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Dead Rat Orchestra perform live score to ‘Tyburnia’ @ Modern Art Oxford, Oxford
Friday 3 July 2015, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
£5 / £3 (concessions)
PinDrop presents a live film performed by Dead Rat Orchestra to James Holcombe’s film Tyburnia. The evening will also feature a Q&A and talks by historians and political activists on the history of the Tyburn in Oxford, and how it relates to modern day tools of social and political control.
For over 700 years there was a site of execution at Tyburn in London. Here, those who fell foul of political, religious and judicial reforms enacted by the state, were executed for public entertainment and instruction. A study of those executed at Tyburn charts a history of the UK, illustrating the twists and turns of monarchical and political whimsy, church and state, and the birth of capitalism. At our current moment of enforced austerity and social reform, Tyburnia explores the parallels between contemporary and historical notions of crime in relation to business and property, the spectacular nature of punishment, and the state’s use of the body as a site for political control.
One of the UK’s most innovative ensembles, Dead Rat Orchestra’s work has been performed, installed and experienced across Europe, North America and the Middle East, and their soundtracks have featured on BBC Television and at Tate Modern. Aside from their own unique performances, they have composed works for performance by the London Contemporary Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, the Ukranian Conservertoire, and collaborated with The Pitt Rivers Museum.
More information at www.facebook.com/events/810952548996534. Tickets available from www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/pindrop-presents-tyburnia-with-dead-rat-orchestra