May 24, 2018 — 18:00

Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau and The Bad Vibes Club - Working, Breathing, Feeling

6:30-7:15pm Breathe Imperative

A screening accompanied by guided meditation To fully enjoy this part of evening it is essential to arrive on time. A film and guided meditation by Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau and Hamish MacPherson that uses breathing and visualisation techniques to take you on an emotional journey through the contemporary workplace, from exhaustion to exuberance and beyond.

7:30-8:30pm Working, Breathing, Feeling & Talk

Affect theory, works with ideas about the way emotions and affects play out in private and the way they turn into publics and become a political tool. It has been at the core of interest, especially after a failure of standard political predictions in Brexit and Trump’s election. Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau will present some of the research that went into the making of 'Breathe Imperative' about the impact of affect theory on the way we think about working and living.


Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau works in sculpture, drawing, performance and films. His work addresses abject materials, negative affective states, the ambiguities of language and objects. Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau was an Associate of Open School East, 2013-2014. He founded The Bad Vibes Club, which is a forum for research into negative states, runs Radio Anti with Ross Jardine, and collaborates with Ben Jeans Houghton as the ARKA group. He lives and works in London.

The Bad Vibes Club is a forum for research into negative states. Founded by Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau in 2014, The Bad Vibes Club runs a reading group, a programme of lectures, performances and screenings, commissions new work by artists and produces its own podcast and original research. The Bad Vibes Club is currently hosted by Flat Time House in London, but has organised events at Open School East, ICA London, CCA Derry-Londonderry, WRO Biennale in Poland, MK Gallery, Nottingham Trent, Lancaster and Goldsmiths Universities.

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This event was supported by Step Beyond Travel Grant.