Coming soon:: Extreme Rituals: A Schimpfluch Carnival

Rudolf & Joke Lanz : Akustische Aktion (Essen)

Next week (30 November - 2 December), I'll be heading over to Bristol to take part in

Extreme Rituals: A Schimpfluch Carnival


a three-day series of performances, talks and more devoted to the legacy of the Swiss performance group Schimpfluch.

The event takes place in the

Arnolfini, Bristol

and is presented by

Sound and Music

in partnership with Arnolfini,

Tusk Music


Harbinger Sound


Second Layer Records


The Live Art Development Agency


The Extreme Rituals carnival is a long-overdue retrospective and a celebration of Schimpfluch. Through an extensive programme will highlight the influence Schimpfluch has had since the late 80s, with audiences treated to a selection of performances, sound-installations, films, photographs and contextualising panel discussions. Alongside core Schimpfluch acts such as Runzelstirn & Gurgelstøck, Sudden Infant, G*Park and Dave Phillips this carnival weekender features rare UK appearances by international guest artists such as Hijokaidan's Junko Hiroshige, GX Jupitter-Larsen, Phurpa and Vagina Dentata Organ.

Rejecting any given norm and genre, tearing down mental barriers, unlocking all gates to the nether regions of the human psyche, their celebrated work aims to unlock an awareness of existence and encourages the audience to 'get off the plane of miseducated adulthood'.

Founded in Zürich in 1987, Rudolf created Schimpfluch, a platform for extreme and outsider artists and the generation of highly disturbing and irritating audio/visual works. Gradually expanding to the Schimpfluch-Gruppe art-collective, and Joke Lanz have since channelled grotesque humour into an ongoing series of confrontational radio broadcasts, physically demanding performances, ‘abreaction plays’ and ‘psycho-physical tests and trainings’.

On Friday, I'm landing and jumping straight into a panel discussion entitled Sound/Music/Noise in Performance Art. Chaired by Thomas John Bacon,other panelists include Ron Athey, Leif Elggren and Holly Ingleton.

Friday will also be disrupted with a number of guest performances from myself, Junko, Doreen Kutzke and Ute Waldhausen!

I'll also be performing solo on the Saturday, alongside a bill of Trevor Wishart, Vagina Dentata Organ, Joachim Montessuis, Sudden Infant and Runzelstirn and Gurgelstøck.

There are too many interesting things to list here so be sure to check out thefull programme over at Apart from a full weekend of Schimpfluch artists and friends, Doreen will be giving a workshop in 'extreme yodeling', Chris Sienko leads a discussion on the history of Schimpfluch as well as a panel discussion on 'Confrontational and Transgressive Strategies Within Noise Music', feat. GX Jupitter-Larsen, Dave Phillips and Mike Dando! Rare Schimp. films, installations, performances from Alice Kemp & a fully stocked Second Layer on site!

I really can't wait.

Embedded below is a great Soundart Radio show recently put together bySteve 'MuhMur' Cammack. (

MuhMur SoundArt Broadcast. 15/11/2012 by Steve Cammack on Mixcloud

Anseo, Dublin. May 2009