Considered one of the more conservative Emirates in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) Sharjah in fact plays host to one of the most important biennials in the region, the Sharjah Biennial. In 2011 events in Bahrain kicked off during the biennial, drawing artists and curators to publicly condemn the deaths caused by the protests and other more local implications of events surrounding the protest in other GGC countries. These reactions from participants reacting to the protests had lasting effects on the global and local art scene and the indeed the reputation of the Emirate itself, which had even before long stood for quality curation and attendant programming. Resonating with this, curator Peter Lewis (editor, slashseconds) and Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi (Director and President of the Sharjah Foundation and Sharjah Biennale) presented at Sharjah Art Foundation, October 2014 “An Indeterminate Object“. On /seconds, an audio cutup by Scottish artist Alan Dunn titled Revolution Sharjah, predates these events by two years. Artists’ uses of the word revolution (seconds) features 19 tracks from Alan Dunn’s Artists’ uses of the word revolution. THe “installation” is accompanied by excerpts used in big screens, by punks, from radios, oral histories and texts and quotes by political theorists. Looking up Alan Dunn, it seems fitting to find that he is currently working on Tape Britain in January 2015 at Tate Britain. Alan, who has been nominated for the Liverpool Art Prize in the past, is known for compiling CDs of artists’ audio works on themes such as the Mersey Tunnels – Liverpool, revolution or numbers, with contributors including Pete Wylie, Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, David Bowie and Carol Kaye.
Compiled and produced by Alan Dunn the CD was a limited edition (1,000) given away free of charge as part of the exhibition ‘Recent Appointments’ at Leeds Met Gallery, with support from the Arts Council of England. The project was developed and produced by 67projects, Wirral/Liverpool/Leeds in 2009.
1 Douglas Gordon – +44 7966 450 969 2 Antitedax – Revolucionate 3 Fred Hampton – On revolution. Black Panthers speech excerpt courtesy of The UC Berkeley Social Activism Sound Recording Project, USA 4 Peter Suchin – All at once, there on the track, a soft rain of words, turning, turning. Peter Suchin has contributed to many journals and books, including Art Monthly, Frieze and Mute 5 Excerpt from A Fistful of Dynamite (Sergio Leone, 1971) 6 Alma Tischler-Wood – 10 past 12 Friday 7 Excerpt from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart, 1971) 8 Charles Dreyfus – george maciunas talks about revolution and revolution with charles d. (new york city, may 1974) 9 Interview with Joey Ramone 10 Marco Cappelli – Children of the revolution 11 Aldous Huxley – The Ultimate Revolution (1962). Recorded on 20th March 1962 at The Berkeley Language Center, courtesy of the University of California Berkeley Media Resources Center, copyrighted by the Regents of the University of California, USA 12 David Jacques and Adrian Bailey – Revvin’ up with the Critical Mass 13 The Spanish revolution 14 Katrin Lock – My parents’ silver wedding 15 Excerpt from Alice in Wonderland (Harry Harris, 1985) 16 James Chinneck – A furtive firing tool 17 Herbert Marcuse – Liberation from the Affluent Society (1967). The Dialectics of Liberation conference at The Roundhouse in London in 1967 from which this speech is taken was documented on a 23-LP set 18 Rich Rath – The revolution will not be on the Internet 19 The Revolution 96.2fm 20 Jeff Young – Hungary, 1956 21 The Mexican revolution 22 Marion Harrison – 68 Collage 23 John Lennon interview 24 dj BC vs Big D and The Kids Table – Raw Reggae Revolution 25 Excerpt from Casino Royale (Guest, Hughes et al, 1967) 26 Kelvin K – Revolution Beats 27 Aimee Allen – The Ron Paul Revolution Theme Song 28 Derek Horton – The revolution. Recorded for Cultural Hijack, London, 2013 29 Interview with Errol Flynn 30 AD&THEFIMTAXI feat. Zak – A list of songs not included on this CD