Yoko Ono's Meltdown

In June 2013, the 20th anniversary year of Meltdown, Yoko Ono curated a specially created series of events and unique collaborations.Highlights included the long-awaited first show in five years from Siouxsie, the legendary Patti Smith and Iggy & The Stooges, as well as the first performance of the entire of John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy album.

There were also two weekends of talks and debates. Activism Weekend  featuring the Guerrilla Girls, the launch of new book Let’s Start a Pussy Riot and more. The Future Now weekend opened with Yoko Ono in conversation with Serpentine Gallery curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist.

Also at the festival, Peaches performed Yoko Ono’s seminal performance art piece, Cut Piece, therewere installations across the site and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus came to visit, running an intensive programme for groups of local young people on how to make music videos and reportage films.

As part of Yoko Ono’s Meltdown our neighbours at the BFI (British Film Institute) also put together a selection of Yoko’s favourite films, including an exclusive screening of Battleship Potemkin with an introduction by the Pet Shop Boys, plus rarely seen films by John and Yoko.

Nicholas Hlobo introduces his work and discusses his use of materials in this short video
Tarini Malik and John Fleetwood discuss Thabiso Sekgala’s photographic legacy
The poet on the importance of Picasso’s work and the challenge of responding to it
The pair discuss their portrait of Al-Kadhi’s drag persona in this short video
Two artists from Kiss My Genders discuss figuration, abstraction, family and identity in this joint interview
The artist introduces his HENI Project Space exhibition in this short video 
Poet Richard Price and The National Poetry Library’s Chris McCabe on responding to Picasso’s Guernica
Find out how the artist creates the intricate sculptures on display in HENI Project Space
The artist discusses her exhibition in Hayward Gallery’s HENI Project Space
Read an interview between the artist and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff
Watch a short introduction to the exhibition from Jeff L. Rosenheim
The curator of diane arbus: in the beginning and The Met’s Collections Specialist discuss Arbus’ early photographs
The artist introduces her work ahead of its installation at Royal Festival Hall
Ahead of his Hayward Gallery exhibition, the artist discusses his work with Ralph Rugoff
The artist discusses art, archives and tabloid news
The aerospace engineer turned artist introduces his piece Untitled (1971) in this short video
Hear the sculptor talk about his distinctive work in this short video
The artist discusses her site-specific installation in Hayward Gallery’s HENI Project Space
The Academy award-winning art director on his incredible new project
The artist discusses her childhood in South Korea with exhibition curator Stephanie Rosenthal

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