‘Framed and Frame’ recreates a local landmark in the Chinatown of downtown LA and consists of two separate sculptures divided by a wall. ‘Framed’ is a ‘wishing well’ in the form of a biomorphic, concrete, grotto-like landscape, covered with spots of spray-painted colour and cheap religious statuary and tossed coins on its ledges and niches. A secret crawlspace complete with a mattress, candles and condoms is revealed at the rear of the well. The adjacent ‘Frame’ is a 9 × 15 foot enclosure comprised of a cyclone fence, faux brick walls and barbed wire, decorated to resemble a Chinese gate. The original wishing well, referred to as the ‘Seven Star Cavern’, has an unclear history. Variously attributed, the wishing well has been modified over the years by locals and visitors. The courtyard and its greenery fell into neglect sometime after the 1960s but it remains a popular tourist attraction.
These ground-breaking, thought-provoking and spectacular talks and events will showcase talent and stimulate new collaborations and ideas between filmmakers and creative leaders.
LFF Connects: Creative Technologies Friday 7th October
Featuring Dennis Muren (special effects including Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope), David Vickery and Kevin Jenkins from Industrial Light & Magic. Book tickets.
LFF Connects: TV Thursday 6th October
Featuring Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones (creators of Black Mirror) and Joe Wright (director of the new Nosedive episode). The night also includes a special screening of new episodes! Book tickets.
LFF Connects: Games Tuesday 11th October
Featuring David Cage (games writer and director including Nomad Soul) alongside Jonathan Ross talking about the artistry of games and collaborating with musicians such as David Bowie and Hans Zimmer. Book tickets.
LFF Connects: Art/Immersive Film Thursday 13th October
Featuring Lynette Wallworth (filmmaker including Collisions). Book tickets.
LFF Connects: Music/Performance Saturday 8th October
Featuring Liam Young electronic producer and Forest Swords (audio-visual In the Robot Skies premier, the first sci-fi film shot through autonomous drones). Takashi Maximo and Simon Fisher Turner (present The Picture From Darkness ‘musicfilmdream’). Book tickets.
DJ Yoda premier of DJ Yoda Goes To The Arcades: A History of Gaming, expect a mashup of your favourite retro games and beats! Book tickets.
A true celebration of the area, hosted by the creative companies who work in the area. It blends together a range of product launches, exhibitions, installations, workshops, talks and tours which will run throughout the London Design Festival.
Running consecutively for eight years, the event has gained a reputation as the largest and most exciting London Design Festival district, with a host of design-led events making it possible to spend a whole day wandering around the area on foot.
Truly collaborative, the event revels in the true spirit of London, a place that bursts with new ideas, historical places and spaces, and the colourful characters who have strode the East End for many a year.
The BFG in Pictures is an exhibition of original Quentin Blake illustrations, prepared for Roald Dahl’s classic story The BFG.
The exhibition, curated by Quentin Blake, contains 40 original artworks, including unpublished illustrations of The BFG which have never been exhibited in public before.
The illustrations were included in first designs but were not used when the book was published for the first time in 1982. They provide a unique insight into the character development of one of the most iconic characters in children’s literature.
These unpublished illustrations are exhibited alongside the final illustrations for the book, providing a fascinating insight into the collaboration between author and illustrator, and a glimpse of a BFG that might have been…
Wayland, a mythical craftsman, challenges you to uncover a city transformed by imagination. Once a visionary smith sought by gods and kings alike, he now invites you on a journey of cryptic clues. On your adventure, you’ll uncover a legacy of ice empires, lyrical scents and frozen fiery cream. Solve his final challenge, and he might have something for you.
Wayland invites you on a trail of cryptic clues, to see if you can think like a maker. Your challenge is to carve the ice trail across London, inspired by creators from Victorian times, culminating at a crafty drinkery… one most fitting of your challenge. Demonstrate your ingenuity and perseverance to restore Wayland’s faith, and reclaim the legendary status of the makers. Don’t let him down: he has no time for idle minds. Succeed, though, and Wayland’s name shall grant you access to the legacy of ice empires, lyrical scents and frozen fiery cream.
Designed for teams of up to four people at £15 per person.
We are all Human is the UK’s annual national showcase of arts by prisoners, ex-offenders on community sentences, secure psychiatric patients and immigration detainees. It is the ninth exhibition in an ongoing partnership between the Koestler Trust and Southbank Centre.
This year’s show was curated by writer and dub–poet Benjamin Zephaniah. The exhibition features a wide range of artforms including painting, drawing, matchstick modelling, craft, music and writing, exploring themes of time, contemplation and the natural environment.
Working alongside Southbank Centre exhibition hosts, to welcome visitors and invigilate the exhibition, are ex-prisoners, specially recruited, trained and employed by the Koestler Trust. As well as gaining unique work experience and new skills, the hosts deepen visitors’ engagement with the exhibition, enabling audiences to hear first-hand how the arts reflect and enrich the lives of people in secure and criminal justice settings.
Have you ever tried disappearing off the map? It’s harder than you think to be invisible nowadays.
That’s because 100 years of mapping technology – from the original sketch of today’s London Underground to the satellite imagery of the 1990s – has monitored and shaped the society we live in.
Two World Wars. The moon landings. The digital revolution. This exhibition of extraordinary maps looks at the important role they played during the 20th century. It sheds new light on familiar events and spans conflicts, creativity, the ocean floor and even outer space.
It includes exhibits ranging from the first map of the Hundred Acre Wood to secret spy maps, via the New York Subway. And, as technology advances further than we ever imagined possible, it questions what it really means to have your every move mapped.
The Hackney One carnival returns on Sunday 11 September with spectacular costumes, energetic dance, sound systems and live music from around the world.
More than 20 carnival and community groups will join residents in celebration of Hackney’s thriving cultures and outstanding creativity in a procession weaving its way throughout the borough, the carnival will feature Hackney’s best young musicians, an all-day play area in Gillett Square and a carnival party at Ridley Road with global food, arts and crafts.
Each year riders and surfers gather in Biarritz France to share their knowledge and passion for riding; whether on bikes or waves. Tom Cockram brings his talent for capturing expression, movement and surroundings to the subjects displayed in this series. The portraits demonstrate his signature focus on character while the striking landscapes and atmospheric detail shots convey the mood of the festival and the enthusiasts that attend.
The UK and European premiere of Japanese film maker Katsuya Nonaka’s skateboard and shakuhachi documentary Future is Primitive is set to screen at House Of Vans London on Friday 9th September’s edition of #SkateFryDays.
In Future is Primitive, Nonaka talks to leading skaters from all around the world, as well as Japanese and non-Japanese players of the traditional bamboo flute, the shakuhachi.
Although these are two seemingly very different activities, both are now encountering changing status and a rise in popularity. A new version of the shakuhachi is being manufactured which is easier to play alongside Western orchestral instruments and skateboarding has just been confirmed as being a recognised sport in 2020’s Tokyo Olympics.
Alongside the screening, Katsuya Nonaka will be participating in a Q&A with Daphne Greca from Brixton’s Baddest skate shop.