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writer-performer-artist asking questions & offering creative resistances internationally & virtually. ''an amazingly light touch with very serious and important topics, giving your audience space to experience your work and concerns in such an intimate way. i find your work relevant, poetic and so original.'' Alma Zevi Venice

Posts by gobscure

Illustration of a hyena representing Mary Wollstonecraft the words mad, bad, rad, bi written across its chest.

different battle same war #5: hyena in petticoats

Disability Arts Online · different battle same war #5 hyena in petticoats this rants adapted from hyena in petticoats - our ongoing multi-art-form living memorial to mary wollstonecraft.  more is now out thanks to a commission from together! 2020 disability history month.  this new work includes performance-to-camera - a lockdown demo ...

hyena in petticoats

online exhibition / screening / album - from 19 nov, 7pm commissioned by together 2020 disability history month festival - film, online exhibition, e-zine of art / writing / activities because mary wollstonecraft wz bad, rad, bi, mutha, internationalist, feminist before the word, a writer & mad - she, disabilities included - ...

theatre that should blow your mind (british theatre guide)

review on british theatre guide website by Helen Brown yu can’t start revolutions sitting on yr arse - by gobscure bilingual - BSL and spoken-english War declared against homeless. We have heart. Unlike Drowning Street. Tears in rain. Well written, well observed, well directed, well performed. It’s written by gobscure, an Artistic Associate with ...

eton mess – aka all yu need to know ever

it is full lockdown minus shielding letters (did yu get yrs - we didnt get ours either) but with students free to roam (no offence on students) plus prime-minister-whose-surname-is-yank-slang-for-penis-and-he-is-afterall-born-there got out the unbranded correction oh-so-white fluid (theres a blob round goves nose as we speak) and erased the word lockdown ...

Artwork done on cardboard with a clenched red fist and the words you can't start revolutions sitting on your arse painted in black

yu cant start revolutions sitting on yr arse

yu can't start revolutions sitting on yr arse bilingual film (BSL and english) written by gobscure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McpCrI7SjqI us on homelessness, love&rage

what did yu do in ‘the good war’ – um, satire

folks will have seen some of these previously across the course of the eugenics campaign against us - 'a good war' is collectively online see below.  heres some recent ones from series 'make orange great again' and series 'operation save face'.  love&rage   https://www.flickr.com/photos/joey1981/albums/72157713580127022

Black and white photograph of a form on stage in silky material

different battle same war 4: learning to soar with Dave Toole

Disability Arts Online · different battle same war 4: learning to soar with Dave Toole we had intended to record a different rant. we were going to talk about the governmentals' beta, as in betamax, careers advisory service that's just gone online. we were going to tell you that about we ...

Album cover featuring drawn red flowers and text which reads punk, used to light fuses (especially fireworks) zoonpolitikon (political-animal) gobscure 20 c.e..

zoonpolitikon (political-animal) – new album from gobscure

a punk is literally a smoulder-stick used to light fireworks, Serj Tankians talking armenia (Elif Shafaks big system of a down fan and she's amazing new words out), while napalm deaths a bellyful of salt and spleen in ever-howl against injustice powerful as ever, meanwhile 'playlist curators' chat 'how death ...

‘moving, powerful, eloquent’

what slung low said of the premiere in leeds of gobscures latest solo show 'provoked to madness by the brutality of wealth.'  the art and album (gobscure is a multiaward winning sound artist too thanks to 2 awards from sound&music) was previously seen in art of protest group exhibition organised ...

two artworks made of hand-painted text on a black background

disconsortia: a time 2 grow

as part of a series of artistic responses from the artist-led initiative disconsortia, based in the north-east and supported by Disability Arts Online through our D4D project, gobscure posts a duo of images reflecting on the collective. these artworks are made on a black background with multicoloured liquid chalk markers. the left-hand ...

DIgital artwork featuring a photograph of the monument to Earl Grey in Newcastle. Long text to one sid eof the image. Crime scene tape is superimposed over the monument.

different battle same war, the third

Disability Arts Online · different battle same war the third this text is adapted from what we wrote for the zine thats part of our show called provoked 2 madness by the brutality of wealth. in the show everyone gets a free copy of the zine and a piece of crimescenetape ...

Collage showing the definition of money shot, next to the crossed out word moonshoot. It also features Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster and Boris Johnson in a mask and surgical gloves

prime-ministerial moneyshot

Photograph of a posh suit shot through a shop window, you can see the reflection of the hand of the person taking th ephotograph

different battle same war 2: the ligatures of austerity

Disability Arts Online · Different Battle Same War 2: the ligatures of austerity different battle same war. number two. there is one bad word out there we've been talking about for a while, austerity. it seemed to disappear about the time that dave cameron did. slaver dave cameron invented schools czars ...

if the prime minister will keep on making historic salutes

then we can only remind folks

govern-mentals media strategy – really is ‘throw a dead cat on the table’

govern-mentals media strategy really is 'throw a dead cat on the table', they talk about it publicly (no one asks who supplied drowning street with the corpses) -

inspired by Museum of Homelessness

our new online work - inpired by Museum of Homelessness (where we are also artistic associate - another part of our lived experiences) - a blue sky idea for arts&heritage talks about the realities of homelessnesses today and how the 1824 vagrancy act is still used to harrass.  the fee ...

Text based art work, the words love and rage are written in a heart, which is overlaid on layers of illegible text

different battle, same war 01

different battle, same war. 2020 - 2022 c.e. Disability Arts Online · Different Battle Same War 01 rants have long been (dis)honourable art. as artistic associate of dao 2020 c.e. - 2022 c.e. weve decided to record 20 ov 'em, likely monthly, and hopefully at the end in a pamphlet. we pick ...

Person wearing a paper hyena mask, and dress made of paper, whilst a woman with a walking stick sits next to them on a park bench

social-distancing solved by mad, bad, rad, bi, mutha, internationalist, & feminist-b4-that-word-wz-built mary wollstonecraft

curious arts (north-east lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + arts organisation) supported audioqueer episode 6 out now.  https://vimeo.com/432449130 nearly an hour of gobskewerings on creative resistances. including hyena in petticoats performance that solves social-distancing - prototypes presented at mac birmingham (thanks 2 mike and all at dash 4 awkward bastards i ...

Photograph of white non-binary person holding up a candle next to an image of an older white male in a picture frame

on drowning street erasing the d-word (disability) under covid19

recently received a northern broadsides digital squad commission - the 3 mazer films have now gone live alongside interviews. mazer are about multiple things - including how since covid19 drowning street declared eugenics and also disappeared the d-word (disability) so we are literally erased. (were writing from north of hadrians ...

reflecting on racist killers

  some Killer Mike here: Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike and El-P Talk Police, Rioting, White Privilege and ‘RTJ4’ some Audrey Lorde here: The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle The Master's House much love&rage to yu's all

in these arms riots love

since 1981 we've tried talking about growing up being called psycho - 2 other friends with similarly 'colourful' names - joey deacon went on blue peter and b4 joey even became term of abuse they got in first reclaiming it and we went 'yu can do that with words?!' blowing ...

more welshpoppies

welshpoppies break all binaries - and will tour alongside banner, soundscapes, pop-up exhibition, film, publication and spokenword performance plus participation - making quick public art giving voice to all - this is waters of life. spent 37 years trying to get this heard - at last getting there. afon wysyg ...

more welsh poppy advice

part of project 78 miles long that takes in site of britains last insurrection (citizens of casnewydd / newport have added to date into that writing on their walls)

colour drawing of a poppy with a banner

welshpoppies break all binaries

more to be said creatively on welshpoppies - lengths of afon wysg / river usk, keeping us alive many times - they arent 'war-rememberings' or 'pain-relievings' but childhood wavings from b4 ...

Hand holding three marbles

decomposing: a rumination on the art canon, ‘mad sounds’ and ‘bandwidth’ by gobscure

Artist gobscure takes us on a meandering journey through their recent exploits in composition and sound art ('mad sound,' as they call it), sending up the notions of the art 'canon' and suggesting an alternative via the concept of 'bandwidth' along the way. gobscure writes in colloquial parlance, eschewing the ...

photo of a label attached to a window

red tape … saving lives since … ?

mad, bad, rad, bi, mutha, feminist-b4-the-word, internationalist, pamphleteer mary wollstonecraft was written off as 'hyena in petticoats' for all the above. a hyena in petticoats is currently at work - allowing folks to write across their skirts as theyre sung to from behind a hyena-mask.  theres way more to hyenas ...

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axe-throwing as a first date

screengrabbing 'news', this is post-satire, all as is, we just layer them up / comment.  posters online Axe throwing as a first date. www.flickr.com/photos/joey1981/albums/72157705579749464 – faves still trumps husband coming out against trump

A man sits on a chair on stage

Neal Pike tells his story of life in an S.E.N. school in the 1990s.

Neal Pike brought his first full-length spoken word show to Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle from 13th-17th November. Five Years tells the story of Neil's experience of attending a special educational needs school in the 90’s. Reflections by gobscure Neal started writing and performing with Nottingham-based Mouthy Poets a few years ago, but it ...

Collage with images of Trump and May. On the left Trump is signing a document with the words ‘wall, patio, internment camp and mojos’ on it. Next is a photo of Trump and May holding up two fingers with the caption: Image gobscure: "The government I lead will be driven by the interest of the privileged few: up yours!"

The government I lead…

black and white digital image with scratched words:

words are weapons & we’re at war

presentation at celf for muriau - mental health & arts festival wales, gobscure 2017 given words before mam died, she told stories which we still carry, helpin us find ... born with language, languages, language-sings but mostly these are taken - education, society, media, law, politics, family, genders, sexualities, ethnicities, class, ...

Image of a head with several rooms in which tortuous acts are visualised as a metaphor for everything we're not allowed to say about our oppression by the powers that be

is hearing the voice durhams uncritical promoting ov eugenicist awarded medal by göring cooool?

godwins laws some internet-saying as discussion grows anything will end compared to hitler but hearing the voice durham do include writings ov eugenicist given medal by göring in their current exhibition / online & completely without context & so am questioning this facts matter despite what were increasingly told: exhibition - ...

abstract image with the text 'too much poetrys middle ov the ode' from an e-book by sean burn,

Black and white abstract image of white pipe cleaners against a black background

gobscure: who can’t speak about voices?

gobscure posts a recorded presentation responding to hearing the voice durham and their current poor commissioning policy around hearing voices & arts https://audioboom.com/posts/5298051-who-cant-speak-about-voices who can't speak about voices?  visualise whose not in this chair ... (stand, place chair centre-stage, walk behind audience) sometimes soundbite, bullet-point, tweet arent enough lets start with war photography. which really ...

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digital artowork by sean burn featuring the words 'dedicated suppliers of Labour old and new'

Sean Burn: Chilcot Remix (terra)

Brand new remix of an old text (with soundscapings) in response to the Chilcot report on Tony Blair's war crimes. #seanburn, #spokenword, #chilcotreport, #tonyblairwarcrimes chilcot remix. 8'37''. 2016. i lost my way. twelve years underground, isolation, different names, a lost self. i had arrived at a deeply wrong way of responding to ...

photo of playwright with a nut in his hand

three wee brexit rapid-response plays

sean burn is a tyneside-european playwright & gobscure is associate company ov greyscale theatre He sent this piece in to DAO exonerating us to please perform / improv(e) these widely as possible, add to, argue over, love & rage! p.s. exit (from brexit) aint anglo-saxon but latin make my day punk (wouldnt yu love ...