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Stabbing Les release their first video at The Northern Charter. The event starts at 7pm with a Champagne reception. The screening of the video will be followed by a performance by Stabbing Les.
7:00pm – Champaign reception
7:30pm – Video Screening
7:40pm – Stabbing Les performance
About Stabbing Les
“There is no future in original music.”
Stabbing Les straddle the boundary of performance art, cover band and unfulfilled aspiration. This fictional band believes that the clearest way to reach an audience is through the work of others. Where audiences go to see virtuosity in performance, Stabbing Les deliver gloriously shambolic failure. In the same way that the teenager singing into their mirror believes that they are hitting every high note; Stabbing Les put every ounce of passion they have into their work and hope to achieve the level of their heroes. Like the first round contestants of X-factor they fall short massively to the amusement of their judges, but like the masses culled from the talent shows, they fail for us so we the audience do not have too. This is recorded so we can relive their failure over and over again, and in keeping with this practice the band have a dedicated team of documenters filming and photographing them during their performances.
When & Where
The Northern Charter
The Northern Charter is a new space for contemporary art in Newcastle upon Tyne. The Northern Charter is an artist-led organisation and we provide spaces for artists and art organisations to make, show and curate contemporary art.
The Northern Charter is based in Commercial Union House in Newcastle city centre. We have created thirteen workspaces and a project space within this purpose built office building.
The Northern Charter is developing a public programme of events that will support and encourage thinking and talking about contemporary art. Our project space is a large and flexible creative space and will be used for performances, talks, screenings and other events.
We aim to create a unique discursive programme within Newcastle upon Tyne. We will draw on the networks and interests of our members to create a programme that connects to other creative practices and places.
The Northern Charter programme will be outward looking and ambitious. We will be a place for discussion, production and exchange. We will show art but will not present a programme of exhibitions.
Our programme launches this Autumn and will include the 2012 Jarman Awards screening, in partnership with CIRCA Projects, and a performance lecture by Glasgow-based artist Stephen Sutcliffe.