THURSDAY 16 September 2010,19.30 at Royal Standard
To coincide with the preview of Hierarchies of Allegiance, Pil and Galia Kollectiv will perform their most recent commissioned performance, WE. WE will feature the artists playing live music with Victor Jakeman and Ruth Angel Edwards. Challenging the individualism of the Western pop song, WE reveals the latent politics of the love song and transforms chart hits by annihilating their liberal subject and replacing it with a collective consciousness.
Through the simple substitution of the plural for the singular, intimacy becomes a form of collective action and the unique the universal. Inspired by the dystopian fiction of Yevgeny Zamyatin and the minimal synth covers of pop classics made by obscure DiY groups in the late 1970s and early 1980s, WE follows in the footsteps of bands like The Better Beatles, who sought to improve on the canon of popular music by stripping it bare.
Hierarchies of Allegiance features work by Christian Newby, Jonathan Baldock and Pil and Galia Kollectiv and continues until 17 October 2010.