Backing Dis-Content

Dissident artists – unflinching uncompromising artists – need public backing because they will not be supported by the state broadcaster and their work is inherently un-commercial and anti-commercial.

Artist, filmmaker & producer Bonnie Prince Bob’s work over the past four years has been an exemplary irritant to, well, almost everyone.

His Jim Murphy, Saviour of the Union (2015) was a masterpiece of political savagery mercilessly baiting the entire Better Together campaign in mock historical docudrama (with images by Norrie Harman). Delivered completely deadpan the script hits its targets one after another with sedulous accuracy, gently destroying Murphy’s political career with a delicate viciousness …

Two years later his Jeremy Bernard Corbyn ‘What Was Done’ repeated the epic feat, this time turning his ire on the British state in an imagined future …

 

This summer he returned with a viral tirade against the “lies, hype and profiteering”of the Edinburgh Festival …

 

Will you agree with Bobs output? Certainly not. Will he enrage and annoy you? Inevitably. But in this era of binary populism, unblinking loyalty and uber-bland cultural complicity, polemical artwork is essential.

Bob’s pitch is a simple one:

“I would like to create a regular ‘Dis-Content’ broadcast where I will directly address the insipid cultural bore-fest that has been foisted upon us. Dis-Content will feature blistering discourse, fascinating guests, quality satire, exceptional video art, music and ME. If you would like to help challenge the audio-visual brain damage dispensed by the artless narcissists in the media establishment, then support my work and I will rip the veil from their smug faces.”

Support Discontent at Ko-Fi here.

Follow him at @BonniePrinceB0b

 

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  1. Douglas Robertson says:

    The classic example of Edinburgh Festival shite that I have spouted at “Live Music Matters”, “Desire Lines”, and “Music is Audible” (gobshite) meetings is the sad tale of The Bongo Club.

    They are only permitted to use a tiny part of the massive Labyrinth of vaulted caverns beneath the City Library due to “Health and Safety”, “Building Regulations”, etc etc

    Bit of a struggle but they make things happen ten months of the year.

    However the Edinburgh proprietors get kicked out every July for the Underbelly profiteers to turn every part of the caves into a fat little cash-cow to cram with Londoners during the month of August. “Use the whole place, it’s the festival!!” say the wise folk in the Council.
    When the Underbelly posh boys disappear back to London with their pockets bulging, those aforementioned building regulations rise Phoenix-like from the scorched city.
    Once again The Bongo Club faces the petty bureaucrats of Edinburgh Council with the kind of tight restrictions that would have high court judges and tory peers creaming their pants.

    Well done Bob!! Tell it straight. We’ve had enough of this shit.

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