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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

plant a forest after were gone – new book out now from gobscure / burn

radical photographic self-portraiture accompanied by prose poems from someone in the clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding) group during covid. furthering our solo self-portrait exhibition at at Alma Zevi Venice we focus on details - mainly our scars, coupled with backyard details (mainly growth). tho acknowledging fragility it is intended as beautiful, ...

factshaming : the end of con busters / boris fixed it

satires done.  (for now).  final cut of con busters & boris fixed it are all up, help yrselves. have safe ends ov year. this is ripley signing off from the nostromo

prime minister de-pfeffel plagiarises his salute

prime minister alexander-boris-de-pfeffel-johnsons recent salutes are all plagiarised from world war 2, (dr strangelove would be ...

more unlocksmiths needed : a gift from gobscure

part ov a partnership between DAO & the Museum ov Homelessness (MoH) on the shared DNA ov homelessness & disability – created by associate artist ov both organisations gobscure This collection of artworks is available as a PDF here. on us : we write as burn, perform - exhibit internationally - make ...

drawing of figure sitting cross-legged, with the words & housing contains the words since to the left, and signature of artist gobscure written underneath

& housing contains the word sing: part 4 – love & rage

In the fourth & final article as part ov a partnership between DAO & the Museum ov Homelessness (MoH) on the shared DNA ov homelessness & disability – associate artist ov both organisations gobscure talks love&rage Disability Arts Online · Housing contains the word sing - Article 4 audio these articles are ...

a simplified cartoon of a figure sitting crosslegged with a star in the area above its head. The words 'and housing contains the words sing' are written across the page

& housing contains the word sing: part 3 – healing and justice

In the third of four articles as part ov a partnership between DAO & the Museum of Homelessness (MoH) on the shared DNA ov homelessness & disability – associate artist gobscure discusses healing&justice with homeless arts organisations. Disability Arts Online · Article 3 Housing Contains The Word Sing Audio as with all ...

manyfesto : a gift

during our time channeling fat, mad, bigkid, bisexual dissidence, promoting the right to play & disrupting edinburgh - art festival & all (thanx edinburgh printmakers & futures venture radical art fund) - we worked with a whole bunch to ask questions & come up with a manyfesto : crowdsourcing change ...

con busters comes ov age

what the con party forgot to broadcast loudly was how theyre saving 1.5billion pounds annually just from pensions they dont have to pay to those who have so far died under covid - thats a lot of universal credit £20 continuity payments could be made just from that   gove in ...

black and white photo of a refelction of tree on a rain-soaked path

& housing contains the word sing: part 2

In the second ov four articles as part ov a partnership between DAO & the Museum ov Homelessness (MoH) on the shared DNA ov homelessness & disability – associate artist gobscure discusses Octavia Butlers 'the normals don't survive' Disability Arts Online · Article2 Housing Contains Word Sing this article is about the ...

government to ban laughing

couldnt they pick on someone their own size, say the taliban?

Text based artwork which reads madvert in green against other layered up words

different battle same war 10 – little voice healing

Disability Arts Online · Different Battle Same War 10 burn still plays out. we are calling for little voice healing. war against the planet herself. . our voices, our words, our stories have been weaponised marketised medicalised tony blair's beloved, dangerous personality disorder going through when i was locked up one time, ...

dissident badges for all

thanks Futures Venture radical Independent Arts fund and Edinburgh Printmakers for supporting us in disrupting Edinburgh International Art Festival dissident power rangers (all disabled & all feisty as fuck), misguided tours (make yr own demo), receipt book art & dissident badges for all, & way more - heres some visuals from ...

freedom day

so prime minister alexander boris de pfeffel johnson has succeeded in pinging himself, javid & sunak & all are in isolation as a result.  get in.  tho a few more (gove & patel for starters) could also get pinged, anyone got their #?  meanwhile heres something we prepared earlier    

drawing of a figure with the words '& housing contains the word sing'

& housing contains the word sing: part 1 – hope is a four letter word

In the first of four articles relating to a partnership between DAO and the Museum of Homelessness (MoH) – '& housing contains the word sing ...', associate artist gobscure discusses the shared DNA of homelessness and disability Disability Arts Online · Article1 Housing Contains Word Sing were typing this in our tyneside ...

the con partys endless war part xxx

from boris fixed it satirical cut-ups      

love island / sausage wars : same or different?

in other news county-lines gove asked us to leave him alone at this difficult time

A white person's hands hold a necklace which resembles a doughnut

different battle same war 9: elif shafak, and her strategy, the bisexual pen

Disability Arts Online · different battle same war 9: elif shafak, and her strategy, the bisexual pen rant nine for elif shafak, and her strategy, the bisexual pen. its rainbow month. the year before the pandemonium set in the local supermarket, here on tyneside had pride month in its window. i think ...

political round up

more screengrab couldnt make it ups

Collage of Boris Johnson holding a string of sausages overlaid with headlines Triumphantly Creepy Mail on Sunday, bodies pile high, I have a smaller penis than my girlfriend's

more con busters – bodies pile high

  taken from ongoing con busters

nul points. again

heres a strange spot on some venn diagram

Digital artowrk. Handwritten text overlaid over a photograph of an eye. The text reads outsider re claimer of some languages

Different battle same war 08: wordbomb baby

Disability Arts Online · Different battle same war 08: Word bomb baby Here We Come same battle. different war. rant number eight. wordbomb baby here we come wordbomb baby here we come a wordbomb baby here we come wordbomb baby here we come wordbomb baby here we come wordbomb baby here ...

election results (pretending its satire tho)

more genuine news screengrabs - layered or placed alongside to tell the truth more truthfully - crabs in the bucket prime minister and home secretary, trump & salmond; or for light relief lord sir kier and vegetables

latest con buster

Satirical collage featuring Boris Johnson eating an ice cream under the headlines a new form of crim and the hot vax summer

?can we count on yr vote in the forthcoming

increasingly the put-down line from the cons is 'yr being political'  ...  if yu dont like the state of things.  so for the upcoming elections were attempting to be neutral as the beeb (!) - satire 4 all, have we got the hang ov it?  what dya think??  (couldnt find ...

fragisle – for awkward bastards at home, dash

fragisle from gobscure / burn this commission from dash is part of dash arts awkward bastards at home fragisle. words by burn / visuals -sound - performance by gobscure they say dont work with animals or children, we reply dont work with clockwork animals! how hard can it be to wind-up a bird ...

algorithms were completely banjaxed and as a consequence of that shelves were empty

  our first found-poem from year one of the current pandemonium - no edits, just layerings outta sane-world tm we been sheltering from - 4million+ gove-mental letters for april fools thanking us shielders for our sacrifices (at least hancock-jenrick arent giving us clap), reminding we still shouldnt go out, be around ...

nurse tells p.m. sharp scratch

to mark april fools 2021 c.e. aka the day gove-mentals say were to stop shielding & go out & ... die? more con busters & 'boris fixed it for me' badges are being posted here  

Satirical collage featuring Boris Johnson and Jimmy Saville. It reads Boris fixed it for me. Around the outside it says renovations while NHS workers denied a pay rise

‘boris’ fixed it for me – a new line of medallion

& this is the less nasty of 'em - pm channeling a dodgy dj (to put it mildly) is not a goodlook - heres cut up, alls post satire now (yu want the nastier un's?  theyre at link below

chancellor has a good budget / matt hancock launches nhs zero / pm fat-shames & factshames

yu had a good budget?  us neither.  the chancellor did - but then he is richer than queen, sorry richer than the queen meanwhile matt hancock 'refreshes' his nhs messaging - from nhs hero to nhs zero and the prime-minister manages to fatshame and factshame (first time he's ever multitasked)   con busters is ...

the daily spaff. prototypes 1 & 2

the daily spaff. prototypes 1 & 2. daily briefing from a closet inside drowning street. gut reaction raw-theatre (roar-theatre) improvised to camera, no writing / thinking (very govern-mental). (haircut took a while tho - osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel, dyspraxia, historic bone trauma plus whatever neurologicalweirdness disco-ordinates us more) still with added csl ...

votelove sending all some urgent comms

aka messaging.  meanwhile 'senior labour sauces' urge lord sir kier to 'show some ankle'.  what do they even think this means?  are they with countylines gove?  heres some satire to add to the valentines day mascara / massacre / sheltering in place       

Collage featuring fragile tape, a heart and text which reads heavier than air - how birds soar

different battle same war 07: love and rage on valentine’s day

Disability Arts Online · Different Battle Same War 7 it is valentine’s day, are you with massacre or the mascara?  johnson, the prime minister of drowning street product of a broken home fantasises godfather that bloodbath ending.  as for michael gove, he’s on the record as saying al capone is his ...

love for all curated by gobscure

Dear all, We would like to share a token of our love, curated by gobscure, and brought to life by their diverse crew. recipes for love is a collection of artworks, recipes and letters for you, and those you love. Find them online here: Some of you may have received these offerings ...

learn to love yr madnesses – album of sound-art from gobscure

weve written for dao before about mad sound, a logical response to an insane world. in our rants weve pointed out how 'canon' is the wrong shape - canon is the then foreign secretary (now prime minister) reciting rudyard kipling in a temple in myanmar while the world asks is ...

turn the book around e.p.

4 tracks of sound art culled from many sources longterm including residencies with dash, cesta & our associateship with greyscale theatre leading to touring joey after our worst sectioning (psychiatric prison) we discovered that creative industries had designed / marketed spoonrests. more recently shredder lubrication paper now exists - its sole ...

Satirical collage featuring Boris Johnson having his temperature checked whilst wearing a face mask,

different battle same war 06: grim up north, mutant down south

 Disability Arts Online · Different Battle Same War 06: grim up north, mutant down south rant number six, grim up north, mutant down south. start of 2021 common era and klf are releasing their back catalogue. first time in what 29 years that it's officially grim up north. we overthink drowning ...

provoked 2 madness by the brutality of wealth e.p.

2 track e.p.  from project of the same name, which including touring show of the same name-supported by boost : third angel mentorship scheme in association with sheffield theatres. more dates to come in 2021 c.e. night gale was commissioned by disconsortia 2020 c.e. night gale & her son upon ...

oven-ready illustrated

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 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

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. 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 ...




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. – 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 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 ...


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 ...