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MK Festival Fringe is back for 2018!

Date Posted:26/06/2018

MK Festival Fringe 2018MK Festival Fringe returns this summer for its fourth edition. Showcasing an experimental programme of exhibitions, interventions, events and workshops, this year’s programme focuses on presenting work by artists currently based in or originally from Milton Keynes.

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Katie Ellen Fields – Provisions
12-19 July 11am – 5pm daily
Locations around Milton Keynes, to be confirmed
Provisions are small congregations of flower garlands distributed across various sites in Milton Keynes (locations to be announced), a reference to the objects and offerings found in long-lost tombs. Katie Ellen Fields is an artist working in Milton Keynes; her practice focuses on the creation and reverence of objects.

Gareth Horner – Years Of Mirage
12 – 19 July 2018, 11am – 5pm daily
Milton Keynes Museum, McConnell Dr, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5EL
A short film presenting Milton Keynes through the lens of hyper-reality — blending multiple modes of capture to project new perspectives onto existing terrain. As a visual displacement of the new town, interlacing real and rendered image, the film examines districts less represented and amplifies the grey areas which interconnect these communities to construct its own uchronia.
The film is soundtracked by a selection of forward-thinking musicians and artists.

Matt Parker – Memory Line
12-19 July 11am -5pm daily
Milton Keynes Central Library, 555 Silbury Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 3HL
A multimedia piece based around an early digital computer, EDSAC, which used soundwaves to create memories. The work comprises interviews with three women who are veterans of EDSAC as they remember their time working with the machine and also includes interviews with a group of volunteers who are currently building a replica of EDSAC at The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park. They discuss the important role of women in early computing, and what makes them tick as pioneering computer programmers. Memory Line operates as a memory machine, boot-loading the memories of ten computing veterans literally through the wires of the installation and into the screen monitors on the project rack. The work relates to issues of gender in STEM subjects and the poetics of sound in the memory technologies that were invented for EDSAC.

2nd Point of Contact: Jessica Rost, Emma Talbot, Clare Summerson
12-19 July 11am – 5pm daily
Milton Keynes Museum, McConnell Dr, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5EL
In August 1993 three recent Fine Art graduates, Claire Summerson, Emma Talbot and Jessica Rost, all from Birmingham School of Art, put on their first group exhibition at The City Discovery Centre in Milton Keynes, where one of the artists, Clare, had a studio. Point of Contact was an exhibition of new work: paintings, sculpture and installation. 25 years on, 2nd Point of Contact will see these three artists come together once again to exhibit in a group show at Milton Keynes Museum.
Private View – Monday 16 July, 6pm

Emmett Walsh & Patricia Valencia – Manzinar (2018)
12 – 19 July 2018, 11am – 5pm daily
Milton Keynes Central Library, 555 Silbury Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 3HL
A new collaborative film and video work that will draw links between several sites within Southern and Central California; a lost cultural Native American site in downtown Los Angeles, condominium developments on the fringes of LA’s Skid Row, the failed Llano De Rio Socialist colony in the high desert, the WWII Japanese-American internment camp Manzinar, 4000 year-old trees at the ancient Bristlecone Pines National Park, a collection of naturally formed volcanic rock columns at the edge of Lake Crowley, and the former home of the early 20th century Mexican journalist and radical anarchist Ricardo Flores Magón.

MK Festival Fringe launch with Godspeed You! Peter Andre, Bamya, Secret Flight & Calluna
12 July 2018, 8pm – 11.30pm
MK Gallery, 900 Midsummer Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3QA
£5 On The Door
MK Festival Fringe 2018 launches its programme with a night of underground music from a selection of MK based or affiliated artists. This event will also include a presentation of works from Vol. 2 of Hekate Mag – a self-published zine of works by female artists, writers, and creatives founded by Ciara Callaghan and Arizona Smith.
Music from Godspeed You! Peter Andre (a new gothic duo set to collide the world of pop royalty with deep dark witch music), Bamya (a three piece who play loose, post-punk/world influenced music, last seen in MK supporting the legendary Xylouris White), Secret Flight (a melody-driven electronic music project influenced strongly by Soviet film soundtracks and 80s British indie-pop) and Calluna / Heather Britton performing Cephalea, a multimedia journey through migraine.

13 July 6pm - 9.30pm
Milton Keynes Museum, McConnell Dr, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5EL
Hosted by MK Festival Fringe & PRESS
PRESS — On is an open call for b&w, single-page artworks — text, drawings, photography, graphics and single-page anything in-between are all welcome. Artworks will be printed and available to collate into a booklet at the event. Participate and your copy is free on the night.
PRESS is a Riso® based printing press in Milton Keynes— specialising in art prints, zines and independent publications. Aiming to build a platform for all, PRESS believes in open-collaboration and invites artists, designers, illustrators et al to shape the future of accessible printing options in Milton Keynes.

Next Page Productions presents Funny Faces
13 July 7.30pm – 10.30pm
MK Gallery, 900 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 3QA
£10 - £12
Funny Faces  by Steve Dimmer, diirected by Rosemary Hill (The Play’s the Thing). A double bill of two beautifully written plays based on the lives and loves of two British legends, Sid James and Joan Sims.
Joan Sims takes a walk down memory lane in Simply Joan. Join Joanie as she reflects on her professional work and her private heartache, sometimes hilariously, often touchingly, as we witness her determination to Carry On!
Wot Sid Did sees Sid James in his stage dressing room in the hour before his last performance. Sid’s in a pensive mood as he looks back on his career, his life and his lost love, Barbara Windsor.  A funny, poignant play about one of Britain’s most-loved comic actors.

Redway Rendezvous!
14 July 2018 8.15pm 11.15pm
Central Milton Keynes, near MK Gallery, MK9 3QA
A Vagabond event for Peddling Culture & MK Festival Fringe 2018
It’s cinema, guerrilla style…  Join us for the ride of your life, a crazy cycle around Central Milton Keynes following a specially designed cinema bike from multi-media experimentalists Urban Projections. We will be stopping to show short comic films on the way and ending at MK Gallery for relaxation, refreshments and one final film. The first film is Running Jumping Standing Still (1960) – the rest is TOP SECRET…
The ride with stops will be about 2 hours in total. Start time 8.15pm - meet with your bicycle/ or your running legs at Campbell Park/ Midsummer Blvd Underpass (near MK Gallery).
Vagabond Events are produced by Independent Cinema Milton Keynes.

Japanese Role Playing Game & Friends
15 July 2018, 8pm – 11pm
MK Gallery, 900 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 3QA
£5 On The Door
A night of live music from:
Japanese Role Playing Game
Twinkly emo two-piece from MK/Bucks. Screams and twinkles for delicate emo kids who play Shenmue at the party and cry all day long. Expect tears, sad samples, and short songs about teenage relationships.
Good Carl
Winkle skramz/midwest emo duo from Kent/Manchester. Expect songs about coffee, exes and cold weather with a strong fixation on 5cm Per Second and Animal Crossing. For fans of Pepsi, sad boys, and midwest pen pals.
Safest spaces
Quarter-life crisis music fuelled nicotine and emo. Semi-acoustic shouty vibes.

Peddlers Pack: So Many Things You Never Saw Before
17 – 19 July 2018
Locations around MK, to be confirmed
A new perambulating outdoor show created by artist Jessica Rost as part of Pedalling Culture, commissioned by Arts & Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes.
Five very individual characters with some extraordinary offers, incorporating specially created soundscapes by Stuart Moore.
Traditionally Peddlers were people who traveled about the countryside selling wares or services. They were often immigrants, outcasts or people on the margins of society. They would offer novelty items, handmade produce or mending and repair services to people who were not able to travel into villages and towns easily. Although these peddlers are very much of the present time and place, they have a definite other-worldliness about them.
You’ll find them travelling about the MK byways, carrying their wares on bicycles and barrows - exact locations to be announced shortly.

Jonathan Paul Hill – Speak In Tones Of Yellow And Gold
19 July 2018 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Milton Keynes Museum, McConnell Dr, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5EL
Jonathan Paul Hill is an artist and musician based in Milton Keynes whose work uses a number of different approaches, swinging freely between reel-to-reel tape collage, guitar abuse, modular synth workouts and turntablism.
Hill will debut a new work titled Speak in Tones of Yellow and Gold utilising looped saxophone, electronics and visuals as part of the closing event for the festival.

Avant Gardening & Lisa Cheung – Endless Square
1 August 2018 12pm – 3pm
Brooklands, Milton Keynes MK10 7HH
This summer, forget all you have heard, it's hip to be square! An endless square!
Artists Avant-Gardening and Lisa Cheung will be asking what you can do with a square, or two, or fifty. Cushions, dens, spaces to relax or places to play - the possibilities are endless, we just need your imagination.
Endless Square is a response to Walter Jacks Studio’s Pass The Parcel commission of a number of public works across MK's Eastern Expansion area. Endless Square picks up the baton to interact with these artworks and deliver a programme of creative fun for all to enjoy,
starting with two outdoor play days on 12th and 13th of July with pupils from the Brooklands Farm Primary School who will be inventing games based on the use of the square.
MK Festival Fringe are delighted to be working with Avant Gardening and Lisa Cheung on this project over the entire summer. Keep an eye out for events during the festival and beyond!