What happens to the Public in a post-apocalyptic world? At the KULES Public View we will present a vision via a performance from The Cult of RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ
The Cult of RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ resembles a post apocalyptic cargo cult – reconfiguring specific cultural debris into exo- skeletal outfits from branded futuristic sports padding, equipment and helmets, reverberations of the samurai garbage suits of the late Hip Hop performance artist/rapper/philosopher RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ
The Cult carry out ritualz of collective frenzy to highlight the alchemic and cannibalistic practice of Hip Hop. Seemingly futuristic subcultural forms such as complex wildstyle graffiti, breakdancing, record sampling and scratch-mixing music from previous musical genres all emerged out of the dystopian ruin of the South Bronx and feature in abstracted forms within the Cults rituals. Hip Hop phrases are broken down and chanted, pointing to an obsessional affiliation with branded sportswear (“My Adidas!, My Air Jordanz!”). Adidas becomes the remixed god ‘Zi-Dada’ and Robert Moses — master architect of the Cross Bronx Expressway (The road partly responsible for the dystopian backdrop of 1970’s South Bronx where Hip Hop began) — becomes the god ‘Mozizizm’.
The Cult perform express-praying, ghost breaking and break-spraying, forms of breakdancing and devotional body movements that hint at the original form of breakdancing combined with elements such as spray painting in a ritual expressive form on off-cut kitchen lino (A surface reconfigured for head-spinning in the 1980’s).
These elements are also echoed in the outfits and objects of the Cult. Discarded branded trainers are cut up (the soles removed) and used as talismans, futuristic shinguards and bulky sports padding are reconfigured into post-apocalyptic cult armour.
From 2012-2015 The Cult Of RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ have performed large scale immersive rituals at artist run spaces such as The Gasworks, DIG space, The Pumphouse (a squatted museum in Greenwich) and at institutes such as Modern Art Oxford, Somerset House and also at The Saatchi Gallery. They have also performed at Panke Culture in Berlin, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and Locatie Z in the Hague.
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