Where does the real end and the unreal begin?
Can we even distinguish one from the other?
The Weird is an emerging field that encompasses literature, film, music, art and performance. Its world is subtly strange, uncanny, irrational, inexplicable, questioning our everyday environments and perceptions and implying that our world is far more bizarre and disturbing than we would like to believe.
A Weekend of Weird brought together writers, performers, filmmakers, artists, publishers, academics, enthusiasts and celebrants to ask: what is the Weird? Where did it come from? Where is it going?
The weekend comprised panel discussions, live performances and film screenings. Organised by Radar the project was a collaboration with Nick Freeman and Dan Watt from Loughborough University’s School of the Arts, English and Drama.
Panel discussions featured contributions from John Hirschhorn-Smith, Andrew Michael Hurley, Timothy Jarvis, James Machin and Mark Valentine interspersed with live performances and a series of specially curated film programmes.
For this project Radar commissioned new works by Joey Holder, Ben Judd, Tai Shani and artist collective Reactor.