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Teller on Mapplethorpe @ Alison Jacques Gallery / until 7th January 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tuesday to Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

@ Alison Jacques Gallery, 16-18 Berners Street, London W1T 3LN

Free entry

www.alisonjacquesgallery.com

To coincide with what would have been the 70th birthday of the iconic American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Alison Jacques has invited acclaimed UK-based, German-born photographer Juergen Teller to curate an exhibition of Mapplethorpe’s work. Teller worked in collaboration with The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation in New York to make his selection.

Considered ​one​ of the most important photographers of ​the 20th century, ​Robert Mapplethorpe is currently the subject of a major touring retrospective The Perfect Medium, which opened at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles ​in 2016. ​The exhibition is currently ​on view ​at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada ​(until 22 January 2017)​​ and will travel to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (October 2017 – February 2018). Mapplethorpe is also the subject of a recently released, Emmy nominated, HBO documentary Look at the Pictures (2016).

​Juergen Teller is one of a few artists who, since Mapplethorpe, has been able to operate successfully both in the art world and the world of commercial fashion photography.​ ​Alison Jacques, who has represented Robert Mapplethorpe in the UK ​since 1999, said: “Provocative and subversive, making images which are the antithesis of conventional fashion photography, ​Juergen Teller was the only choice to curate this special exhibition of Robert’s work. There are obvious parallels between these ​two ​artists and I ​believe Juergen​’s eye​ will bring ​a new reading of Robert’s work.”

​With the permission of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Teller has enlarged two images, each over 4 metres in scale, which, pasted directly onto the gallery’s walls will provide a backdrop to the entire show. One wall will show Mapplethorpe’s first partner David Croland wearing a gag and the other features the model Marty Gibson from Mapplethorpe’s later work posing nude on a beach.

Teller’s selection of 48 images exposes works within Mapplethorpe’s archive that have rarely been exhibited before and span Mapplethorpe’s entire career, ranging from the unique Polaroids of the early 1970s to his iconic medium of silver gelatin photographs from the mid-70s through to the late 80s.

Still life features as a prominent theme with unusual subjects including a spoon full of coffee, a set of antique silverware, two coconuts, a television set, and prickly unopened seedpods on a plate. Teller has also chosen a number of images depicting animals, a subject matter that Mapplethorpe is not famously associated with, including a hanging bat, plate of frogs, reclining dog, kitten on a sofa, and horses.

Human subjects include some of Mapplethorpe’s key female muses such as Lisa Lyon, but also lesser-known personalities including Cookie Mueller, Lisa Marie Smith and Susan Sarandon’s daughter, Eva Amurri, as a small child. Well-known people in Mapplethorpe’s life are represented including Patti Smith, David Croland and Sam Wagstaff. Teller has also responded to his own German heritage and selected lesser-known portraits of German figures of the time, such as Hans Gert and the photojournalist Gisele Freund. The image of Gert was the first that Tom Baril worked on for Mapplethorpe from his Bond Street Darkroom. Baril continued to be Mapplethorpe’s exclusive printer for over 15 years.

Sexually-explicit images also feature in the exhibition but by interrelating these to a more romantic view of Mapplethorpe’s work, Teller has brought out the essential mission of Mapplethorpe’s work: a life-long quest for perfection of form whatever the subject matter may be.

Robert Mapplethorpe (b. New York, USA, 1946; d. Boston, USA, 1989) mounted over 50 solo exhibitions during his lifetime, including numerous museum shows in the USA, Europe and Japan. Since his death he has continued to be the subject of major institutional exhibitions. In recent years the Tate, in conjunction with other UK museums, acquired 64 works by Mapplethorpe through the Artists Rooms Art Fund and The d’Offay Donation, which culminated in an exhibition at Tate Modern in 2014.

Juergen Teller (b. 1964, Erlangen, Germany) moved to London in 1986, two years after graduating from Munich’s Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie. Since the late 1980s, his photographic works have gained critical acclaim and been featured in an array of influential international publications such as Vogue, W Magazine, I-D and Purple. With his unique photographic sensibility, Teller manages to strike a rare balance between creativity and commercialism, blurring the boundaries of art and advertising, and creating world-class images for collaborators such as Marc Jacobs, Céline, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood. Teller’s solo exhibition Woo! at the ICA in London in 2013 was the most well-attended exhibition in the ICA’s history, and in 2016 he ha​d a major solo museum exhibition in Germany, Enjoy ​Your Life at Kunsthalle Bonn.

Pop-up Lab Berlin @ Soho popup / until Saturday 26th November 2016 🇩🇪

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 11am-8pm

@ Soho popup, 15 Bateman Street, London W1D 3AQ

Free entry

www.be.berlin.de/lab/london
http://reason-why.berlin/pop-up-lab-london

You are invited to experience the colourful, creative and cutting-edge Berlin-experience. The interactive laboratory displays and presents specially selected trends from Berlin’s economy, science, culture, music, gastronomy, tourism, design and sport scene. All of this is conveyed through a variety of exciting modules, pitches, pannels, and creations.

Highlights:

  • A meet and greet with the humanoid robot Myon
  • Experience THE SCIENCE KITCHEN‘s avant-gard Molecular gastronomy
  • A glimpse of authentic Berlin-style music vibes provided by Nagual Sounds & Basslet
  • The ability to sink into the creative 360° shots of Panono and witness EyeEM‘s photography world
  • The interactive exhibit “Start-up meets grown-up”

Lucy Raven: Edge of Tomorrow @ Serpentine Gallery / until 12th February 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am–6pm (closed on Mondays)

@ Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA

Free entry

www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/lucy-raven-edge-tomorrow

Lucy Raven’s work focuses on the marginal spaces at the edges of image production, what happens behind the camera or between the frames of a film or animation. She follows the production of copper wire from an open pit mine in the American West to a smelter in southern China in China Town (2009).

She observes post-production technicians converting Hollywood films to 3D in Chennai, India, linking the digitally created illusion of depth to ancient Indian bas-reliefs in The Deccan Trap (2015). She describes spaces and people on the outskirts of Kingston, New York in the hand-drawn animation I Felt As If I Had Actually Been To China (2007). This shift of focus from the image to its production encourages interrogation of the kind of imagery that has become all too familiar.

Lucy Raven: Edge of Tomorrow brings together a diverse selection of works in a sitespecific installation within the spaces of the Gallery. At the heart of the exhibition, a cinematic space will feature the animated film Curtains (2014), in which a series of still stereoscopic images converge and diverge, becoming momentarily three-dimensional when viewed through anaglyph 3D glasses. Over the course of the exhibition, this space will play host to a series of film evenings programmed by Raven.

The question of time is paramount throughout the installation, which incorporates Raven’s own work as well as a selection of objects that relate to it. From the slow-moving beams of the installation Casters (2016) to the flickering of film projection test patterns that form a looping visual score in the 35mm film RP31 (2012), time experienced in the gallery is measured in frames and repetitions.

Rhythm Section @ Canavan’s Peckham Pool Club / New Years Eve 2016 🎆🎉

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 22:00-06:00

@ Canavan’s Peckham Pool Club, 188 Rye Lane, Peckham, London SE15 4NF

Tickets: from £20.20 book online

www.facebook.com/wearerhythmsection

It’s that time of year again! Usher in another year of dancing and celebration.

In the midst of all the hysteria, as always, the team are keeping things simple – a dance til 2017 with the finest members of the Rhythm Section family playing all night long. If you have been to their NYE dance before, one will know that it’s a no-strings attached, assured good time with VERY special guests. You won’t be dissapointed.

Take away the ‘mega line-up hidden venue hype’ and provide good vibes and energy ’til the end! Pop a few bottles on the way.

Expect surprises, dress your best and importantly make the most it. A local affair with synergy that only Rhythm Section can offer.

Good times to come, dancing with the best people on the planet, YOU, the Rhythm Section Community. See you on the dance-floor!

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Locomotive Disco @ Oslo Hackney / Saturdays 2016 🚂

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 9.00pm—4.00am

@ Oslo, 1A Amhurst Road, Hackney, London E8 1LL

Entry: free before 10pm £5 after (RSVP online for free entry before 11pm)

www.oslohackney.com/events/locomotive-disco

The train keeps rolling through Hackney every Saturday, connecting good people with great music.

Find guests and residents playing House, Disco, Funk & Boogie at a state-of-the-art club and bar space within a converted Victorian station building.

Previous guests and residents include: Olugbenga (Metronomy), Jack Savidge (Friendly Fires), Medlar (Wolf Music), DEBONAIR (NTS), The Menendez Brothers, Dorsia, Danglo, SlothBoogie, Orlando Boom, Stamp The Wax, High Fashion Technique, Stevie Wonderland DJs, Crucial & Fresh, Flamingo Pier, Lancelot, Cassio Kohl, Swoose, Harrison and more!

Animality @ Marian Goodman Gallery / until 17th December 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue-Sat 10am-6pm

@ Marian Goodman Gallery, 5-8 Lower John St, Soho, London W1F 9DY

Free entry

www.mariangoodman.com/exhibition/3806/installation-views

The very earliest cave paintings reveal that humans have cohabitated with animals for millennia. Yet the relationship is fraught and contradictory: we simultaneously mythologize, venerate, sacrifice, and exploit those who are not of our species. This paradox suggests that our connection with animals might be more complicated, and far richer, than commonly thought, and that the distinction between human and animal is not at all clear-cut.

If animals have been the protagonists of innumerable myths, subject to countless scientific studies, and featured in some of our most extraordinary works of art and literature, why have they not been more central to the way we humans study our own relation to the world?

Taking this question as its premise, Animality lays down a novel artistic and theoretical framework for interrogating our relationship to animals. It proposes six interrelated themes—Origins, Markings, Crossings, Variations, Traces, Extinctions—and involves more than seventy participants, mostly from the discipline of art but also from film, literature, philosophy, and science. Its spirited structure juxtaposes artworks and artifacts new and old, high and low, allowing relationships between art and non-art materials to emerge, and creating links between historical and contemporary social and political realities.

While in large part playful and humorous, Animality also stresses the importance of addressing ethical issues, and thinking beyond one’s own values and beliefs, to question accepted assumptions about our relationship to nonhuman creatures. It suggests that while many distinctions between humans and animals are valid, the two groups are more productively imagined as parts of an ontological whole.

Animality connects to a larger debate around the so-called animal question that has involved such iconic thinkers as Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Georges Bataille, Emmanuel Levinas, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Jacques Derrida, and Michel Foucault. Their interrogations around the relationship between animals and humans have inspired a growing contemporary discourse. Animality is conceived in part as a visual contribution to that conversation while also paying, of course, tribute to the diversity and beauty of the animal kingdom.

World Press Photo @ Southbank Centre / until 21st November 2016 🌍 📸

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am – 11pm

@ Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Free entry

www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson

See the best in journalistic photography in this renowned exhibition.

Since 1955, World Press Photo has invited press photographers of the world to participate in the premier annual international competition in press photography.

The World Press Photo of the Year competition honours the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in the last year.

This year, 5,775 photographers from 128 countries submitted 82,951 images and the jury gave prizes in eight categories to 41 photographers from 21 countries.

Be moved and inspired by the images from these talented photographers, in this exhibition of the finalists’ work.

Après Ski London @ Bodo’s Schloss / Saturday 3rd December 2016 ⛷

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 12:00

@ Bodo’s Schloss, 2A Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 4PT

Tickets: from £55 book online

www.facebook.com/apresskilondon

Escape to a luxurious Alpine ski lodge hidden deep beneath Kensington, and join the Après Ski London brunch party. There’ll be snow cannons blowing fresh powder over High Street Kensington – which gives you an excuse to wear your new ski coat. They’ll also have two reindeers from the North Pole to greet you on your way in. Starting at 12pm, you’ll be welcomed with complimentary alpine cocktails from their partners Moët & Chandon, completely free for the first hour.

The Feast buffet will kick off from midday, so you can fill your ski boots with all your favourite alpine cuisine! There’ll be DJs from the alps playing the best après-ski tracks around as well as ski simulators so you can race your friends down the mountain and see if you place on the leader board. The mini snowmen will be running around making sure you’re all looked after, delivering all your bottles to the table.

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Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered @ V&A Museum of Childhood / until 23rd April 2017 🎲🎮👾♣️

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10:00–17:45

@ V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA

Free entry

www.vam.ac.uk/moc/exhibitions/gameplan

Are you a Scrabble Champion?

A wannabee Chess grandmaster?

Or a Monopoly megalomaniac?

Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered will celebrate the joy, excitement and occasional frustration of playing board games. This will exhibition include some of the most iconic, enthralling and visually striking games from the V&A’s outstanding national collection of board games.

Alongside current family favourites such as Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit, and traditional games like chess, the exhibition looks at historical board games including The Game of the Goose and other beautifully designed games from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Board games are played by everyone, young and old. They have a universal appeal that transcends cultural and language barriers. They can both teach and entertain us. The playing of board games is embedded into our culture, not just the games themselves but the act of playing, the interaction with family and friends, the lessons to be learned and the fun to be had.

The exhibition will include more than 100 objects, featuring games from around the world, and explores the important role of design. Throughout the exhibition, selected games of special interest are highlighted with more detailed information on their history and influence.

Hands-on interactives and the opportunity to become part of one big interactive game will direct visitors around the exhibition, and invite them to think about game playing experiences and what sort of player they are.

Loud Tate: SHIFT @ Tate Britain / Saturday 12th November 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 12:00-18:00

@ Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

Free entry

www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/special-event/bp-loud-tate-shift

A free day of art, music and performance inspired by art on display at Tate Britain.

Featuring artist-led workshops, music, performance curated by Tate Collective London. This year’s theme explores shifts and emerging transitions in identity politics, gender and race inspired by artwork on display in the gallery.

SHIFT kicks off with a set from talented DJ and radio host A.G. the DJ whose origins are firmly rooted in UK Grime. Join one of Radar Radio’s most fearsome selectors, self-taught DJ, model and presenter Snoochie Shy for a special set as she takes over the UK underground music scene one step at a time. Raising the bar for female rappers, catch special guest artist Nadia Rose’s headline performance, bringing her magic and rhymes to the historic Room 1840. Relax with Brixton-based House of Pharaohs collective and hear them share their life stories in a Q+A followed by a special live performance.

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Lineup:
12.00–17.30 Badgemaking Octagon
12.00–17.30 Drawing Booth Room 1540
12.00–17.30 Jack Sachs Taylor Digital Studio
12.00–17.30 Jerkcurb Clore Studio
12.30–14.00 A.G the DJ Room 1840
14.00–15.00 Snoochie Shy Room 1840
15.00–15.45 House of Pharaohs Room 1840
16.00–16.45 gal-dem Room 1840
17.00-17.30 Nadia Rose Room 1840

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