What’s on in London: @Disturbance at Ugly Duck
Main Image: Noam Youngrak Son from their work Yummy Body Tuck
Ugly Duck in London’s Bermondsey has announced the return of their flagship programme, @Disturbance.
Taking place 10-11 November, @Disturbance champions LGBTQIA+ performance, video and digital artists.
Live events will be accompanied by a simultaneous livestream enabling audiences that are unable to travel to still experience @Disturbance in full effect.
“At @Disturbance, we find and nurture the talents of tomorrow – bold and forward-thinking artists deconstructing boundaries and paving the way for totally new aesthetics…” explains Deen Atger – founder of the event. “Each year, @Disturbance evolves and we’re excited to welcome new artists into our growing network.”
@Disturbance 2022 artists include:
- Gisou Golshani – originally from Iran now London-based, Gisou will create a multi-sensory, immersive performance and installation via ritualistic movement, visuals and sound. Gisou also references the Bittern; a bird that has inspired the artist previously, the theme continuing in this forthcoming work.
- Joy Yaa Kincaid – the intersection of race and gender is the focus of their multi-faceted work which at @Disturbance, will encompass both performance and video art. Their practice embodies their uncompromising aesthetic and sensitive individuality.
- River Cao – revisiting the marginalised queer experience of growing up in small-town southern China. Now London-based, River will create a series of self-narrative spaces at @Disturbance in their performance I found a dead bird, to rethink emotions of grief.
- Khairullah Rahim – Singapore-based interdisciplinary artist Khairullah Rahim presents their UK debut Buah Dahsyat (Fantastic Fruits), a short film. His practice explores strategies of resourcefulness for survival in environments under surveillance.
- Noam Youngrak Son – the video piece Yummy Body Truck, about a fictional food truck selling edible human body parts, introduces Noam’s work to the UK for the first time. Based in Ghent, Noam has previously shown work with the Queer Institute of Ecology in Amsterdam.
- Olivia Morrison – a queer disabled video artist. Morrison’s new work – Hug Me Properly. – follows the lives of a young, queer community on a night out. They discuss how loved ones and lives during the pandemic have changed and how their community is more important than ever.
- Sandrine Schaefer – a video artist who frequently presents performance art installations using repetition, duration and multisensory elements, Schaefer will show a new performance made for camera titled Simple Relations No. 4.
- Orlando Myxx – an Italian-born, London-based artist whose practice encompasses photography, ﬁlm-making and performance. At @Disturbance they screen The Plastic Drag, a visual and sound work investigating how a new wave of underrepresented gender-non-conforming and diverse drag artists are redefining the art of drag and its subversive potential.
- Sophie Hoyle – presenting video art explores post-colonial, queer, feminist, critical psychiatry and disability. They will be showing Hyperacusis at @Disturbance: Two films about mental health, trauma, gender and sexuality, access to healthcare and transcultural psychiatry.
- Yana Bachynska – a Ukrainian artist who works with film, sculpture, performance and public art. For @Disturbance their film Tovarystvo Sekta tells a story of an unconventional group of friends who live in a common space. They experience daily audio hallucinations, which are messages from a future where a queer utopia has come.
- Talia Beale – their practice dissects the process of society’s inner dichotomy through the lens of a queer woman of colour navigating her twenties, existing in spaces such as Central Saint Martins when their home is a block of flats in Tottenham. For @Disturbance, Talia presents To Trudge in Zundon exploring how film making could subvert ideas about housing estates and address new voices, specifically creative, queer kids who live in blocks of flats.
Find out more about @Disturbance