Updated: Jul 5, 2019

12.6.2019, The Forum, Institute for Advanced Studies, UCL, 5-8pm

Unedited audio-recording available here. Scroll down for photos.

Defining the Elephant in the Room 


For the final event in this academic year, PPV invites you to join us for an experimental reading and talking group.

Each participant is invited to bring along a book, a chapter, a page from a text, an object, a picture of an artwork, a screenshot of a video, an event poster - or any other material that influenced their way of defining (or perverting) power. The object/text in question may have helped to arrive at a shorter, more concise, or more precise definition; or allowed it to become a more accurate or truthful (from participant’s perception) representation of the multi-fanged and many-headed phenomenon of power, which is at the centre of PPV’s inquiry. 

The convenors of the seminar will commence the discussion with the introduction of their inspirations, followed by participating researchers. The results of this experimental workshop will be used as the foundation of the ever-growing Dictionary of Power compiled by PPV.  

Prior to the workshop, the convenors of the seminar and horizontal-vertical governing body of FRINGE centre will present “The Palace of Ritual”, the first instalment of the PPV participation in the carnival of the Venice Biennale preview week as well as future plans for Palazzo Perverso in Serenissima (Ab Aeterno).

This event is targeted at (but not limited) to PhD students and early career researchers based at UCL and elsewhere in London. 

Please send expressions of interest (no more than 100 words) and a brief bio (no more than 50 words) by June 7th to Registration will be limited to 20 participants. 

🥒17.00 - 17.30: Welcome aperitif 🍹

🥒17.30 - 18.00: Presentation of “The Palace of Ritual” in Palazzo Dona Brusa during the preview days of 58th Venice Biennale “May You Live in Interesting Times” with Alena Ledeneva, Peter Zusi, Michal Murawski, Maria Mileeva & Denis Maksimov 🏰🔮

🥒18.00-19.15: Perverting Power: Reading Round Workshop 🍆🍑🌺

🥒19.15 - 19.30: Closing remarks

🥒19.30-20.30: Reception 🧀🍷

The event will be held on June 12, Wednesday from 17.00 - 20.00. Drinks and food will be served in a festive, Venezia-inspired mood.


9-11.5.2019, Palazzo Dona Brusa, Venezia

Dear beings and peoples of the global east, dear trans-socialists, we invite you to our Venetian Palace of Ritual (a.k.a. the Palace of the Perverted Vertical)


Have we resigned ourselves to the inevitability of power's unbreakable and eternal verticality?

No! In fact, we have been busy scheming with comrades Arts Territory, Avenir Institute and the Post-Asian School of Alternative Rites to cobble together a multi- pronged programme of palatial Venetian perversions.

🍌The PALACE of RITUAL🌶 Palazzo Donà Brusa, Camp San Polo, Venice, May 9th-11th, 2pm-6pm

Unofficially referred to by some of its courtiers as the Palace of the Perverted Vertical, the Palace of Ritual will open its doors on Thursday 9th May. Please join us on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, between 2pm-6pm, for an intense programme of not only perverted and palatial but also ritualistic and ameliorative performances, screenings and symposia; featuring, among many others Jasmina Cibic, Isadorino Gore, Enam Gbewonyo, Florence Keith-Roach, Alena Ledeneva, Karolina Łebek, Lynn Lu, Maria Mileeva, Nissa Nishikawa, Jeanne Pansard-Besson, Sabina Sallis, Sarah Wilson, Zorka Wollny, Khadija Von Zinnenburg Carroll and Mengting Zhuo

Curated by Annie Jael Kwan, Denis Maksimov, Michał Murawski and Kasia Sobucka.

Made possible thanks to the support and partnership of UCL SSEES, The FRINGE Centre for the Study of Social and Cultural Complexity, the UCL Institute for Advanced Studies, The Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Istituto Polacco in Rome.

The full programme of the Palace of Ritual is available on the website of Arts Territory.

Full video and audio documentation will be available shortly. 


Updated: Jun 2, 2019

1.3.2019, UCL SSEES. Room 433. 1pm-3pm.

Tactics and Strategies Workshop: Winding Ways Towards a Power Horizontal

With special guest Karol Radziszewski

The convenors of Perverting the Power Vertical invite you to join a roundtable discussion with fellow researchers, activists, artists, theorists, designers and other practitioners. We will brainstorm strategies for perverting power, questioning the legitimacy of the political order and resisting the enforced organicism of homogeneity in politics, culture and society at large. The discussion will serve the function of being an outset for ideas and inquiries that will play a role in forming agenda of PPV.

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