On Wednesday 6th July Pil and Galia Kollectiv perform Terminal: A Miracle Play with Popular Music from the End of the World is a film and live performance project exploring the politics of post-apocalyptic fiction. A theatrical staging of a morality play for end times and future folk music, it recasts eschatology, or the study of the end of history, as a foundational myth for a future society.
Post-apocalyptic writing and cinema are grounded in an ethos of survivalism. Invoking Rousseau's state of nature, or time before government, these fictions propose violent scenarios in which nuclear holocaust, environmental catastrophe and other disasters generate an individualistic politics of pure pragmatism, negating the possibility of democratic deliberation.
Terminal narrates this familiar scenario, but at the same time questions its validity. Terminal imagines artistic expression and new folk traditions for a world to come after the apocalypse.
Pil and Galia Kollectiv are artists, writers and curators working in collaboration. Their work addresses the legacy of modernism and explores avant-garde discourses of the twentieth century and the relationship between art and politics. They have had solo shows at Pump House Gallery, London, Te Tuhi Center for the Arts, New Zealand, S1 Artspace, Sheffield and The Showroom Gallery, London.
They have also presented live work at the 5th Berlin Biennial and the 5 th Montreal Biennial, as well as at Kunsthall Oslo, Arnolfini, Bristol and Late at Tate Britain. They are the directors of artist run project space xero, kline & coma and work as lecturers in Fine Art at the university of Reading and the CASS School of Art. Terminal is a collaboration with a group of London based artists and musicians.