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Natural Light – Blue Light Room by Bruce Nauman @ Blain|Southern / until 12th November 2016 🔷

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm
Sat 10am-5pm

@ Blain|Southern, 4 Hanover Square London W1S 1BP

Free entry

www.blainsouthern.com

A significant architectural installation exhibited for the first time since its initial presentation in 1971. It is one of the earliest instances of the artist producing built environments to intentionally discomfit or disorientate the viewer.

In the gallery, there were some skylights above one wall. I installed blue fluorescent lights below the sky lights. It messed up your ability to see the space clearly because when you got under them you started getting a lot of afterimages. Everything became a little jumpy… There was nothing else in the space. So the idea was that it would be hard to know what to focus on and even if you did, it would be hard to focus.’ – Bruce Nauman

While in many ways representative of the minimalist aesthetic of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Natural Light, Blue Light Room also reveals a specific set of ideas that concerned Nauman at the time. He devised Natural Light, Blue Light Room at a time when artists were attempting to reduce to the barest minimum what was necessary for an action, object or intervention to be declared an artwork. He had already started to explore how to change the emphasis from the production of an inert art object to an installation that would create a particular physical or psychological experience for the viewer. In order to fulfil this aim, he set aside the convention of representing light, temperature or space in a sculpture or image, and instead used these phenomena as the actual raw material or media of his work.

Walking into the gallery, viewers experience a physical response to the empty space and unfamiliar light. With time, they discern two different light sources – the natural daylight and blue fluorescent lights. This initial physical stimulus grows more confusing as the atmosphere in the room changes and resets itself with the shifting light outside. Meanwhile, the blue light remains wholly consistent, becoming a strangely tangible presence in the room, thus acting like an image or symbol, almost an object in itself, inviting the viewer to interpret their own reaction to the disorientating experience of the room.

*This art installation is best experienced during daylight hours

Time Run: The Celestial Chain @ London Fields / from 24th November 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Time Run, 9-15 Helmsley Place, London Fields, London E8 3SB

Tickets: from £30 per person (games are 90 minutes) book online

www.time-run.com

The Celestial Chain spearheads a new generation in Time Run’s evolving model of elevating traditional live gaming experiences. Running concurrently with the critically and publicly acclaimed Lance of Longinus, this ground-breaking, interactive experience allows Time Runners to travel through multiple fast-paced time zones.

An exemplary scoring system will enable teams to chart their achievements against other Runners and offers the opportunity to return time and again to beat previous scores. The new format of the game boasts the capability to allow larger groups to compete; in just over two hours, seven teams will be able complete the experience. With a set amount of time in each time period, The Celestial Chain is a high-octane, adrenaline-fueled quest which immerses teams in more beautifully crafted worlds than ever before and offers a number of possible endings to the quest for a truly indulgent experience of pure escapism and action adventure.

Behind an apparently unremarkable warehouse door in London Fields, time traveler Luna Fox and her robotic companion, Babbage, are once again recruiting Time Runners as they battle with an ancient force bent on revenge. A rogue goddess, once imprisoned, has broken free of her shackles – the titular Celestial Chain – and is moving freely through time; wreaking havoc and leaving a trail of devastation in her wake. Time Runners must journey from the distant past to the far-flung future, gathering lost and concealed artefacts to bind the goddess once again; or risk the end of the world as we know it.

Time Run is at the forefront of the new generation of live gaming experiences, developing the phenomenon by combining intricately planned game design with high-end technology and impressive production values. Created by a team of expert game designers, production specialists and live event organisers, Time Run is perfect for thrill-seekers and families, novices and experienced gamers alike. Time Runners can enjoy the new mission in teams of 3-4 people, and have one hour to complete their quest by piecing together the story, solving puzzles and finding hidden clues. For those who succeed, the dream of being an action adventure hero can become a reality.

Stoke Newington Music Festival @ various venues around Stoke Newington / until Sunday 23rd October 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Various venues around Stoke Newington

Free entry

www.stokenewingtonmusicfestival.com

Three days of World Class Music from well over a hundred bands and performers in venues right across Stoke Newington.

The vast majority of the gigs are free and there’s a no ticket policy throughout the festival.

With everything from Top Rock Bands to Inspired Classical Spotlight’s and some truly irreverent Spoken Word thrown into the mix, there’s nothing stopping you from checking out all the venues and seeing some of the most talented musicians and wordsmiths playing in London today.

RSVP on Facebook

Bedwyr Williams: The Gulch @ Barbican – The Curve / until 8th January 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Sat–Wed 11am–8pm
Thu–Fri 11am–9pm

@ Barbican Centre, The Curve, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Free entry

www.barbican.org.uk

Enter the weird and wonderful mind of Welsh artist Bedwyr Williams as he brings the Barbican’s Curve gallery to life with his quest into The Gulch.

Navigate a succession of surreal and theatrically staged scenes as you embark on a journey conjured by one of the contemporary art world’s most exciting and innovative artists. From a pair of singing running shoes to a depressed hypnotist and a talking goat, Bedwyr’s curious and often subversive internal dialogue plays out along the Curve’s space in this fantastical installation. Physical and metaphorical twists and turns will guide you through the gallery and ultimately inspire you to give your own performance, one that will fill the cavernous gorge of the gulch for those following in your footsteps.

Minute observations are elevated to a monumental scale and compelling scenarios come to the fore on this intriguing and immersive journey.

Dom Perignon – Transformation @ South Molton Street pop up / from Thursday 20th until Sunday 23rd October 2016 🍾

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10.00am-8.30pm

@ South Molton Street, London (near Bond Street Tube station)

Tickets: free, book online

http://uk.domperignon.com/en-GB/transformation.html

An exceptional fifteen minute experience, encapsulating the unique history and alchemy behind the creation of Dom Pérignon.

Opening its doors on South Molton Street, in the Lanes of Mayfair, the striking installation entitled ‘Transformation’ will take you on a multi-sensory journey to uncover the magic of Dom Pérignon, through the exploration of sight, sound and taste, starting with a tasting of Dom Pérignon vintage 2006. Open for just four days, ‘Transformation’ is a one-off experience, not to be missed.

Dom Pérignon is unique, only releasing vintage champagnes, created using the best grapes from an exceptional year’s harvest. Transforming in the cellars over time, each vintage evolves in a succession of peaks known as Plénitudes, offering different expressions of the same vintage. Dom Pérignon’s champagnes reach their first Plénitude (P1) after seven years and the second Plénitude (P2) after 15 years.

Protest @ Victoria Miro (Gallery 1) / until 5th November 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm

@ Victoria Miro, Gallery I, 16 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW

Free entry

www.victoria-miro.com

Historical and contemporary works feature in a group exhibition by artists concerned with the socio-political issues of their day, who question the status quo and the power structures found within societies, and who take the very language of protest as a means to explore its potency.

Taking as a starting point Alice Neel’s 1936 painting Nazis Murder Jews, the exhibition presents new and recent works by artists including Doug Aitken, Elmgreen & Dragset, Isaac Julien, Wangechi Mutu, Richard Prince and Sarah Sze amongst others. These works do not document protests per se, but rather through image, composition, gesture, material, form or concept, serve as a call to action – inspiring consideration of possibilities for a life of freedom, an insistence on human rights, and continued debate and dialogue around the immediate social and political issues which confront our global community.

Artists:
Doug Aitken, Jules de Balincourt, Vlassis Caniaris, Elmgreen & Dragset, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Christian Holstad, Isaac Julien, Yayoi Kusama, Wangechi Mutu, Alice Neel, Chris Ofili, Richard Prince, Sarah Sze, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kara Walker.

You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 @ V&A / until February 2017 🎶🎸🤘

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10:00-17:45 (Friday 10:00-22:00)

@ Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Tickets: £16 book online

www.vam.ac.uk

How have the finished and unfinished revolutions of the late 1960s changed the way we live today and think about the future?

Major exhibition will explore the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century alongside fashion, film, design and political activism. The exhibition considers how the finished and unfinished revolutions of the time changed the way we live today and think about the future.

KERB street food fourth anniversary @ Kings Cross / Friday 14th October 2016 🍤🍔🍹🍗

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 5-11pm

@ West Handyside Canopy, Kings Cross, N1C 4AP

Tickets: £4 book online, quick before they sell out! 💸

www.kerbfood.com/kerb-turns-4

Celebrate with KERB on their fourth anniversary! Grab yourself incredible food from 15 traders and great Fri-yay drinks including specialist cocktails and beers. Food from £4 including special #KERBlaborations.

Party music provided by Pig & Rig have their soundsystem playing reggae, calypso and aftobeat.

Food:
Deep fried spaghetti balls, Vietnamese chicken wings, mac ‘n cheese fries, ox heart pepperoni quesadillas, Bleecker burger sliders, ahi tuna poke boats, jerk chicken skewers, fried chicken nuggets with popcorn and chipotle chocolate salt, Baked Alaska with marshmallow sauce, butterscotch honeycomb pecan choux cones, Smartie exploding chocolate buttercream donuts…

Cocktails:
Spiced tequila Tegroni, Birthday Cake Spritz, Cool Runnings rum punch Slushie…

Beer:
Four Pure Shapeshifter, Beavertown Neck Oil, Camden Unfiltered Hells, Guest Tap: Sourz, IPAs & Saisons…

15 traders will be serving up KERB flavour all round including two very special #KERBlaborations from vegan traders Club Mexicana X Spice Box and BBQ Dreamz X Oh My Dog! ‘Dreamz Dogz’. Anna Mae’s will be on hand with their Mac ‘n Cheese fries, whilst Killa Dilla will offer up slider sized quesadillas. White Men Can’t Jerk, Bill or Beak, Blutop and more.

KERB will be whipping up specialist cocktails including a spicy tequila, Campari and scotch bonnet Tegroni, a prosecco and Frangelico fueled Birthday Cake Spritz and a banging rum punch Cool Runnings slushy. At the KERB Beer Bar there will be Camden Hells, Beaver Town Neck Oil, Four Pure Shape Shifter and a selection of alternative brews (with a chance to win four free pints for every new keg at the sound of the bell).

The London Shuffle Club @ Old Truman Brewery / until the end of the year 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Thu-Sat 12:00-23:00
Mon-Wed and Sunday until 22:00

@ The London Shuffle Club, Old Truman Brewery, Elys Yard, London E1 6QR

Tickets: £40 per lane book online for up to four people

www.londonshuffle.com

Londoners have the chance to try your hand at Shuffleboarding, the classic American game that is taking Brooklyn by storm.

The new venue is taking over the top floor of the iconic Truman Brewery in Shoreditch for the rest of the year. The space will celebrate the building’s industrial look giving it an underground party vibe – think bespoke neon lighting and sexy Miami-style art deco styling. Pop up bar specialists Platterform will be on hand to serve up classic cocktails and Americana inspired food.

Shuffleboarding can be dated back as far as Henry VIII and is like a mash up between ten-pin bowling and curling. No need to hire shoes, wear what you like!

If you’re interested in joining the leagues, contact:
leagues@londonshuffle.com

Christmas bookings open:
bookings@londonshuffle.com

Lygia Pope @ Hauser & Wirth / until 19th November 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am-6pm

@ Hauser & Wirth London, 23 Savile Row, London W1S 2ET

Free entry

www.hauserwirth.com

An exhibition of work by Lygia Pape, the celebrated Brazilian artist central to the Neo-Concrete movement who pioneered a unique approach to abstraction. The show will focus on Pape’s early Desenhos, Tecelares and later, iconic Ttéia installations and marks the gallery’s first presentation of the artist since beginning work with Projeto Lygia Pape earlier this year.

Initially inspired by the formal geometric abstraction of Concrete art, which emerged in Brazil in the early 1950s, Pape started out by making geometric constructions. She later tired of the severity of this prescriptive art form and moved beyond its constraints, becoming a founding member of the Neo-Concrete movement dedicated to the inclusion of art into everyday life. Pape broke away from preconceived artistic categories, and from the 1960s onward sought to inject new expressive formulae into abstract art. The works in the exhibition span over 30 years, mapping the way in which Pape developed Concrete art’s geometric shapes into three-dimensional objects designed to transfigure in the presence of the viewer and be experienced sensorially.

In her early Desenhos, Pape’s geometric black shapes are reminiscent of musical staves – the lines, cuts, grids and ruptures are suggestive of compositions and variations, intersected by voids, which indicate moments of silence. For Pape, the positive marks and negative spaces were of equal importance in an interpretation of the work. They typify Brazilian geometric abstraction, characterised by an expressive quality and implying the engagement of the viewer in a reading of the work.

From early experimentations with printmaking, Pape developed her Tecelares principally between 1955 and 1959. These works reinterpreted the process of woodcut, casting aside the notion of the ‘multiple’ and creating individual works with an emphasis on the power of expression as opposed to premeditated modes of production. She created a harmony between the geometry of her forms on the paper and the natural grain of her wooden implements, exploiting the texture of the wood to explore the relationship between reason and nature; forging unity between artistic mechanism and the material’s own expressiveness. Guided by intuition alone, the relationship of her shapes is controlled by what Pape termed, ‘magnetisation’. ‘Magnetised space’ is the energy that emanates between forms and shapes when they are brought together in an artwork. When a person then encounters the work – either by physically moving around it or, by engaging with it emotionally – they add another dimension to this relationship, creating a new kind of ‘magnetism’. Pape’s mirroring, doubling and negative space interplay to activate the surfaces of her Tecelares. In these pioneering experimentations with woodcut, Pape divorced the medium from its associations with folk art, political propaganda and figuration.

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