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Marc: I think the themes and overall look of the last few
Act Art shows have taken on an almost gothic Burton-
esque dark foreboding feel about them, with each year’s
fl yer following a subversive story through birth, forming
relationships, engagement, marriage and fi nally this year
– death. I really felt it was time to kill off the ‘geisha Mickey
Mouse’ characters we’ve portrayed on each year’s fl yer, hence
this year’s mortuary death scene is a suitably gothic and
macabre ending for the characters I think. It’s been over a
year since the last Act Art so we hope you are in-deed ‘Dying
For It’.
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Marc: Something very diff erent to a typical night out or a
visit to a gallery. As we’re an annual event, the anticipation
before a show is immense, and as there’s a gap between
events we really do try and put on as much art and
entertainment as possible, or as much as the venue can
hold. There’s literally something going on in every corner of
the club.
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Marc: I’m excited yet daunted by the huge amount of
live art and performance we have this year compared to
previous years, with 13 live acts in the main arch alone. For
me, coming from the pop world, I’m really excited that my
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mate Andy Bell (Erasure) has agreed to perform, as is Feral
who was MC Kinky in a former life. There’s some great video
work from around the world with controversial fi lm maker
Bruce LaBruce screening his lesbian terrorist fi lm ‘Give Piece
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of Ass a Chance’ and video work from Nick Hooker, including
his fantastic promo for the new much talked about Grace
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Jones’ ‘Corporate Cannibal’ single. We’ve also got a fi rst UK
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appearance from French punk elektro diva Chose Chaton,
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Olly: I’m really pleased to have Dee Mee Tree back again
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We have some really outstanding fi lm and video work this
year from a selection of artists including Marc Brzezicki,
A=E6/B6/D3G=C033<C>B=A7<13B63 design to hacking around all the colleges and literally Dorit Agater, ReveRso, and SU-EN to name a few. Highlights
:/AB/1B/@B7< %- putting a fl yer on every art students’ desk. Getting into the for me live wise are artists such as Tim Bromage with his
Olly: The biggest change has been re-locating to the colleges in the fi rst place is never easy! It’s our close circle of tactile and messy work – in the same vain as Paul McCarthy
Algarve in Portugal and leaving the London gay scene, friends who help us on the night however with the smooth – Rachel Parry and her performance entitled Baba Yaga’s
which had been my playground for almost 20 years. Since running of the show and we couldn’t pull it off without Bastard Child which I think is going to raise a few eyebrows,
meeting Marc – my partner in crime – four years ago, it has them. On a more personal note, I’m also still recording and Paula Davy, whose live art intervention in the toilets is a
been something we’ve been working towards, realising we music under the moniker of Massive Ego, with new releases very poignant delicate piece looking at her relationship with
could just as eff ectively work on the Act Art show from our happening soon, so it’s been very busy. her mother. In fact I think this year is probably the strongest
traditional old Portuguese farmhouse as we could from the B63</;3=4/1B/@B$7A·2G7<54=@7B¸ year so far, the work really stands up and demands attention.
11th fl oor of our London tower block. The farmhouse off ers ³E6716A=C<2A/07B;=@072³E6/B
a perfect backdrop to working on the show, selecting art E/AB63723/0367<2B63B63;3- ACT ART 6 - DYING FOR IT! takes place on Friday
and artists for the annual event via the internet. Have laptop Olly: The theme really stemmed from wanting to produce 7 November 2008 between 7.30pm-5am at The
will travel. Currently, we're doing three months there and a a show that looks at the less desirable parts of life: the Arches, 51-53 Southwark St, SE1. Over 100 artists in
month back in London. The show takes a good four months way the world is today and the things that are wrong with one venue for one night, with 50 fi lms/videos, 30
to organise from the initial call out for artists - through to the place. Every year we loosely have a diff erent theme live artists and DJs. Admission £8 NUS/£10 others
the selection process of over 100 artists, and the event itself. and this year it felt right to concentrate on something a before 10pm/£12 after or £10 advance queue-jump
Marc: I think a lot of people assume as the show has grown bit more serious in subject matter. Dying For It! addresses tickets from wegottickets.com
in prominence over the last few years that there is a big what’s wrong with the world today – for example, negative
team behind it. That couldn’t be further from the truth, moral or ethical judgments, cruel, unjust and selfi sh human www.actart.co.uk
with Olly and myself still handling everything from website behaviour, war and diseases like cancer and AIDS, poverty,
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