about the work of William S. Burroughs for many years and is currently co-editing Naked Lunch @ 50.

Saturday, 29th September 2007
A Gift to One, A Gift to Many: James Jackson Sr., Ojibwe Medicine Man
Directed by Lorraine Norrgard
1992
Duration: 60 min
Not rated

3:00 pm
Free

james jackson
Photo by Teresa Angell

This film focuses on the life and teachings of the revered Ojibwe Medicine Man James Jackson Sr. (1913-1992). Jackson devoted himself to bringing health to Indian people, using traditional medicine and prayer, psychology, love and humour. Utilising interviews with Jackson, friends, family, and Ojibwe people who benefited from his knowledge and wisdom, Norrgard’s award winning film presents a powerful story of cultural integrity, survival and truth of the Ojibwe way.

Saturday, 15th September 2007
Gallery Talk: Andrea Carlson
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Andrea Carlson
'Vaster Empire'
3:00pm
Free

Andrea Carlson talks about her work.

Born in 1979, Andrea Carlson grew up in Minnesota, and is an MFA graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has been the recipient of a McKnight Foundation Fellowship (2007-2008), a Blacklock Nature Sanctuary Fellowship (2007), and a Minnesota State Arts Board, Cultural Community Partnership Grant, in collaboration with the Soo Visual Arts Center (2005). Carlson was awarded Best in Show, Ojibwe Art Exhibition at Leach Lake Tribal College, Bemidji, MN (2004), and has been widely reviewed.  She lectures regularly at the University of Minnesota.

Monday, 17th September 2007
Public Seminar: 'Vaster Empire': Native American Culture as Represented in Literature and Art
Trundle
Star Wallowing Bull
'Seal of Approval'
6:30pm - 8:30pm (Doors open 6.00pm)
Tickets: £6/£4 conc.

Leading scholars and artists give short presentations on aspects of their work. The presentations will be followed by questions from the audience and discussion.

Speakers:

Andrea Carlson, featured artist. Carlson's discussion will focus on the artist's view of objects as surrogates for memory and story.

Dr. Jean Fisher is a lecturer at the Royal College of Art, London, and is Professor of Fine Art and Transcultural Studies at Middlesex University. She studied Zoology and Fine Art, later becoming a freelance writer on contemporary art and issues of postcoloniality. She is the former editor of the international quarterly Third Text, and the editor of the anthologies, Global Visions: Towards a New Internationalism in the Visual Arts (1994), Re-verberations: Tactics of Resistance, Forms of Agency (2000) and, with the Cuban curator Gerardo Mosquera, Over Here: International Perspectives on Art and Culture (2004). A selection of her essays, Vampire in the Text, was published in 2003.

Dr. Stephanie Pratt is a Native American historian of the Dakota tribe, Reader in Art History at the University of Plymouth, and co-author of Between Worlds, published to accompany the recent exhibition of the same name at the National Portrait Gallery. Pratt will discuss the visual representation of Native Americans and their art, mainly in North American and British examples.

Dr. David Stirrup is an English and American Studies Lecturer at the University of Kent. His most recent research focuses on 20th century Native American fiction. He is currently working on a monograph on community and narrative in contemporary Ojibwe fiction.

Tuesday, 2nd October 2007
Trudell the Movie
Director: Heather Rae
2005
Duration: 80 min
Not rated

7:00 pm (Doors open 6:30 pm)
Tickets: £6/£4 conc.

Trundle
Photo by Gregory Bayne

In this award winning documentary, filmmaker Heather Rae presents the engaging life story of Native American poet-activist John Trudell. 'Trudell' begins in the late sixties when John Trudell and a community group, Indians of All Tribes, occupied Alcatraz Island for 21 months. This created an international recognition of the Native American cause. In 1979, while protesting the US government’s policy on Native Americans, John burned an American Flag on the steps of the FBI headquarters in Washington DC.  Within a matter of hours his pregnant wife, three children and mother in law were killed in a suspicious arson fire on a Nevada reservation. It was after this that Trudell withdrew from politics and found his voice as a poet, and later as a musician. The film combines interviews with his allies from the entertainment community, the ‘movement’ days, and his friends and family with archival and concert footage from all over the world.

Tuesday, 25th September 2007
Smoke Signals (subject to agreement)
Directed by Chris Eyre
1998
Duration: 89 min
PG

7:00 pm (Doors open 6:30 pm)
Tickets: £6/£4 conc.

smoke signals
Photo by Jill Sabella

Winner of many awards, including the Sundance Film Festival's Audience Award, 'Smoke Signals' is the first feature written, directed, co-produced and acted by Native Americans. When the parents of Thomas (Evan Adams) are killed in a fire, he is rescued by Arnold Joseph (Gary Farmer), the father of Victor (Adam Beach). When Arnold dies, Thomas offers Victor funding for the trip to collect Arnold's remains, on the condition that Thomas goes with him. The interactions between the stoic Victor and the light-hearted Thomas alternate between humour and rage during their bus ride to Phoenix. When the boys arrive at Arnold's trailer, they meet neighbour Suzi Song (Irene Bedard); her friendship with Arnold reveals a tragedy that shaped the lives of both Victor and Arnold.

Tuesday, 20th November 2007
John Allen and Tony Blake in Dialogue

6:30 pm (Doors open 6:00 pm)
Tickets: £7/£5 conc.

John Allen and A.G.E Blake
Allen and Blake

Continuing a thought-provoking series of discourses which began in 1994, Allen and Blake, two outstanding contemporary thinkers, exchange views about human existence.

John Allen is inventor of Biosphere 2, engineer, author, poet, dramaturge and co-founder of the Institute of Ecotechnics, a UK charity which is particularly interested in projects that advance the ecology of technics and synergise body, brain and behavior in humans.

Anthony Blake trained in physics at Bristol and the philosophy and history of science at Cambridge. He worked for more than fifteen years with British scientist, mathematician and philosopher John Bennett and is currently working on a book examining the idea of Higher Intelligence.
Allen and Blake will discuss the Death of the Future, that key invention of Western Civilisation. The decks have to be completely cleared of a fiction that supports a striving away to escape the present. This may open up a region where we can see ourselves as fictions within a dramatic story being written by humanity.

29th & 30th June 7.30 pm, Matinee on 30th June at 3pm
Theatre: 'SHAN ZAI DRAGON' SHANG ORIENTHEATRE
shang orientheatre

Doors open 30 minutes before show
Price: £8/6 concessions
Bookings advisable

Shan Zai (“Bliss”) Dragon is a non-vocal performance based on Ancient Chinese mythology accompanied by traditional Chinese music. Director Sun Li-Tsuei’s style is informed by shamanism, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, the mime of Marceau and Le Coq and Chinese martial arts. Performed to critical acclaim in Spain, Belgium and the Festival of Avignon Off in France.
Saturday, 19 May 2007
Talk: 'Imprints on Lagos - A Bukka Event'

3.00 to 6.00pm

An illustrated talk on the effects of the abolition of slavery on the formation of a modern African metropolis. Speakers :Giles Omezi, Executive Director, Bukka; Sola Ogunbanjo, Director, Bukka Research; Kaye Whiteman, Former Editor West Africa.

Part of Bukka’s Lagos Future City Programme

Friday, 23rd March 2007
Talk: 'An Evening with Adventurer, Ecologist, Philosopher & Poet John Allen (aka Johnny Dolphin)'
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John Allen
(photo: riohahn.com)
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Tickets: £7.50(conc £5)
Wine bar
Seating limited

For one night only, a unique opportunity to hear John Allen, FRS, FLS, inventor of Biosphere 2, the controversial laboratory of global ecology.

Co-founder of Theatre of All Possibilities, Allen has also designed innovative scientific projects and led explorations around the world. His extraordinary life story and travels have been chronicled in his novels, poetry, short stories and plays written by his alter ego --- Johnny Dolphin.

During the evening, Allen will hold forth on the future of the planet, as well as the art of the ‘transvangarde’, his Oklahoman grandmother’s baking skills and Ornette Coleman. Without a doubt, this is an evening not to be missed!

Lighting Design: Sean Ferris
Sound Design: Martin Smith

2006

Saturday, 9th December 2006 7:30
'These Dark Materials' Lukax Santana in Concert. £7/£5 Conc

'These Dark Materials' Lukax Santana in Concert

Saturday, 18th November 2006
Film: 'Strange Fruit'
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Strange Fruit
(California Newsreel)
3:30pm
Tickets: £4/£3 conc.
Director: Joel Katz
Duration: 57 minute
California Newsreel


Strange Fruit’ is a documentary which explores the history and legacy of the Billie Holiday classic. The song’s evolution tells a dramatic story of America’s radical past using one of the most influential protest songs ever written as its epicenter. The saga brings viewers face-to-face with the terror of lynching, even as it spotlights the courage and heroism of those who fought for racial justice when to do so was to risk ostracism and livelihood if white - and death if black. It examines the history of lynching, and the interplay of race, labour and the left, and popular culture as forces that would give rise to the Civil Rights Movement.

For further information and bookings please contact

Saturday, 11th November 2006
2 Short Films: 'Shifting Shelter 3' and 'Plains Empty'
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Shifting Shelter (ABC TV)
3:30pm
Tickets: £4/£3 conc.

October Gallery Australian Film Series

SHIFTING SHELTER 3 (2006)
Director: Ivan Sen
Duration: 30 minutes
ABC TV


Directed by award winning film maker Ivan Sen (‘Beneath Clouds’, ‘Yellow Fella’), ‘Shifting Shelter 3’ follows the lives of four Indigenous Australians growing up in rural New South Wales, in the vein of the ‘Seven Up’ documentaries.


In ‘Shifting Shelter 3’, Ivan meets with the four individuals for a third time. The program recaps Ivan’s earlier visits with Willy, Cindy, Danielle and Ben and looks at the turbulent journey they have faced since the first programme was made. Now ten years since they first met, dreams are remembered and forgotten, while new hopes evolve as they build new shelters for their own families. Directed by award winning

Followed by:

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Plains Empty
(Flickerfest)

PLAINS EMPTY (2004)
Writer/Director: Beck Cole
Duration: 26 minutes
Flickerfest

Selected, Sundance Film Festival ’05.

A young Aboriginal woman has recently moved to an isolated mining town with her man. When he has to set up camp at a far-off mining site, she is left to spend more time on her own, but she begins to question whether she is really alone.
‘Plains Empty’ is a ghost story but it is also a film about the common experiences of Aboriginal women in the remote areas of outback Australia.

For further information and bookings please contact

australian high commission
October Gallery gratefully acknowledges the assistance of The Australian High Commission, London in presenting this series of Australian film.
Friday, 3rd November 2006
Films: Ten Canoes (2006)
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October Gallery Australian Film Series

7:30pm
(Doors/bar open 7:00)
Director: Rolf de Heer
Duration: 91 minutes
Vertigo Productions
The Works Distribution
BOOKING ADVISABLE


Winner of Special Jury Prize,
Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2006.


For those of you who missed ‘Ten Canoes’ at the London Film Festival, October Gallery and The Works Distribution present a free screening of Rolf de Heer’s award winning film.


This film, starring the Yolngu people of Ramingining and David Gulpilil is the first full-length feature film made in Australia entirely in an Indigenous language. In the distant past, Dayindi (Jamie Gulpilil) covets one of the wives of his older brother. To teach him the proper way, he is told a story from the mythical past, a story of wrong love, kidnapping, sorcery and revenge.

For further information and bookings please contact

ten canoes
Saturday, 28st October 2006
2 Short Films: Empire and Urban Clan
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Empire (ABC Films)
3:30pm
Tickets: £4/£3 conc.

October Gallery Australian Film Series.

EMPIRE (1997)
Director: Michael Riley
Duration: 18 minutes
Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Indigenous Programs Unit


Michael Riley was an internationally renowned artist, photographer and filmmaker. In his acclaimed work, ‘Empire’, he takes us on a journey through the decaying British Empire in Australia via stylised images and symbols of desolation. There is no narration except for a short archival recording at the end and a specially commissioned score performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Followed by:

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Urban Clan
(Music Arts Dance Films)

URBAN CLAN (1997)
Director: Michelle Mahrer
Duration: 55 minutes.
Music Arts Dance Films

Multi-award-winning documentary ‘Urban Clan’ explores the background of the three brothers, Stephen. David and Russell Page; how they grew up as urban Aboriginals and developed as individual artists who later came together through the Bangarra Dance Theatre when Stephen took over as Artistic Director in 1991.

The theme of family is the anchor point of the film. Three worlds interweave: the Pages’ own family; the wider background of the traditional Aboriginal family and the present family of Bangarra Dance Theatre.

For further information and bookings please contact

Saturday, 21st October 2006
Gallery Talk: Fiona Foley
HHH#8, Fiona Foley

HHH #8 Fiona Foley 2004
Ultrachrome print on paper.

3.00 pm
Free Admission

Acclaimed artist Fiona Foley talks about her exhibition ‘Strange Fruit’
Free Admission

 

Followed by:
Film: Boomalli—Five Koori Artists (1990)

Director: Michael Riley
Duration: 28 minutes
Film Australia

4:30pm
Free Admission


Boomalli Artists’ Cooperative was founded in 1987 by urban Aboriginal and Koorie photographers, painters, sculptors, designers and filmmakers. This film focuses on contemporary rather than traditional work and ways of life. We see the work of clothing designer Bronwyn Bancroft and the sand sculptures of Fiona Foley. Tracey Moffatt discusses her film about Aboriginal girls, and the painters Raymond Meeks and Jeffrey Samuels discuss the thematic approach to their art and how they incorporate aspects of traditional Aboriginal painting. The artists also talk about Aboriginal identity and how this is expressed in their work.

Friday 20th October - Sunday 22nd October
Bloomsbury Festival

The cultural, intellectual, artistic and social diversity of Bloomsbury will be celebrated in a new arts festival to be held from 20 to 22 October 2006 in the ‘Bloomsbury Quarter’, the area between Euston Road, Gray’s Inn Road, Theobalds Road and Southampton Row. One of London’s best kept secrets, this area has been home to artists and intellectuals for generations and is still at the forefront of artistic and cultural innovation today.

Gallery opening hours during the Bloomsbury Festival:
Friday 20th 12.00pm-7.00pm
Saturday 21st 12.00pm-9.00pm
Sunday 22nd 11.00am-6.00pm
www.bloomsburyfestival.org

bloomsbury festival

Saturday 21st October
Bloomsbury BBQ

6.00pm-9.00pm
There will be a charge for food and wine.

October Gallery and Kennards Good Foods invite you to join them in the October Gallery courtyard for an evening of Australian barbeque food and wine. Marc and the staff from Kennards will prepare delicious gourmet treats with fine Australian wines provided by ‘The Wine Guy’.

After your meal wander through the Gallery to view Fiona Foley’s exhibition ‘Strange Fruit’.

Sunday, 1st October 2006
John Allen & A.G.E. Blake: 'Dialogue on Langauge'

4:00 pm (Doors open 3:30 pm)
Tickets: £7/£5 conc.

John Allen and A.G.E Blake
Allen and Blake

Language is more intelligent than people and never came out of grunts. It is the magic that evolved humanity. Language’s alien power shows us that more actions exist in heaven and earth than people and things. It is our worst enemy and our best friend, a parasite and a medicine, an enigma that baffles perhaps becasue it comes from elsewhere.

Could any of this be true?

Anthony Blake
Blake studied physics at Cambridge and became drawn to the enigma of how science arose in Europe in its now accepted form. He studied the Gurdjieff method with John Bennett and meandered in many paths, including the art of dialogue and has written various books - on time, intelligence (and higher intelligence), systems, dialogue and is aiming at writing a book on forms of thought. He notes he is still very puzzled by everything.

John Allen
Allen studied anthropology and history; mining and metallurgical engineering; finance and organisation at Harvard Business School, became an entrepreneur, but enjoys travelling the world to meet interesting artists and thinkers. Allen shares Anthony Blake’s passion for Dialogue. He has written various books on biospheric science as well as poetry, novels and play

28th June - 7th July 2006
Salaam Music Village Festival Club
Wijdan, Calligraphic Abstract

FREE ADMISSION

Talks: 12:15-12:45pm
Spoken Word: 1:15-1:30pm
Concerts: 1:30-2:00pm




Wednesday 28 June
Talk: ‘ Challenging Extremism through Creativity’ Fuad Nahdi
Spoken Word: Bengali experiences by Sanchita Islam, BANGLADESH
Concert: Angam al-Rafidain, traditional Maqam from Baghdad IRAQ

Thursday 29 June
Talk: ‘Islamic Arts & Sufism’, Zarah Hussain
Spoken Word: Sufi stories by Rita Ali
Concert: Rani Khanam, Sufi Kathak dance from INDIA

Friday 30 June
Talk: ‘Searching for Art & Identity in the Muslim World’, Navid Akhtar
Spoken Word: poems by Mimi Khalvati, IRAN
Concert: Sultan Mehmet Fatih Ensemble from Sarajevo, BOSNIA

Tuesday 4 July
Talk: ‘Attar's Conference of the Birds’ Raficq Abdulla
Spoken Word: Folk tales from BANGLADESH, Shamim Azad,
Concert: Mehr & Sher Ali Qawaali from Faisalabad, PAKISTAN

Wednesday 5 July
Talk: ‘Street Food & Islamic Culture’ Anissa Helou
Spoken Word: stories from the MIDDLE EAST, Alia Al Zougbi,
Concert: Aissawa Brotherhood of Said Guissi from Fes, MOROCCO

Thursday 6 July
Talk: ‘Global Trend towards Local Fundamentalisms’, Kamila Shamsie
Spoken Word: street, culture and religion, spoken word by LITTLEman
Concert: Dao Lang Maqam, Uyghur ensemble from Xinjiang, CHINA

Friday 7 July
Talk: ‘The Holy Mountain: Islam, Christianity and Judaism in the Middle East’ William Dalrymple
Spoken Word: stories from PALESTINE, Rasha Hammami,
Concert: Sheikh Yaseen el Tuhamy from Assyut, EGYPT

Friday 7 July at 7.30pm
Concert: Dolan Muqam, Ughur ensemble from Xinjiang, CHINA

For further details of these events, please call 020 7841 0500 or see www.culturalco-operation.org

15th, 16th, 17th June 2006
THEATRE: Shang Orientheatre

7:30pm (Doors open 7pm)
Tickets: £8/6 concs
UK Premiere!

Shang Orientheatre

Director Sun Li-Tsuei’s style is informed by shamanism, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and the mime of Marceau and Le Coq. Shang Orientheatre was founded in the autumn of 2001 in Yanmishan, Taiwan. For a year, the members studied and lived like spirits, practicing physical training and voice in the woods.

The company’s new piece, the Odyssey of a Shaman, is based on a two thousand year old Chinese story, “San Hai Jing”. The traveller wanders through an ancient landscape, encountering a world both natural and magical. “The chaser of the phoenix and the bird itself are one, the chaser chases himself in his dreams”. Masks, paintings and movement portray a mystical quest for the origin of life.

Tuesday, 30th May 2006
TALK: Jack Cohen
What do Martians Look Like?

6:30pm (Doors open 6pm)
Tickets: £8/6 concs

Jack Cohen
Jack Cohen

Jack Cohen is the world’s foremost expert on the physiology and behaviour of aliens- that is, if they were to exist. World-renowned reproductive biologist, author, and alien design consultant extraordinaire, he approaches the question from both evolutionary biology and fiction. Be prepared to hold on to your seats for a thrilling and fast-paced intellectual roller coaster ride.

Jack was advisor to the Science Museum’s recent exhibit, The Science of Aliens, and authored (with Ian Stewart): Evolving the Alien, What Does a Martian Look Like?, Ebury Press 2004.

Saturday, 13th May 2006
TALK: Prof. Epeli Hau’ofa
The Oceania Art Scene

3:00pm
Free entry

Epeli Hau’ofa
Epeli Hau’ofa

Hau’ofa, having just flown in from Fiji for our exhibition, will elaborate his vision of the present and future of Oceania art. Joined by the six participating artists, Hau’ofa will present an unprecedented preview of their experimental arts movement, which creates a new future amidst the global warming and exploitative economics that threaten the magnificent ecology of Oceania.

‘Oceania’ connotes a sea of islands with their inhabitants. The world of our ancestors was a large sea full of places to explore, to make their homes in, to breed generations of seafarers like themselves. People raised in this environment were at home with the sea.. Theirs was a large world in which peoples and cultures moved and mingled unhindered by boundaries of the kind erected much later by imperial powers. (Epeli Hau’ofa)

Friday, 12th May 2006
FILM: The Land has Eyes

7:30pm (Doors open 7pm)
Tickets: £7.50/5 concs
UK Premiere!

The Land has Eyes
The land has teeth and knows the truth... - A Rotuman Proverb

Dir: Vilsoni Hereniko (2004)
Dur: 87 min. Country: Fiji / USA
Language: Rotuman / English

Shamed by her village for being poor and the daughter of a convicted thief, Viki is inspired and haunted by the Warrior Woman from her island’s mythology. The lush tropical beauty of Rotuma, Fiji, contrasts with the stifling conformity of island culture as Viki fights for justice and her freedom. The Land Has Eyes is winner of the Premiere Festival Prize in New Zealand’s inaugural Waiora Maori Film Festival.

Saturday, 8th April 2006
Uncharted Territory:
The Lockhart River Art Gang

3:00pm
Free admission

Gallery Talk

Family Lines by Fiona Omennyo
Family Lines
by Fiona Omennyo

In conjunction with the exhibition, 'Uncharted Territory', Sue Ryan, Director of the Lockhart River Art Centre will give an informal talk in the Gallery about the Art Gang, the Lockhart River community and the works on display. She will discuss how the paintings relate to the cultural beliefs, the landscape and lifestyles of the artists. Lockhart artist Adrian King will be present.

Tuesday, 28 March 2006
Revolutionary Mystics:
An evening of poetry by Blake and Whitman

7:00 pm (Doors open 6 pm)
Tickets: £4/£3 conc.

Read by Johnny Dolphin

Johnny Dolphin, (aka John Allen) explorer, author, poet, playwright, scientist, inventor of Biosphere 2, has read poetry and prose around the world including at Shakespeare & Co., Paris; Greene Street Café, New York accompanied by Ornette Coleman on the saxophone; Caravan of Dreams in Fort Worth, Texas; and October Gallery (with poets Ira Cohen, Sebastian Barker, Jack Hirschman, Pops Mohammed, Jegede, and Aidan Andrew Dun), and at City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco.

Saturday, 28th January 2006
Children's Matinee: Storm Boy

3.00 pm
Tickets £4/£2 conc.

Storm Boy
Dir: Henri Saffran (1976) (G)
Dur: 94 minutes
Daro Film Distribution

Storm Boy
Storm Boy

Best Film AFI Awards 1977, Moscow & Tehran Children’s Film Festivals

With David Gulpilil and Greg Rowe

This popular children’s film is based on the novel by Australian author Colin Thiele.

Storm Boy lives with his reclusive fisherman father on South Australia's lonely and beautiful Coorong coast, a pet pelican, Mr Percival, and his Aboriginal friend, Fingerbone Bill for company. Storm Boy, growing up, is forced to choose between a life of continued isolation and the challenge of the world outside.


The October Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Australian High Commission, London

Australian High Commission London
Tuesday, 17th January 2006
Two short films: Yellow Fella and Green Bush

7.30 pm (Doors open 7.00 pm)
Tickets: £5/£4 conc.

Yellow Fella
Dir: Ivan Sen (2005) Dur: 25 mins.
CAAMA Productions Pty Ltd
Official Selection Cannes – Un Certain Regard 2005

Yellow Fella
Yellow Fella

The latest documentary from award winning director Ivan Sen (Beneath Clouds, Dust, Wind, Tears), featuring Tom E Lewis and Angelina George.

“I’m not black, I’m not white, I’m a yellow fella and I’m gonna stay that way”.

In 1978, Tom Lewis appeared in the Australian feature film, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith*. The life of the character he played was hauntingly close to his own, a young, restless man of mixed heritage, struggling for a foothold on the edge of two cultures. Tom’s mother is a traditional Indigenous woman of southern Arnhem Land, his father a Welsh stockman who he never really knew.

Yellow Fella is a journey across the land and into Tom’s past, as he attempts to find the resting place of his father and to finally confront the truth of his most inner feelings of love and identity.

*The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 1978.

Green Bush
Dir: Warwick Thornton (2005)
Dur: 26 mins
CAAMA Productions Pty Ltd
With David Page (resident composer for Bangara Dance Theatre) in his big screen debut.

Green Bush
Green Bush

Winner Panorama Best Short Film, Berlin International Film festival

Local DJ Kenny realises his job at the Aboriginal community radio station is about more than just playing music. Kenny jokes that his Green Bush show is broadcast to a ‘captive’ audience – namely the local prison. While taking requests from those on the inside and out, Kenny has to cope with the results of a wild night outside and learn his place in the circle of violence.

Green Bush is a celebration of an era of music, working for the cause and getting things done – but not in the way you would expect.


The October Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Australian High Commission, London

Australian High Commission London

2005

Saturday, 10th December 2005
The Indigenous Art Market in Australia
Mr Patterns

Free Admission

3.00 pm
THE INDIGENOUS ART MARKET IN AUSTRALIA
Talk by Lauraine Diggins of Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne

Melbourne based dealer Lauraine Diggins is a specialist in 19th and 20th century Australian painting, Aboriginal art, sculpture and decorative arts.

Lauraine has dealt in Aboriginal art since 1983 with a particular focus on bark and Western Desert dot paintings. She actively promotes Australian Indigenous art through her participation in international exhibitions and art fairs.

Lauraine will speak about the development of Australian Indigenous painting and the expectations of the art world, whilst exploring stylistic, cultural and conceptual differences between European and Aboriginal painting traditions.

4.30 pm
MR PATTERNS
Dir: Catriona McKenzie (2004)
Dur: 54 minutes
Film Australia

Mr Patterns
Mr Patterns

In the 1970’s in Australia’s Western Desert, a teacher named Geoff Bardon helped start one of the most significant art movements of the 20th century. Working with the Aboriginal community at Papunya, he encouraged the people to paint their traditional dot designs using western materials. In defiance of white authorities, Bardon also encouraged the artists to value their work commercially as well as spiritually, believing that by selling paintings the people could become independent of welfare, and bring Indigenous art to the attention of the wider community. This is his story.


The October Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Australian High Commission, London

Australian High Commission London
Tuesday, 29 November 2005
John Allen & A.G.E. Blake: 'What Science Really Is'

6:30 pm (Doors open 6 pm)
Tickets: £7/£5 conc.

John Allen and A.G.E Blake
Allen and Blake

Continuing a thought-provoking series of discourses which began in 1994, Allen and Blake, two outstanding contemporary thinkers, exchange views about human existence. John Allen is inventor of Biosphere 2, engineer, author, poet, dramaturge, and co-founder of the Institute of Ecotechnics, a UK registered charity that creates hands-on educational programmes and conducts research and development of ecological projects. Anthony Blake is a philosopher, specifically interested in the history and philosophy of science and practical metaphysical and educational systems, author of A Seminar on Time, The Intelligent Enneagram and Structures of Meaning and founder of DuVersity, a non-profit organisation hosting dialogue workshops and seminars.

Tuesday, 15th November 2005
Liliane Lijn
The Language of Invisible Worlds
Me Patterns
Liliane Lijn with Gemini Close

6.30pm Doors open 6 pm

£7/£5 conc.

Liliane Lijn speaks about her experience this summer when the Arts Council England awarded her the first artist residency at the Space Sciences Laboratory at University of California at Berkeley. Her fellowship was funded by Arts Council England's International Artists Fellowship Programme and the Space Sciences Laboratory, with support from NASA and the Leonardo Network.

Lijn is one of the foremost exponents of kinetic art using plastics, mixed media, liquids and light. She has featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Britain, Europe and Japan, and is represented in important public and private collections in Britain, France, Australia and the United States. Her work was featured in the exhibition 'Art and the 60s: This was Tomorrow’ at Tate Britain during 2004, and in 2005, the Mead Gallery at Warwick Arts Centre held a retrospective of her work through to 1980.

A part of the Club Ecumene Series of events at the October Gallery

Monday, 4th July, 2005
Fire in art: An afternoon of spontaneous combustion with Sandile Zulu and special guest El Anatsui

2.00-6.00 pm
Doors open 1.30pm

An afternoon of talks, demonstrations and discussion to explore the creative potential of fire as both a tool and metaphor in art-making practice. A panel of speakers will cover the history of pyrographic arts and explore ideas surrounding the contemporary use of fire in performance, conceptual and process-based art. Artists Sandile Zulu and El Anatsui have made extensive use of the fluid and fertile potential of fire as a conceptual element within their work. Following a chaired discussion with open debate and question time, El Anatsui will give a practical demonstration of his technique. As a diverse range of ideas are raised by this subject, there will be an opportunity to continue any heated debates over a buffet of flame-grilled delicacies in the Gallery's courtyard from 5pm.

Tickets £5 (£10 with BBQ). Student Rate: £4 (£8 with BBQ).
Limited Places. Booking advised. Pay Bar.

Tuesday, 22nd February, 2005
Bedevil (1993)

Bedevil
Bedevil
19:30

BEDEVIL (1993)

Dur: 90 mins Director: Tracey Moffatt. Debut feature from Tracey Moffatt (Nice Coloured Girls, Night Cries) and the first feature directed by an Aboriginal woman. A trilogy of ghost stories, 'Mister Chuck', 'Choo Choo Choo' and 'Lovin' The Spin I'm In', all set in Moffatt's highly stylised Australian landscape.

'A stunning visual assault which envelops the ideas she initiated in her short film, Night Cries' Tait Brady, Melbourne Film Festival.

Tracey Moffatt is a renowned photographer and filmmaker now living and working in New York. In 2003, a retrospective spanning thirty years of her work was held at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art.


£57
Tuesday, 15th February, 2005
Black and White (2003)

Black and White
Black and White
19:30

BLACK AND WHITE (2003)

Dur: 101 mins Director: Craig Lahiff with David Ngoombujarra, Robert Carlyle, Charles Dance, Kerry Fox, Colin Friels, Ben Mendelsohn. Screenplay by Louis Nowra. A drama based on a 1958 trial in Adelaide. David Ngoombujarra plays Max Stuart, an illiterate fairground worker convicted of the rape and murder of a young girl. Young immigrant solicitor David O'Sullivan (Robert Carlyle) convinced Stuart's confession was obtained under duress, battles to save him from the gallows and finds himself pitted against the establishment. A young Rupert Murdoch (Ben Mendelsohn) rallies public opinion behind O'Sullivan in a landmark case which reaches the Privy Council in England. 'It slices open the social (black) heart of this society merely 50 years ago, to reveal it as not only racist and sexist but class-driven to boot' Andrew L. Urban


£5
Tuesday, 1st February, 2005
Double Bill: Spotlight On David Gulpilil

19:30

GULPILIL: ONE RED BLOOD (2002)

Dur: 56 mins Director: Darlene Johnson. During an acting career spanning 36 years, David Gulpilil has starred in some of Australia's most successful films including Storm Boy, The Last Wave, Crocodile Dundee, Dead Heart, Rabbit Proof Fence and The Tracker. This documentary examines the life of a fascinating and highly respected Australian actor, contrasting Gulpilil's traditional life as a Mandipingu man in Ramingining, Arnhem Land with his career as an internationally renowned film star. Darlene Johnson is an award winning filmmaker whose credits include the documentaries Stolen Generations and The Making of Rabbit Proof Fence. Her portrait of David Gulpilil, One Red Blood was nominated for a Logie Award.

Followed by:

WALKABOUT (1971)

Dur: 100mins The Re-released Director's Cut. Based on the novel of the same name by James Vance Marshall, Nicholas Roeg's cult classic stars a young David Gulpilil in his film debut, with Jenny Agutter and Lucien John. Two children are stranded in the desert after their father attempts to kill them and then commits suicide. Their survival is dependent on an Aboriginal boy (David Gulpilil) on walkabout during his initiation into manhood who guides them back to civilisation. A sexual tension develops between the girl and the Aboriginal boy, both on the threshold of adulthood. Roeg's film has multi-layers of meaning and contains minimal dialogue. The cinematography is a visual treat capturing the harsh beauty of the Australian outback.


£5
Tuesday, 1st February - Tuesday, 1st March, 2005
Australian Film Season

The Australia Day Foundation and the October Gallery are proud to present an Australian Film Season

Doors open 7.00 pm - Films start 7.30 pm - All films £5.00 - Bar

Bookings: 020 7831 1618


2004

Sunday, 12th December, 2004
Dance Up Close: Jeux, Nijinsky's Bloomsbury Ballet

16:00 Performance with full presentation by Hodson and Archer, followed by high tea and champagne. A unique performance by three dancers. Originally performed in 1911, Nijinsky's lost ballet, Jeux, has been newly reconstructed based on original choreographic notes by Nijinsky, discovered in December of last year. Dance historians Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer have done meticulous detective work, finally proving that this ballet, long called his 'Bloomsbury Ballet', was indeed about Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, and have faithfully reconstructed to Nijinsky's choreography.
£25

Sunday, 12th December, 2004
Dance Up Close: Jeux, Nijinsky's Bloomsbury Ballet

14:00 Performance and short presentation of the history of the ballet, by Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer.
£15

Thursday, 9th December, 2004
Anthony Blake and John Allen: Dialogue on Structures of Experience and Experience of Structures

18:30 Continuing a thought-provoking series of dialogues which began in 1994, Allen and Blake, two outstanding contemporary thinkers, will exchange views about human existence. John Allen is co-founder of the Institute of Ecotechnics, inventor of Biosphere 2, engineer, author, poet, and dramaturge; Anthony Blake is a philosopher, specifically interested in the history and philosophy of science and practical metaphysical and educational systems, author of A Seminar on Time, The Intelligent Enneagram and Structures of Meaning and founder of DuVersity, a non-profit organisation hosting dialogue workshops and seminars.
£7/£5 concessions

Monday, 6th December, 2004
Robert Beer: The Tantric Buddhist Vision of Death, Conception and Rebirth

18:30 This illustrated talk will give a brief introduction to the esoteric and highly ornate iconography employed in Tibetan Buddhist art, entering into a wide-ranging discussion of the various levels of symbolic meaning contained within its imagery. Beer, the author of several authoritative books on the subject, including the monumental work, The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs, has studied and practised Tibetan thangka painting for more than thirty years. Over the last two decades, Beer has concentrated on an extensive series of iconographical drawings depicting the major deities, lineage holders, and symbols that occur in Tibetan art, and his evident passion for the subject makes him one of only a few western speakers able to traverse this fascinating yet complex field with an insight gained from detailed practical experience.
£7/£5 concessions

Friday, 3rd December, 2004
Robert Irwin, Dervish Summer: With Algerian Mystics in the 60's

19:00 Robert Irwin is the author of six novels and five works of non-fiction. He is an editor at the Times Literary Supplement, a fellow of the London Institute of Pataphysics, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His most recent book is Alhambra.
£7/£5 concessions

Wednesday, 1st December, 2004
Brion Gysin Event

18:30 Film showing and book launch. Brion Gysin, painter, writer, sound poet, is best known for his invention of the cut-up technique with collaborator William Burroughs and the invention of the Dream Machine. Brion Gysin Loves Ya, a film by Marie Harding documenting Gysin's first October Gallery exhibition, will be shown. Writer Terry Wilson will read from his new book, Perilous Passage (Synergetic Press) an account of his apprenticeship with Gysin. In it, he details the extreme psychic 'Third Mind' effects known as The Process.
£7/£5 concessions
Tuesday, 23rd November, 2004
Dance Up Close: Transmitting Dance: the Transvangarde of Movement

19:00 If one cannot tell the dancer from the dance, how can dance be recorded? Each dance tradition has at least one unique form of notation, but these have never been an artform in themselves. Can video-dance and new technology break this tradition? Can dead dance forms be resurrected from written records or is cultural salvage impossible? And is there a universal language of dance constrained by biology, or do different cultures reinvent ritual movements independently. With UCL neurobiologist Daniel Glaser chairing this illustrated discussion, three choreographers from contrasting traditions will use body doubles to tell their stories.
£7/5 concessions

Saturday, 20th November, 2004
1966-1976: from DIAS to Punk

18:30 In 1966, artist Gustav Metzger organised the international Symposium of Destruction in Art (DIAS) in London. It was attended by many visitors from Europe and America, including Yoko Ono. Ten years later, punk emerged, highly influenced by the ideas and practices of DIAS. A panel, including Metzger himself, discusses the development and relationship between the punk movement and autodestructive art.

Tuesday, 16th November, 2004
Dance Up Close: Gerard Houghton: Step by Step Since the Dawn of Time

18:30 Houghton, a long-time student of Oriental movement, is one of the founders of Core of Culture, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the world's cultural heritage of ancient dance. This talk will be illustrated by footage that documents the ancient tantric dance tradition of Ladakh, and Core of Culture's most recent project to analyse and catalogue the dances of an entire country, the Kingdom of Bhutan, over the next several years.
£7/£5 concessions
Saturday, 13th November, 2004
Actor/Virtual Actor

20:00 Theatre of All Possibilities and The Vasulkas collaborate in a demonstration of digital art and performance work based on a new type of electronically-generated emoting robotic characters. Theatre of All Possibilities is a 35-year-old company devoted to the exploration of new work, performing worldwide. The Vasulkas are pioneers of electronic art.
£8/£6 concessions
Wednesday, 10th November, 2004
Club Ecumene Series: Dragons of the Sea

19:00 UK premiere of a new film by Marie Arnaud and Michele Decoust, about the conception, launch (in 1975), and ecological work of the Research Vessel Heraclitus. With its multicultural crew, the ferro-cement Chinese junk is commissioned by Planetary Coral Reef Foundation (PCRF) to map and assess the health of reefs worldwide. Question and answer session led by Abigail Alling, Director of PCRF. All proceeds from the event will go to support the work of the foundation.
£8/£6 concessions
Saturday, 6th November, 2004
Dance Up Close: Molissa Fenley, Solo Works.

19:30 Fenley Is one of modern dance's living legends. After a critically-acclaimed season working with her company in New York this September, Fenley makes a rare appearance, joining her friends at the October Gallery to launch Dance Up Close. She is known for an inventive and energetic style. Fenley founded her dance company in 1977, and has worked with composers such as Phillip Glass and John Cage.
£12/£10 concessions
Saturday, 6th November, 2004
Seminar on the Transvangarde

10:30 Introduction by John Allen, co-founder of the October Gallery. Slide presentation of the work of the October Gallery: 25 Years On, by Chili Hawes, Director, and Elisabeth Lalouschek, Artistic Director.(Doors open at 10.00 for coffee/tea) 11.30 Round table discussion led by John Picton, Professor Emeritus of African Art at SOAS, with Augustus Casley-Hayford, Rose Issa, Robert Loder and Sajid Rizvi. 13.00-14.00 Lunch with speakers and artists. 14.00-15.00 Guided Tour of exhibition in the company of artists of the Transvangarde.
£5.00/ £12.00 with lunch included
Friday, 5th November, 2004
Fireworks! Poets!

19:00 - 22:00 Metaphoric Fireworks of Words with some of the world's wildest poets: Ira Cohen, Johnny Dolphin, Ruth Padel, Aidan Andrew Dun, Emmanuel Taiwo Jegede, Simon Vinkenoog and Sebastian Barker who will also offer a tribute to Tambimuttu, Editor, Poetry London 1948-1983.
£8/£6 concessions
Thursday, 4th November - Sunday, 12th December, 2004
Intelligence Now!

October Gallery celebrates its 25 year anniversary this Autumn, launching Intelligence Now!, a spectacular exhibition of work by contemporary artists from around the planet, on 4th November, 2004.

Anniversary festivities will also include seminars, poetry, performances and installations, introducing new directions for the gallery.

October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AL Tel: + 44 (0)20 7242 7367 Fax: + 44 (0)20 7405 1851