Let's Talk About Capitalism: All of This is Temporary

Written by: Violet Myers

North Four have got together with City University’s CCI Collective to become the media partners of their forthcoming event ‘All of This is Temporary’ a night of art, poetry and performance on the subject of capitalism: is it still working and is it possible to imagine a world without it?

On the 23rd of February at Rich Mix Shoreditch guests will be invited to experience two immersive worlds; the first representing the world as we know it, a capitalistic society driven by profit and the second a post-capitalist world, brought to fruition by multi-media art pieces.

Featuring challenging visual art from international artists,  spoken word from award winning poets and talks from celebrated key speakers and authors, ‘All of This is Temporary’ will push audiences to evaluate everything they think they know about capitalism.

We spoke to Tavia Summer, Finsbury Park resident and one of the project leaders about the upcoming night.

Why do an event on Capitalism?

“We were inspired by this quote by Mark Fisher, who will be one of the speakers at the event:

‘It’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism’

It really got us thinking and we really agreed with it. We should be able to imagine a post capitalist world, we may not be there yet, we’re a long way off that point and it would be a case of changing how people think. But we should be able to see the end. We can hopefully get there one day.”

You’re only 21. Do you think younger people are getting more involved in politics?

“Definitely, Jeremy Corbyn really has inspired a lot of people to have an interest in politics, it’s Corbyn-mania out there! Young people can see unfair policies affecting them and the people they care about, they see inequality and they want to do something about it.”

What are you hoping to achieve from this event?

“I want to make people uncomfortable, I want them to be confronted by what capitalism is and what it’s doing to the world. We have this artist, Hal Hefner, he has this consume series; it’s bright and it’s loud, it’s in your face. It’s like woah! We love it. We also have this immersive piece by Badrick++Rogers which is like a mind control device, which people can put on and get involved with, it’s challenging but it’s accessible and satirical.”

What most excites you about the night?

“Our collaboration with the White Pube, they’re creating an audio guide to go with the exhibits. It’s kind of like the dry one you might be handed at The National, but it won’t just be about the artists or the pieces, they’re getting quite surreal with it, trying to create an unnerving atmosphere. They’ve been quite secretive about it so I’m so looking forward to seeing how that will pan out.”

‘All of This is Temporary’ 23rd February 17:30 at Rich Mix Shoreditch, tickets available here.

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