The Apocalypse Will Blossom
“Rejoice! Our times are intolerable ... The old and corrupt must be laid to waste before the just can triumph ... The apocalypse will blossom” - Jenny Holzer, Inflammatory Essays (1979-82).
As the world dies around us, Jenny Holzer’s “Inflammatory Essays” guide the way down a darkened path. The 25 100-word parables from the megaphone of an activist, the bellow of a dictator and prophetic whisperers at once are emblematic of our times - hillarious, horrific, hopeful/less and revolution-ready. They are ready to swallow us whole.
We present four events, four approaches to ‘slowpocalypse’ aversal and maintaining humanity during this sixth mass extinction event.
Antagonisation: of societal structures to blow apart systems of power, Devotion: loving and time-giving as protest against incessancy, Symbiosis for Survival: returning to the soil as homosapien, and Reconnection: hope via quite literally seeing through the eyes of others.
Across VIRTUALLYREALITY's AW20 festival, listen to the sound of a butterfly, mourn lost lovers, reanimate corpses and mine rave culture. Take part in VR body-switches, watch as the piano will be fed, empathise with 'astro-performers' and men who rage and embrace as animals. If you can stomach it, we will prod Capitalism with a bargepole, be present as entire ecosystems are lost before our eyes, and witness the human voice as it is mauled by hounds. The times are desperate - your eyes will falter, you may be whipped, and there will be plant-sex.
The public will be infiltrated and confronted. With the Royal Northern College of Music’s UnHEARD society, come watch us shout in train stations, tickle the corners of shopping centres, and serenade the stars.
In solidarity with the Earth, our AW20 season will be carbon neutral. We encourage you to join us in the movement against global heating, as artist travel and venue energy will be offset through donations to Eden Reforestation Projects.