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Action Time Vision

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We’re happy to announce that following on from winning the Deptford X Fringe 2016 Lewisham Art House prize, Soft Wax have announced their exhibition at the Arthouse in March. 

The exhibition will be open 8th – 19th March, Weds – Sun 12-6pm.


11th March: Preview night @ Lewisham Arthouse 6.30 – 11pm.

18th March: Club night @ The Duke, featuring Tessa (The Slits) and Ras Danny Mosiah.


Action Time Vision is an immersive exhibition that fuses installation, traditional representation and live performance. A.T.V. takes its inspiration from events that happened in the immediate area, over half a decade, starting 40 years ago. Some of these occurrences, like the Battle of Lewisham and the New Cross Fire, were of lasting national significance. However this show also celebrates more parochial phenomena, such as the lasting role of Deptford Street Market in promoting social cohesion.

A similar role has been played by the local independent music scene and that too will be a focus, with particular emphasis on the Sound System scene and Rock Against Racism. The largely moribund technology that was used to consume music and promote alternative ideas back then will also be explored. There will be opportunities to play recorded media on vintage equipment and to produce mix tapes. Fanzines and other expressions of Cultures of Resistance will be celebrated too.

As a reflection of the importance of Rock against Racism concerts and Sound System dances to this cultural milieu, the Preview Night will feature a live show, at the venue, on 11th March. This will feature live bands, specialists DJs and an environment heavily dressed for the occasion. There will be a follow up event on the following weekend, at The Duke, featuring Tessa (The Slits) and Ras Danny Mosiah.

Local Historian Carol Pierre lends her expertise to the show. Contributing visual artists will include: Amanda Knight, Allison Phillips, Fret, Jim Cauty, Other World Arts and Yerman Wax. Sonic contributors will include The Laura Trombone Band, Rebel Sister Sound, Tom Phobic, Waxy and The Ukadelics.


Later Event: March 17
Jala Wahid, Shahmaran