Rest matters to everyone. Its presence, absence and quality affects mind, body, culture and society. Rest & its discontents explores the dynamics of rest, stress, relaxation, sound, noise, work and mindwandering in an evolving laboratory of moving image, performance, drawing, poetry, data, sound, music and debate.
Rest & its discontents features the work of over 25 contributors including Nina Garthwaite’s radio for mind wanderers Default Mode Radio Network; Christian Nold’s audio installation and noise-monitoring network Prototyping a new Heathrow Airport; Tamarin Norwood’s video Sleep Studies I–V; and Patrick Coyle’s thirty-nine floating solar-powered objects alluding to the categories of labour prohibited on the Sabbath.
SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER, 14.00–16.30 | Free event. Tickets available from Wellcome Collection
Reading Room, Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond and celebrity guests reveal the results of the largest ever survey on rest.
MINDWANDERING: GOOD FOR THE MIND?
TUESDAY 4 OCTOBER, 19.00–20.30 | Free event. Tickets available from Eventbrite
Psychiatrist Philip Asherson, radio producer Nina Garthwaite, literary scholar Shannon McBriar and psychologist Joydeep Bhattacharya discuss mind-wandering. Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.
THURSDAY 6 OCTOBER, 18.00–21.00 | Free event.
Late exhibition opening, with live poetry and performance from James Wilkes, Emma Bennett and Ella Finer from 19.00.
HUBBUB AT KINGS PLACE
FRIDAY 7 OCTOBER, 20.00–21.30 | £6.50 | Tickets available from King’s Place
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Rest, noise, activity and stillness explored through contemporary composition, improvisation, performance and film by Antonia Barnett-McIntosh, SJ Fowler and Phil Minton, Tamarin Norwood, Emma Bennett, James Wilkes, James Weeks, Bill Thompson and EXAUDI.
RECLAIMING OUR LIVES
WEDNESDAY 12 OCTOBER, 18.00–21.00 | Free event. Tickets available from Eventbrite
Activists, artists and academics debate anti-work politics and practice. With Ray Filar, David Frayne, Vera Weghmann, Paulo Plotegher, Boycott Workfare, Job-de-Centre and Mental Health Resistance Network.
THURSDAY 13 OCTOBER, 19.00–20.30 | | Free event. Tickets available from Wellcome Collection
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
Broadcaster and writer Claudia Hammond, sociologist Farzana Dudhwala, researcher Phoebe Moore and sports journalist Vassos Alexander discuss the impact of the Quantified Self movement.
THE MEDITATIVE RESPONSE
SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER, 14.30–15.30 | Free event. Tickets available from Eventbrite
Workshop led by composer, percussionist and poet Eugene Skeef using rhythmic meditation to create a collective experience akin to the ‘relaxation response’. Introduced by historian Ayesha Nathoo.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE: ANTI-WORK CABARET
WEDNESDAY 19 OCTOBER, 19.30–21.30 | Free event. Tickets available from Eventbrite
Singer Jessica Walker and pianist Joseph Atkins perform a cabaret of songs about resistance to work – from Kurt Weill and Dolly Parton to Pirate Jenny and Morrissey.
MUSIC FOR GALLERIES
THURSDAY 20 OCTOBER, 20.00–22.00 | Free event. Tickets available from Eventbrite
Explore the exhibition to the accompaniment of live ambient and electronic music from Darkroom.
THE INNER EARS
SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER, 20.00–21.00 | Free event. Tickets available from Eventbrite
Close your eyes and open your ears as you embark on a sonic exploration of restless inner worlds with In the Dark radio.
SPECULATIONS FOR A MASS STRIKE
MONDAY 24 OCTOBER 11.00-16.00 | Free event. SOLD OUT.
On the anniversary of the 1975 Women of Iceland Strike, Holly Pester, Lynne Friedli, Jenny Richards and Valeria Graziano lead a workshop using fantasy, politics, sci-fi and debate.
THE HUBBUB OF NEWS
WEDNESDAY 26 OCTOBER, 19.00–20.30 | Free event. Tickets available from Eventbrite
Journalists and psychologists including Charlie Beckett and Denise Baden discuss the daily hubbub of news that disrupts our lives.
FRIDAY 28 OCTOBER, 19.00–21.00 | Free event. Tickets available from Eventbrite
Lynne Friedli, author of the World Health Organization report Mental Health, Resilience and Inequalities, invites activists from all causes to explore and celebrate solidarity in the face of the increasing precarity and insecurity of our times.
**GETTING TO MILE END ART PAVILION**
Mile End Art Pavilion is a 4-minute walk from Mile End tube station. Buses 25, 277, D6 and D7 stop close to the station. Further information is available from tfl.gov.uk. A step free route from the station is available here.
Opening hours 12.00–18.00, Tuesday–Sunday. Closed on Monday.
Late opening: Thursday 6 October, until 21.00. Admission free.
Mile End Art Pavilion,
Clinton Road, London E3 4QY.
Rest & its discontents is curated for Hubbub
by Robert Devcic, founder of GV Art, London.
BBC Radio 4 Series
The Anatomy of Rest is a three-part radio series, broadcast at 9 am on BBC Radio 4 on 13, 20 and 27 September. Presented by Claudia Hammond, the series asks what rest means to musicians, poets, historians and psychologists. The final episode reveals the results of The Rest Test. More than 18,000 people completed the world’s largest ever survey on rest: what does rest mean to them?
The Restless Compendium: Interdisciplinary Investigations of Rest and Its Opposites
With 22 essays and interventions on rest and restlessness, silence and noise, relaxation and work, The Restless Compendium complements and accompanies Rest and its discontents. It draws together approaches from artists, literary scholars, psychologists, activitists, geographers, sociologists and historians who challenge assumptions about how rest operates across mind, bodies, and practices. Edited by Felicity Callard, Kimberley Staines and James Wilkes, and featuring many of the contributors to the exhibition. Available for free download (from late September 2016) or to buy as a hard copy.