'All of This is Temporary': What Happened on the Night

Written by: Violet Myers

On the 23rd of February the CCI Collective took over Rich Mix to present ‘All of This is Temporary’; a night of art, spoken word and discussion on the subject of capitalism.

Widely celebrated speakers and performers took to the stage: political theorist Alex Williams, discussed the possibility of an universal basic income, The Wire’s Mark Fisher examined the fall in class perception and award winning poets Deanna Rodger on her stance on voting and Anthony Anaxagorou performed ‘On Exit’ taken from his collection titled ‘A Difficult Place To Be Human’. Art from John Karborn, Michael Barry, Hal Hefner, Badrick and Rodgers and many more were displayed to a jam packed audience. The night explored current issues regarding capitalism in an engaging, inviting way and was praised for it’s ability to mix music and poetry with political theory. But don’t take our word for it, see what the punters had to say…

Alex Williams talking about Capitalism to audience at All Of This Is Temporary Event, Rich Mix, East London, Capitalism, Post Capitalism.

Ann-Marie & Rob
Live and work in London

What did you think of tonight’s speakers?

Ann-Marie: “I’ve read some of Mark Fisher’s stuff and I though Alex William’s was good. I agree with the idea of the Universal Basic Income because I hate work! It relates to what Mark was saying about constantly feeling the need to be busy.”

What would you do with your spare time if the working week was slashed?

Ann-Marie: “Travel.”

Rob: “I’d write. There’s this idea that if people had more free time they’d be more able to be involved in politics and start movements, start pushing at the system, there’s a reason why they exhaust us.”

Alex Williams
Political theorist and event speaker

How have you found the event?

Alex: “I’ve enjoyed it very much, it’s been great! I’ve enjoyed the music and I think it’s been really well organised. I’m impressed to see such a large crowd. I think it’s gone really well and glad to be involved. I’m impressed they went for an event of this kind, it’s quite original as a concept.”

Curating student at Goldsmiths University London

Why did you decide to come to this event?

Jackson: “I came on my own accord, I’ve seen Mark and Alex before. I’m doing a Masters at Goldsmiths so we’re like totally on this at the moment! It’s nice to see how this is explored in a very public platform, I wanted to see how these ideas are permeating into more of public realm rather than just this weird leftie bubble.”

Spoken Word Artist Anthony Anaxagorou performing at All This Is Temporary, Rich Mix, East London, Capitalism, Post Capitalism, Event.

Musician living in London

What was your favourite aspect on the night?

Rico: “The spoken word guy Anthony Anaxagorou was really good. I’m not really into politics but I’m very into music. Music has changed politics in the past and it can do it again, for example reggae music was a fight against slavery, jazz music in the 40’s, it’s protest music. I’m a musician and I try to give a message in the music. It was all so interesting, this kind of event should be done more often.”

Aged 9, lives in North London with his mum

What do you think about capitalism?

Maceo: “Is it something to do with capital cities?”

Aunty Claire: “Not exactly. How do you feel about having to work Monday to Friday every week when you leave school?”

Maceo: “That sounds rubbish, but a bit like school, so I guess it’s the same.”


Photos: Michael Barry

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