Do It Thissen is an exhibition of record sleeves, tapes and fanzines from the Sheffield and South Yorkshire music scene 1978–1982. Local bands, such as Cabaret Voltaire, Human League, Clock DVA and Vice Versa, are represented along with many others. The material focuses on post-punk and also demonstrates links between students and the city, emphasising DIY culture and local labels. This can be seen in the photographs of local bands taken by Mark Morreau for the student newspaper, Darts, many of which are shown here for the first time. Do It Thissen is, of course, 'do it yourself' in Yorkshire English.
Contemporary artists have been asked to respond to the material, and so the exhibition includes work by Tim Allcard, Couk, Lesley Guy and Syd & Mallory. The opening, on Saturday 22nd, features a talk by Martin Lacey, editor of NMX fanzine (and DJ at the Union's Now Society) as well as a DJ set by Jon Downing, one of the exhibition's curators. There will be all day DJing on Sunday September 23rd, and a record deck on hand during the week. There will also be a showing of Eve Wood's film, 'Made In Sheffield'.
On Saturday, September 29th Sensoria will be launching and demonstrating their online musical map, which will collate information about music in Sheffield. Audio artists Neil Webb and Ron Wright will begin the evening with a performance using the physical records in the exhibition as sound sources. This will be followed by the Sensoria launch and then a performance by Alex McLean, who will be live-coding using scanned record sleeves as scores.
The exhibition and performances are being held in Montgomery Hall on Surrey Street, opposite the Town Hall from Saturday 22nd–Sunday 30th September.