Sonic Intimacies and Queer Resonances: A-pop-calypse now! Gays and millenarianism from 1200 to 2200

a doctored film poster for apocalypse now showing a sun set. The title has been partially crossed out and re-written so it reads "Apopcalypse now" and the director's name Francis Ford Coppola has been amended to Francis Whorrall-Campbell
Courtesy of Francis Whorall-Campbell
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How many times have you seen the world end today? Do you want to watch it together?

A-pop-calpyse now! presents a screening and discussion exploring the gayness of fantasies of the world’s end. Exploring the queer and dramatic desire for the abolition of self and society, the screening asks what solace and resistance can be found in surrendering to the inevitability of our destruction. Taking its cues from DJ sets, YouTube wormholes and the 24-hour news cycle, A-pop-calypse now! edits and re-edits the detritus of capitalist culture to try to create another ending.

Echoing the humorous curatorial practices of Ridykeulous, as well as their DIY appropriation of culture as anti-capitalist intervention, the screening celebrates selective destruction as a form of survival, while also critiquing queer complicity in histories of colonialism and climate crisis. As much as we might wish it to be otherwise, no one escapes the apocalypse unscathed…

This event is part of Sonic Intimacies and Queer Resonances, a programme that explores sonics' transformational qualities and materialises as a series of encounters, as an ensemble of notes and voices, a score to imagine new possibilities of thinking the multidirectional and multilinear pasts and futures. It looks into the embodied and affective connections that arise from encounters across sound waves, an intimacy predicted not by physical proximity but by the commitment to articulating the dynamics of how bodies and voices interact and relate. Bringing together practices that build and tie together politics of representation and sparked a method of listening that centres queer sonic intimacies across time and space.

About the event

Free. Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

Seating is available.

This event is held in The Studio.


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Francis Whorrall-Campbell is a writer, artist and researcher from the UK. Inspired by the history of DIY gender transition and the anti-disciplinarity of trans life, they produce texts, collective structures, and altered commercial objects that engage with trans people’s relationships with structures of power, knowledge, and capital. Whorrall-Campbell’s writing can be found in The White Review, The Architectural Review, Art Monthly, and e-flux, and in anthologies published by Pilot Press, Prototype Press, and Ugly Duckling Presse. Their recent work has been shown at Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo, Castellón de la Plana (2023), National Sculpture Factory, Cork (2023), MK Gallery, Milton Keynes (2023), Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna (2022); Catalyst Arts, Belfast (2021), Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2021), and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Londonderry (2021, 2022). In 2024, they will be a laureate of the principal residency programme at La Becque.

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