Photo : Zoe-Ruth Photography
Dorian WoodPhoto : Dino Dinco
is a Los Angeles-based artist "armed with a vocal charisma that would befit a preacher and an experimental streak that would make avant-gardists swoon." A wunderkind with a headstrong DIY discipline, Dorian has brought his emotionally-charged performances to concert halls, museums, music venues and performance spaces throughout the US, Mexico and Europe, with a voice that channels the skill and ferocity of such auteurs as Scott Walker, Nina Simone, Nick Cave and Tom Waits.
Dorian Wood will perform with special performance arts guests at his only UK gig of the tour on Friday 14th Feburary 2014 at the intimate Dalston Boys Club in East London. Do not miss out on this exclusive one-off show, we recommend you get your tickets now
Born in Echo Park, California, Dorian began his musical education at a very early age, continuing his studies at Conservatorio de Castella in Costa Rica, and eventually making his way back to Los Angeles, where he first gained exposure performing on the queer bar circuit. His debut album, BOLKA, received wide critical acclaim for its impeccable merging of folk, soul, Bulgarian choral music and experimental music. His follow-up EP, Black Pig Suite, featured members of the L.A. experimental orchestra Killsonic, of which Dorian was a principal collaborator and performer for 3 years.
In 2010, Dorian received critical praise for his performance and "picture perfect" art direction (Los Angeles Times) in the Killsonic opera, Tongues Bloody Tongues. He also released his album 'Brutus', which featured only Dorian on vocal and piano, and was recorded live at St. Giles-in-the-Fields, a church in London, in the midst of his European tour. Of the back of this release, Dorian was commissioned by LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) to present a new work for the performance series Los Angeles Goes Live, part of Pacific Standard Time. Dorian's performance installation, Athco, Or The Renaissance of Faggot Tree, the controversial piece incorporated over 30 performers, and was presented at Barnsdall Art Park. Dorian also performed with acclaimed artist Marina Abramovic in her piece An Artist's Life Manifesto, presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).
Wood's latest effort, "Rattle Rattle," is an collection of original "doomsday-themed songs" that hang together a bit like a concept album. Like Killsonic and Athco before it, Rattle Rattle incorporated dozens of participants -- in this case, over 60 musicians, including a 45-member choir assembled by Wood called the Difficult Women. Dorian directed the video for his song "La Cara Infinita," which featured a guest appearance by actor Margaret Cho, as well as some very direct images portraying gay sexuality in a manner of objectification -- similar to the treatment women usually receive in this context, and in the art world too. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there was some internet dust-up action, but by that point, the performance art, live music, and creative director aspects of his career had permanently fused.
He embraces what these conduits to communicating with the audience make possible. "[I] realized that if I was going to keep putting out work that I believed in, I needed to allow people to 'join' me in the work. People rarely forget a truly immersive experience, and a big component in what I do musically has to do with who I am, what I look like, where I've been and where I'm at. For a while, I would wear masks and insane outfits, but there is no greater vestment one can wear than the one people believe is yours and only yours. The videos try to capture this without requiring that the audience physically be there in order to get the most out of it."
Though the album was only recently released, he began composing songs for it around late 2008. In the four years that followed, he was devoted to fleshing out arrangements, rehearsing, recording certain sections, lots of mixing -- all while working around some high-profile guests' schedules and staying within budget. "I underestimated what this would cost financially," he says, "and yet grew restless of waiting for the right label to come around and pick up the tab and I really counted on the incredible support of my beautiful friends to make it happen." The controlled chaos of his days with Killsonic prepared him for what he calls "the challenge of gathering over 60 musicians to create a cohesive sound." "There were times when I welcomed any collaborative input they shot my way," he continues, "but I was honored that they mostly just went along with my vision."
Themes of LGBTQ experience and sexuality and gender and politics seem to be clear elements of the work, yet -- while he certainly understands and accepts it being viewed in that context -- Wood does not consider his activity to be primarily political. "I believe I identify more with my anger than I do with politics per se, in that I create based on how something affects me emotionally; and in politics, only a few things affect me that way. I am deeply angered and saddened by injustices against LGBTQ and women, and somehow a rebellious little girl emerges within me whenever I feel anger, and she can only think of violent things without minding the consequences. Certainly, this is how 'Rattle Rattle' came to be, as well as the video we did for 'La Cara Infinita.' Like most people, I welcome the idea of solidarity, but if I had to choose between that or being the weird loner kid who punches walls and browns his trousers, well, I'll be in my corner." Dorian Wood + Special Guests Friday 14th February 2014 @ Dalston Boys Club, London. Buy Tickets & Event Information
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Modern Panic IV closes this Sunday, so you have only a few days left to see this powerful thought provoking show.We are open daily from 11am until 7pm, for the tiny admission of £3 which helps support this annual exhibition.
Our closing events are on Sunday: SUNDAY SALONS
We feature from 2pm : Film Screening + Q&A with film maker Adam Daniels, Panic Piñatas and Installation performance by Santiago Genchio & Myleen Elliot - All part of Sunday Salons
.PANIC SERMONS ACT 2
From 8pm we feature our closing event Panic Sermons Act 2, with live arts performances by Victoria Gugenheim, Philip Bedwell & Hellen Burrough, Nina DavieS, Dima Mabsout, Ant Earls and Beatrice Schleyer, Francois-Xavier Touzard, Henrik Heinonen & Victor Ivanov - For more information and tickets please visit Panic Sermons
Here's what the press have said so far :
"London’s most outrageous displays of art." - Spindle Magazine
"Enter an alternative world... A World, which frills, scares, shocks & provokes the curious mind. Enter.., Guerrilla Zoo: Modern Panic..." - Passion Palette
"Shocking art works and stirring live performances charged the four rooms of the Apiary Studios with excitement and creative tension, echoing in the participants’ mind long after they left the Hackney warehouse." - Idol Magazine
"Modern Panic IV is much more than just an exhibition; it is an experience" - Rough Magazine
"A multitude of cutting edge contemporary artists from all around the globe." - Societe Perrier
"art without provocation, like life, is quite boring" - The Upcoming
"Modern Panic is now in its fourth year and gaining significant attention" - Something You Said
FOR MORE INFORMATION : www.guerrillazoo.com/modern-panic-4
Speakeasy Sitting Room events are the antidote to modern technology. Bringing ‘social networking’ back to its intended meaning.
Guerrilla Zoo's friends at Speakeasy Sitting Room have been pondering about 'The lost art of Socialising' - This thoroughly modern first world problem is often blamed on the progression of social media and even developments with online dating; where a date, partner or friend is selected based on geographical convenience, age and how good one looks in holiday pictures. ‘Chat’ is a terminology now associated with Google and Facebook while Tinder has turned choosing a potential soul mate into an actual quick fire selection game.
Finding a date, partner or even a friend in London seems surprisingly hard and tedious for those new to town or those looking for a change of scene, or was until a new social event, Speakeasy Sitting Room arrived. SSR is a signed, sealed and (actual snailmail) delivered 'invitation only' night of games. Join in the organised fun led by the officiating games master. Think back to birthday parties where sweets, games and making new friends made for the BEST day ever. Now add in a boozy Kandy Kitchen and a fully stocked bar and you have the recipe for some engaging, entertaining and interactive antics.
Here is an alternative option to sitting at home on a Tuesday night waiting for someone local to select you as a potential mate based on you’re A/S/L. Come to play. Come to win. More at www.speakeasysittingroom.com
Our friend's FoolishPeople have spent over three years working on a mysterious and terrifying new experience. For 13 nights only in London the innovative theatre company will present 'Strange Factories', an immersive, theatrical and cinematic journey that will place you right at the heart of a seemingly impossible experiment!
For the last 13 years The Society of Imaginari have not had any signs to point them in the direction of finding the truth. Six months ago they received the contract and a copy of Stronheim’s Haunted Film ‘Strange Factories’. Now, with the collector in their possession they can finally screen the haunted footage, unlock its secrets and reveal the truth that has plagued them for over a century.
From the 26th October until 9th November, The Cinema Museum in Elephant & Castle will be transformed into a dark and disturbing world. Witness the film unravel, lose yourself in the madness of haunted cinema and watch how its characters come to life around you with devastating consequences.A mysterious fire consumes a Theatre. Fleeing the thickening smoke a band of performers escape to an unknown landscape. Victor, their writer, awakens in an amnesiatic state and becomes obsessed by the secret heart of his unfinished story. He journeys into dreamlike places, all the while haunted by visions from the infamous hum of the Strange Factory. Upon finding his troupe under the wing of an aristocratic noble he learns of the enigmatic Stronheim, who contractually offers to rebuild the theatre lost in the fire, but in return Victor must complete his story…
The ‘Strange Factories’ film tells the story of a world haunted by a phantasmagoric fiction. Exploring the visions, obsessions and powers of the creative urge, the film draws on the allure of the cinema and the wonder of the magic lantern-show. The film was crowd funded via IndieGoGo , produced by FoolishPeople and shot in the Czech Republic over Summer of 2011.Strange Factories
October 26th – 9th November, 7pm
The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, London, SE11 4TH (ELEPHANT & CASTLE)
Tickets £28, £25 Concessions www.strangefactories.comwww.foolishpeople.comwww.theatricarcana.comNot everyone can survive the violence of creation…
Manuel & Max
acclaimed Modern Panic exhibition
curated by James Elphick
returns for it's fourth year
. The show features a unique collection of over 60 surreal, controversial & provocative international artists and live art's practitioners.
First artists to be announced at Modern Panic IV includes rare comic art by visionary cult film maker Alejandro Jodorowsky
Cuban social agitator Erik Ravelo
(the man behind United Colours of Benetton's UnHate campaign, which featured doctored photos of world leaders making out) features his powerful portraits of lost childhood which have been banned & blocked by facebook, the darkly surreal and dystopian sculptures of Parisian Paul Toupet
, Italian live artist and technology hacker Francesca Fini
, rebellious civil disorder inspired molotov art of Manuel and Max
which went viral during the Turkey uprising, and the magic, medicine and religion inspired works of UK artist Lorraine Clarke
Alongside are insurgent rising stars, the astonishingly realistic work of Sara Le Roy
& Rachael Berry
, Lucy Sparrow
's witty and cynically fantastical felt creations, and the transformatively baroque and visceral films of Lauren Jane Williams
International contributors to look out for are the disturbingly beautiful photographs of French artist Nihil
, Spanish artist Celia Arias
's juxtaposed sacred and profane creatures, and the miniature microchip masterpieces of USA based Yuri Zupančič
.Featuring artists (in alphabetical order):Karina Akopyan
| Celia Arias | Rachael Berry
| Rhine Bernardino | Eleanor Brereton
| Jodhi Brown-NeedhamLorraine Clarke
| Francisco de Pajaro
I Annabel de Vetten Pettern
I Laura Dron | Omer Gal
| Miles Glyn
Anita Goldstein | Barry Hale | Pernilla Iggstrom
| Orli Ivanov | Alejandro Jodorowsky
| Max and ManuelDominic Negus
| Michela Nicchiotti | Nihil Nihil
| Bobby Nixon | Jenny Pyrah
| Diego Ramirez | Erik Ravelo
Jay Rechsteiner | Bruce Rimell
| Sara Le Roy | Rachel Sheppard
| Lucy Sparrow | Majali Sulaiman
Paul Toupet | Zilvinas Vaitiekunas
| Vortman | Lauren Jane Williams
| Trystan Williams | Yuri Zupancic
MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!Open to the public:Saturday 9th - Sunday 17th November 11am – 7pm daily | £3@ APIARY STUDIOS - HACKNEY - LONDON
Do not miss the surreal and brilliant 'Panic Ephemeral' live art opening party
on Friday 8th November from 7pm - 11pm. There are only a small number of tickets available for public, so be grab them now before they sell out! Featuring live art performances by: Francesca Fini, Tom Bresolin, Amy Kingsmill, Harrie Skully, Victor Ivanov
& Andie Macario, Jack Cole
and Tracey Meek.
Modern Panic's live art programme
will be announced with the next wave of artists
soon. Four riotious events showcasing new and cutting edge live arts practitioners from around the world. For latest Modern Panic news
jump over to www.guerrillazoo.com/modern-panic-4
It's Your Funeral Sept 2013 © Rob Brazier Photography
It's Your Funeral, the brain child of Charlie Buckitt (Late Night Shop) and James Elphick (Guerrilla Zoo) has been going from sinister strength to strength. Over the wonderfully depressing autumnal month of October to bright up the ever more darkening skies, not one but two grim events have been planned.
On Thurs 10th Oct, a suspiciously monstrous tentacled cult writer will be laid to rest, all dripping with green ooze and sinister horrors! Further details can be found via www.facebook.com/events/233442363472961
On Thurs 31st Oct, an extra special Halloween night funeral is being planned and hosted at a secret Haunted House location in South London. Wear your finest Halloween attire, suitable for a haunted wake. The night is guaranteed to make even the deceased turn in their graves and you to dance until you drop dead! www.facebook.com/events/232675626894056
Be sure to head over to It's YOUR Funeral's official site for more information and to get your tickets before they sell out! www.itsyourfuneralparty.com
launches today on the fittingly appropriate '23' September. The site designed, built and co-managed by Guerrilla Zoo, it aims to celebrate the centennial year of the cult writer William S Burroughs. The website launches with an exclusive article by writer and literary executor of the Burroughs estate James Grauerholz.
'Burroughs is recognised as one of the most influential writers and visionaries of the 20th century and his legacy continues to foresee what fills the headlines of the world today. Burroughs’ writing and ideas changed the course of literature and his multi-media collaborations spawned new directions in film and music. In his later years he worked extensively as a visual artist.'
The website is the official portal for announcements of all projects, publications, conferences, art exhibitions, films, events and happenings being held in celebration of 100 years of William S. Burroughs (who was born 5th February 1914) in collaboration with William Burroughs Communications, Guerrilla Zoo's curator James Elphick and historian Frank Rynne.
Guerrilla Zoo is involved in some very special events in 2014 surrounding the world of Burroughs. We will be announcing further details in the coming months! In the meantime go check out the Burroughs 100 website.
Guerrilla Zoo founder and curator James Elphick is interviewed about creating creative projects in the forthcoming first issue of Performing London.
Performing London is a new publication exploring the city's cultural and artistically emerging talent, what drives this creativity and how its manifested into tangible, living breathing projects.
"We are Performing London and we want to create a platform for those who utilise the un-established: those that either within or interested in these communities to showcase their work and connect with other like minded people."
Issue 1 has a small limited edition print run that is being distributed throughout the Edinburgh festival, and a free digital version is available via http://performinglondon.com/issues/
We have had a huge response to our call for artists to feature in the next Modern Panic exhibition.
With just over two weeks to go until the 15th August deadline, we are looking to push and break our submission records.
Please forward the link to all those who might be interested in exhibiting work at our annual show. We feature internationally established artists alongside new artists and provide each with a platform to showcase there work to new audiences.
For more information go to - www.guerrillazoo.com/artist-submissions
or share the facebook event - https://www.facebook.com/events/162708303906071/
We still have space for Live Arts practitioners to be part of our Panic Sermons - a riotous live art programme.
For more information on the Modern Panic series and the concept behind this provocative modern art exhibition please visit Modern Panic SeriesWATCH: Modern Panic : Dreams & Freedoms
by Reflection Films
, documentary about the last Modern Panic exhibition.
It's YOUR Funeral
presents it’s summer extravaganza A BIG FAT GYPSY FUNERAL!
A theatrical gypsy swinging style funeral experience of mournful humour and morbid performance!
The most outrageous funeral experience you will undoubtedly ever attend! Full of cutting edge freshly deceased performers, live undead musicians and immersive theatrical wickedary!
Throw on your most excessively ridiculous attire and trashiest gowns to come celebrate, commiserate, and drink yourself into an early grave! "Take a twist of Bayou blues and British burlesque
– then throw in a dead body. It’s party time."
Dress : Black, tack, zombie brides, chavs & gypsies
WHAT : It’s Your Funeral – Big Fat Gyspy Funeral
WHEN : Thursday 11th July 2013, 8pm – 1am
WHERE : Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, 42-44 POLLARD ROW, LONDON E2 6NB
TICKETS : www.itsyourfuneralparty.com/buy-tickets
WEB : www.itsyourfuneralparty.com
- The original “International Man of Misery” will be leading the unearthly ceremony of spontaneous events followed by our very own FUNERAL BAND: RUM BUFFALO
& New Orleans jazz brass ensemble lead by the infamous PRICK VAN DYKE
!! Expect ridiculous performances of dark arts,macabre magic and musical interludes.THE FABULOUS BAKEWELL BOYS
A SUPER SPECIAL one off performance from tht’ lads up north, Steakly & Jerry!
They’ve many tricks up their sleeves for the funeral party and despite their appearance and accents, are not to be underestimated! GORGEOUS GEORGE
Watch out! The pikey circus has come to town! We are terribly lucky this funeral to have Double G Units very own front-man disgrace the stage in a one off musical comedy special!!
"think The Street's meets Chas & Dave meets gypsy folk" -MetroLATE NIGHT SHOP
Combining the sinister sex appeal of a succubi with a sharp-as-a-button wit in their production of underground vaudeville, subversive piss your self funny cabaret shows The twisted sisters of The Shop are sure to bring deliciously dark and saucy entertainment to the funeral party with a burst of macabre madness!MISSA BLUE
A one woman atom bomb of a performer who will officially knock you senseless with her body and pound your hearts out of control with her VooDoo bootyshaking performance.
MARY BETH MOROSSA
Mystical cabaret from the creature of the night, delighting, enchanting and disgusting audiences in equal measures. LOLO BROW
Using her skills in opera, dance, fire and punching royals in the face (accidentally) she is eager and well equipped to lower the tone of an evening.LILLY SNATCHDRAGON
The name says it all really... She needs no explanation, you have to see it to believe it! HEATHER BANDENBURG
will be offering the abridged open coffin experience. Have the chance to have input into your own obituary, before lying in state and marvel at a short speech about the cathartic moments of your life. If you give her a quid, she'll also cry.PLUS MORE
special guests to be released (from prison) soon ...BUY TICKETS NOW FOR DISCOUNT