Tony Oursler: template/variant/friend/stranger @ Lisson Gallery / until 7th March 2015


Monday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm
Saturday 11:00am-5:00pm

@ Lisson Gallery, 29 Bell Street, London NW1 5DA

Free entry

The first new work centres around the Oursler’s fascination with the evolution of identity via techniques of facial recognition technology.

He explores the nuanced ramifications of these tools increasing ubiquity in daily life. His interest in the face as the locus of communication and identity, through features, movement and expression, is central to these works.

A series of seven imposing photographic visages looms over the spectator in the main gallery, all but one punctured by video screens of eyes or mouths. One of part of the installation is an endlessly shifting projection of 150 algorithmically produced Eigen faces, revealing the beautiful yet distinctly non-human qualities of biometric analysis.

One of the artist’s intentions is to “invite the viewer to glimpse themselves from another perspective, that of the machines we have recently created”. Each of these giant portrait heads bears the network of marks or nodes associated with different facial recognition systems, used by border controls, law enforcement agencies and even ATM machines.

The images, staggered maze-like throughout the space in the manner of theatrical props, present themselves as potential police mug shots, closed-circuit camera stills or anonymous faces in the crowd, albeit magnified in scale and distorted by their mediation through surveillance technology.

Tony Oursler's new work is about facial recognition systems and the impact of surveillance technology on our rapidly evolving definition of identity. In the exhibition Tony Oursler – template/variant/friend/stranger, an installation titled GEN is an endlessly shifting projection of 150 algorithmically produced Eigen faces, revealing the beautiful yet distinctly non-human qualities of biometric analysis. One of the artist’s intentions is to “invite the viewer to glimpse themselves from another perspective, that of the machines we have recently created”. But at the moment even the most advanced facial recognition technology can be thwarted by even small alterations to the appearance of a face. Obscuring key features, shadows, movement, applying markings or makeup which disrupts the symmetry of your features or even looking down make it difficult for a facial recognition system to identify you. In this portion of the film 'Dazzle' makeup is applied to a face as anti-face-recognition camo that protects against being identified. #noIDselfie #antiselfie @TonyOursler #TonyOursler #LissonGallery #facialrecognition #facialrecognitionsoftware #facialrecognitiontechnology #patternrecognition#profiling #privacy #CCTV #identity #ID #biometrics #surveillance #artificialintelligence #AI #antiselfie #Cameras #Algorithms #Faces #Makeup #Facerecognition #Patterns #Technology

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Once Upon a Time at the Fairground @ Bussey building/CLF Art Cafe / Friday 20th February 2015


Doors: 20:00-05:00

@ Bussey building/CLF Art Cafe, 133 Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST

Tickets: from £20 book online

Taking over four floors of the Bussey Building in Peckham. Transforming the venue to give you the ultimate immersive fairground experience.

…a travelling troupe appeared on London’s outskirts, from whence no one could tell. They took up residence in an old and crumbling edifice and put on a fair that could compare with none encountered in this city before or since.

Though there were the usual fairground exploits – the games, the freaks, the stunts that inspired both terror and speechless awe – it was with a more mysterious power that entranced all who stumbled by. To chaos, sensual hedonism, devious misrule: in a giddy whirl we abandoned body and mind.

When we woke late the next day, all had vanished. We could only wonder whether it had all been real or the strangest and most fantastic of dreams.

DJ’s, fairground games and much, much more await… roll up, roll up, and don’t miss out.

Tasty Competition


Turtle Bay, Caribbean restaurant and bar is offering 1 lucky winner the chance to win dinner and drinks at the newly opened restaurant in Walthamstow. Expect some seriously hot Caribbean beach vibes to warm up this cold winter! Plus you and your 3 friends will win tickets to watch a film next door at EMPRE Cinema!
Turtle Bay promises to whisk away guests to an island paradise. Where they can relax and enjoy authentic Caribbean food in a relaxed environment, brought to you with a friendly and good service.

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Turtle Bay is a perfect place for dining; whether out with friends, family, a cosy dinner or a big night out during the weekend.

To be in with a chance to win, answer the question below.

What type of food does Turtle Bay serve?

Just send answers to

Send us your name, contact number and Twitter Handle.

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Competition closes 25/02/15

History Is Now: Seven Artists Take on Britain @ Hayward Gallery / until 26th April 2015


Mon noon-6pm
Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun 11am-7pm
Thu, Fri 11am-8pm

@ Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: from £11

In the run-up to the 2015 General Election, History Is Now offers a radical new way of thinking about how we got to where we are today.

John Akomfrah, Simon Fujiwara, Roger Hiorns, Hannah Starkey, Richard Wentworth and Jane and Louise Wilson have each been invited to curate sections of the exhibition, looking at particular periods of cultural history.

Their varied and highly original curatorial ‘takes’ on Britain provide fresh perspectives and illuminate key moments in the nation’s journey from the post-war period to the present day.

The artists pursue inventive ways of exploring our recent history, spanning ideas and topics as varied as the Cold War, post-Thatcherite society, protest movements, feminism, BSE, and celebrity culture.

They present over 250 objects from both public and private art collections as well as everyday artefacts including maps, costumes, newspapers, films, and personal diaries, together with scientific and military displays.

Nike Women Race Series London @ Victoria Park / Sunday 21st June 2015


@ Victoria Park, Grove Road, Bow, London E3 5TB

This summer, London will be one of 20 cities around the world to host a race as part of the Nike Women’s Race Series – the world’s largest race series for women, which will unite female runners and enable them to experience and celebrate the power of sport.

Nike will inspire women of all levels to create a crew and together run their first or fastest 10k in London. Award-winning multi-platinum artist Ellie Goulding, top Nike athletes and women from the worlds of music, fashion, film and TV will come together to take on a new fitness challenge and share their passion for sport through a London lens.

Thousands of crews will unite for a 10k around East London’s iconic Victoria Park. Crews will be encouraged to bring their own personal edge to race day and run a course filled with music, light tunnels and the unexpected. As crews cross the finishline, they will receive a bespoke Alex Monroe finisher necklace designed exclusively for the race, and will be able to celebrate at a festival-style afterparty.

Digitally, runners can make every workout count with Nike+. The Nike+ Running App tracks time, distance, pace and calories burned and will offer a tailored 10k training programme for the race, while the Nike+ Training Club App enables women to get their own personal trainer anytime anywhere, ensuring they train strong for race day.

Nike+ Run Club
Join the NikeTown London Run Clubs for weekly runs. Runners of all abilities are welcome.

Tuesday and Thursday (women only). Meet at 6pm for a 6:30pm start at NikeTown London, 236 Oxford Street, London W1N 9DS

Monday (women only) and Wednesday. Meet at 6pm for a 6:30pm start at Nike Running Covent Garden, 14-16 Neal Street, London WC2H 9LY

London Beer Week @ east and central London hubs / from Monday 16th February to Monday 23rd February 2015


East London hub
Tue-Sat midday-9pm, Sun midday-5pm

Central London hub
Mon-Sat midday-9pm, Sun midday-5pm

East London hub, Ely’s Yard, Old Truman Brewery, London E1 6QR

Central London hub, 14 Newburgh Street, London W1F 7RT

Tickets: £10 book online

London Beer Week is the third festival to launch from Drink Up London and a true celebration of craft beers, ales, lagers and ciders alike, set against the backdrop of the capital. With pop-ups and parties, masterclasses and self-guided Beer Tours around some of the best venues in the city – London Beer Week really has something for everyone.

SymmetryBreakfast Valentine’s Special @ Mr. Buckley’s / Sunday 15th February 2015


Doors: 09:00-18:00

@ Mr. Buckley’s, 277 Hackney Road, London E2 8NA

Food £40 (for two people) book online
Cocktail masterclass £45 (for two people) book online

Join Mr Buckley’s with a loved one for an all day special Valentine SymmetryBreakfast love in!

Food includes breakfast, cocktails and juice or coffee. Gluten free and vegetarian options available.

Or you can learn how to mix three delicious cocktails with Tabasco and the East London Liquor Company. The 1.5 hour session includes a welcome Prosecco, cocktail demos and the chance to create three of your own hot cocktails. Also a goodie bag including a take-home cocktail making kit for two, gin minis and Tabasco chocolate.

Work It Valentine’s Ball @ The Laundry / Valentine’s Day Saturday 14th February 2015


Doors: 22:00-04:00

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

Tickets: from £10 book online

Back for a huge Valentine’s special. Expect all their finest DJs and special guests.

A night guaranteed to be as smooooth as silk.

Truce Susan
Radi Dadi
Maxwell Jaye
Blackfoot Phoenix
Crack Stevens
Larry B
Mischa Mafia

Street Feast @ Hawker House / Fridays and Saturdays until 4th April 2015


Doors: 17:00 until midnight

@ Hawker House, 260-264 Kingsland Road, Haggerston, London E8 4DG

Free entry (£5 after 7pm)

The best things in life are three (see the original Die Hard films, the Hanson brothers and Walnut Whip multipacks). Don’t forget there are three levels to Hawker House and each one is brilliant in its own special way. Work your way up… then wander back down.

Level 1: Home to the best DJ you’ve never heard of, Michael Cook, as well as our Trader of the Week Smokestak. Level 1 is for drinking, dancing and dining on some of the best buns in London.

Level 2: Go there for classic Hawker House festival-sized cocktails, craft beers and Kimchinary. The Mexi-Korean Slow Braised Bulgogi Brisket Burrito is EPIC and best tackled head on.

Level 3: Make your way to the top for the Milk & Honey Mercury Lounge, Whisky Roulette and Wine Bar, where Rotorino wine boss Ruth Spivey has created a small but perfectly formed list of great wines from interesting producers. Bring some mates and grab a bottle of delicious Puglian Primitivo.

Shot Through The Heart – Valentine’s Extravaganza @ The Three Compasses / Valentine’s Day Saturday 14th February 2015


Doors: 19:00-12:30

@ The Three Compasses, 99 Dalston Lane, London E8 1NH

Free entry

And there was you, thinking Valentine’s Day was rubbish. Get down to your local boozer and enjoy features such as ‘Cupid’s Free Postal Service,’ ‘Cupid Aint Got Nothin’ On Me’ Bow & Arrow Game.’ and ‘Tweet My Love Beat.’

Cupid’s Free Postal Service
Spotted someone you like on another table? Their very own Compass Cupid will be on hand to deliver notes*, arrows and shots (of the alcoholic variety) to your chosen beau. *Felt tips and paper will be provided

Cupid Aint Got Nothin’ On Me – Bow & Arrow Game
There’ll be chances throughout the night to win shots in our special Valentine’s archery game. It’s safe, I think.

Tweet My Love Beat
Involuntary swooning will take place due to our hot Valentine’s DJ, but tweet your fave ‘getting-it-on’ song and dedicate it to another table – best request wins a shot.