MOMUS concert and conversation, curated by Shumon Basar
Discursive Circus Maximus
Date: Monday 31 October 2011
Venue: New Soft Room
Pop-provocateur and cult matinee-idol Momus performs some songs and discourses around the topic of 'Careering'. Initially infamous as Britain's most seditious lyricist, Momus' career trajectory has seen him morph into art critic, compulsive blogger, unreliable tour guide and novelist. By way of Bowie to Adorno to Brecht, Momus will share the career-models that have mattered to him. One Hit Wonders, Burn Outs, Chameleons: can careers be easily categorised? Guests Victoria Camblin (writer, editor 032c), Brian Dillon (author and UK editor of Cabinet) and Zak Kyes (graphic designer, AA art director) will probe different parts of Momus' work-persona, and in turn, shed light on their own practices. This special event inaugurates the New Soft Room, and is organised by Shumon Basar.
Momus is the pseudonym of musician, artist and writer Nick Currie. He has released twenty albums of pop music on independent labels including 4AD, Creation and Cherry Red. He has lived in London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Berlin and currently resides in Osaka. He has also published The Book of Scotlands (Sternberg Press, 2009), The Book of Jokes (Dalkey Archive Press, 2009) and The Book of Japans (Sternberg Press, 2011). As a performance artist he's best known as an Unreliable Tour Guide, telling tall tales in public spaces.
All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.