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Test Dept Presents: Assembly of Disturbance

  • Red Gallery 1-3 Rivington Street London, England, EC2A 3DT United Kingdom (map)

Early industrialists and sonic material handlers Test Dept announce three-day London-based festival featuring internationally acclaimed artists and world leading academics.

Assembly of Disturbance is a three-day festival that gives voice to the manifest dissonance, the emergent anger and resultant resistance in Britain in the year 2017. Curated by Test Dept, Aaron James and David Altweger, the festival explores how one hundred years on from the Russian Revolution, which unleashed radical artistic forces that sought to build an idealistic new society, the current socio-political climate is also engendering a need for a profound shift in governance. As such, Assembly of Disturbance invites you to join an assemblage of artists to consider the prevalent and pressing intersection of art and activism, challenging and disrupting the current state of affairs in Britain, and beyond.

The festival will take place at Red Gallery/Kamio between Thursday 5th and Saturday 7th October 2017. The two venues will act as a hub for a series of performances, film screenings, AV installation, sound installations, workshops, a symposium and DJs; including work from internationally renowned artist Malcolm Poynter, talks from world-leading philosopher Timothy Morton and site-specific performance pioneer Mike Pearson; performances by Puce Mary, Kris Canavan and Hannah Sawtell; and DJ sets by Nina and Trevor Jackson.

Assembly of Disturbance also offers exclusivity for audiences to see Test Dept perform the first live iteration of material from their new album Disturbance. It also features a rare dissonant sound clash in which Graham Cunnington and Paul Jamrozy invoke a Kontinuum through early industrial sounds into a dystopian soundscape of experimental electronic rhythms, dubbed out beats and driven bass and +Electrification - a tenacious collaboration between Prolekult (Test Dept and autoPneaumatx) with Disinformation, which electronically mixes kinetic sound and machine sculpture to produce an intense battery of audiovisual percussive performance.

Alongside the festival, Test Dept, Aaron James and David Altweger present the exhibition Culture is Not a Luxury! which unveils manifestos, documents and artworks traced from the group’s inception in an 80’s landscape of industrial rationalisation, via their networks and travels in Western Europe and behind the Iron Curtain. The exhibition creates a unique journey through Test Dept’s archival materials, offering personal insights into the group and the cultural and political activists they have collaborated with, whilst mapping the rise of neo-liberal free market capitalism in a precarious world disorder on the precipice of conflict, economic and ecological disaster.

Weekend passes for the event are now available through Resident Advisor for £37.50, and the first wave of confirmed artists are:

  • Test Dept Presents Disturbance (live) [UK] — world premiere
  • Puce Mary (live) [DEN]
  • Hannah Sawtell (live) [UK]
  • Disinformation Presents National Grid (live) [UK]
  • Prolekult (Test Dept + autoPneumatx) with Disinformation Present +Electrification (live) [UK] — world premiere
  • Nina (DJ) [DE]
  • Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance (DJ) [UK]
  • Test Dept Presents Kontinuum (DJ) [UK] — world premiere


  • Timothy Morton Presents Industrialism as Hyperobject [USA/UK] — world premiere
  • Test Dept Present DS30 [UK]
  • Fuckhead [AUT]
  • Stirn Prumzer, Fuckhead and Sagberg Presents From Linz To London: The Ride of the Apocalypse [AUT] — world premiere
  • Malcolm Poynter [UK/AUT]
  • Kris Canavan Presents Yes, It's Fucking Political [NIR]
  • Mira Loew [AUT/UK]
  • Alisa Oleva Presents Please Hold [RUS] — world premiere
  • Test Dept Present Unprecedented Campaign [UK]
  • Propagate [ESP/UK]


  • Angus Farquhar [UK]
  • Mike Pearson [UK]
  • Brett Turnbull [ZWE/UK]
  • Timothy Morton [USA/UK]
  • Rebecca Shatwell [UK]
  • Sagberg [AUT/UK]
  • Aaron James [UK]
  • Peter Webb & Alexei Monroe [UK]
  • Alexander Nym [DE]
  • Cara Davies [UK]
  • Luke Turner [UK]

*Second wave of artists to be announced soon.

PARTNERS: Red Gallery [UK] - Kamio [UK] - Vice [UK] - AV Festival [UK] - SKE [AUT] - Rice University [USA] - One Little Indian [UK] - Austrian Cultural Forum [AUT] - NVA [UK] - Institute of Sonic Art [UK] - Sound Practice Research [UK]

Thur 5– Sat 7 October 2017

Assembly of Disturbance | THU (19:00 – 01:00) FRI & SAT (14:00 - 02:00) | Weekend Pass £37.50 | Kamio and Red Gallery

Tickets from Resident Advisor LINK HERE

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