The Bad Vibes Club - Feeling Bad

21 Oct 17

The Bad Vibes Club is a forum for research into negative states, started by the artist Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau. As part of their current research into resentment, necropolitics and other negative political states, The Bad Vibes Club presents ‘Feeling Bad’, a day and evening of workshops and performances.

Join The Bad Vibes Club for a day of workshops by Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, Sophie Mallet and Hamish MacPherson. We’ll stretch out our resentment, make some bad decisions and move with our clumsiness.

In the evening, Feeling Bad gets performative with new live works by all three artists.

The event is free but booking is essential:

Daytime – Workshops

Yoga and Reading Out-Loud
Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau leads a short YouTube yoga session, followed by a reading out-loud group, reading a text on resentment by Michael Ure. Bring comfortable clothes for yoga, and a mat if you have one.

Bad Moves
Bad Moves is somatic-based movement class related to Hamish MacPherson’s Doomsday is Just Not Coming performance in the evening. Participants will try to indulge in decrepitude, clumsiness and other unwelcomed movement. Bring comfortable or uncomfortable clothes.

Would you Rather with Sophie Mallett
Would you Rather is a game where the player is forced to choose between two compromised scenarios, neither ideal. Artist Sophie Mallett facilitates a reworked version of the game, along with a discussion to explore compromise and complicity.

Evening – Performances

A performance by Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau with golf putting and sound, talking through the physical, emotional and aesthetic significance of fire as an instrument of power and politics.

National Anthems
In this performative talk, artist Sophie Mallett offers an insight into her ongoing research around borders, surveillance and sounds – specifically, national anthems. The work navigates a topography of competing technologies that define and confine territories, exploring the politics of control embedded in technologies of sound production and transmission.

Doomsday is Just Not Coming
Hamish MacPherson leads a guided meditation on bitterness, mediocrity and inertness. The performance provides a chance to journey through past aggravation you can’t forget, and future revenge that never seems to arrive.


11:00 – 13:00 Yoga & Reading Out Loud Group with Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:15 Bad Moves with Hamish MacPherson
15:15 – 15:30 Tea break
15:30 – 16:45 Would you Rather with Sophie Mallett
7:30-7:45 – Fire – Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau
8:00-8:30 – National Anthems – Sophie Mallett
8:45-9:15 – Doomsday is Just Not Coming – Hamish MacPherson

Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau creates sculptures, drawings, performances and films. His work addresses abject materials, negative affective states, and the ambiguities of language and objects. He runs Radio Anti with Ross Jardine, and collaborates with Ben Jeans Houghton as the ARKA group. He founded The Bad Vibes Club, which is a forum for research into negative states that organises events and commissions artists to make new work. More information about The Bad Vibes Club can be found on their official website –

Sophie Mallett is a London-based artist. Her practice is concerned with forms of belonging and exclusion and how these manifest through national borders, capital and migration. Through music, radio, video and installation she pursues a practice focused on how sounds intersect with affect, politics and value, concentrating on the connections between sound, music, history and place. Educated at London College of Communication, Open School East and Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, Mallett’s practice is both interdisciplinary and collaborative, with a reflexive emphasis on how individuals work together.

Hamish MacPherson is a London-based artist who uses ideas and methods from choreography and dance to think about politics. He makes workshops, non-digital games, performances, writings, images and other things in artistic, academic and community contexts. His works tends to be clusters of many smaller things rather than working up to something like a big show. Current projects include THIS MOVEMENT, using lots of different methods to look at how we (everyone) use our bodies to make politics and Configuration (Hard Care), looking at care as an aesthetic, choreographic and political practice. His work somehow reflects his positions as a white European, able-bodied, heterosexual cismale.