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La Peine is the description for a loose collection of artists and activists meeting weekly in the West End. Mark originally started La Peine (approx. translation, ‘TROUBLE’ or ‘SORROW‘ or ‘PENALTY‘) in April 2015 at the Coach & Horses, Greek Street, Soho. Now at the Blue Posts,
22 Berwick Street, Soho
from August 2018, it has a new lease of life!
The amygdala is a part of the brain involved in the processing of emotions such as fear, anger, and pleasure, and the memories of them Tyrell’s nieces
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An organ of record
I suggest, each week, somebody does their own performance, exhibition, talk, exposée…. for the enjoyment and advancement of La Peine
Foundart. Re-working the past into something new
23rd November 2018
Friday, from 4pm, Blue Posts, 22 Berwick Street, Soho
I’ll check with Bill at the Posts before Friday to see if Chris Shaw’s ‘ Soho Zine’ has arrived from Paris for La Peine.
16th November 2018
Friday, from 4pm, Blue Posts, 22 Berwick Street, Soho
The Dream of Human Life
Touch the face of God
Chris Shaw sends the Soho Zine from Paris!.
A moment at La Peine
I’m making a palette of 57 found art images. Each image is a brick, or tessera, in a mosaic of a portrait of my face. A self portrait in found images, to be published later,
The number 57 is a jolly play on words, a jocular reference to Andy’s POP-ular Campbell’s soups and Heinz’s 57 varieties
Andy goes shopping. In practice, to make a reasonable palette to recreate a portrait from found art images, one would have several hundred samples to spot onto a canvas. Janek informed me at La Peine on 9th November that there’s software that can assist me in this labour intensive affair. For the time being, I’m going to start collecting my found art images into groups simply of density of dark colour on the icon; for example, is more dense than so the first represents a black spot e.g. T5 , the second a lighter tessera in the mosaic, e.g. T1 . Clearly, this art idea only works in a real world setting where one can ‘pull back’ from the composite image, like ‘standing back’ from a picture in a gallery.
I’m starting off by grouping my icons into 5 boxes, graded from light to dark, T1 to T5 (T = Tessera). This is not the same as Pointillism, as the neo-Impressionists like Seurat and Signac used it. Pointillism is just spots of colour. My found icons can’t generally be grouped into colours, or hues – only lighter or darker, and the overall area it covers in a text box. The proof will be in the pudding.
Found this site – http://www.clipart.co.uk/ Pretty naff. I’ll avoid using the term ‘clip art’ to describe my technique using found art images! A descriptive term would need to describe two things:
- Building an image out of found images, and using them as building blocks, or tesserae, to form an image in the form of a mosaic. Currently, the individual tessera are icons in text boxes. The border, or frame, of the text box is removed
- The meaning of the image forms a part of the art work. Hence, an area of darkish T4 images like (Scanners, horror) might convey a different feel compared to another T4 image like (Pieta, Madonna and child).
- Combining those two ideas –
– we are made up of genes, we are the sum of our actions –
gives a conceptual background to the art technique I’m developing. Now I need a catchy name. Traditionally, that’s down to the art critics.
57 varieties. Scrap Art.
The software I would ideally want would do the following. Scan in an image. Then, convert that into a Pointillist type image like the tiger but just in black and white, possibly grey tone, dots. The trick is to replace each dot with an image from my collection. This is done by cutting out the dot in Photoshop, then pasting in the icon. The problem is converting the original image into dots.
Using effects software http://goart.fotor.com/pc/ (free):
Behind every proper art movement is an idea behind the art. A different Way of Seeing.
9th November 2018
Friday, from 4pm, Blue Posts, 22 Berwick Street, Soho
PRESENTATION THIS WEEK AT LA PEINE
Adu has always been a great facilitator in artistic projects. When I was starting the legendary Foundry in Shoreditch in 1998, there were many times I went to him – for example, someone to do some work on its interior construction, or artists to exhibit at its launch, etc. Not only did he come up with the goods, but the best! Go to this link, FOUNDRY, SHOREDITCH EC2. These are pictures of the legendary Foundry
Nick and Adu have talked on several projects over these last 11 weeks of La Peine. Nick’s Hawksmoor, Peter Ackroyd script has prompted contacts to Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg, and associates of Mick Jagger, plus a song to which Eddie Tenpole-Tudor has shown interest! See the diary entry for 14th September this year.
Mark wants a discussion on the merits of being listed on Wikipedia, and how it is done in a credible manner.
La Peine title image
We’re nearing the end of the first quarter year of the 2nd evolution of La Peine. I thought the title image, Les Demoiselles D’Avignon, may be a little tired now, and along with the theme of TROUBLE, Guernica sprang to mind. Leave comments on the La Peine facebook group, or email/SMS text me. This is the old image –
and the new one:
Lawrence, in memory of the Turkish war, WW1. Armistice day, this Sunday 11th November
Quite a few apologies for not turning up this week!
Rework some of the clip art tree images, but must keep each image independent, so the overall tree is still malleable in future generations of layers.
Celine & Gina stayed till closing time on Friday 2nd La Peine – well done!
Æthelred the Unready
2nd November 2018
Friday, from 4pm, Blue Posts, 22 Berwick Street, Soho
Thanks Nick for the photos
THE INTERGALACTIC MISSION!
Let’s fly to heaven
....... and steal back our jewels
Walker’s stalk the aisles of Berwick ToyTown
Beethoven’s ‘Ode to joy‘ (click on this) would sound better if played much further away
Cancer ravages your body. Mine was caught mid-stage, so it hasn’t killed me. But the surgically cutting out of my vocal chords by laryngectomy has removed all my vocal communication, and the side effects of the subsequent radiotherapy – hearing, vision, touch, balance, delerium, concentration, taste, appetite, swallowing, … – are severe, and one wonders if it’s all worth it. A sporadic list of the whatnot around the peak of these side effects is at this link, SYMPTOMS 16-10-2018.
Remember? I’m a king, you’re my queen….
….. scampering o’er the Yorkshire, windy barren moors, skittish kitten in my royal finery? Kiss my sad lips Memories of Thornhill Farm when I was 19 years old
Long days, Whitstable beach. Pic above is the Neptune pub, on the beach. Writing the Devil Rides into Soho, toes dangling in the shingle, sauce bottle to my hilt, the battered Honda Civic parked up on Vulcan Drive, long dawdle down to my private Seasalter writing place
I’m having trouble in finding a university master’s level course in ‘How to be a gangster’. Oxford uni do a ‘Gangster films: cinema & media studies’, but I don’t think that’s the training I seek.
I’m going to sort out a way to get stop frame animation I’ve made onto this site.
MOMENTS – IN T I…M E
I can keep dancin’ down Berwick Street till Hell freezes over!
The only time I have ever wanted to pray – i.e. accept there is a higher power – is when I thought I was about to die.
I wonder what it would be like to be a warlord in a famine ravaged land, or a commandant in a concentration camp. Lying in a pile of rotting corpses
My organic 3D printer has gone out of my control; it has made too many copies of me, roaming aimlessly over this planet. I have a concrete bunker, 75 metres underground, and an army of 3 million mice
One drifts all day through one’s memories, without really knowing it. While I’m typing an email for example, my memory of my granny hitching up her pinny while I was 7 years old sleeping on the spare bed, or jumping off the roof when I was 17 for a dare, locked in a police cell on Saville Row 4am in 2005…. All these just wisp by, and we don’t register. Tapestry. So much is going on in our head that we don’t grab
In the movies, we’re seduced into concepts like ‘Revelling in cruelty’, Blinded by rampant sex urge’, innit. But suppose you really are a mad knife wielding murderer? Put yourself in that mindset. Jealous with rage because your best mate shagged your bird? The good virtue of your mother? …. Do you think straight? Pure rage….. but this is the essence of our life…the points at which EVOLUTION occurs in the neurones of our brain!!
So much passes thru our minds that we are barely conscious of… headlong processing of thought…. is there some purpose in these unconscious actions in our brains – maybe 90% of its tasks, invisible – something we simply don’t realise is going on? Amygdala
I propose the invasion of parts of Chinatown, specifically the annexation of western Gerrard Street and lower Wardour Street. To avoid the ‘Yellow Peril’, Sunday lunchtime is best for maximum military engagement. These newly conquered lands will temporarily be termed ‘The New Territories’
Our tanks will have loudspeakers mounted – historically, the playing of mind-bending pieces, such as Mozart’s ‘Nozze de Figaro’ or ‘The Magic Flute’ creates maximal havoc
Above picture: A modified armoured vehicle, suitable for Chinatown’s rugged terrain. Die Zauberflöte (click on this for a rendition). Shown here is the character Papageno, a bird/man. The Queen of the Night is seen to represent the Roman Catholic church, innit
26th October 2018, Friday
The 10th anniversary meeting of the Troublemakers at La Peine!
From 4pm, Blue Posts, 22 Berwick Street, Soho
Janek & Gina are sick, and Ginty’s gone to the Moon. Anne made a special presentation of her new LP, Ecstase …and brought a portable record player and headphones, with a pile of newly pressed vinyl! The record shop next door, Sounds of the Universe, declined to stock it, on the grounds it “was not their thing”!
The power of the word is stronger than sound or picture
“Where you wanna go?” “Sous les pavés, la plage, of course!”
Anne brought her record player to Soho Square on Sunday in the rain. She played her new album Ecstase to wild applause! Porno Paul, Andy and Tony did a jig! Winnie and Piglet stayed at the beach
(Don’t forget – just a few days ago, I was lying in 35 days of excrement, unable to move for 3 days. Unable to eat or drink, constant vomiting)
Wilhelm Reich’s orgone accumulator. A spiritual concept variously described as an esoteric energy or hypothetical universal life force. Orgone was conceived as the anti-entropic principle of the universe, a creative substratum in all of nature. Orgone was closely associated with sexuality: Reich, following Freud, saw nascent sexuality as the primary energetic force of life. William S. Burroughs was a major proponent of orgone research.
“O gentlemen, the time of life is short! And if we live, we live to tread on kings”
Shakespeare, Henry IV, and Guy Debourd, ‘Society of the Spectacle’, and below ‘Leaving the 20th century’ –
I must create a system, or be enslav’d by another man’s. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create—Jerusalem
19th October 2018
This Friday, the meet at the Blue Posts, 22 Berwick Street, Soho from 4pm
Mark has made an illustrated 3 page document which records the peaking of the side effects due to his radiotherapy. This crescendo occurred the previous week. These notes will be available to any members of La Peine at this meeting. Titled ‘SYMPTOMS 16-10-2018‘ (click on this to read it), or ‘Symptoms & consequences of radiotherapy‘, it’s a record of the worst period of my life.
I hope these days of mid-October mark the bottom of the pit to my life,
the year of cancer, 2018
If you can’t attend this Friday but you’d like a copy, facebook message/SMS text/email me.
Adu, Ginty and Nick sent their condolences because they’re sick. Desirée appeared momentarily, dressed in royal finery and riding the fiery winged Pegasus. Tony came for last orders. We must keep going so friends like Anna, Ginty and Gina can get here when working late hours. La Peine – ‘The Friday Meet’ -should be 4 hours minimum!
Anne performing outside the Posts to promote her new album Ecstase. Next performance, Sunday 21st, 3pm Soho Square
Lift the earthly curtain veil to this superficial world, and view the wonders of the Cosmos!
Next week will be Big! Hark this song by Laurel & Hardy (click on ‘song’)
12th October 2018 The next meet of ‘The Troubled’
This anger in the soul has not gone away!
My first book
Dancin’ in the street!
Several of us are very ill
5th October 2018 Part 7
- My old schoolchum Chris mentioned at today’s La Peine that he was reading the book 1984, George Orwell. I thought nothing of that. Anna said she only read ‘essentials’ nowadays
- Later, Paul mentioned to me & Chris that Chris looked like the actor Jonathan Pryce. Paul was not at or overheard the previous conversation. I couldn’t place the actor as a face at the time, but I can see the similarity now I’ve checked.
- The 1985 movie BRAZIL is based on the book 1984. Watch it here: Watch Brazil Online Free Putlocker | Putlocker
- Jonathon Pryce is the star of that movie!
That is weird synchro psychic shit or what?La Peine; she works in wonderful ways!,Tube strikes, inclement weather. Indecent spirits. Mark apologised again for being rubbish
- Adu and Paul arrange a show of ‘Anarchist posters’ at the October gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, WC1. I commented that my father stopped me taking a pile of Situationist posters I found in Paris June, 1968. I was 14 years old – I think my father thought the customs police would think I was a revolutionary. Ha!
- Funding for Soho Foundry took a big step forward with Nick
- Bibi, Mark, Chris and children meet in darkest Carmarthen, South Wales!
Too much is made of smuggling. Across the Channel, the Mexican drug borders, intergalactic cuisine, etc. I propose we should combat the illegal trade in our neighbourhood of pure, uncut PUSSY across Wardour Street, Soho – specifically, the pedestrian crossing outside the abandoned newsagents by Peter Street, near the Soho Foundry. Old ladies are mules to this criminal trade. They carry Pussy (also known as Pee) in trolley load to some clandestine port – probably squirreling the gangs of St. Anne’s tearooms.
28th September 2018
The 6th meeting of the Troubled at La Peine.
The Situationists go to the pub
Mark conveyed his Spirit due to extreme circumstances.
Hangin’ at the Posts
How do we know what we believe to be right, really is right? An eternal question, of course. Surely, that is why we have jurisprudence in a civilised society? But didn’t Hitler believe in himself, and somehow persuaded millions of others? He sincerely believed in his thoughts and actions, that he was doing the right thing. Is it arbitrary, just a perspective – be true to yourself, no matter where the consequences lead you?
How can we trust in faith? Like slaves to another’s beliefs? Unquestioned
Is there a higher power?
How can we turn hatred to love?
21st September 2018
The 5th meet of the radical Troublemakers!
“DO WE HAVE A SCRIPT?”
Despite the inclement weather, the La Peine army grows!
Anne Pigalle’s performance for Performance the film 50th at Powis Square HQ September 12th, discussed at the 4th meet of La Peine: click on –
Mark suggested he demonstrates his yodelling skills. At the next La Peine on 28th September, he will yodel (click on this) Frank Ifield
songs on Berwick Street outside the Blue Posts, backed by an erotic striptease cabaret by Anne Pigalle. Sweetie from the nearby San Moritz club offered to play backup to Anne on his horn.
Nick bonded with Eddie Pillar. Eddie founded Acid Jazz records, at the same time as Mark AKA Charm formed Urban Acid via Polydor.
Mark thanked the group for support in his recent period of lack of concentration & lucidity.
14th September 2018
Gideon exposes his Snaak to the group https://www.snaakshop.com/
The Powis Square showing of Performance on Wednesday 12th was well attended by La Peine enthusiasts, but chaotic. The film’s directed by Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg. Nick’s interest being his forthcoming biography on Nicolas Roeg, on which Adu has offered some contacts. Nick’s script on Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor is also the focus for discussion with Roeg and Cammell. James Fox, lead actor in Performance, also plays Mr Rabbit (or is he/she?), a baddie in the 2013-14 TV series Utopia, which was also discussed in this La Peine. Anne Pigalle on Wednesay
Ginty (not in the below picture of 14th September) remarked she was ‘There’, at the original 1970 Performance filming!
After over 4 hours, I was feeling pretty grotty, so I made my apologies early.
Next week’s turnout looks good – maybe we’ll need a bigger venue!
Yo may also be inrerested in perusing:
- SOHO FOUNDRY – events centre and arts hub
- BERWICK STREET COMMUNITY GROUP – community activities coordination
7th September 2018. The 3rd meet of The Troublemakers of La Peine!
Today was also a day of celebration for Mark, as he had just completed a 6 week course of radiotherapy. This daily regime leaves one feeling pretty rough due to a whole bunch of side effects, which includes not being able to eat. But fluids are OK, as long as the morphine’s on tap! Pictured here is Mark’s new sex-chum (the blue one on the left), the mask used in the treatment. Hours of fun await back home!
The radiation seems to be changing me in some unforeseen ways ……. It’s a tough life being a Superhero
2nd September 2016. In just two meetings, La Peine produced a flurry of interaction on many projects.
Per ardua ad astra – “Through adversity to the stars”!
• Soho Pop-up galleries. A coordinated approach to short term licenced use of shops and other space in the West End, which is awaiting a new longterm leaseholder.
• Placing of songs with specific cowriters and publishers
• Food for homeless in Ladbroke Grove
• Strategy in NHS workplace disputes
• Gossip about recent, local art shows
• A personal contact with an A-list celebrity with a view to an interview for a biography on a well known film director