The society is dedicated to subverting life, the universe and everything bored of the life and world it sees around it seeks to create a new world filled with beauty, wonder and the imagination. The Society presents a veritable feast of experiences and productions.
Since 2005 it has presented London’s longest running Literary Salon with well known and forgotten figures from the worlds of the written word, it’s parties are beautiful, fantastic and fun. The society is aiming to become a non profit with full charitable status, until that time it is run as a benign dictatorship by the Chancellor Viktor Wynd
The Society is headquartered at The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, 11 Mare Street, E84RP
Mr.Wynd is an artist working in the field of relational aesthetics, a 'pataphysicist, writer, curator, collector, dealer, dilettante, naturalist and antiquarian but perhaps best known as one of London's most innovative impresarios through his role as founder, and Chancellor of interdisciplinary art movement The Last Tuesday Society – an experiment in Relational Aesthetics; he has put on over 500 literary salons, curated over forty art exhibitions at his eponymous art gallery, séances, workshops and of course his parties that regularly attract in excess of 3000 guests. He first gained notoriety with "Loss; an evening of Exquisite Misery" – a reinterpretation of Gunter Grass's Onion Cellar Nightclub from The Tin Drum – guests were invited to dress in Decaying Beauty, chop onions and cry, he next reinvented The Masquerade Ball for the twenty first century, it is not unusual to see him dressed head to foot in custom cut red sequined suits, red python skin shoes & red body paint introducing a classical orchestra of over a hundred whilst naked boys and girls painted gold circulate dropping living oysters down waltzing revelers throats - who have themselves often spent months creating their stunning outfits, not to mention Wyndstock - the magnificent balls he throws annually at Houghton Hall in Norfolk.
As a teenager he lived in Paris, attending lectures at the Sorbonne by day and Le Queen by night, moving to London to read Medieval Islamic History at The School of Oriental and African Studies after graduating he returned to Paris working as a gardener at the English Catholic Church and writing a novel and three volumes of poetry before returning to London to study ceramics at The John Cass from where he was awarded The Rosenquist Fellowship in Fine arts at The University of South Florida. Historically his work has always examined narrative structures and sought a way to examine the cracks in the pavement where meaning disappears. His gallery exhibitions, including "Why I Think I'm So Fucking Special – It's All About Me" – Miami 2004 & "The Sorrows of Young Wynd" Miami 2006 were designed as multifaceted immersive installations however he swiftly became frustrated with the artworld preferring to create vast social sculptures. In 2013 he was the subject of a documentary by the National Geographic Channel watched by almost 200 million people
When not on collecting exhibitions worldwide he lives between London & Norfolk with his three Jackdaws Nancy, Perdita & Mortimer tending to his ever growing collection of plants, tropical fish and stones.
Collectors, drinks historians & absintheurs — Allison Crawbuck (Brooklyn) & Rhys Everett (London) opened their Absinthe Parlour & Cocktail Bar at the Society in 2016, bringing with them a shared passion for passion for unearthing curious tales and rendering them in liquid form. Together, they have curated the UK's most extensive list of premium quality, traditional absinthes & curious cocktails to pair.
In 2019, it was voted the Best Bar in London at the 7th annual Design My Night Awards by a public vote of over 180,000 Londoners, and in 2020, their absinthe menu was shortlisted for Imbibe's Specialist List of the Year.
Their passion for the Green Fairy has taken the duo around the world in search of the many unknowns that still remain in the alluring history of Absinthe. They host a programme of drawing salons, lectures and tastings that explore the origins and rituals of the alluring elixir.
In December 2020, Allison Crawbuck and Rhys Everett launched London's first Absinthe distillery: Devil's Botany located in the city's east end.
They are also authors of Spirits of the Otherworld: A Grimoire of Occult Cocktails & Drinking Rituals, published by Prestel/RandomHouse (Sep 2021 | ISBN 9783791387147).