During the spring of 2017, Ève Chabanon connected with local residences in support of creating Anti Social Social Club, a performance that took form as a public debate on the topic of dispossession.
Held at Barking Town Hall Council Chambers, Chabanon engaged with a cross section of the Barking & Dagenham community, inviting them to take part in a discussion which was part political meeting, part cabaret — critiquing by methods of participation and discussion-oriented public debate. Chabanon collaborated with Chloe Cooper to develop the interactive performance to play with the problematic nature of authoritarianism and crowd manipulation often used in public debate; questioning democratic processes and the power of ‘the public’.
Anti Social Social Club was performed on June 15th at Barking Town Hall. You can watch Episode One here.
In addition to developing Anti Social Social Club, Chabanon’s residency at The White House included creating discussion groups with local residents, opening up the space as a venue to explore questions around the growing anxiety about gentrification and the consequences of austerity on women. Weekly screenings at The White House showcased a retrospective of films by Ken Loach as a jumping off point to consider social issues faced by communities like the ones in Barking & Dagenham, inviting along guest speakers like Paul Maheke & BDYD.
In early 2018, Chabanon won the Prix Sciences Po in contemporary art for Anti Social Social Club.Supported by London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, Arts Council England, Genesis Foundation and Fluxus Art Projects