Visions of Excess

Ron Athey & Lee Adams

Sun 12 Apr 2009


Acephale by Hector de Gregorio

Visions of Excess is a 12 hour communion with the ragged spirit of Georges Bataille exploring the “scatological philosophers” key themes of death, eroticism and the forbidden. Curators Ron Athey and Lee Adams intention is not merely to programme a multi-media ‘Happening’, but to lay down the map for an esoterotic journey into the heart of darkness. The concept for Visions of Excess is not a tidy one, the aim is to curate a perfect mess, strategise a series of installation options, stage gestures of defiance, framing out space but leaving room for acts of transgressive participation and rampant exhibitionism.

Hosted by the inimitable David Hoyle and featuring live performances from an array of internationally renowned artists including Mother Flawless Sabrina, Franko B, Julie Tolentino, Bruce LaBruce, Suka Off, Kira O’Reilly, Veenus Vortex, Gio Black Peter, Ashley Rider, Samantha Sweeting, Zackary Drucker, Mouse, Lazlo Pearlman, Dominic Johnson, SmaxXx, Gabrielle Penabaz and Nicole Blackman.

Plus video screenings; including a programme of shorts by Christphe Chemin and the UK premiere of Homoccult and other Esoterotica curated by Daniel McKernan and Richie Rennt, featuring films by Genesis P Orridge, Peter Christopherson (COIL), Slava Mogutin & Brian Kenny (SUPERM), Black Sun Productions and Terence Koh plus many more….

DJs Dr Mu, David TG, Phil Able, Dale Cornish and Franko B

Visuals: Boxikus (Sabotage/Infraktion Kore, Berlin) and Hector De Gregorio

Visions of Excess will create a swirling, vertiginous “total derangement of the senses” which could induce personal transfiguration and the expansion of consciousness.

Step inside. Let your eyes adjust, we’ve got all night, so take your time…


Ron Athey and Lee Adams are both world famous artists working at the intersections between theatre, performance and body art.

Photo: Acephale by Hector de Gregorio