Category Archives: Artists and Installations

Matt Smart

Matt Smart is an artist and sculptor experienced at producing high quality, large scale outside works. Shows include a solo show at The Turrill Sculpture Garden, and he has previously exhibited at Supernormal Festival. Through his work he explores notions on sustainability, and social treatment of tribes, diasporas and gender. He established and ran a South London gallery, exhibiting group and solo shows of artists with clinically diagnosed psychiatric conditions.

Not only will Matt be bringing his installation work to Festival 23, he will also be giving a talk in the 3rd Eye space callled “Dig up a lost princess to make sculptures with molehills”!

Daniel WJ Mackenzie

Daniel W J Mackenzie is a musician and sonic artist who works with varied sound sources and intentions, combining treatments of physical instruments and objects with field recordings and numerous abstraction processes. His work draws on the emotional and psychological crossings where music and non-musical sound meet, resulting in material that can swing quite violently between sombre and intense. His output has taken the form of physical releases on international record labels, plus installations and performances in the UK and wider world.

Jimmy Cauty: The Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP)

Who doesn’t know Jimmy Cauty, right? (Or as we’re Discordians, maybe that should be left..)

A profound activist using his art work as magic to change consciousness at will. A man driven by the sheer ludicrous nature of the world in which we live and using it against itself to create art through challenge and humour. His earliest work was one of the most popular representations of Lord of the Rings ever (yes, THAT one), but he’s best known for teaming up with Bill Drummond and founding the JAMS and the KLF. Since then, he has produced work in a wide range of mediums and he is bringing his most recent piece to Festival 23.

Housed in a 40 ft shipping container, The Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP) is a monumental post-riot landscape in miniature. This dystopian model village is set somewhere in Bedfordshire, where only the police and media teams remain in an otherwise deserted, wrecked and dislocated land – all in 1:87 scale and viewed through peepholes in the side of the container. It started life back in 2011 as a “riot in a jam jar” and grew, and grew, first appearing in its current form at Banksy’s Dismaland, and this year touring riot sites across the UK

We are so happy that he doesn’t think it’s too Grim up North to visit the festival for the weekend, we have some very special things planned around it to shock and delight, make you shudder and think, and most of all to inspire you…
Review of the ADP in The Independent

Puppet Alan Watts & the Future Zen Variety Show

Alan Watts

Puppet Alan Watts is the first in the Future Zen Variety Show, an explosion of fabric cosmic thinkers, which include Tim Leary, William Burroughs and Diane Di Prima.

“A guru or teacher who wants to get this across to somebody, because he knows it himself, and when you know it, you know, you want others to see it too. So what he does is, he gets you into being ridiculous, harder and more assiduously than usual. In other words, if you are in a contest with the universe he’s going to stir up that contest until it becomes ridiculous.”

Co-created by Megan Louise Clifton and Myra Stuart, he’s surprised and made audiences laugh out loud giving talks across the last year, including at Supernormal Festival.

He now has a growing Youtube channel and is working with his co-creators on the next ridiculous steps for his interactions with audiences.

“The real you is not a puppet, which life pushes around. The real deep down you is the whole universe.”
Puppet Alan Watts Youtube channel