JUNGLE DRUMS MAGAZINE
by Juliana Zappina
"We want to exploit you", explains a sign on the wall at the Foundry. "You're invited to exhibit your work here. We don't care if it's shit or if you're a genius waiting to be discovered". The managements lack of concern with wwhat goes on at the Foundry, a sort of pub close to Old Street tube station in London's East End, isn't haphazard. In their opinion, "art" is just an excuse to get your friends together and spend more of your money at the bar.
The Foundry's cramped performance space has played stage to some "unique" attractions - from a guy being spanked to a "trash" music soundtrack to drunken poets bellowing their poems and even two people playing patience whilst sitting on a bicycle!
As you can see, the result is often quite bizarre, but sometimes the Foundry can come up with something impressive. If you're lucky, you could be in for a provoking performance and some interesting exhibitions.
The Foundry is a bit like a Student Union, with simple improvised deco - the sofas look like someone picked them up off ther street, and deformed dolls dangle from the rafters. In spite of this, the atmosphere is perfect for impressing that alternative friend of yours and for having a pint somewhere a bit different.
If it had been around in the '60's, the Foundry would have been the type of place where revolutionary ideas, artistic movements and left-wing political parties would have emerged. Today the students seem content just listening to music, watching a weird performance and drinking cheap beer.
84-86 Great Eastern Street
Old Street tube (exit 3)
020 7739 6900