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Thursday Scratch Nights

The Bad Vibes Club

Bodies of Interruption


The Bad Vibes Club - Bodies of Interruption

Thursday 24 March / 7-9pm / Free


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Join The Bad Vibes Club for an evening of talks about interruptions that happen within and between people and their bodies. What does it mean for a body to interrupt, or to be interrupted? Can a body gain a kind of power through interrupting? What kind of subjectivity is produced by constant interruption? And what happens when a person is interrupted by their own body? 

The filmmaker and writer Ed Webb-Ingall will speak about his research into TV invasions, looking at them as “interruptions and disruptions of dominant forms of misrepresentation and invisibility”. Dr Lisa Baraitser from Birkbeck University’s Department of Psychosocial Studies will join us to talk about how interruption in ‘maternal encounters’ might be “an orientation or inclination towards another that precipitates a certain ethical stance”. And, the choreographer Hamish Macpherson will speak about “when politicians fart and puke and other times that our bodies involuntarily interrupt social hierarchies”.

After their talks, the speakers will take part in an open discussion with questions and comments welcomed from the audience.



Bodies of Interruption is part of Interruptions, a research project by The Bad Vibes Club commissioned by Field Broadcast. Interruptions will present a new history of interruption as an artistic practice, focusing on British artists' film, video, moving image and digital art.

The Bad Vibes Club have produced public moments of research throughout the Interruptions project in the form of a continually updated tumblr, videos and multimedia research published at, and discussions and screening events at Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster Arts, MK Gallery, Furtherfield and Open School East. 

Interruptions will culminate in a new series of broadcasts by The Bad Vibes Club in May 2016 using the Field Broadcast app. 

The Bad Vibes Club is a research project into morbid ethics and the productive possibilities of negative states. For Interruptions, the artists Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau and Sam Mercer, will be working as The Bad Vibes Club. 

Field Broadcast is a live broadcast project connecting artists, audiences and obscure locations through the portal of the computer desktop. Field Broadcast has developed through the practice of, and is run by, artists Rebecca Birch and Rob Smith.

Interruptions is supported by Arts Council England, with thanks to Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster Arts, MK Gallery, Furtherfield, Open School East, Nottingham Trent University, LUX and the British Artists' Film and Video Study Collection.


March 2016