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They’re Really Close to My Body: A Lecture by Johanna Hedva

Friday 8 November / 19.00pm / Free with RSVP / DRAF, 111 Great Titchfield Street

 

They’re Really Close to My Body:  A Hagiography of Nine Inch Nails and Their Resident Mystic Robin Finck

 

a lecture by Johanna Hedva

 

In association with the David Roberts Art Foundation, we are excited to present a lecture by Johanna Hedva, on Friday 8 November 2019.

 

The event is free but capacity is limited. RSVP here.

 

Johanna Hedva says: “This lecture is from my book-in-progress, THE MESS, which deals with the weird truth of how music was my first encounter with both masculinity and mysticism, and what a fucking mess that was. Encountering the mystical fury of Nine Inch Nails at age 10 was an encounter with everything I wanted the world to be: chaotic, feverish, ungovernable. After being a devoted fan for 25 years (yes, they are my favorite band), I still want the world to be like this.

 

Robin Finck, NIN’s reclusive touring guitarist, became the first guide I had who pulled me toward becoming the genderqueer mystic I am today. Finck didn’t look like a man or a woman, and he was not quite even human. He fit no rock-star archetype I’d seen, but was something closer to a demon ghost who beckoned me through an inter-dimensional gate. Calling him a mystic is not at all explicit, and it’s taken me years to realise that this was the role he played in my life, that by watching him slip in and out of legibility, I was not necessarily watching an individual, but what was coming through that individual. The task of the hagiographer is to interpret what is unknowable; this lecture is my attempt at his hagiography”

 

See more details at DRAF’s website, here

 

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
 
111 Great Titchfield Street is accessible by wheelchair but unfortunately there is no disabled bathroom. The space has non-gender-specific toilet. Regrettably we do not have any parking on Great Titchfield Street, however car and taxi drop-offs are possible. This performance will contain videos that can potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. If this includes you and you want to attend, please let us know by emailing info@davidrobertsartfoundation.com so we can adjust the program for you. This performance will be captioned. If you have an access requirement which we haven’t listed here, please do get in touch in advance of your visit. We will make our best endeavours to assist you. Please contact us in advance of your visit for more information at information@davidrobertsartfoundation.com.
 
 
Image: Simone Weil (left) and Robin Finck (right). Robin Finck image copyright Jospeh Cultice, 1994

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