David Steans

From the Lounge

Deptford Lounge, Giffin Square, SE8 4RJ

David Steans’ project revolves around a book of experimental short horror stories, written by the artist. The book collects new, revised and previously unpublished stories, some of which draw inspiration from the context of Deptford, the venue and the festival itself.

Visitors can still borrow or browse the book at their leisure in the library. There were daily readings by Deptford Lounge staff and two performances that related to one of the stories, 'Foul Shot', about an allegedly haunted basketball court. The book is published by Deptford X in a first edition of 300, with cover image and design by Stef Sadler.  

Deptford Lounge opening times: Mon-Fri 08:00 - 22.00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00, Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Book: Available to browse or borrow in the library; please inquire at front desk. The book is also available at the following South London libraries: Blackheath, Catford, Crofton Park, Downham, Forest Hill, Grove Park, Manor House, New Cross, Pepys, Sydenham and Torridon.

Purchase: Copies of the book are available to buy online from Bone House Books for £11. 

WARNING: the book contains material that some may find offensive/upsetting. Reader discretion is advised.

David Steans’ practice encompasses written fiction, moving image, performance, installation and music. He takes a cue from broadly postmodern approaches to fiction and narrative in art, literature and moving image media, and is particularly interested in employing the 'blurring' of fact and fiction as a creative method. Recent work has used horror, humour and reflexive storytelling to complicate familiar representations and narratives.

David Steans is based in Leeds. He studied at Leeds Beckett University (2004-2007), and was a participant in the founding year of The School of the Damned (2014).

David Steans was nominated for Platform 2018 by Bryony Bond (Creative Director of The Tetley, Leeds).

David’s work feels strangely achronistic, by which I specifically mean without time. It doesn’t feel wildly fashionable, which I think is a good thing, and it is strangely obsessed with the ancient past, with story-telling and myth, not to mention Wetherspoons pubs (although I think Brexit may have had an impact on that particular obsession). David also just does things – performances, films, writing. He created the character of a food critic, whose persona was slowly revealed in a series of restaurant reviews released over a number of years. David resurrected the character to write about a dinner devised by another artist at The Tetley (thetetley.org); the resultant article cleverly mimicked the language of the food critic in a wry take on art. Funny, smart and irreverent.
-Bryony Bond

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