An event commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Final Academy is being organized for October in London. Press release:
FINAL ACADEMY / 2012, October 27th, The Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury, London. (http://www.thehorsehospital.com/
) 8pm. Tickets: £8/£7.50 adv.
This event honours The Final Academy which took place in London 30 years ago this October, and which featured William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, 23 Skidoo, and Psychic TV.
The original 1982 Final Academy was organised by Genesis P Orridge, Roger Ely, and David Dalton. Says Joe Ambrose: "The 2012 Academy seeks to pay homage to, and enhance, the spirit of wild experimentation which informed the thinking of the original organisers."
Organised by Joe Ambrose, FINAL ACADEMY / 2012 will feature :
The movie Words of Advice; On the Road with Willam BurroughsLanguage Virus by Raymond Salvatore Harmon with music by Philipe Petite, William Burroughs, 1914-1997 by Gerard Malanga. Spoken word performance by Scanner and others.
FINAL ACADEMY / 2012 wll be marked by the publication of Academy 23, an anthology edited by Matthew Levi Stevens featuring Jack Sargeant, Joe Ambrose, Gerard Malanga, Emma Doeve, Paul Green, and John Balance (Coil).
Soundtrack for the event provided by Testing Vault, Plague Doctors featuring DJ Mix by DJ Raoul, Islamic Digger No1. One Way, Alma featuring Joe Ambrose.
Words of Advice ( Dir. Lars Movin, Steen Møller Rasmussen) features previously unseen footage of Burroughs on tour in the late 80s, plus rare home movies of Burroughs in Kansas towards the end of his life. Contributors include Patti Smith John Giorno, Islamic Diggers, and Bill Laswell.
Scanner is one of the leading electronic musicians of his generation. In 2004 he was commissioned by Tate Modern to create their first sonic art work. He is a contributing editor to kultureflash.net
Raymond Salvatore Harmon is a distinguished American graffiti atist, painter, and filmmaker. Utilizing new media, urban art, and interactive architecture in coordination with public performance, graffiti style ad bombing, and web based social engineering Harmon's work has carved out an over arching form of contemporary media insurgency.
Gerard Malanga was, according to the New York Times "Warhol's most important associate." A poet and photographer, Malanga's best known photographs feature his friends Iggy Pop, William Burroughs, and Bob Dylan.
Joe Ambrose directed the movie Destroy All Rational Thought featuring William Burroughs and co-prodced the album 10% featuring Marianne Faithfull, John Cale, Paul Bowles, William Burroughs, and Scanner.
If anyone goes, please report back.