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 The book collects new, revised and previously unpublished stories, some of which draw inspiration from the context of Deptford, the venue and the festival itself.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 borrow or browse the book at their leisure in the library. There will be daily readings by Deptford Lounge staff and two performances that relate 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 design by Stef Sadler.

Deptford Lounge is open 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. Also available for sale at the Festival Hub.
WARNING: the book contains material that some may find offensive/upsetting. Reader discretion is advised.

Readings: By library staff in the Deptford Lounge foyer.
Sat 22, Sun 23, Wed 26, Thu 27, Fri 28, Sat 29, Sun 30 Sept
15:30, duration approx 10-15 mins.
Free, but please click here to book your spot ↗

Performances: On the Deptford Lounge rooftop ballcourt
Sat 29 Sept, 14:30; duration approx 30 mins.
Free, but spaces are limited, so please click here to book ↗
Launch evening debut performance: Fri 21 Sept, 17:30

Artist Talk: Sun 23 Sept at 15:00; David Steans will introduce his work in a friendly, informal half-hour talk.
Free, but spaces are limited, so please click here to book ↗

David Steans’ multi-media practice encompasses written fiction, moving image, performance, installation and sound. He employs the blurring of fact and fiction as a creative and critical method, and takes a cue from broadly postmodern approaches to narrative and storytelling in contemporary art, literature and moving image media. References and influences include: 'realist horror'; heritage tourism; 'special effects'; and niche cultural forms such as the 'making of' documentary, the 'custom' video, the 'gamebook', the ‘artist's novel’ and fan fiction.

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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This venue is wheelchair accessible.