Friday, 25 November 2016

Jimmy Cauty's ADP Riot on tour


Housed in a 40 ft shipping container, The Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP) is a monumental post-riot landscape in miniature by artist Jimmy Cauty. This dystopian model village is set somewhere in Bedfordshire, where only the police and media teams remain in an otherwise deserted, wrecked and dislocated land – all in 1:87 scale and viewed through observation ports in the side of the container.
The ADP Riot Tour hits Oxford’s Broad Street from 25 – 27 November 2016 as part of the city’s Christmas Light Festival. The container, spontaneously covered with public messages of love, political views and artwork, showcases a vast diorama detailing the aftermath of a major disturbance – which Oxford last experienced in winter 1355 on St Scholastica’s Day. A dispute between two University students and a local pub landlord escalated into a three-day riot over the quality of drinks at the Swindlestock Tavern, Carfax. What is thought to be one of the country’s earliest recorded secular riots involved over 2000 people and resulted in the violent deaths of 30 townspeople and 63 students. To learn more about this medieval winter tale download the official ADP Riot Tour Phamplet.
Far from inciting another riot, the event’s organisers hope the experience will be a peaceful and thought-provoking one to bring Town and Gown together. With the only real disturbance being the constant chatter of miniature police radios, dotted all over the exhibit.
Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG
The container will be located outside the Clarendon Building entrance; opposite the Weston Library.
ADP will be illuminated during the following times: 
Friday 25 November, 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 26 November, 10am – 8pm
Sunday 27 November, 10am – 4pm
There will be a merchandise stall open during these times and limited editions are available online from L-13. All proceeds help keep the ADP container on the move! 
Admission free
Family Workshops will be held at OVADA during the festival (times TBA).

An alternate experience to Black Friday...


Saturday, 12 November 2016

The Verve - Blue


Knock yourself out cold
look beyond tomorrow
before we get old

limping home with sorrow
music in my ears
been calling out refrain

knocking on doors
simpatico remains
left on the floor

slip slide inside your mind
wild eyes say

look to the stars in kind

this world
deserves better days

Friday, 11 November 2016



Wednesday, 9 November 2016

All the Presidents Men

Voodoo economics

Magic number people
make paper girls wait
so step up to the plate
there's no time for clowns
dressed up to the nines in your towns

4 years of a day gone by
left to you and I
never giving up on a dime
to fast track an FTA
Super 301 provision
...join the queue
the one with the boy
holding hands with the Tele addicts
too late to save our time

Shine a light for the thrill seekers
Zen masters in
Atomic cities
peering over high walls
on vintage streets

Never knowing the right river
to swim against the incoming tide
Boy you know that city isn't yours to conquer
go drive like a nomad
beyond the city limits
where life's friction is beyond fiction

Haven't we already explained our fears?
They drown in our tears
dress down in black
nothing you can do
but mourn the day
make war pay
the devil will out
colours run red
the thin blue line shout

keep alive in your teens
stay dead in your jeans
flush out the slag heaps
where the future sleeps
a new brain drain
on the Presidential train

Feeling black and blue?
you know it's up to you
folly your leaders the newspapers read
this world isn't going anywhere

without you


America's Songbird

Go out into the sunshine
Catch a summer cold
Fly through the snow
Catch a winter sold

Doctors on the run below
On a wing and a prayer
It's a new fight or flight situation

A notional will to retaliate
you can free the world
As long as my baby is safe from harm tonight