May 24, 2018 — 18:00

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

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

Founded in 2014, The Bad Vibes Club is a forum for research into negative states that has been exploring topics as diverse as rape, heavy metal, or everyday resentment. While positivity is nowadays often a compulsory outlook at work and life, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau presents a film and a lecture about the value of negative feelings produced and sustained by employment in late capitalist society.

V rámci doprovodného programu k výstavě @Multilogues on the Now: O zdraví, práci a emocích / as part of an accompanying program for the exhibition Multilogues on the Now: O zdraví, práci a emocích

We are often expected to be positive both at work and in our personal lives. The Bad Vibes Club was founded in 2014 as a discussion forum and research platform for exploring negative emotions, focusing on negative emotional states and their expressions, such as rape, heavy metal, but also mundane everyday anger. Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau presents a film and lecture about the value of negative emotions and shows us how these emotions surface and the ways in which they are maintained in late capitalist society.

6:30–7:15 PM Breathe Imperative

The film is part of an instructive meditation session developed by Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau along with Hamish MacPherson and uses breathing and visualization techniques. We invite you to experience an emotional journey which riles the emotions, traversing the contemporary workplace, and takes you from exhaustion to jubilation and perhaps even beyond.

7:30–8:30 PM Working, Breathing, Feeling & Talk

Affective theory focuses on the ways in which the emotions and affects we experience in our private life become public, and the ways they may be used as a political tool. The power of emotions and affect for example irrupted in the failure of standard political predictions regarding Brexit or the election of Trump. Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau will speak about his research analyzing the pertinence of affective theory to the ways we think about our work and life, which later became the basis for his ‘Breathe Imperative’ project.

Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau works through sculpture, illustration, performance, and film. His works focus on the abject, negative affective states, the ambiguity of language and objects. Between 2013–2014, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau was part of the Open School East. He founded The Bad Vibes Club, which has become a forum for researching negative states. He directs the Radio Anti along with Ross Jardine and his group ARKA has collaborated with Ben Jeans Houghton. He lives and works in London.

The Bad Vibes Club is a forum for the research of negative states, founded in 2014 by Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau. The Bad Vibes Club runs a reading group, organizes a lecture program, performances, and projects, initiates the creation of new works, and produces its own podcast and research. The Bad Vibes Club is currently a guest at the Flat Time House in London, but also organizes events at the Open School East, at the ICA London, the CCA Derry-Londonderry, at the WRO Biennale in Poland, the MK Gallery, and at the universities in Nottingham Trent, Lancaster, and Goldsmiths.

The event is supported by the Step Beyond Travel Grant