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Launched on 1 July 2020

www.pirammmida.life


PiraMMMida.life is the online version of the PiraMMMida show at the cancelled 2020 Venice Biennale of Architecture.


PiraMMMida.life is a transdisciplinary, transmedia project devoted to ridiculing, tricking, twisting, queering, resisting – and perverting – the pyramidal spectres and structures which haunt the worlds of architecture, art, academia and the everyday. In particular, Cyber-PiraMMMida is fascinated by "fake horizontals": pharaonic edifices of exploitation masquerading as paragons of grassrootist virtue. PiraMMMida is named in anti-homage to MMM Bank, an infamous pyramid scheme established by convicted fraudster Sergei Mavrodi (1932-2018) in 1991 in Russia. MMM Bank spread to much of the Global South and Global East in the 2000s and 2010s, in the process defrauding thousands of vulnerable people of their livelihoods – some of whom joined the scheme perfectly knowing its fraudulent nature but still desiring to cash out before others as it collapses.

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Curators

Denis Maksimov Masha Mileeva Michał Murawski David Roberts


Cornerstone piraMMMidalists

Marco Baravalle / David Bernstein / David Brodsky / Victor Buchli and Ethno-ISS / Keti Chukhrov / Alberto Duman / Liva Dudareva / Philippa Hetherington / Jeeva_D and Georgia Martin (8 years old) / Rita Kuleva / Agnieszka Kurant / Alena Ledeneva / Thandi Loewenson / Barbara Penner / Georgios Papadopoulos / Peg Rawes / Jane Rendell / Tabita Rezaire / Natalia Romik / Rafael Schacter / Uta Staiger / Centre for Plausible Economies (Kathrin Böhm + Kuba Szreder) / Peter Zusi


Partners

Supported by the Bartlett Architectural Research Fund, UCL European Institute (Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence), Strelka Mag and the FRINGE Centre for the Study of Social and Cultural Complexity.

Realised in partnership with S.a.L.E. Docks and Avenir Institute. 

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Updated: Oct 8, 2020


28.1.2020, 6:30pm, UCL, Archaeology G6 Lecture Theatre, London WC1H 0PY

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LONDON MAYOR CANDIDACY ANNOUNCEMENT

AND INVITATION TO PRESS CONFERENCE

#DRILLY4MAYOR


‘I won’t knife you in the back, I’ll knife you in the front’

Jess Phillips to Jeremy Corbyn


‘I will not rest until she is chopped up in bags in my freezer’

George Osborne on Theresa May


‘Get on your knees bitch’

Clive Lewis to Sam Swann


‘flag-waving piccaninnies [with] watermelon smiles’

Boris Johnson


DRILL MUSICIAN DRILLMINISTER ANNOUNCES HIS CANDIDACY FOR LONDON MAYOR 2020


Born and raised in south-east London, Drillminister is ‘The Streets Elected Voice’, representing the youth of Britain that politicians have previously ignored. His campaign for London Mayor will launch with a press conference at 6.30pm on Tuesday 28th January.


‘I see the residents of this great city not as statistics and numbers but as FAMdem. My main goal is to fight for a better future regardless of our differences.’

Drillminister


Drillminister is an internationally recognised musician who uses Drill as a tool to engage with a new generation of voters on political issues, such as the struggles of working people, austerity and rising levels of air pollution in the city.


Drill has garnered widespread media attention, having been cited by the UK Government as glamourising weapons and gang life. Against the persistent suppression of the genre, Drillminister has tirelessly worked to eradicate the stereotype of London UK Drill musicians as violent criminals. In 2018 he publicly turned the tables on the politicians that have targeted the scene by releasing his track Political Drillin’, quoting extreme, racist and violent language used by MPs.


Outside of his music career, Drillminister has championed black excellence, initiating and supporting the development of Pan-African zebra crossings in the Greenwich Borough.


As a candidate for London Mayor, Drillminister is the alternative to the long-standing elite. He is the clear choice for a radical new era of politics. Raised on a council estate and educated on the streets he lives and breathes the issues that will affect hardworking, vulnerable Londoners in the coming decade.


#Drilly4Mayor

Organised by a/political, Hosted by PPV: Perverting the Power Vertical


From 25 November-4 December, PPV is supporting and participating in UCU-led industrial action on pay, pensions, casualisation and workloads.


PPV members are taking part in teach-outs throughout UCL. On Thursday 28 November, a teach-out on "The Street" took place outside UCL Art History. On 10am at Friday 29 November, just before the climate march, a teach-out will take place on the picket line outside SSEES, focusing on Socialism, Capitalism, Ecology and The City.


All are welcome. For peace, plenty and planet!


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