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Spin London @ Old Truman Brewery / Friday 28th – Sunday 30th March 2014

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Fri 28th 17:00-22:00 (limited public)
Sat 29th 10:00-18:00
Sun 30th 10:00-17:00

@ Old Truman Brewery, 15 Hanbury Place Entrance, London E1 6QR

Tickets: £6 advance £10 on the door

www.spinldn.com

Cycling mini-festival Spin LDN takes over Truman Brewery with a unique and truly grassroots festival. A celebration across three days for cycling’s influence in our culture featuring an exciting schedule ranging from expert theft tips to bike-polo!

Highlights:
– Pedal powered theatre troupe ‘The Handlebars’
– Gold winning Paralympian Mark Colbourne
– ‘Skycycle’ by Fosters & Partners
– Bike-polo lessons and live trick BMX demos
– Comedy by Wooter Reijis
– Security tips from former thieves and police and bike security specialists
– ‘Cycling bew’ from craft beer makers Brewers & Union
– Gideon Coe, 6Music DJing
– Showcases from the world’s best cycling brands

Silke Otto-Knapp @ Camden Arts Centre / 30th March 2014

Silke Otto-Knapp at Camden Arts CentreTIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00
Wed 10:00- 21:00

@ Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London NW3 6DG

Free entry

www.camdenartscentre.org

Silke Otto-Knapp makes paintings of performance and landscape, approaching the canvas as a stage and a site of orchestrated scenarios. Gouache and watercolour are applied in delicate layers, depicting scenes of a fugitive beauty and imbuing the works with an ethereal magic.

In Monday or Tuesday, Otto-Knapp’s subjects are rendered almost entirely in black and silver pigments which appear to bathe the works in moonlight, the source of which at times looms in the distance, ambiguously appearing as a stage instruction or theatrical lighting device. The works bring together the reality of landscape with the pretence of stage design to raise questions around decorative surface, spatial depth and pictorial construction.

The central motif of performance will be expanded in the supporting public programme which includes a new performance in the gallery spaces by LA based dancer-choreographer Flora Weigmann, a salon afternoon featuring dancer Kate Coyne and a dance masterclass led by Nissa Nishikawa.

Alongside the paintings, the exhibition will include new collages and etchings developed during a residency at The Banff Centre, Canada. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new publication with an essay by Sabeth Buchmann, co-produced with Charlottenborg, Copenhagen where some of the works in the exhibition were shown in 2013.

Inspiring filmmakers with Tony Grisoni @ British Library / Monday 31st March 2014

Inspiring filmmakers with Tony Grisoni at British LibraryTIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 18:30-20:30

@ The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Tickets: £8 book online

www.bl.uk

An evening for film fans, aspiring and established filmmakers (TV, short, feature, documentary), screenwriters, production/costume designers, make-up artists, researchers and film students.

Followed by a Q&A moderated by Cinema Jam founder Jared Fryer, short film screenings by Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival.

Award-winning screenwriter and director Tony Grisoni, art department researcher Celia Barnett and production designer Tony Noble share stories about their work and doing research for films.

Luke McKernan, curator of news and moving image, sheds light on the unique resources available for filmmakers who are looking for inspiration or on a fact-finding mission.

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival and Cinema Jam

DesignMyNight’s top five upcoming events

Guest post by Luke Sillett, Editor at DesignMyNight.

Luckily for us, London is full of quirk-heavy happenings, perfect for experiencing something a little different in the face of bog-standard events up and down the capital. At DesignMyNight, we’re passionate about finding the very best venues, events and goings-on in London. Take a look at our top five upcoming events not to be missed.

DesignMyNight London

Drunch – Gin on a Boat
Drinking, on a boat? You betcha. Drunch does exactly what it says on the tin. Hosted by ‘The Butler’ (of Butler’s Gin fame no less), you’ll be literally ferried around the canals of East London in a kitted out canal boat, whilst being treated to expertly made and personalised gin-cocktails courtesy of the main man himself. Ahoy there, captain! Mine’s a Pickle Juice Martini if you please.

Drunch

Simon Drakes House of Magic
Hosted in a mysterious mansion in central London, Simon Drake’s magic extravaganza is a wildly unique event boasting a two-course dinner, an enchanting magic show and spooky-cum-hilarious tours of ‘the haunted cellar’. The ‘Springtime Surprises’ event at the end of March is set to be a stonker.

Simon Drakes

Pop Up Ping Pong at Boxpark
Famed for throwing ping-pong parties all over London, the guys at PUPP are this time hosting their popular event from Boxpark Shoreditch. There’ll be burgers, boozing, dancing, and of course, plenty of wiff-waff. Beats the gym, surely? Of course it does; see you courtside.

Pop Up Ping Pong

Black Cat Cabaret
Held at a secret palatial building in King’s Cross, The Black Cat Cabaret boasts decadent performances, impressive acts and a debaucherous vibe. Head here for an exclusive dinner whilst you enjoy the varied show, before partying on down till the early hours at the infamous Black Cat after-party. Expect acrobatics, cabaret and plenty of ahh-inducing moments.

Black Cat

Kinema and Kocktails at Cellar Door
Hosted from a former public toilet, Kinema and Kocktails is a weekly event at Cellar Door; a luxurious cabaret bar sitting underneath an opulent London hotel. Showcasing a number of cult-classics ranging from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ to ‘Some Like It Hot’, each week the venue is transformed into a cutesy pop up cinema. On top of the cult-movie, guests are also treated to a silent film accompanied by the legendary Pete Saunders on the keyboard. Eat that, Sunday hangover!

Kinema and Kocktails

Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology @ Science Museum / until August 2014

Mind Maps - Stories from Psychology at Science MuseumTIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10:00-18:00

@ Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD

Free entry

www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology, explores how mental health conditions have been diagnosed and treated over the past 250 years.

Divided into four episodes between 1780 and 2014, this exhibition looks at key breakthroughs in scientists’ understanding of the mind and the tools and methods of treatment that have been developed, from Mesmerism to Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) bringing visitors up to date with the latest cutting edge research and its applications.

Bringing together psychology, other related sciences, medicine and human stories, the exhibition is illustrated through a rich array of historical and contemporary objects, artworks and archive images.

Video art from Africa @ Ben Uri Museum / Friday 14th – 30th March 2014

Rehema Chachage - Kwa baba 2010TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon 13:00-17:30
Tue-Thu 10:00-17:30
Fri 10:00-15:30
Sun 12:00-16:00

@ Ben Uri Museum, 108a Boundary Road, London NW8 0RH

www.benuri.org.uk
http://sfip-project.blogspot.com

The exhibition presents a selection of African video art that stands beyond the clichés that remain associated with the dark continent and the postcolonial image. It seeks to bring viewers closer to idiosyncratic readings of African video art and its thematic concerns which are largely ignored. ‘Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy’ (SFIP) contextualises African video art within a larger cultural framework.

Project SFIP is a multi-national exhibition process and a platform for critical thinking, researching and presenting African video art.

The technocultural revolution has democratised cultural and artistic practice through everyday access to new media. At the same time, the pervasive presence of technology in our lives has raised questions around privacy, surveillance and ownership, the dominance of Western media in globalisation, as well as the privilege of access in the developed world.

The SFIP network is dedicated to the diffusion of new experiences worldwide through film and video. It is unfortunate that contemporary African art remains largely associated with sculpture and painting. Much work remains to be done in adequately researching the creative energy of the continent, especially within the last decade.

Bookbed @ Peckham Platform / until 23rd March 2014

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tue-Fri 11:00-17:00
Sat 11:00-16:00

@ Peckham Platform, 89 Peckham High Street, London SE15 5RS

Free entry

www.peckhamplatform.com

‘Bookbed’ invites you to explore the library in the context of twenty-first century technologies. With a giant bed as its centrepiece, the exhibition will provide a platform to share your experiences of learning and self-education.

Ruth Beale’s practice includes performance, drawing, video work and the collection and the collection and re-presentation of archive material.

Benedict Drew: Heads May Roll @ Matt’s Gallery / until 20th April 2014

Benedict Drew Heads May Roll at Matts GalleryTIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Wed–Sun 12:00-18:00

@ Matt’s Gallery, 42–44 Copperfield Road, London E3 4RR

Free entry

www.mattsgallery.org

For his first solo commission at Matt’s Gallery, Benedict Drew presents a large-scale installation. The work scrutinises the effect and intent of mediated images, synthesised voice and the fractured narrative of instructional speech.

This immersive exhibition attempts to make sculptural the absurdity of a life spent staring into a screen and the social anxiety induced by ‘smart’ objects via an alternative sci-fi stage set comprising of a landscape of objects, sound and projection. Its content responds to the super saturated, psychedelic properties of LCD technology and the disorientating potential of electronic sound. Drew critiques contemporary consumption via a fantastical future world in which the image, word and body are exhausted.

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Martin Creed @ Hayward Gallery / until 27 April 2014

Martin Creed at Hayward GalleryTIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon 12:00-18:00
Tue-Wed, Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00
Thu-Fri 10:00-20:00

@ Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: £12.75 book online

www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Over the past two and a half decades British artist Martin Creed has pursued an extraordinary path by confounding the traditional categories of art.

Winner of the 2001 Turner Prize, Creed is recognised around the world for his minimalistic approach that strips away the unnecessary, but preserves an abundance of wit, humour and surprise.

Crossing all artistic media and including music, his art transforms everyday materials and actions into surprising meditations on existence and the invisible structures that shape our lives.

This exhibition will be the first major survey of Martin Creed’s work, spanning its most minimal moments and extravagant room-sized installations.

James Thiérrée – Tabac Rouge @ Sadler’s Wells / from 25th – 29th March 2014

Compagnie du Hanneton - James Thiérrée - Tabac RougeTIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue-Sat 19:30

@ Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4TN

Tickets: from £13 book online

www.sadlerswells.com

James Thiérrée has been described by London’s Metro as “a master of theatrical spectacle, whose adventures in physical hallucinogenics defiantly reject categorisation”. He’s one of Europe’s most endlessly inventive artists, constructing epic dream-like spectacles, and his new show Tabac Rouge blends a spectacular fusion of dance, circus arts and theatricality with stunning sets and costumes on a breathtaking scale. Tabac Rouge explores the fascinating world in which mystery, mirrors, music and movement combine to catapult you into the strange logic of dreams. The imposing sets create a dark and ominous environment; a massive panel of tangled tubes and mirrors re-shapes and move incessantly across the stage whilst dancers execute random steps in space.

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