An Interview with Simon Paccaud: Art, Music, London

Simon Paccaud is a Swiss artist, who took up residency at Sang Bleu earlier this month in preparation for his debut show in London. On Thursday 30th April we held the opening for Simon’s show entitled Mimi Siku and celebrated at The Passage with live performances from the man himself.

It’s your first time in London, what are your initial thoughts of the city?

It’s a pretty classy town from what I saw I think it’s different from where I come from anyway. There’s a good mix of people, and a lot of cultural diversity. This city has an energy to it that lends itself very well to hip hop culture. During the ten days I have been here I feel like the city is always moving.

How has being in London inspired the pieces you have been working on for your debut show in London?

Well, in the pieces I have created have been inspired by my time here. Ideally I think I would have spent more time here to really know more about the city. But yeah it inspired me, at the same time it’s like many things in my work I use codes that are pretty clear, that come from the street or the popular culture.

Could you explain what Mimi Siku is? How did its formation take place?

It’s just a re-appropriation of the film “Little Indian, Big City” and I have friends who call me Mimi Siku. It’s kind of like that guy who’s coming from a different environment (I have lived 10 years in the mountains), just a little besides, who discovers the towns and that’s just what I’m doing for a while. For 10 years, I do everything to climb on buildings or ride full of places. Acting like it was [...]


An interview with Alexandra Rayne about sex work

 

Alexandra Rayne is a working in the sex industry and is london based. We took some time to discuss sex work, politics and BDSM.

 

So to start with would you like to tell us how did you start to do sex work? Did it come before or after your involvement in sex/kink/swinger scene? How does both influence each other?

Sex work was always at the back of my mind to try out, ever since I was a teenager and stumbled across a coffee table book of Dominatrix photographs at a friends parents place. I was kinky, but I wouldn’t have conceptualised it that way back then. I guess I figured that my fantasies were entirely normal and it was everyone else that was kinked. 

I started out as a dancer, but found that whilst it was good fun (and I enjoyed the club environment) the interactions with customers were….unsatisfying. There was something so banal and flat about dancing to the same songs over and over, so unsexual and not very stimulating for me. I think intimate, one-on-one sessions were always going to be on the cards. I used to get in trouble at the club because I would sit down beside customers and fall into a deep conversation about kink with them – and forget to hustle for a dance!

Eventually I started escorting, and then I got into professional submission, which was about 5 years ago. It seemed like a good fit for me. 

Sex work is still bearing a high stigma in western societies, how do you articulate it with your daily life? When does your job become an identity ? 

Sex work will always be stigmatised for as long as female sexuality and female power are coded as a threatening [...]


SANG BLEU PARTY x SIMON PACCAUD AFTER PARTY

In addition to Simon Paccauds show opening, Sang Bleu and Denim Tears will be hosting the first Sang Bleu Party of the year at The Passage 27A Dalston Lane from 10pm til late.

Performances from:

DJ Gohan (Peur Bleue)

Shha kuumba feat vermimisiku

Rap performance 11pm

DJ Acyde

Set Times TBA


Simon Paccaud – Mimi Siku at Sang Bleu Contemporary

 

Sang Bleu Contemporary will be exhibiting the work of current resident artist Simon Paccaud. The art installation entitled Mimi Siku will run from Thursday 30th April – May 12th. The official opening night tomorrow will be followed by a music performance by Simon and other guests. RSVP by clicking the image or visit the facebook page for more information. Interview with Simon to follow.

 


Radical People Vol. 1 No.2 Launches next week

 

Launching on Election Day, the expanded version of Sang Bleu Editor-in-Cheif Reba Maybury’s newspaper is launching. Radical People is a newspaper celebrating the radical behaviour which has moved our society forward into a more compassionate place by subcultural icons now over the age of 50.

Featuring a cross section of the well known to the unknown, the newspaper features some of the most pioneering politicians, musicians, artists, writers, activists, performers and muses of the last fifty years.

Including the likes of politician Peter Tatchell, activist , artist and muse Caroline Coon, David Thomas of Pere Ubu, performance artist Franko B, ROY INC, Steve Ignorant of Crass, Christine Binnie of the Neo-Naturists, Lesley Woods of The Au Pairs and now immigration lawyer, tattooer Alex Binnie, the sex positive feminist comic book artist Melinda Gebbie, Princess Julia, anarcho-punk band Rubella Ballet, sexologist Tuppy Owens, punk icon Honey Bane, Janis Hetherington the first lesbian to have artificial insemination and notorious madam of 60s London, Bruno Wizard of the Homosexuals, Richard Adams one of the graphic designers of OZ magazine , Colin Abrahall of GBH and more.

By asking each person to re-count their own interpretation of the word radical or a radical memory, the stories range from the AIDS crisis, memories of the first days of punk, the Poll Tax Riots, capitalisms manipulation of authentic rebellion, important performance art events, gigs and night clubs, wetting the bed and much more.

The newspaper has specially commissioned portraits by Iain McKell and graphics by Jamie Reid.

The newspaper launch will take place at Donlon books from 6-30 -9pm.

An after party will take place at Vogue Fabrics from 12-3 with all proceeds going to Shelter in regards to homelessness rising by 80% since the Conservative government [...]


American Dreamer

Cali Thornhill-DeWitt is an artist born, raised, and living in Los Angeles. Taking inspiration from the tragedy of American culture; voyeurism, stardom, war (read: pop), his works deal with and question these values (think: motivational posters calling to ‘build more prisons’). Cali’s mission is not a political one, yet the accessibility of his imagery makes it hard to turn a blind eye to the obvious issues he likes to reference – a smiling eye, however.

As a likely substitute for attending school, Cali got involved with the LA music scene at a young age. Feeding that passion, today it manifests in regular collaborations with musicians from the likes of Antwon, Lil Ugly Mane, Hunx and his Punx, and even Faith No More, all for which Cali has either directed and shot videos, or created cover art.

We caught up with Cali in Berlin, one day after a special one-off presentation hosted by 032c. Showcased here was Cali’s Memorial series, a compliation of traditional gang jumpers – instead of members’ names boasting those of Cali’s favourite dead celebrities.

Your work features a lot of typography, which made me wonder whether you had some kind of graffiti background?

Barely. Like, not even worth mentioning. Like, graffiti in like ’89 and ’90, and not really like, going all the way with it. Someone actually, like 8 years ago said to me, I know you from graffiti. And I thought that was so weird, cos I don’t even think about graffiti. So, not really.

What do you think of street art?

Street art is a shitty word, and name. But I like vandalism, and I like gang graffiti, you know? But like street art, I don’t even care.

What’s your background, could you tell me a bit of where [...]


Ron Athey on Sebastiane

Ron Athey will be performing his iconic Sebastian presentation on Thursday night at The Coronet in London. After living here for six years he is about to return to his native Los Angeles. It’s an evening not to be missed, – this legendary performance has never actually been performed in the UK and it will take place under the guidance of Torture Garden. All of the costume’s have been created by Alexandra Groover except for the infamous Leigh Bowery coat in the possession of Athey. So to celebrate this important date we’ve spoke to Ron to find out more about this seminal piece of work.

 

For anyone who doesn’t know about your work, could you explain what Sebastiane is?

Sebastiane is my 5th performance using the martyrdom of St. Sebastiane as the premise for an action. From 1991 to the present time. The original inspiration was a hallucination triggered by the Mishima photographs from the 60s

The performance of Sebastiane at the Coronet Theatre is a group evening I’ve curated around the Sebastiane presentation, performed with Sage Charles, Jon John, and special guest from Glasgow: Russell MacEwan of Black Sun Drum Corps.  We’ll be performing again Friday night in Rome at the Giacomo Guidi Arte Contemporanea Bunker of Arts.

The sound is entirely percussion and one section of a call’and’respond with ecstatic vocals. The performance starts as a procession, continues on stage, and ends as a reliquary production line.

Could you explain what Body Probe is?

Body Probe was started by Torture Garden in the 90s, as a way of showcasing new work including extreme bodywork and performances of a sexual nature, in an evening of performance.  The performances within the large fetish club party are interesting, but more of an intervention, people want to dance and [...]