An evening of brutality, political gymnastics, and over-amplification in the English heretical tradition.
Since the 1970s, Stewart Home has been “a one-man awkward squad whose adventures in perverse outsiderdom” place him within an “English heretical tradition,” according to Frieze. Home, who lives in London, began as a zine writer and punk musician, and later evolved into a theorist, novelist, and filmmaker. His work is preoccupied with subterranean Londons and countercultural movements; relies on appropriation and collage; flits between fiction, autobiography, satire, and theory; and feeds on transgression. Of his novel Down and Out in Shoreditch and Hoxton (2004), Kathy Acker wrote: “A repellent, sick psychodrama that is sadistic, morally reprehensible and has no redeeming features whatsoever. I loved it!”
My One Flesh is organized on the occasion of the reprinting of Stewart Home’s Defiant Pose (1991) by Penny-Ante Editions on the twenty-fifth anniversary of its first publication. Defiant Pose hijacks the narrative formulas of Richard Allen’s 1970s pulp novels, which chronicle the lives of London’s fascistic and nihilistic skinheads, to stage a merciless takedown of the political posturing and warring ideologies of Thatcher-era England. Among Home’s targets are neo-Nazi dolts and au courant radicalism, art-world denizens and smug literary mavericks. Home invites readers “to know (and understand) their enemy.”
Following Home’s presentation and reading, he’ll be joined in discussion by writer Sukhdev Sandhu. Copies of Defiant Pose, with a new introduction by McKenzie Wark and afterword by Home, will be available for purchase.
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Triple Canopy’s venue is located at 264 Canal Street, 3W, near several Canal Street subway stations. Our floor is accessible by elevator (63" × 60" car, 31" door) and stairway. Due to the age and other characteristics of the building, our bathrooms are not ADA-accessible, though several such bathrooms are located nearby. If you have specific questions about access, please write at least three days before the event and we will make every effort to accommodate you.
- Stewart Home is an English artist, filmmaker, writer, pamphleteer, art historian, activist, and internationally acclaimed author. Home’s writings include Pure Mania (Polygon, 1989), Defiant Pose (Peter Owen Publishers, 1991; Penny-Ante Editions, 2016), Slow Death (Serpent’s Tail, 1996), 69 Things To Do With A Dead Princess (Canongate, 2002), Tainted Love (Virgin Books, 2005), Memphis Underground (Snowbooks, 2007), and Mandy, Charlie & Mary-Jane (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013). Between 2007 and 2010, Home was the commissioning editor of Semina, a series of acclaimed experimental novels from London art publisher Book Works, to which he contributed Blood Rites of the Bourgeoisie (2010). He was born and continues to reside in London.
- Sukhdev Sandhu directs the Colloquium for Unpopular Culture at New York University and is the author of Night Haunts: A Journey Through the London Night. He also writes for Bidoun, the Wire, the Guardian, and many other publications.