In response to, and in defiance of, a 25 year "cultural deep freeze" in the UK, the Anti Design Festival (ADF) will be launching a major assault on Redchurch Street later this month - going head-to-head with its commercial adversary, the London Design Festival.
Think dysfunctional, rather than functional, useless as opposed to useful, a platform for unhindered exploration by the dangerously creative brought together in a series of exhibitions, screenings performances, music, talks and happenings.
Directed by renowned graphic designer Neville Brody and curated by a select group of leading practitioners in various fields, expect anarchic, experimental, risky, mind-boggling concepts - ideas that could just as easily fall flat on their face as succeed. Particularly capturing our imagination are the events curated by Emily Oswusu (Grand Cosplay Ball) and 'Anti-Matters' curated by Richard Thomas (Resonance FM) - an exciting evening that includes book shredding, sewer talk and a psychoanalysis of trash. Exhibitors include radical French illustration group, Bazooka and their first UK show, British illustration outfit Le Gun, art collective Pure Evil, innovative web designer Yugo Nakamura and graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister as well as a host of others, including open submissions (now closed for this year).
Download the full, visually cacophonic, programme here.
Anti Design Festival, 18th - 26th September, Redchurch Street.