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Mission to Mars: Backyard Cinema at Mercato Metropolitano until April 2018

Prepare yourself for an out-of-this-world immersive cinematic experience like no other! 🚀

‘Mission to Mars’ is set to make your cosmic dreams come true. Voyagers will make their way through intergalactic security before boarding a spacecraft lined with giant bean bags and a space station bar. After a quick jump through hyperspace passengers will get comfy as they are transported to a far away world, where they can enjoy a bespoke cocktail and watch the stars float by from a giant beanbag in the cosmos.

The theme is hosting a huge line up of all time classics and new releases such as: The Fifth Element, Armageddon, Independence Day, E.T., Interstellar, Men in Black, The Martian, Blade Runner, Passengers and Star Wars.

This is not just an average cinema; this is an out-of-this-world celebration of space travel, and science fiction!

www.backyardcinema.co.uk/mission-to-mars

Location:
Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR

Times:
Various times

Price:
Tickets from £17.50 for an adult, £9.50 for under 12s. Date night packages from £74 for two, with snacks, prosecco and blankets included. Book online.

What really happens in an STI screening appointment?

You might be filled with the utmost dread just at the thought of describing your bedroom habits to a stranger. You may have even more anxiety about getting tested for unwanted infections you can pick up from said bedroom activities. It is very understandable. Some things should be kept private. However, with the rising rates of sexually transmitted infections, it has never been more important to pay attention to your sexual health. Now is the time to go to your GP and get tested. 👩‍⚕️👨‍⚕️

What exactly happens during an STI check up anyway?
Do they do a swab? Do I have to provide an urine sample?
Do I have to have a blood test?

There is absolutely no need to feel apprehensive. If anything, GPs have heard it all before! Nothing can shock them. Be open and share your worries and you’re guaranteed, it will go better than expected. Often, they do not even need to examine if you do not present with any symptoms.

The basic STI test involves taking a blood sample. This is to look for the common viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C. This test also detects bacterial infection such as syphilis. Blood is usually drawn from the crook of your elbow and the procedure takes less than a minute. It is slightly painful but not horrendous.

The basic test also involves a urine sample for men and a swab for women. Men are advised to hold their urine in for a minimum of an hour to provide a sample for chlamydia and gonorrhoea. In women, usually swabs are considered more accurate and this is a self-swab.

There are various other tests they can do in addition to the above. If a man was to visit with a penile or rectal discharge, the doctor would take a sample of this discharge on a swab. The penile swab is not as ghastly as it sounds. It is a very thin cotton bud barely a few millimetres wide and is only inserted into the tip of the penis around a few millimetres deep to collect the sample. This procedure although uncomfortable, is painless. This also goes applies to rectal swabs.

Any skin lesions that are worrying in the genital area can also be swabbed using a cotton bud and sent to the lab. Again this is painless. This can confirm genital herpes or warts (although often just a clinical examination is more than enough for this).

So while it all sounds rather unpleasant, they are available to make you feel comfortable and now that you know exactly what happens during a sexual health check up, you don’t have to feel scared at all!

Dr Preethi Daniel, Clinical Director at London Doctors Clinic.

www.londondoctorsclinic.co.uk

Cinema: Women on Film at House of Vans throughout March 2018

A whole month of films hosted in the 100 seat cinema. Celebrate Women’s month this March with a selection of kick-ass female leads! 🙋‍♀️

03/03/18 – La Via En Rose
09/03/18 – Tangerine
17/03/18 – The Help
18/03/18 – Persepolis
23/03/18 – Frida
24/03/18 – Million Dollar Baby
25/03/18 – Breakfast At Tiffany’s
30/03/18 – 20th Century Women
31/03/18 – Thelma & Louise
01/04/18 – Mustang

www.houseofvanslondon.com/events/calendar/events/house-of-vans-cinema-women-on-film

Location:
House of Vans, Arches 228-232, Station Approach Road, London SE1 8SW

Times:
Thu – Fri 5pm and 7pm
Sat – 3pm and 5:30pm
Sun – 2pm and 4pm

Price:
Free entry! First come first served

Harmonics in Space: Fred Butler at NOW Gallery until 29 April 2018

Welcome to Fred Butler’s therapeutic world. For NOW Gallery’s Design Commission Fred has created a joyful destination for healing with light, colour, shape and sound. In this environment she explores chromotherapy and light as an antidote to SAD – seasonal defective disorder – and to our urban living. 🌈 ✨ 🌈

SHAPE
Fred’s on-going interest in wellbeing led her to discover Rudolph Laban’s theory ‘Harmonics in Space’ of how our bodies are formed of polyhedral shapes within the environment. The first and smallest of the polyhedral is the tetrahedron, located at the centre. Vibrations here are closely related to breathing and our intense awareness of being alive. Fred believes that through constant computer work and hunching over devices, this tetrahedron gets blocked. Take this opportunity to stand, breath and expand your chests to recharge the whole body to be responsive.

COLOUR
“We need a balance of all the colour vibrations in sunlight to nourish us energetically”. As with shape Fred believes that colour has a profound affect on our moods, emotions and daily life. This immersive installation will give you the opportunity to step away from the grey of everyday into the full spectrum.

LIGHT
Dip your head into a polyhedral to encounter healing light. These shapes relate in concentric order, and form harmonic structures in the gallery. This environment offers an interplay between the conscious and unconscious levels of the psyche, stimulating the imagination and releasing creativity.

MAKE
Take time to make origami. We have an exclusive colourful mystic mascot to match your mood. Give yourself creative space to switch off, contemplate and make. Decorate your cosmic creature and keep as a magic memento of your day.

LISTEN
Headphones are available to experience a sonic journey by Natureboy created for the exhibition. He combines live instrumentation, synthesizers and his own voice in a series of rich, reflective and detailed compositions. The contrasting tempos, textures and moods reflect the many facets of Fred Butler’s exploration of the senses. “Music Heals”

BE
This exhibition is about looking after you. It’s inclusiveness addresses Fred’s concern about the future of human nature becoming introverted, isolated and immobile. Let go of instant gratification from constant scrolling and over stimulation which shortens attention span. Enjoy the moment, forget the past, don’t speculate the future be in the NOW.

www.nowgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/harmonics-in-space

Location:
NOW Gallery, The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0SQ

Times:
Mon – Fri 10am – 7pm
Sat – Sun 11am – 4pm

Price:
Free entry

Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World at Whitechapel Gallery until 13 May 2018

Explorer, collector, activist and conjuror of theatrical environments American artist Mark Dion (b.1961) has travelled through rainforests and rubbish dumps to reveal the wonder and fragility of life on earth. Dion uses specimens – natural and manmade – to make uncanny representations of these environments. His drawings, sculptures and installations draw on the techniques of scientific enquiry and museum display; and on the telling of natural histories. 🌎

We embark on a journey through a sequence of installations created between 2000 and the present. The exhibition begins with The Library for the Birds of London (2018), a new commission continuing a series of aviaries Dion has created since 1993. The roomy sanctuary is a temporary home to 22 zebra finches, which are well-known for being social creatures. Visitors are invited into the aviary, which has an apple tree at its centre, referencing the tree of life. Over 600 books devoted to ornithology, environmentalism, literature and the natural sciences surround the birds. A scholar’s study invites us to unravel intricate drawings and models; while the Bureau for the Centre of the Study for Surrealism and its Legacy displays the strange magic of obsolete things. The muddy banks of the Thames have also yielded their treasures for poetic display in a gigantic cabinet; while The Wonder Workshop displays the ghosts of animals and instruments, many of them extinct and obsolescent. Each immersive environment is also a habitat, evoking the characters that observe, conserve or exploit the natural world.

www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/mark-dion

Location:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Times:
Monday closed
Tuesday 11am-6pm
Wednesday 11am-6pm
Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday 11am-6pm
Saturday 11am-6pm
Sunday 11am-6pm

Price:
£12.95 book online

Andreas Gursky at Hayward Gallery until 22 April 2018

Hayward Gallery reopens with the first major UK retrospective of the work of acclaimed German photographer Andreas Gursky. Known for his large-scale, often spectacular pictures that portray emblematic sites and scenes of the global economy and contemporary life, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant photographers of our time. 📷

Driven by an interest and insight into ‘the way that the world is constituted’, as well as what he describes as ‘the pure joy of seeing’, Gursky makes photographs that are not just depictions of places or situations, but reflections on the nature of image-making and the limits of human perception. Often taken from a high vantage point, these images make use of a ‘democratic’ perspective that gives equal importance to all elements of his highly detailed scenes.

www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/hayward-gallery-art/andreas-gursky

Location:
Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Times:
11am – 7pm
Closed Tuesdays
Thursdays until 9pm

Price:
£16 book online

Eddie Peake: Concrete Pitch at White Cube Bermondsey until 8 April 2018

Featuring new sculpture, painting, sound work and performance presented in an immersive and constructed environment. 🔊 🏙

The works weave autobiographical elements and an examination of self-identity with more general themes of desire, the body, architecture and urban landscape. The title ‘Concrete Pitch’ was inspired by the bare, concrete recreation ground in Finsbury Park in London where Peake grew up, which was used as a playground, a sports field, a meeting place for people of every age, class and ethnicity and location for encounters and scenarios of all kinds. Peake has said: ‘I used to treat things I did like graffiti and football and dance classes as not part of my art, then I had a sort of epiphany. I realised I want all those parts of my life in my art, and vice versa.’ For Peake, whose work can be located within a history of painting and object-making as well as more recent narratives of dance and performance art, the gallery can also be considered a stage; a place to orchestrate dramas of the everyday and to present the rich associative portrait of his childhood neighbourhood as a microcosm of urban, multicultural society.

Peake will be present in the gallery space throughout the exhibition, following a scheduled daily routine. Moving between various constructed spaces which include a private office and a triangular cell-like structure, accessible only by a tall ladder. The artist ‘plays’ himself, both offering up and dismantling the narrative of artistic ego, fictional protagonist and ‘real’ self. In another specially constructed room, visible behind a window, DJs from Kool London broadcast an online radio show during the exhibition. Broadcasting oldskool jungle and drum and bass from East London tower blocks since 1991, Kool FM is one of the longest running underground stations and provided the soundtrack to Peake’s adolescence.

The new, large-scale sound installation, Stroud Green Road runs through the gallery, consisting of a row of steel tables placed in a snaking line, just as the street of the same name runs through Peake’s neighbourhood. On their tray-like surfaces is an array of objects: small-scale sculptures as well as an eclectic selection of items purchased from shops on Stroud Green Road and several small speakers which emit a low, deep register like a wavering vibration or rattle. Composed by the artist using distorted samples and field recordings from the local area, this abstract soundscape creates a continuously looping hum, while a soft pink light floods the exhibition space. Continuing the theme of revealing and concealing, an airy white curtain hangs full-length from the ceiling, creating a natural spiralling passageway, in the centre of which a split-screen projection shows four dancers, each locked in an individual, looping sequence of complex, choreographed movement. The notion of the loop, a key motif within Peake’s work, is manifested in these repetitive movements, in the daily rituals the artist will be observing, in the sonic structure of the sound sculpture and in the music played by the Kool DJs. For Peake, these devices echo the entrapping loops of thought or behaviour associated with compulsion, obsession and depression.

In several new series of paintings, techniques of layering and masking are used to create vivid abstract compositions on canvas or hard, reflective stainless-steel panels. In one group, overlapping, spray-painted rectangles recall the urban patchwork of fly-posters, while in others, graffiti-like mark-making recedes into a bright void. This exploration of the void, whereby elements of the composition are left blank or undone creates works that reflect back to the viewer a sense ennui, even depression. In another group of oil on canvas works, a rainbow-coloured text defines the form of a head in profile spelling out the enigmatic slogans ‘A More Uncomfortable And Realistic History’, and ‘We To The Ramp Go For Relinquish Unearned Privileges And Powers’. Suggesting the direct, angry tone of graffiti, social media and urban music, these works are an expression of ideas that have formerly been implicit in Peake’s work.

www.whitecube.com/exhibitions/eddie_peake_bermondsey_2018

Location:
White Cube Bermondsey, 144 – 152 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ

Times:
Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 12pm – 6pm

Price:
Free entry

Made in North Korea: Everyday Graphics from the DPRK at House of Illustration until 13 May 2018

The UK’s first ever exhibition of graphic design from North Korea, revealing a style honed over decades in a closed society. 🇰🇵 ✏️

An exhibition of hundreds of everyday objects including food packaging, ticket stubs and stamps, together with hand-painted propaganda posters and comics, giving a extraordinary and rare insight into everyday life in the DPRK.

The exhibition displays the collection of Nicholas Bonner, the foremost expert on North Korean graphic culture, tourism and film, who has led tours to the country for 25 years.

www.houseofillustration.org.uk/whats-on/current-future-events/made-in-north-korea-everyday-graphics-from-the-dprk

Location:
House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH

Times:
10am-6pm Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday)

Price:
From £7.50 book online

Future of Dating: Friday Late at V&A on Friday 23 February 2018

The original contemporary late night event. Friday Late celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with leading and emerging artists and designers through live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and late-night exhibition openings.

With dating apps ever increasing, finding love is now as much about an algorithm as physical attraction. Join us this Friday Late to swipe, like, and explore the future of dating. What role do data and technology play, and what is at stake in terms of chemistry, privacy and who knows our preferences best? Look at the politics of sex and relationships, and question how we build and sustain them today and into the future. Watch out cupid! 💕

www.vam.ac.uk/info/friday-late

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

Times:
6:30pm – 10pm

Price:
Free, make sure you arrive early!

Tate Lates at Tate Modern on Friday 23 February 2018

2018 marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act, which granted some women the right to vote for the first time in British parliamentary elections. We celebrate women in the arts with a vibrant mix of art, music, film, drop in workshops, pop up talks and street food. 🙋

Find emerging and established DJs selected by NTS Radio, alongside world-class exhibitions, discover pop-up talks, playful artistic activations and hands-on workshops. Or simply enjoy the space, the music, the views and the delicious food and drink offers.

RSVP on Facebook

Music & Visuals Programmed By gal-dem:
See DJs Nabihah Iqbal (formerly Throwing Shade), Lil C, Anz and Tone in the South Tanks. They will be accompanied by ground-breaking visuals made by or starring women of colour from Ifama and focused on black suffragette Ida B. Wells.

Music Programmed by NTS Radio:
See DJs Flo Dill, 239EF and Janie Jones in the Terrace Bar until 11pm.

www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/late/uniqlo-tate-lates

Location:
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Time:
6pm-10pm

Price:
Free entry

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