Visual arts

Date: Fri 13 June - Sun 15 June

Time: 11:00

Venue: South London Gallery

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Studyroom: FREE ENTRY

Talk: Friday 13 June, 19:00, £3/£5

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This new live work by Bonnie Camplin takes the form of a study room exploring what is ‘consensus reality’ and how it is formed. Drawing from an interdisciplinary array of materials and theories, from physics to philosophy, psychology, witchcraft, quantum theory and warfare, The Military Industrial Complex examines the anxieties caused by the categorisation of lived experiences as valid or deviant, questioning how the actual locus of madness is located and identified.

The project is accompanied by a public conversation between artist Bonnie Camplin, artist and researcher John Cussans and David Luke, Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich.


Bonnie Camplin's practice, which she broadly describes as the Invented Life, has included eight years as a para-theatrical producer, director, dancer and performer of experimental club nights in Soho London as well as work across the disciplines of drawing, film and video, performance, music and writing. She has shown in London and internationally, and her work has included collaborations with artists Enrico David, Mark Leckey, Lucy McKenzie and Paulina Olowska. She has lectured at Goldsmiths London, The Ruskin School Oxford, University of Manchester, The Architectural Biennale Venice and has participated in jury work at the  AA London. She was Guest Professor of the Film-Class at Städelschule Frankfurt from 2008 to 2010. Most recent projects have been devising and leading a workshop on the metaphysics of surveillance at Hayward Gallery London as part of the Wide Open School project as well as a solo show No More Car Sick at Cabinet London. She is currently a Lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College.

John Cussans is an artist, writer, independent researcher and educator. His doctoral thesis, Revolting Subjects and Epidemic Disorder, completed in 1995, explored the video-nasty controversy in the UK from a critical perspective derived from the writings of Georges Bataille. In 2001 he co-founded the Bughouse, an international arts project based on the writings of Philip K. Dick which culminated in Project VALIS (2002) and The Ideoplasmic Congress (1973-2005). In December 2009 and 2011 he participated in the Ghetto Biennale in Haiti and began a number of joint projects with a local video collective called Tele Geto. He is currently working a book project, Undead Uprising: Haiti, Horror and the Zombie Complex, which examines how misrepresentations of Haitian history and culture have impacted international foreign policy towards the country.

David Luke completed his PhD on the psychology of luck in 2007, and is now Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich where he teaches an undergraduate course on the Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience, and is also guest lecturer on the MSc in Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies at the University of Northampton. He was President of the Parapsychological Association between 2009-2011 and as a researcher he has a special interest in transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, having published around 100 academic papers in this area. Dr Luke is co-editor of Talking with the Spirits: Ethnographies from Between the Worlds (Daily Grail, 2014) and Breaking Convention: Essays in Psychedelic Consciousness (Strange Attractor, 2013), and is also coauthor of the undergraduate textbook Anomalistic Psychology (2012, Palgrave Macmillan). Luke is also sirector of the Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness salon at the institute of Ecotechnics, London, and is a cofounder and director of Breaking Convention: Multidisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness. He has studied techniques of consciousness alteration from South America to India, from the perspective of scientists, shamans and Shivaites, but increasingly has more questions than answers.


The Visual Arts programme is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. 

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