Our Unstable Present: An evening with David Benjamin Blower - 42 Acres

Our Unstable Present: An evening with David Benjamin Blower

Tue 3rd December 2019 —
19.00 TO 21.00

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An evening of music, poetry and dialog with David Benjamin Blower

“And I brought you into a plentiful land to enjoy its fruits and its good things. But when you came in, you defiled my land and made my heritage an abomination.” — Jeremiah 2:7

We Really Existed And We Really Did This

Please join us at 42 Acres to experience an evening of music, poetry and dialog with writer, activist and six-string theologian David Benjamin Blower.

In David’s own words: “We Really Existed & We Really Did This is an apocalyptic folk odyssey through this very stressed moment of history, which feels like a thin wedge between a dying past and very worrying future. We’re all bracing ourselves in different ways: denial, panic, militant zeal, protest and rebellion, and hopefully, sometimes, acts of radical love.

“And all this sits in the shadow of ecological crisis. Ecologists will say we’re already in an age of mass extinction. Geologists have already named the new geological era we’ve triggered. And climate scientists are giving us smaller and smaller windows of time in which we can avert the collapse of our weather systems. This collection of songs tries to make a space of lament, where we can engage emotionally with the realities that so often come to us as abstract statistics and figures on our newsfeeds.

“On the other side of lament and regret is, I think, wonder. If we allow ourselves to sit with the reality of our self-destroying greed, we soon fall into a place of wonder and thankfulness that we even existed in the first place; and then perhaps towards radical hope in the possibility of redemption.”

Conversation

David’s music will be interwoven with readings from Hannah Arendt, Marshall McLuhan, Walter Benjamin, J.R.R. Tolkien, Giorgio Agamben, Rebecca Solnit, Ivan Illich, and others. After the song set David will host an open conversation on climate change, creating space for contemplation, expression, lamentation, and wonder.

About the artist

David Benjamin Blower is a writer of theological books, a prolific musician, and an activist from Birmingham, UK. His writing, like his music, is characterised by his political and religious vision and apocalyptic imagination.

“David Benjamin Blower is a brilliantly unique and remarkably demanding singer and songwriter. Imagine, say, John Cale reimagining his folk roots, ennervation and innervation all at once, in a single intimate and unnerving breath.” — outsideleft.com

Logistics

The evening will start at 6.30 pm when you are invited to share food and drink with David, the hosts and the other attendees. David will start playing around 7 pm, the conversation will commence at 8 pm and the evening will wrap up on or before 9 pm.Please note that the 42 Acres venue is on the 3rd floor, with no lift and no disabled access. We apologise for the inconvenience of this.

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