Friday, 30 July 2010

London Psychogeophysics Summit

London Psychogeophysics Summit details:

The London Psychogeophysics Summit proposes an intense week-long, city-wide series of walks, fieldtrips, river drifts, open workshops and discussions exploring the novel interdisciplinary frame of psychogeophysics, colliding psychogeographics with earth science measurements and study (fictions of forensics and geophysical archaeology).

Open events include practical workshops in building simple geophysical measurement devices from scrap materials, fieldtrips for study and long-term use of such devices in the city, measurement and mapping of physical and geophysical data during city-wide walks, deployment of strategic underground networks, fusion of fiction, derive and signal excursion, studies of river signal ecologies alongside short lectures and discussions of broad, interdisciplinary psychogeophysical themes.

SPACE, 129 - 131 Mare St, Hackney, E8 3RH  020 8525 4330

HTTP, Unit A2, Arena Business Centre, 71 Ashfield Rd, London N4 1NY

Mon 2 11:00+ SPACE open workshop, meeting and lunch.

Tue: 11:00+ SPACE open workshop, 15.00-17.00: Dark Heart of Codeness, a .walk

Wed, Thu, Fri: walks, individual workshops meeting at SPACE 11.00.

Wed, Thu, Fri: evening informal presentation/interchange/barbeque SPACE 19.00+

Thu: 19:00+ lectures and presentations at HTTP

Sat: open air event (location TBD): sites of execution and memory (working title)

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Festival of Yoruba Arts

DATE: Saturday 7th August 2010
VENUE: Clissold Park, Green Lanes, London N16
TIME: Midday - 10pm

5,000 people celebrating the first, free, open air 'Festival of Yoruba Arts' enjoying the color, sounds and dance of Yoruba's rich culture and tradition. That’s FOYA 2010! Movement, color, sounds and tastes.

Experience traditional Bata drummers, dancers, singers, masquerades, jesters, arts and crafts exhibitions, workshops, presentations, Yoruba cuisine and live performances from across traditional and contemporary Yoruba culture.

There will be live performances from the London Lucumi Choir, (Cuba) London School of Capoeira(Brazil) Ayan and the Oduduwa talking drummers(Nigeria), Juju music from Diya Ojo (London), Afrobeat music from Dele Sosimi and the afro beat vibrations (Lagos/London), Yoruba Jazz from Kevin Haynes (Trinidad) and many more artists, whose music and performance art derive its origins and roots in Yoruba culture and tradition.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Charles Fort Birthday Pub Crawl

Charles Fort Birthday Pub Crawl:

A Procession of The Damned
6 August 2010 6.30pm start

The naïve and the pedantic and the bizarre and the grotesque and the sincere and the insincere, the profound and the puerile.
The Book of the Damned

Beginning at 6.30pm outside 39A Marchmont Street, Fort’s home in London, with a reading and toast (ale and cheese optional). Map to Marchmont Street.
Followed by a pub crawl in his honour:
Friend at Hand, 4 Herbrand Street, WC1N 1HX
Old Red Lion, 72 High Holborn, WC1V 6LS
Rugby Tavern, 19 Great James Street, WC1N 3ES
Truckles of Pied Bull Yard, 2 Bury Place, WC1A 2JR

All forteans and friends welcome.

Contact Scott  for more details.

Charles Fort books online.

Short Fort biography (hopefully explaining the cheese):

I Am a collector of notes upon subjects that have diversity—such as deviations from concentricity in the lunar crater Copernicus, and a sudden appearance of purple Englishmen—stationary meteor-radiants, and a reported growth of hair on the bald head of a mummy—and "Did the girl swallow the octopus?"
Wild Talents

Film: Huxley on Huxley

The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series, in association with the Scientific and Medical Network presents:

Huxley on Huxley: Documentary film and Q&A with Producer/Director Mary Ann Braubach

Laura Huxley’s candid recollections offer a compelling glimpse into her life with one of the greatest writers and visionaries of the 20th century. She was a teenage violin virtuoso who met Aldous soon after leaving the concert stage for Hollywood. His 1932 novel Brave New World established him as an undisputed literary giant. They married in 1956. Sharing an interest in the evolution of human consciousness, the Huxleys pioneered the use of LSD. Their lives and work impacted generations and gave shape to an important chapter of American cultural history.

The film is narrated by Peter Coyote and includes interviews with Laura Huxley, drummer John Densmore (whose band, the Doors, was named after Huxley’s book The Doors of Perception), spiritual leader Ram Dass, Esalen co- founder Michael Murphy, artist Don Bachardy, philosopher Huston Smith and actor Nick Nolte, star of the adaptation of Huxley’s novel The Genius and The Goddess.

Huxley on Huxley is an intimate portrait of a compelling personal and professional union.

Wednesday, 28th July , 2010

Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck University of London, WC1H 0PD.

Entry £10 /£8 Concessions, FREE WINE. Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start – Wine available

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Film screening: Full Unemployment Cinema

Full Unemployment Cinema presents:
July screening: Grunwick Dispute 1976-78 Film Special

Sunday 25th July, 6pm
56A Infoshop, 56 Crampton Street, SE17 3AE

Selections from films on the 1976-78 Grunwick Strike:
Year of the Beaver
Dave Fox, Steve Sprung, Sylvia Stevens, 1985

Stand Together
Newsreel Collective, 1977

Look back at Grunwick
Newsreel Collective, 2008

The Great Grunwick Strike 1976-1978: a history
Chris Thomas, 2008

The screening will be introduced by former member of the Newsreel Collective, Noreen MacDowell

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Exploding Cinema Film Night

Exploding Cinema Disposable Film Show and Bike-in

Saturday 14th August
Utrophia, 136 Tanners Hill, Deptford, London, SE8 4QD

Doors 7:30 pm , Show 8.30pm - 12:30 am
£5 entry (no concs)
Tube & Rail: New Cross, Deptford Bridge, St Johns Buses: 21, 136, 321, 436, 171, 172


The 2010 programme from San Francisco's Disposable Film Festival
A Bike maintenance station and Raffle prize of a NEW BIKE courtesy of Globe Bikes
A selection of disposable films made by YOU, the submitting filmmakers.
Electro-Tech-Pop sensation ANGRY DAN
Mind-expanding video trickery from GENETIC MOO
SUBMISSIONS STILL OPEN! Submit now online! Submit! Your film MUST have been made on Disposable media (anything other than a video camera) and be maximum 20 mins in duration. (60mb limit).
You can also send us a DVD

Monday, 19 July 2010

Conference: Death in Legend and Tradition

A weekend of stories, strange lore, and scholarship in the sepulchral grandeur of a Victorian cemetery.
Brompton Cemetery, Fulham Road, London. SW10 9UG

4 September at 9.30am - 5.30pm 
5 September at 10.30am - 1.00pm

Speakers include:
Scott Wood: The Unquiet Dead of England
Gail-Nina Anderson: Rossetti and his Exhumed Wife
Andrew Bennett: Politics, Cowardice and Death
Tómas Albertsson: Death in Protests
Pete Castle: Godfather Death
Peter Robson: Premonitions of Death
David Hunt: The Angel of Death in the Caucasus
Alan Murdie: Ghost Stories Suggestive of Survival
Rosie Morris: Maidens' Garlands
Juliette Wood: Sin-Eaters
Helen Frisby: English Folk Funerals
Dave Evans: The Afterlife of a Bodmin Witch

A tour of the site with Rob Stephenson (of London Earth Mysteries Circle) will also be available.

Tickets: £30 for both days available from Jeremy Harte, Bourne Hall, Ewell, Surrey KT17 1UF

Tel: 0208 394 1734 or email the Folklore Society.

Folklore Society website.

For more on Brompton Cemetery.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

"They are not long, the weeping and the laughter"

There will be an unveiling of the restored grave of Ernest Dowson on Monday August 2nd at 2pm at his graveside in the Brockley & Ladywell Cemetery.

There will be an introduction and a reading by Jad Adams, Author of the biography 'Madder Music, Stronger wine: The Life of Ernest Dowson, Poet and Decadent' followed by a memorial in the cemetery chapel, ending with a toast to celebrate the life of Dowson in the Brockley Jack Theatre.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Literature: Litro Live! Summer Party

Litro Live! is an evening of entertainment and storytelling – a chance to gather with friends and fellow book-lovers. Litro Live! is brought to you by Litro Magazine London’s number one short stories magazine bringing fiction to Londoners since 2005. Our aim has always been to further boost the appreciation of literature and culture in the UK through fiction and poetry.

Thursday 22 July, 6.30pm-12pm at The Paradise by way of Kensal Rise
£5 on door

Paul Lyalls

Joe Dunthorne
Sabrina Mahfouz
Mark Pilkington
Murray Lachlan Young
Brigitte Voutsa

DJ 10SUI / Soldiers of the Knight
The Maybirds
MZ Bratt

Walk: Song and stories of Bermondsey

4pm Saturday 17 July
Free but booking essential

Singer songwriter Nigel of Bermondsey and tour guide Chris Roberts are teaming up to deliver a walking tour with a difference. At every stop from Crossbones Graveyard [which we think is the meeting point] in Borough to the Thames water front Chris will relate stories about the location and Nigel will perform a song from his album the Bermondsey suite.

Both the songs and stories will reveal the history of area and some of the tragic tales associated with it. Expect giant shift shifting rats, hidden graveyards, buried rivers and lost industry. The tour will last roughly two hours and, although free, must be booked as numbers are limited.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Film Screening: Comrades

PhantasmaGloria film events invite you to an evening hosted by artist Sarah Sparkes, presenting the film Comrades.

Eight years in the making, released in 1987 and rarely screened since, 'Comrades' tells the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, six Dorset agricultural workers who, in 1834, were sentenced to transportation to Australia for forming a union protesting against unlivable cuts in their wages. The Martyrs cause was taken up by trade unions across the country, who mounted campaigns for their release. Against all odds, the Martyrs were pardoned. The victory became a symbol to a working-class movement of the power of working together to instigate changes in economic, social and political structures.

'Comrades' visual beauty is complimented by the narrative use of many early optical devises from Bill Douglas's own collection. These touch, in a variety of ways, on the history of pre-cinema and the political role that this visual media has played throughout history.

It is recommended that you bring a cushion as the pews can get rather hard during a three hour film!

St John on Bethnal Green, 200 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA
Tube: Bethnal Green

Entrance £4 or  £2concessions

Saturday 17th July

8.00pm – 11.00pm
(Doors and Real Ale Bar open at 7.00)

Moot With No Name

Here are the next few speakers at the Moot With No Name, as listed on the Atlantis Bookshop website.
The MWNN is held every Wednesday (except **) upstairs at the Devereux pub in Devereux Court near Temple tube. Easiest directions: On the Strand, opposite the Royal Courts of Justice is a Tudor-style pub, the George. Go down the alley next to it; the Devereux is at the bottom. See the map here.

7.30 for 8pm start. £5, £3 concs (unwaged etc).

Please note, Psychic Cafe events are £8.00 and start at 7.30

21 JULY - NIGEL IRVINE – Numerology.
Nigel will be doing exactly as the title of the evening would suggest! Pencils and paper will be provided.

28 July – DAVID PARRY – Henrik Ibsen and the Nordic Tradition.
David Parry has a degree in Religious Studies and continued his theological research at Heythrop College. He teaches literature and language and is a noted lecturer on Spiritualism and poet. David runs The Gruntlers, a new and highly acclaimed poetry and arts society. We are delighted to have him at The Moot again.

4 August – Siberian Shamanism
Shamanism is the foundation beliefs and practices of the contemporary religions. Siberian Shamanism is new to London and this evening should be most interesting. As well as the history of magic there will be practical demonstrations by Shamans.

** 11 August - KIM ARNOLD - PSYCHIC CAFE £8
Please note, Psychic Cafe events are £8.00 and start at 7.30

18 August - TERRY WELBOURN – T.C. Lethbridge, Dowser.

25 August - ROBIN HERNE - A Forest of Gods - Druidry and Polytheism