I want to give a really BAD party. I mean it. I want to give a party where there's a brawl and seductions and people going home with their feelings hurt and women passed out in the cabinet de toilette. You wait and see. - F.Scott Fitzgerald
Since 2007 Viktor Wynd, as an impresario, has put together vast and elaborate events attended by up to 3000 guests, often involving a cast of 150 performers, with as many behind the scenes. The events are themed - for example The Fairy Tale Masked Ball in collaboration with Marina Warner, A Dance Macabre Halloween Ball, St.Vitus's Dance - (a Halloween party in May) etc etc Dark, dank, miserable underground railway arches are transformed for one night into exotic palaces where masked and gloriously dressed guests feast at tables groaning with gold painted naked boys and girls, whilst a full 60 piece orchestra plays & hot tubs bubble; the décor is peculiar, taking inspiration from Dutch Still Life Paintings, Peter Greenaway's The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, Her Lover (Michael Nyman debuted his djing career at one party) Atom Egoyan's Exotica, Mike Kelley, Harvest festivals, primary school Christmas parties and more. Dead pheasants adorn the wall, hanging next to mutated and abused fluffy toys, plastic animals, chickens feet, bubbles, toy aeroplanes, jigsaw puzzles, plastic donkeys, pigs heads, toy cars & charity shop discards sit on velvet covered tables next to pineapples, parsnips, mangos & cabbages., rooms contain hot tubs, life drawing classes, art workshops, playpens, jazz, gypsy, rock and roll, fado and god knows what other bands, circular beds with cascading fountains, popcorn and candyfloss, giant gargoyles, cages, gynaecological & bondage equipment. The parties aim to challenge people's perceptions of reality and to sculpt memories - guests are positively encouraged to remove decorative items and to wake up with a massive hangover, a potato in their handbag, a freshly killed pheasant on the sofa, a cuddly bear fucking a doll in their bed and a confused memory of a kiss. Documentation is actively discouraged as one of the goals is the creation of memories - every guest attended a different party.