Welcome to the Ausform Micro-Fest 2015, a 4 day burst of progressive performance, live music, parties and discussions in Bristol.
Here you can find a break down of the Mirco-Fest day by day over the 25-28 November 2015.
Micro-Fest Pass/£25 (early bird)/£35 (full price)/entry to all events/get them here
WEDNESDAY 25th NOVEMBER
*venue & time*
Join us at our festival hub to raise a glass, hear some speeches and launch this year’s Micro-Fest together including a first sneak peak at Poem Baker’s exhibition: Hymns From The Bedroom and two exclusive video works from Alexandra Moon-Age and Jenkin Van Zyl.
THURSDAY 26th NOVEMBER
THORNY AND AUSFORM PRESENT | MANY MONIKA + SUPPORT
21:30 | CUBE Microplex, Dove St S, Avon, Bristol BS2 8JD | £6
It’s prom night, and no one has a date, but everyone is a queen.
THORNY joins Ausform in sabotaging school graduation and liberating the angst which has simmered over a long, arduous year, marked by the explosion of one tragic confetti cannon. Join us at The Cube as the whining drag punkette Many Monika crashes the party with her band to bring you her show of DIY melancholy. With support from Tear Jerk, headmistress Isadora Vibes and prom-gone-wrong queen Roxytocin.
This is the moment where the outsiders take centre stage.
THORNY is a live music night in Bristol, which aims to give a voice to queer artists in the city. Known as the weirdest punk show in the West, we often showcase stranger work from sound, performance and visual artists, to allow everyone to unchain their inner freak
FRIDAY 27th NOVEMBER
MICRO-FEST: DOUBLE BILL | MAXI MORE | IMMA/MESS
19:30 | Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, Bristol, Avon BS2 0NW | £10: General, £8: Concession
A double bill of opulent drag performance that finds beauty in the grotesque and glamour in the trash.
Both regulars on the London cabaret circuit, drag queens Maxi More and IMMA / MESS present an evening of playful performance made up just for the Micro-Fest, followed by a rare insight into the ideas behind their work as we invite them to speak about what inspires them and take questions.
Expect dance, lipsync, intellectual discussion and sickening wigs.
Maxi More is a London based performance artist who uses play, make believe, fabrics and fibers to break free from the limitations of contemporary identity.
IMMA / MESS is a ballet trained performer from NYC, coming to Bristol for the first time. IMMA uses movement as a way to give the intangible a physical presence.
SOCIAL MUSCLE CLUB
21:00 | THE ISLAND, Nelson St, Bristol BS1 2LE |£5
Back by popular demand!
What do you want to receive? What do you have to offer?
Social Muscle Club rolls into town with an everlasting promise of colourful cabaret, unexpected connections and chaos. Inspired by a Sheffield Workers’ Club, SMC was born and raised in Berlin and had its international debut during Ausform Micro-Fest 2014 in Bristol. It has since ventured to Basel (CH), Marseille (FR) & Munich (DE).
Don your dancing wig and put your best high-heeled foot forward and join us to train those all-important Social Muscles.
SATURDAY 28th NOVEMBER
BÉTON BRUTE by Rachael Clerke
19:30 | CUBE Microplex, Dove St S, Avon, Bristol BS2 8JD | £10: General, £8: Concession
TONIGHT! Somewhere in a great European megacity, somewhere on the cusp of a new era, a middle-aged architect hosts the last ever episode of life-as-we-know-it. And let’s face it: when it comes down to it, it’s just portland cement, water, aggregate, air and the proletariat VS The Man.
A satirical drag eulogy for a world past its use-by-date.
Hosted by washed up default man/proto-god figure Archibald Tactful, and accompanied by anti-virtuoso drag king punk house band The Great White Males – Béton Brute is a gratuitously sleazy and joyfully noisy critique of alpha-masculinity and the built environment.
‘Eric Pickles meets Pussy Riot. Phenomenal polemic against penis-propelled planning.’
‘excellent…more performance like this please – louder louder louder’
‘like a concrete kiss’
Rachael Clerke is a young woman artist based in Bristol who likes dressing up as wealthy older men. Her last show How to achieve redemption as a Scot through the medium of Braveheart featured Alex Salmond, Mel Gibson and Donald Trump and won the Ideastap Underbelly Award in 2014.
AFTERPARTY | PRESENTED WITH BEACONS, ICONS AND DYKONS
To celebrate the 2015 Ausform Micro-Fest and BID’s 5th Birthday event, a screening of Pink Narcissus, these two Bristol buddies have joined forces to create a hyper-real night of music, dancing and hit & run performances.
Release your inner narcissist, come as your hyper-self and indulge in your own reflection – as we finish off at our festival HUB, for a detox from the mundane.
Expect vivid colours, fabulations and a disco soundtrack.
THROUGHOUT THE MICRO-FEST
HYMNS FROM THE BEDROOM by Poem Baker
Ausform is proud to present an exhibition of documentary photographs by Poem Baker. This series of intimate portraits provides a peek into the bedrooms of people Poem met on the streets of London. Running throughout the festival, Hymns from the Bedroom explores the border between public and private personas.
From the artist:
‘I’m enthralled by the transformative nature of portraiture in its power to both mask and lay bare the human persona.
‘Hymns from the Bedroom’ is a personal journal of friends and people I’ve encountered whilst wandering around London looking for inspiration.
These candid, intimate and sometimes subversive portraits also explore related themes of gender, sexuality and relationships, particularly in a sub-cultural context. One of the main catalysts for developing this series of portraits, and the living thread that runs throughout this work, are the relationships I develop with my subjects.
I photograph these people again and again, noticing and capturing subtle nuances in their characters, which naturally seep through into the pictures and deepen my ongoing perspective.’
Poem Baker is a self-taught photographer based in London, interested in shooting based on instinct. Poem works as a freelance photographer after a 10 year career in theatre and performance art.