ORKA, Pic: Ashley Carter

As I enter the unassuming New Cross church which is hosting the second monthly Resolution event, I’m immediately unsure if I’ve got the right room. Through the pitch black, I can just about distinguish a handful of silhouettes lying motionless, as if hypnotised by what is at this point a faint, droning ambience. It slowly blossoms into a delicate, welcoming soundscape and I’m made aware by a stark projection on the back wall that it is, in fact, an ambient piece by one of Resolution’s three founders, Charles Vaughn.

This self-sufficient thread runs through all facets of Resolution, making it all the more surprising when the first live act of the evening Henrik Blomfelt - himself an architect of Resolution - has his set amplified by an intricate surround-sound setup designed by the boys themselves and complimented by a live video performance from the night’s third mastermind Ed Cain. Blomfelt’s delicate and considered ambient exploration is mirrored in atmosphere by Cain’s visual, and the impression is of a singular artwork that has taken meticulous preparation. I later learn that Blomfelt totally rethought his set just half an hour before playing, which soundly demonstrates why his is a name worth remembering.


IYISL frontage

Deptford's Iyengar Yoga Institute South London will be hosting a discounted workshop on Sunday 25th February, with a student price of £20 for a full day including vegetarian lunch.

The Iyengar Yoga Institute South London is instantly recognisable at 470 New Cross Road and contrasts the busy chaos of Deptford and New Cross. It was opened by B.K.S. Iyengar in December 1995, before yoga’s surge in celebrity attention, and is run by members of the local community. 

Marion Sinclair, who took over management of the Institute at the beginning of last year, said, ‘From the time it first opened in New Cross the aim was to make yoga accessible to everyone.

‘The Institute has always had a huge mix of yoga students – all ages and backgrounds reflecting the mix of people who live in Deptford and the surrounding areas.’

Originally the site of the New Cross Building Society, the Institute has seen the local area expand and grow over time.

‘We have seen Deptford starting to change over the past few years – at the moment the addition of new cafes and shops adds positively to what is a diverse vibrant area. We want it to stay that way.’

Iyengar Yoga

Loraine James

The year is 2018 and it is being claimed that like it or not, we are all accelerationists. For those unfamiliar with the term, consider it “the idea that the prevailing system of capitalism, or certain technosocial processes that have historically characterised it, should be expanded, repurposed, or accelerated in order to generate radical social change.” This, sadly, is the plainest way to put it, yet in the context of Futureshock, an experimental club experience developed by young collective EditedArts and designed to explore this idea, accelerationism’s applications become not just apparent, but exciting.

Not immediately, though. The first live set is running 30 minutes behind, and attendees resort to entertaining themselves with New River Studios’ pizza menu, a renegade VR headset being passed around the bar area, and a DJ set in the same room courtesy of Giedre Juzenaite. Her selections shrug off genre with a roll of the eyes as she chooses instead to limit herself only to music from Japan. Working within this confine makes for a fascinating blend, unsettling in its eclecticism. My turn with the VR headset arrives at the same time as the news that the performances are about to begin.

Enter Joel McMordie.