Ugly Duck



30th November, 2021 at Ugly Duck, Bermondsey and Online

7pm – 10pm / £3 – £8

Following an extensive callout for exciting, interdisciplinary LGBTQI+ performers, Ugly Duck presents @Disturbance on Tuesday November 30th. An evening showcase of radical international artists, @Disturbance has been programmed with both live and digital viewers in mind by Ugly Duck’s in-house panel of producers, artists and curators.

Performances from Anthedemos, Nwakke, Puer Decorum and Kelvin Atmadibrata will be staged and livestreamed alongside video screenings and digital art from Laura Lynes with Billy Leach, Llewellyn Mngun and Jake Wood. This programme is being supported by Arts Council England and audiences can either attend in person or watch the livestream from anywhere in the world.

 The Ugly Duck organisation is known for repurposing unused London spaces as well as supporting underrepresented voices and groups within the arts. Established in October 2012, they have converted a spacious, empty Victorian warehouse in SE1 into a busy creative space which became, and still is, home to countless rising and established artists.

More about the artists:

Anthedemos (Live) lives and works in Paris. Inspired by science-fiction and fantasy, cinema and literature, their performances simultaneously feature a live showalongside their on-screen alter ego. Creating live soundtracks via instruments and objects, Anthedemos draws from mythology, magical realism, poetry and medieval symbolism, re-enchanting the everyday world, as cinematic elements are filtered through a live lens. For @Disturbance, Anthedemos presents an updated version of their hybrid work Herosynthese. Anthedemos performs regularly in Europe and @Disturbance will be their London debut @anthedemos.

Nwakke (Live) is a London-based artist, DJ and musician working with dance, video and performance. Their stage persona is inspired by discoveries and research into histories, knowledge and nature. They are involved with QPOC performance events in London and recently performed at Cafe Otto, ICA and Pussy Palace. For @Disturbance they will present their ongoing project, Death Understruction. A blend of music, choreography and video, the piece explores forms of ceremony and invocations of peace, truth, love, acceptance and co-existence. @nwakke

Puer Deorum (Live) is a London-based multidisciplinary artist working with documented performance, costume and sculptural prop-making. Of second generation British-Bangladeshi heritage, their approach is an active mode of archiving a contrived, utopian scenario. Their work plays with preconceptions and projections of race, gender, sexuality, sensuality and class. For @Disturbance they present new project Pingala’s Sequence based on a concept by the poet and mathematician Archarya Pingala in ancient India (BC), who first discovered patterns in nature and the universe. They explore this concept via the construction of installation and decoration as well as movement influenced by Indian classical dance. @puer_deorum

Kelvin Atmadibrata (Live) is a performance artist originally from Jakarta, Indonesia. He now lives and works between Jakarta and London. He thinks of his work as recruiting superpowers awakened by adolescent fantasy working primarily with performance, often accompanied by and translated into drawings, mixed media collage and objects compiled as installations. Kelvin will revisit his performance I’ll be a Good Boy in which he explores the expression, desires and fantasies of homoerotic online behaviour. Expect physical performance, sound and projection. @kelvinatmadibrata

Laura Lynes in collaboration with Billy Leach (Video) Laura Lynes is a British-Hungarian writer and interdisciplinary artist working in collaboration with sound and performance artist Billy Leach. Together they will present a new video artwork featuring two digital characters from life simulation computer game The Sims. As the queer avatars lounge in a hyperreal landscape of pink water, subtitles relay their inner thoughts of desire and cyber embodiment as similarly world-making entities.@lauralynes_

Llewellyn Mngun (Video) is a dancer, choreographer and DJ originally from South Africa. Having performed, taught and collaborated internationally, from dancing traditional ballet roles such as Odile in Swan Lake and Myrtha in Giselle, to presenting visual art at galleries and LGBTQI+ festivals, their intention is to inspire and motivate. @Disturbance will screen Resilience, a choreographic video artwork exploring the complicated story of a South African born LGBTQI+ activist raised in the country’s strict Setswana culture. @lulubelle999

Jake Wood (Video) is a British artist based in Gillingham, Kent. Jake is interested in debunking the idea of fitness and exercise which he explores through his use of the gym and physicality. This is portrayed through performative, sculptural, and installation-based work, using humour and slapstick comical gestures in the public domain. Wood has exhibited at the Folkestone Fringe Triennial and the Herbert Read Gallery in Canterbury. As well, he’s just finished an artist residency in Margate as part of the UCA x CRATE Graduate Award. For @Disturbance, Wood is screening No PAIN! No CHAMPAGNE! A video performance using unusual places as stages – in this instance a gym. This will be shown in the screening room alongside a sculpture made by the artist. @/jake_wood_artist


@Disturbance Ugly Duck, 47-49 Tanner Street, Bermondsey, London SE1 3PL. To book tickets for live on online viewing or to find out more, go to: 

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