In the last week it has come to light that an art gallery and project space in East London is being used to promote fascists, neo-Nazis, misogynists, racists and Islamophobes. LD50 Gallery is based at 2-4 Tottenham Road in Dalston, in the middle of one of London’s most diverse neighbourhoods. Over the past year the gallery has hosted high-profile speakers from the American “alt-right”, including people who promote white supremacy, eugenics and violence against immigrants. Materials produced by the gallery have consistently drawn on fascist traditions ranging from 1930s Nazi aesthetics to contemporary “neo-reactionary” politics.
The gallery is using the cover of the contemporary art scene and academia to legitimise the spread of these materials and the establishment of a culture of hatred. LD50 even managed to infiltrate Goldsmiths University in South-East London, just before the gallery’s events and shows became openly racist. In the past year, LD50 has been responsible for one of the most extensive neo-Nazi cultural programmes to appear in London in the last decade.
Last week a number of artists in London exposed what has been happening at the gallery. The gallery has responded by leaking the identities of these artists and their supporters to far-right neo-Nazi websites and issuing legal threats. It continues its production of far-right materials.
It is imperative that this is not allowed to continue, that the gallery is shut down, and those responsible for it understand that their views are not welcome in our diverse city. The materials produced by the gallery, and the culture they promote, are a real threat to many of the communities living in Dalston.
Please share this information. Join us to leaflet against the gallery on the corner of Tottenham Road and Kingsland Road next Saturday (25 February) at 11am.
Before capitalism will go to hell, it will for the foreseeable future hang in limbo, dead or about to die from an overdose of itself but still very much around, as nobody will have the power to move its decaying body out of the way.
“…this is random, my voice doesn’t matter, this is maths, I am not smart enough, this is depressing, because losing at this is the same as losing in the real world, I’m reminded that money rules me. And because you lose not with a bang but with a whimper. The only person who struggles to the end is called a winner, but they are alone, where we who lost and left the game to do something else are together.”
Pretty sure I had that haircut when I was a kid. Thanks, Mum.
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I unfortunately paid attention to Facebook’s trending links - and saw this. This is Major Kusanagi as played by Scarlett Johansson in Hollywood’s live action remake of Ghost in the Shell.
Now, I’m one of the last people to get precious about animu of all fucking things - but as I’m a sucker for cyberpunk, for me GitS is one of the landmark anime flicks that helped define a genre, spelling out all the conventions that everyone else followed and yet still being better than the generic shite that followed it. I really don’t understand why there’s a need to remake it into a Western live action version, especially as in many ways it’s kind of obsolete in the same way as making a movie based on Neuromancer when The Matrix was released nearly 20 years ago. And yet… this is the teaser image? This is supposed to be the hype that gets people interested? Literally any single frame from the GitS movie translated into live action would be a Hell of a lot more interesting than what’s on offer here. If I’m honest this looks like any random woman from East London being preoccupied by her reflection in a bus window on her way home from a club on a Sunday morning.