Tuesday, 29 October 2013
listening to darkstar whilst organising tomorrows hang at the Gallery in Norwich. The culmination of 2 years work. The show is on for one day - thursday - the private view is wednesday 5.30 - 7.00
Sunday, 27 October 2013
An excellent morning at what is a great venue - my local arts centre - The Cut in Halesworth - a read through of the latest play by Robin Brookes – Britten’s got Talent. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Brooks It’s both a comedic romp and a clever exploration of Britten the man whilst gently referencing the research that must of gone into the work. A meditation on what drives creativity, looking at the role of beauty and challenging a few stereotypes along the way. Simon Butress read superbly the part of Britten, bringing life to the words on a page! I can’t wait to see the play when it’s on at The Wolsey in Ipswich late November. http://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/4859/shows/brittens-got-talent.html
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
A busy week so far – 2 days in N Norfolk staying in a holiday camp with year 1 textile students – a time to get together .......drawing outside and bonding. There are some really extraordinary landscapes to work out on the coast - its a great experience which stays with the students and they build with on throughout their practice within the years to come.
Sunday, 20 October 2013
Sunday, 13 October 2013
one of the tightest, most professional faster than sound events so far – a game of two parts with the seemingly very 'famous' working together and the ‘young ones’ going all experimental and off-piste. The focus of the evening and their residency was rethinking/reimagining the Britten folk songs. http://www.fasterthansound.com/ I have always felt that he had hijacked and in some way ‘un-folked’ them. The discussion held before the event and chaired by Jonathan Reekie was an affirmation that the folk songs are not overtly loved by all. For me the evening re-established and re-contextualised them within a folk tradition, even or specifically that there was a large electronic presence - techno-folk. Highlights were a drumming duel/duet with South London Ordinance, Alex Thomas and Sam Wilson – a reinterpretation of Widow. Although less dangerously experimental and closer to the original, Alexis Taylor and Green Gartside gave a very intimate performance although quite mournful it was as if they were in your living room – quite beautiful, Lemady was truly sublime? Listening to Green Gartsides voice took me straight back to 1983 and got me thinking how Scritti-Politti was a folk band for the 80s.
Meanwhile – some film recommendations – for a brainlessly stupid film experience I recommend a double bill of Pacific Rim http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1663662/ (large robots crashing with larger monsters – the script not troubling a sheet of A4 paper and white house down http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2334879/ (just unnecessary but it will be all okay).
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
A day at Camberwell yesterday – as is becoming more usual the trains were a disaster – ‘only’ 2 hours and 3 minutes LATE getting into London! so a long frustrating day but it was the first crit and a chance to see what people are making – some thoughtful starting points and ways of approaching both the world/life in general and making in particular. This led to some exciting work and considered conversations – i look forward to the rest of the year. Met Matthew Tyson for lunch at the South London Gallery – he has a show at Gogoyoga - London E2 7RG http://imprints-galerie.com/newslist (see work above) the new year at NUA has started in earnest - day 1 – the first presentation for year 3 textile students started with the slide above – yes there are only 228 days left till they leave. Looking forward to the upcoming faster than sound at Snape Maltings at the weekend - http://www.fasterthansound.com/ it has to be a good one with Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip and Green Gartside of Scritti Politti in the mix. Meanwhile enjoying
looking at my notes - memory is fiction - men are superfluous even in their own lives - cookie cutter characters - writing praxis - looming otherness - shape shifting, writing from the perspective of female gender - haptic quality - transformation gamma - bourgeois mediated discourse - collective deluzean state - creating sense where there is no sense - anthropology is cultural imperialism - yes I went to listen to Will Self talking with Bernardo Carvalho as part of Flipside at Snape Maltings http://www.flipsidefestival.co.uk/welcome.aspx most excellent, entertaining and informing with just a hint of menace.
meanwhile - late to this I know but have returned to Akala via TED Aldeburgh where I last saw him and have become a fan, founder of The hip hop Shakespeare Company http://www.hiphopshakespeare.com/site/about/ which in itself is wonderful - check out the shakespear v hip hop lyric at TED http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSbtkLA3GrY and to get a handle on his lyrics the series fire in the booth has to be visited.
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
my work is in a couple of group shows that are coming up - Resurrecting the Book - in the Library of Birmingham - The exhibition opens on the 6th of November and runs until the 23rd. See the blog - http://thelibraryoflostbooks.blogspot.co.uk/ and go to the conference. The Sheffield International Artists Book Prize opens on the 5th October at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield http://artistsbookprize.co.uk/ there are many events and exhibitions linked to it that are worth checking out. http://bankstreetarts.com/uncategorized/sheffield-international-book-prize-2013-catalogue/ - looking forward to flipside at Snape in Suffolk at the weekend http://www.flipsidefestival.co.uk/welcome.aspx - I’m up for Will Self on Saturday.
meanwhile another ‘I really don’t care about other people’ parking and the question - does the large car or the attitude come first?