News & Events
Grimposium is an international touring festival and conference which brings together musicians, visual artists, journalists, writers and record label executives in underground music and cultural scenes including extreme metal, electronica, dance and hip-hop.
Landscape of Hope – Centre Turbine, Montreal
Centre Turbine is holding a Study Day dedicated to Art and Current Pedagogies on November 9-10, 2020.
On November 10 at 2:00 PM, The Landscape of Hope collective’s Vivek Venkatesh and Martin Lalonde will take part in a round table discussion about pedagogy as artistic practice. A live multimedia performance titled Listen to Reason will follow at 4:10 PM. Held in collaboration with the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the two-day live-streamed event promises to bring together people from various fields to explore the relationship between pedagogy and art.
More details here.
Landscape of Hope – Radiant Power, Montreal
The Landscape of Hope collective will be offering a two-part online panel (20 October) and workshop (27 October) titled Collective Reflection. Improvisation. Transformation. Social Pedagogy, as part of the online program, Radiant Power in conjunction with the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery. More details here.
Halka at St Jax in Montreal – Postponed
Halka is the new musical project born from several years of artistic collaboration between Grimposium veterans – Vivek Venkatesh, David Hall, Owen Chapman – and Norwegian progressive metal legend Enslaved’s co-founder Ivar Peersen. They will play their first ever live show at the St Jax church. This event is postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information click here.
Landscape of Hope at NxNorth in Alaska – Postponed
As part of the North by North Festival at the Anchorage Museum, Alaska, Landscape of Hope will co-create a public art installation with Anchorage youth, involving multimedia, performances and other forms of expression. This event is postponed till Fall 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information click here.
Blekkmetal original motion picture soundtrack – September 2019
Released September 13, 2019, and co-produced by Vivek Venkatesh, Owen Chapman and Danji Buck-Moore, this experimental musical and multimedia collective based in Montréal, Canada, recorded the soundtrack over a four-day period this past June.
Landscape of Hate Montreal performance – July 2019
Grimposium was proud to collaborate with their longstanding partners at Heavy Montreal to bring grindcore legends Pig Destroyer back to Montreal for a unique and intimate evening at Théâtre Corona on July 26, 2019. Local electronic improvisation outfit Landscape of Hate opened the show. Here is a video of the performance.
Here is a video of the panel.
For more information see here.
Landscape of Hope explainer
In this video you’ll see members and participants explain the concept and their experiences around Landscape of Hope.
Also with French captions:
Landscape of Hope Montreal performance – February 2019
Check out this short video of the Canadian premiere of Landscape of Hope which was held in Montreal on February 20, 2019. To read more about this Landscape of Hope performance and workshop, see here.
Here is a recording of the full performance.
Landscape of Hate explainer video
Hear Vivek Venkatesh and Owen Chapman explain the concepts behind Landscape of Hate.
Deciphering Norms of Media Consumption in Extreme Metal – a podcast series
This new four-episode podcast series brings thought-provoking, contemporary topics to the table. Be it reappropriating Runes, warning against the perils of media censorship, distinguishing between provocative art and hateful discourse, and giving voice to the experiences of women in the music industry, no topic proves too challenging for Vivek Venkatesh and his co-host, Michelle Ayoub. Produced by Aaron Lakoff and Kathryn Urbaniak, each episode runs at about 30 minutes long and also has original music by Leticia Trandafir.
The first episode is titled Propositions for Cultural Reappropriation and features Jannicke Wiese-Hansen, Kirsti Rosseland, Ivar Peersen (Enslaved) and Kjetil Grutle (Enslaved).
Next is Balancing Free Speech, Critical Thinking and Media Literacy featuring J.R. Hayes (Pig Destroyer), Richard Johnson (Agoraphobic Nosebleed) and Ihsahn (Emperor).
Then there is Social Media: The Good, the Bad and the Unforgivable featuring Neill Jameson (Krieg), Jason Rockman (Slaves on Dope), Ihsahn (Emperor), Richard Johnson (Agoraphobic Nosebleed) and Sean McGuinness (Pissed Jeans).
And finally, Women in Metal: Underdogs or Equals? featuring Kirsti Rosseland, Jannicke Wiese-Hansen and Ivar Peersen (Enslaved).