Pandemic at Bar Lane

We are looking for performers, musicians, spoken word, poetry, workshops,

lectures for a weekend happening in York on the weekend of the 8th and 9th

September as well as a preliminary happening on the 7th in She!eld. Please email

with any ideas/proposals:




Less talk more action – A balance between the intellectual and the intuitive –

organic evolutionary change via experimentation, deviation and panic is all we

want, and seemingly so far – this works.

More events to come SOON!!/Pandemic2011 – Please follow for any updates and changes

to our programme.





adjective – (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.

noun – an outbreak of a pandemic disease.

Origin: -mid 17th century: from Greek pandēmos (from pan ‘all’ + dēmos ‘people’)

+ -ic

After a series of happenings in She!eld starting on the 5th of November 2011, we

continue. We organise art/music/performance/lecture/poetry happenings inspired

by the Situationist International and it’s political ethos. Particularly “The Society of

the Spectacle by Guy Debord, and the ideas of reclaiming space, reappropriating

images and the concept that in an advanced capitalist society we experience life

through a representation of reality in the form of advertising, prescribed gender

and social roles via media manipulation which leads to the population living in a

substitute for reality instead of living reality itself. Via television documentaries we

have armchair tourism, via royal spectacles we have emotional tourism (see funeral

of Princess Diana), via soap operas we have drama and intrigue, via reality T.V we

are given “reality”.

In November 2011, PANDEMIC incorporated a continuous programme of visual art –

along with events every evening for a week consisting of a combination of

experimental music, film, lectures, talks, workshops, readings and performance. We

have used several spaces already including gallery spaces, lecture rooms, pubs, car

parks and other less conventional spaces.

The purpose of the event is to inspire as many people as possible, to advertise the

project in some unique ways to bring in a crowd who are not just the usual

“converted” art types (we have used some interesting advertising/marketing ideas

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