Upcoming | BONUS LEVELS: A Collective Tower for Art Licks Weekend

Thursday 3 – Sunday 6 October 2013

The White Building, Queen’s Yard, London E9 5EN

Bonus Levels celebrates the independent spirit of the galleries and artist-run spaces of Art Licks Weekend by bringing them together in a video game environment. The project launches on Thursday 3 October in an immersive installation at the White Building in Hackney Wick, with interactive performances starting at 7pm. From Friday to Sunday, the game will be available to play online. A project presented by Lawrence Lek and Public Assembly.


PENTHOUSE 4C: An Open Living Room at the Barbican Centre

Monday 5 August – Saturday 31 August

Barbican Centre Foyer, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Penthouse 4C is a half-size replica of the most exclusive apartment in the Barbican Housing Estate. During the Hack the Barbican festival, Public Assembly were in residence there, converting it into an open living room.

Throughout August, the Penthouse was used for a month-long series of interactive events, classes, installations, screenings, musical performances, hangouts, parties, meditation sessions, games, art crits, and domestic bliss.

Free Cooper Union UK: An Alternative Summer Show

Sunday 30th June 2013

Public Assembly present a one-day free school, in tribute to New York City’s last free university – the Cooper Union. In April 2013, the College’s Board of Trustees ended its 154-year tradition of giving full scholarships to all admitted students.

Today’s free school is our protest.

Free Cooper Union UK (FCUUK) & Public Assembly.


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