WELCOME TO THE UNCANNY VALLEY: RAMPART ‘N’ LIFT ‘N’ HOIST NEWSLETTER

( news from rampART, and related people and places )

This week, we’re taking a leap into the ‘uncanny valley’, the name given by Japanese scientists to the ‘What the fuck…?’ reaction we experience when confronted with ‘synthetic people’. We’re inviting the macaque monkeys who proved the thesis by staring at a monkey avatar in incomprehension to repeat the experiment with celebrities and politicians. Meanwhile, back at the human zoo…

The rampART collective is supporting a new social centre in South London. Lift ‘n’ Hoist is open for meetings, events, gatherings and other seditious activities. We need more people to help fix up the space and generally get involved. We’ve got a huge first floor suitable for cafes, workshops, screenings etc and a basement venue. The Lift ‘n’ Hoist collective meets every Monday at 7pm at 1 Queen’s Row, SE17 (off Merrow St, off Walworth Rd, near Elephant and Castle tube). Everyone welcome (particularly if you can plumb in a sink unit or help with wiring). Stuff on our wish list:

30AMP Cable (40M)+ 20m standard 13 AMP cable.

Cafe tables and chairs.

Large pots/pans, crockery.

Very large heavy curtains to partition the first floor

If you can help us out with any of these items or are interested in setting up regular cafe nights, film nights or self defence and dance classes come to a Monday meeting or contact us via the rampART email address, rampart@mutualaid.org.

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<*UPCOMING EVENTS AT LIFT ‘n’ HOIST*>

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/// FRIDAY, 20th NOVEMBER ///

The Beautiful South + rampART Revisited

Not a defunct 1980s soft core rock band but an info night celebrating South London activism and social centres past and present + a bit of rampART reminiscence. We’re not just getting teary eyed and nostalgic (well, not much). This is an event to assess what we’ve achieved, what could’ve been done better and the role of social centres in contemporary activism. An evening of films, slideshows, talks and discussion + live music from 52 Commercial Road and guests.

If you’ve been involved in a South London social centre or activist collective (or still are) and would like to give a talk, show a film or slideshow or just bring along some old flyers or other publicity stuff, let us know via the rampART email address, rampart@mutualaid.org. Full list of participants in next week’s newsletter.

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<* EVENTS IN OTHER SOCIAL CENTRES *>
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**THE LIBRARY HOUSE**

52 Knatchbull road (entrance on Burton rd, behind Minet library) SE5 9QY.
Nearest
tubes : Brixton, Oval, Kennington.
Nearest
train : Loughborough junction.
Nearest
buses : P5 or Brixton road (3/N3, 59, 133/N133, 159/N159, 415. stop: loughborough road)

*REGULAR EVENTS*

=TUESDAY 7-9pm= Capoeira
=TUESDAY 8pm= Meeting of the collective
=WEDNESDAY 8pm= Summer Cinema snacks and videos
=Varied time, check website= English-Spanish Language Exchange
All free or on donation of course

Plus….

*CINE NOVEMBER*

WIth A wOrlD liKe tHis wE sHouLdn’T be hAviNg QuiTe niGhtS iN!

11.NOV Citizen Cane (1941) by Orson Welles
a timeless movie. it is a reflection of old and modern time and the power the media represent. “Kane goes from an idealistic journalist to a powerful mogul able to manipulate history through his media empire”

18.NOV 1984 (1956) by Michael Anderson
George Orwell’s novel of a totalitarian future society. In a futuristic, state-run society controlled by “Big Brother” in which love is outlawed, employee of the state Winston Smith falls for Julia, and is tortured and brainwashed for his crime.

25.NOV Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1974) by Pier Paolo Pasolini
an adaptation of one of DeSade’s most depraved works channeled through the horrifying excesses of the Second World War with the Fascist ruling classes as its (authentically vile) villains, SALO also contains a lot of contemporary criticism, it is a perfect film metaphor, it shakes us out of our casual attitude to film violence. this film could be remade many times. whether it be pol pot in cambodia, stalin in russia, or america in vietnam, nicaragua, guetemala, there are a thousand salos waiting to be filmed.

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<* NON COMMERCIAL HOUSE *>

7PM, Tuesday, 27th October and every Tuesday

165 Commercial Street, E1 Come along every Tuesday from 7pm to get involved in the space, propose a discussion / skillshare / workshop or whatever you fancy! Non Commercial House is a recently opened space in East London, located at 165 Commercial Street. It aims to offer an alternative to mass consumption and  capitalism based upon cooperation, mutual respect and sustainable living. The main space is used as a free shop where people bring items they no longer require and take what they need. It is not only about objects but about sharing! Other activities include free bicycle repair, workshop / skillsharing and cinema space. Children are very welcome within Non Commercial House. The ground floor is wheelchair accessible. However, the only toilet in the building is on the top floor. Items can be dropped off anytime; knock on the door or leave them out front.

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<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>

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/// GFEST – GAYWISE LGBT ARTS FESTIVAL ///

Monday 9th – Sunday 22nd November

Performances – Cochrane Theatre 19, 20, 21st November. Visual Arts – McKenzie Pavilion (converted public toilet in Finsbury Park) 9 – 22 November. Short-Films – RichMix 13, 14, 15th November. Film workshops/cafes – RichMix 13,14,15 November. Performance workshops – The Drill Hall 11, 16, 17th November. Parties 10, 17th November – Royal Vauxhall Tavern / 14th November at RichMix. LGBT Arts Debate at University of the Arts London, 18th November.

London’s premier gay arts festival now in its third year, ‘GFest – gayWise LGBT Arts Festival’ promises an exciting line-up to thrill audiences, gay and straight alike. The festival runs 9-22 November and covers Visual Arts, Performance and Short-films, as well as social events, workshops and debate. Alongside GFest 09 venues (RichMix, Cochrane Theatre, Drill Hall and McKenzie Pavillion), Wise Thoughts, the charity behind the event highlights LGBT issues through the arts and take the lead in stamping out homophobia across London. HARROWING RISE IN HOMOPHOBIC ATTACKS “With the recent rise in homophobic attacks in London and the UK, it is more important than ever that we continue to reach a mainstream audience. The festival is truly inclusive and open to anyone with an appreciation of both established and emerging talent. This year, we have taken some risks in selecting work that will challenge audiences. We are really thrilled to announce a greater and ever-expanding artistic content” – Niranjan Kamatkar, GFest Artistic Director. Based on a sample of 1,000 plus attendees at last year’s festival, more than 30% said they were straight. NOT TO BE MISSED The programme was announced earlier this month and the festival launch hosted by Minister David Lammy, at the House of Commons last week, attended by the Deputy Mayor of London. A full festival programme can be found on the GFest website: www.gaywisefestival.org.uk

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/// THE ATROCITY ORGANIZATION: JG BALLARD & THE TECHNOLOGIES OF PSYCHOPATHOLOGY MANAGEMENT ///

:: Tuesday November 10th :: 5PM

:: Foundry, London :: 86 Great Eastern Street ::

:: http://www.foundry.tv ::

A kind of waiting madness, like a state of undeclared war, haunted the office buildings of the business park. – J.G. Ballard, Super-Cannes

As a novelist and fiction SF writer, JG Ballard developed one of the most dynamic (and disturbing) exploration of collective psychopathology, excesses in organizational life, and the collapsing of the Western imaginary. From the fetish of the car crash to obscene hidden violence of the business park, internment camps to masochist fantasies directed through the mediated form of Ronald Reagan’s body, Ballard’s work ventures into territories that are disconcerting to explore, but from which one can learn a great deal. Rather than assuming that disorder and excess is a condition that management and organization must respond to, this event will explore the proposition that what might really be psychopathological is the desire to impose order upon an inherently ungovernable and excessive condition.

Participants in this event include Debra Shaw (University of East London), Tomasz Vine (University of Essex), Ann Rippin (University of Bristol), and Erika Biddle (University of Toronto).

Organized by Stevphen Shukaitis & Peter Fleming.

Sponsored by Minor Compositions (http://www.minorcompositions.info) and the

Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (http://www.scos.org)

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/// DO IT BEFORE THEY DESTROY IT! FESTIVAL ///

19th - 22nd November 2009
@ 195 Mare Street, Hackney

Moving out of the new and into the old: There aint long before the newest half of this beautiful building will be demolished so let's make the most of it whilst we still can. Come and be part of creating a temporary autonomous performance space and community resource.

Line-up of events thus far;
- Thursday 19th: 17:00 – 21:00 the Grand Opening & Art Exhibition
- Friday 20th: 18:00 – 22:00 “Who Can Do What?” Sing a song, read a poem
or ride a unicycle whilst juggling knives... whatever your capabilities or
desires come perform on our open stage.
- Saturday 21st: 12:00 onwards a day of workshops, discussions, films and
performance culminating with a pantomime @ 19:00
- Sunday 22nd: 14:00 – 20:00 an afternoon of live music on stage

The building is child friendly and we hope to have a kids space for the weekend.

Food will hopefully be prepared each day so come help skip, cook and eat!

Active participants, not passive consumers: This is an open project so feel free to come get involved in any aspect; suggest a workshop, paint a wall, hammer a nail, or anything else of that nature.. simply drop by sometime or email us: boardsofhackney@safe-mail.net.

There will be a get together on Saturday 14th for all of those who would like to be involved in costumes, set design and acting in the pantomime.

The ground floor is wheelchair accessible but the toilets are not.

Take care and hopefully see you soon

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/// SIGNS OF REVOLT OPENING NIGHT ///

Friday, 13th November, 6pm (exhibition 14th - 22nd November)

Shop 14, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

10 years ago, in November 1999 an alliance of direct action activists, environmentalists and trade unionists shut down the meeting of the World Trade Organisation in Seattle, stopping the next trade round of Capitalist Globalisation. In the process they sparked a Movement of Movements right across the globe its slogan became ‘Another World is Possible’.

This November exactly 10 years from that momentous demonstration, and with most of the predictions of the movements rapidly coming true what with the crisis of the economy, a permanent state of war and the collapse of our eco-system wrecking lives across the planet, the rich and powerful meet again in Copenhagen to discuss the next Climate treaty after Kyoto, yet again activists are preparing to challenge the idea that the Market can solve the problems of the world, and take another step toward that possible world after Capitalism.

Signs of Revolt is an exhibition that weaves together the story of the past decades social movements, drawing out the influences and connections between and across the movements against Capitalism, War and Climate Change. Using archive material and documentary photography and video from movement photographers and filmmakers. It reveals the story of how we got from Seattle to Copenhagen.

Interspersed in this narrative are works by artist and designer activists and collectives, produced during, within and for the movements, this is the first time such a collection has been brought together in the UK and it will be a chance to reflect upon and celebrate the new creative impulses that the movements spawned and the possibilties for developing the creative capacity of future movements, these issues will also be discussed in greater depth during a series of talks during the exhibition. Timetable here http://signsofrevolt.net/?page_id=41.

As Capitalism threatens our very existence, Signs of Revolt defiantly maps out possible routes to a future filled with hope…

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/// SPEAK OUT AGAINST RACISM AND DEPORTATIONS ///

Saturday, 14th November, 12 noon

Next to Brixton Tube Station

Open-air rally Called by Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! – all welcome  12-3pm

 

Please bring speeches, music, chants, and literature. Add your voice and help us speak out against racism.

‘The message is clear – whether you’re a visa overstayer, a foreign criminal or a failed asylum seeker, the UK Border Agency is determined to track you down and remove you from Britain.’ Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, 18 March 2009

Racism is the form which national oppression takes within an imperialist country like Britain. Imperialist nations brutally exploit and impoverish oppressed nations, justifying their plunder and wars on the basis that people in these countries are inferior or have brought their oppression on themselves. They then use immigration laws to keep out people fleeing from the resulting war and poverty. The British working class is encouraged to see immigrants as the cause of its problems rather than capitalism. State racism and divide-and-rule government tactics are creating a fertile recruiting ground for overtly racist parties like the British National Party.

As Britain’s capitalist crisis increases its hold, the Labour government is stepping up its offensive against migrants and state racism is on the rise.

  • Immigration detention capacity has increased from just 250 spaces in 1993 to 3,038 spaces with plans in the pipeline to increase the detention estate by 60% by 2012. Foreign nationals in criminal prisons are currently being moved into designated ‘ghetto’ prisons.
  • In November 2008, Immigration Minister Phil Woolas boasted that the government is deporting immigrants at a rate of one every eight minutes. It is making increasing use of charter flight mass deportations. This year has seen charter flight mass deportations to Jamaica, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cameroon and Nigeria.
  • Ten years after the McPherson Inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence branded the Metropolitan Police ‘institutionally racist’, black people are still seven times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people are.

Anti-terrorism laws are being indiscriminately used to round up Muslim and Asian people and criminalise their communities.

So just as the Home Secretary’s message is clear, ours must be too.

NO DETENTION! NO DEPORTATIONS! NO TO STATE RACISM!

SUPPORT ASYLUM SEEKERS AND MIGRANT WORKERS!

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/// PEACE HOUSE 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AND BENEFIT ///
Saturday 14th November, 3pm to 2am
At The Cross Kings,126 York Way, King’s Cross, London N1 OAX
Just a few minutes from Peace House

Peace House, at Caledonian Road in King ’s Cross, London, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Over the years the building has housed a host of progressive campaign groups. Join us in celebrating five decades of defiance, subversion and protest! Tickets for the evening entertainment are sure to sell out as space is limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

In the Main Room
3pm – 6pm PEACE HOUSE REUNION TEA PARTY

a chance to catch up with friends over tea and biscuits Featuring political street choir
RAISED VOICES + more to be announced.
Free entry

From 6pm – 2am
Songs from the frontline with
JOE WILKES
IAN SAVILLE conjures his Magic for Socialism
Celebrating his 50th year of performing, political folk from
LEON ROSSELSON
The unstoppable all-female five-piece
FREYLEKH KLEZMER DANCE BAND
Beautiful, bold folk from
SEIZE THE DAY
Followed by
DJs till 2am.
Tickets £9

In the Jester Bar

From 8.30pm till very late we have the best political and alternative comedy, hosted by
ROBIN INCE, and featuring anarchist transvestite ANDREW O’NEILL, NATALIE HAYNES, and COLIN WATSON, as well as musical turns from MARTIN WHITE, PHIL JEAYS and JOANNA NEARY. Followed by DJs till 2am.
Tickets £8.50

Because of capacity limitations, we’re selling tickets which are either primarily for the Main Room, or primarily for the Jester Bar, depending on where you want to spend most time. However, subject to space constraints during the evening, you may be able to visit both entertainment areas.

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/// RISING FROM THE EAST ///

A day to explore communities, culture and politics in London’s East End

Sunday 15th November, registration 11am

Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6LS

 

Session 1: Rebels with a cause

11.30-12.10: East End Jewish anarchists before WW1 – lessons for the 21st century (Ben Gidley)

12.15-12.55: Minnie Lansbury – feminist, socialist and rebel Poplar Councillor (Janine Booth)

Lunch / Book signing by Bill Fishman, author of many books on East End history and a Cable Street veteran

 

Session 2: The struggle for better lives

1.35-2.15: Self-help, solidarity and socialism: the Workers’ Circle (David Mazower)

2.20-3.00 Doctors and Politics in East London (John Eversley)

Break for refreshments

Session 3: Bengalis and the East End – a continuing story

3.15-3.55 The East India Company and the silencing of East End histories (Georgie Wemyss)

4.00-4.40 Bengali politics in London’s East End (Ansar Ahmed Ullah)

 

Entrance £5 (£3 concs). Places limited to 90. Book in advance by sending a cheque/PO to “JSG” at: JSG, BM 3725, London WC1N 3XX

 

Organised by the Jewish Socialists’ Group www.jewishsocialist.org.uk

 

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See http://rampart.co.nr for more info about rampART.
http://www.myspace.com/rampartlondon
See
http://bowlcourt.co.nr for more info about Ex-Bowl Court.

Email rampart@mutualaid.org or bowlcourt@riseup.net

 

Lift ‘n’ Hoist is at 1 Queens Row, SE17, off Merrow Street (Walworth Road). Nearest tube Elephant and Castle.

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