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Continuing our exploration of ways of working with both real life and online concepts of networked space, the Drop City website will expand upon its use as a trans-border platform for communication. Thanks to ‘social’ media and access to the internet as a platform for self-representation, we have become directors of our own reality. In some cases, the internet appears to be a validation of real life. With an occasional programme of works and interventions, the web-site becomes a parallel site of production as we draw attention to the fine line between fact and (self-produced) fiction.

Paul Becker and Adam Phillips

The Mean of Men

13 December 2016 – 28 February 2017

Broadcast live on Resonance FM
Tuesday 13 December 2016 17.00 GMT
and Thursday 15 December 10.00 GMT
Playing on Drop City’s website until 28 February 2017

 

The Mean of Men is a collection of 64 short, fictitious scenes written by Paul Becker and Adam Phillips – published by CIRCA Projects in November 2016. Amassed over an email exchange between 2012-2016, each text was written in response to an arbitrary, single-word title suggested by the other writer.
Rather than an assertion of masculinity, the title of this collection comes from an idea of male averageness or normativity: for the writers, an interestingly redundant notion. Something of what that redundancy could imply kept cropping up in parts of the writing, that and the reality of being male and located somewhere towards the middle of life. Functioning as an alternative to a conventional book launch The Mean of Men radio broadcast attempts to create a divergent, anomalous container for the texts mixing spoken word with disparate sound effects.

The Mean of Men broadcast features the voices of Giles Bailey, Paul Becker, Lara Cadey, Alex Charrington, Tess Denman-Cleaver, Kathryn Elkin, Susie Green, Will Holder, Catrin Huber, Ant Macari, Sally Madge, Rene McBrearty, Conal McStravick, Francesco Pedraglio, Heather Phillipson, Adam Phillips, Kelly Richardson and Tim Shaw.

The Mean of Men is available to buy from circaprojects.org/shop

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