Mac Conner: A New York Life @ House of Illustration / until 28th June 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm

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

Tickets: £7 book online

www.houseofillustration.org.uk

Featuring over 70 original works by McCauley ‘Mac’ Conner, one of the defining illustrators of America’s golden age of advertising.

This is the first time the work of one of New York’s original ‘Mad Men’ has been the subject of a major exhibition in the UK.

In the 1940s – 1960s, Conner’s captivating advertising and editorial illustrations graced the pages of major magazines and helped shape the image of postwar America. One of the influential group of commercial artists at the heart of Manhattan’s thriving advertising and publishing scene, Conner’s hand-painted illustrations capture the style and spirit of a pivotal era in American history.

Mac Conner: A New York Life will present Conner’s published work alongside reference photos and preliminary designs, a selection of fiction stories accompanied by illustrations from Conner and his contemporaries, advertising tearsheets for major clients such as Ford, United Airlines and AT&T, correspondence letters with editors and art directors and more – presenting a window on the dynamic world of the illustrators who created the look of a generation.

BP Spotlight: Tracey Emin and Francis Bacon @ Tate Britain / until June 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am – 6pm

@ Tate Britain, Millbank London SW1P 4RG

Free

www.tate.org.uk

Tracey Emin’s installation My Bed 1998 returns to Tate Britain after it first came to public attention when shown in the 1999 Turner Prize exhibition.

It is displayed there alongside six of the artist’s recent figure drawings, as well as two oil paintings by Francis Bacon selected by Emin. Her installation, as Bacon’s paintings do, retains a strong sense of the lived presence and memory traces of past events.

By virtue of bringing the domestic into the public sphere, without directly representing specific events, My Bed is forcefully and compellingly suggestive of personal narratives.

Best known for making works that convey experiences and events from her own life by using a range of media, read Tate’s introduction to Tracey Emin to find out more about the artist in her own words.

Kitsune Club Night @ Village Underground / Saturday 4th April 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 21:00-04:00

@ Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PQ

Tickets: £17.50 book online

www.kitsune.fr

Kitsune & Magic and Medicine brings to you once again its renowned annual, one of a kind, Easter Bank Holiday Party featuring a selection of old and new friends.

They return to their east London clean crisp warehouse style club Village Underground in Shoreditch.

Expect the usual Kitsune warm and friendly atmosphere, free Kitsune goodies and a thumping soundsystem.

Fun, Tantalizing and imaginative get your bunny ears ready and dress up to get down theirs a party in town that’s about to go off.

DJs:
DJ Falcon & Alan Braxe
Kry Wolf
Waifs & Strays
Danglo
Cesare
One Bit live

Work It x Drake Night @ The Laundry / Friday 3rd April 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 22:00-late

@ The Laundry, 2-18 Warburton Road, London E8 3FN

Tickets: from £7 book online

www.youworkit.co.uk

You know they had to do it for you…

Your girls at Work It and your boys at NBA Jam present the return of the original DRAKE NIGHT.

This time they’re at The Laundry for the biggest Drake Night yet, riding through E8.

They haven’t messed with the formula. It’s still ALL DRAKE, ALL NIGHT.

Magical Bones: The Sleight of Dance @ Udderbelly / Friday 10th and Saturday 11th April 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Friday 7.30pm
Saturday 6pm

@ Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: from £16.50 book online

www.udderbelly.co.uk

If you think you’ve seen it all before, you’re in for a real surprise… get ready for spectacular breakdancing magic.

Richard Essien, also known as Magical Bones, is one of the most exciting talents to have emerged from the magic industry.

In The Sleight of Dance he presents a collision of dance and magic undertaken by two disparate sides of the same persona. Set against an urban backdrop the story serves as an odyssey that sees the two characters journey towards a final encounter.

Born and raised in South East London, the magician and dancer has been entertaining audiences for over 10 years. Starting out his career as a professional hip hop dancer, he has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Madonna, Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys and Plan B. This exceptionally skilled break-dancer and a gifted showman went on to establish himself as one of the most respected and prominent figures within the UK hip hop scene.

For him, the next logical step was to combine this love of dance with his other true passion – magic.

And so he combined his loves; merging hip hop culture with his passion for sleight of hand creating an absolutely unique blend of utterly innovative terpsichorean magic.

With stunning visual magic and original dance pieces such as the ‘break dance straitjacket escape’, this is magic like no one else does it.

The Future of Feminism @ Protein Studios / Monday 30th March 2015

TIME AND PLACE:Protein

Discussion: 19.00 – 20.30

@ Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A

Tickets: Start from £10 via Eventbrite

http://prote.in

Coinciding with Protein’s Gender Report they will be exploring how digital platforms, like Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter are helping a new generation of feminists to challenge prejudice. It appears that when it comes to addressing gender equality and sexism, fourth-wave feminists aren’t just along for the ride. A new generation is taking matters into its own hands, discussing politics and social issues, otherwise ignored by the mainstream media, building communities and using social-media tools to quickly and effectively address discrimination at large.

Join the Protein team, meet the people at the forefront of the change and take part in a discussion about what’s next.

On the panel we have:
Teo Connor and Loren Platt, The W Project
Bjork Grue Lidin, HYSTERIA
Phoebe Collings-James, Artist
Amrou Al-Kadhi, The Inkling Magazine

Pepsi Max Cherry @ The Cherry Rooms / until Sunday 29th March 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
12pm–8pm Sat
12pm–5pm Sun

@ The Cherry Rooms, 133 Bethnal Green Road, London E3

Free entry, no booking necessary

www.therobincollective.co.uk

Taste bud hackers The Robin Collective are running a gastronomical adventure that explores the senses through a variety of interactive, edible and ingenious experiences.

Located at the top of Brick Lane in Shoreditch, what at first appears to be a small, unassuming soda shop, is quickly transformed as visitors crawl through a secret entrance to embark on a journey of taste discovery over four rooms that will explode the five senses. From a cola rain room and the UK’s first edible cherry tree to molecular mocktails from leading mixologists, this multisensory flavour experience will unlock the senses and challenge perceptions of taste in ways that have never been done before.

A haven for adventurous foodies and cola lovers alike, alongside the fully immersive edible journey, The Cherry Rooms will also host a series of free 45-minute workshops. The dynamic duo behind the concept, The Robin Collective, will host the ultimate ‘supertaster’ test in their Flavour of Science workshop, whilst beauty expert Hattie Fieber will give lessons on the next big craze – edible beauty treatments. One of London’s finest mixologists Michael Stringer has created a unique Pepsi Max Cherry molecular mocktail for visitors to enjoy whilst they indulge in this bold and unexpected experience.

Anita Witek @ L’etangere gallery / until 2nd May 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Wed-Sat 11am-6pm

@ L’etangere gallery, 44a Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3PD

Free entry

www.letrangere.net

First UK solo exhibition of the celebrated Austrian artist, Anita Witek. The show, which encompasses installation, montage and photography is concerned with the production and representation of images within the field of photography, and will be displayed in a series of constructed spaces within the gallery.

From sculptural installation to photomontage, Witek renders multiple slippages between two and three dimensionality. It is this process of simultaneously ‘making’ and ‘breaking’ space, of moving within and beyond the pictorial plane and also the inside/outside spaces of the gallery itself, that reveals the innately artificial and mimetic nature of the photographic medium.

Central to Witek’s practice is the artistic process of photomontage. Her extensive archive of printed matter, consisting of contemporary and historical magazines, newspapers, found books, and posters, provide the material for her working process. By dissecting, detaching and cutting into these materials Witek not only interferes with the tension of their surfaces, but also questions and destabilises their initial content.

Witek has recently continued this de-contextualisation of the imagery with which we are consistently bombarded through the use of the material on which billboard advertisements are printed. These large-scale, consumer-driven bulletins are recycled and reformed into the artist’s colour palette; the original image becomes lost within the sculptural installation that the viewer is left with. Witek’s process comments on contemporary modes of image- making and the potentially endless chains of derivatives to which one single photograph is subject to. No longer is the index embedded within the signifying photograph, but instead it becomes just one step in a continuous flux of material; its context and history is constantly subject to re-appropriation.

Although Witek’s images may be anti-narrative in the traditional sense, being devoid of any visual connections between speaking subjects, this rupture allows for the temporal perception of the spectator to be brought forward. As the gaze moves over the image, deducing and carving a pathway through its many layers, Witek releases what avant-garde filmmaker, Malcolm Le Grice, calls ‘spectator time’: vision as function.

Homes for the Homeless @ Geffrye Museum / until Sunday 12th July 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
Bank Holiday Mondays 10am – 5pm

@ Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA

Tickets: £5

www.geffrye-museum.org.uk

We tend to imagine the Victorian home as a family affair, a place of stability and a retreat from the outside world. But for huge numbers of Londoners the reality was very different. Tens of thousands made their homes in lodgings and lodging houses, renting a room or a bed in a building shared with strangers. Countless others could not afford to rent and were forced to turn to the workhouse and to shelters or slept rough in whatever shelter they could find.

This exhibition tells the story of this ‘other’ London, exploring the places the poor inhabited and bringing them to life through paintings, photographs, and objects, as well as through personal stories and reports.

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Human Rights Human Wrongs @ The Photographers’ Gallery / 6th April 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon – Sat, 10am – 6pm
Thu, 10am – 8pm
Sun, 11.30am – 6pm

The Photographers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW

Free entry

www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk

Featuring more than 200 original press prints, drawn from the prestigious Black Star collection of twentieth century photoreportage.

The exhibition explores what role such images play in helping us understand the case for human rights, and further addresses the legacy of how photographs have historically functioned in raising awareness of international conflict.

The exhibition spans a time frame from 1945 until the early 90s and examines the major political upheavals, conflict, war and struggles against racism and colonisation that became especially urgent following World War II. It seeks to present these events in a global context rather than as isolated incidents, moving away from didactic perspectives on history.