In the age of Kardashian callouts, blackface and DIY art culture, the internet has never been a more important platform. Online communities like Black Twitter have carved a space for political discourse on the web and our voices are finally being heard.
With ‘woke’ added to the Oxford English Dictionary (definition: staying aware of social and political injustices happening in the today), we’ve seen it, we’ve heard it, we’ve sung it. We are asking how the digital age of tweets, gifs and hashtags can help us to incite social change in our society.
Go to Violet Nights and discuss the influence woke Twitter has had on our lives, our art and the way we interact with the world we live in.
The three-day event returns, coinciding with the city-wide games initiative, London Games Festival. Filled with a host of hands-on opportunities for visitors to get involved.
Showcasing the wider possibilities of games, the peculiar, the beautiful, the deeply experimental. It’s a place for games that get us playing in new and wonderful ways – whether that’s in groups, on our own, outside, inside, on or underneath tables. Games that send us running across courtyards, games situated on nearby screens, games that take place entirely in our heads.
There will be over 40 game varieties available across the weekend, with highlights including:
A nine hole mini-golf course on Somerset House’s River Terrace, played through a landscape of environmental destruction
The Awkward Arcade, a real life experimental video arcade by James Medd, showcasing games that are designed to make participants think and move in ways uncommon to mainstream games culture
The Art of Ping Pong – an interactive ping pong table that generates a unique digital artwork with each game that is played
A recreation of street artist Aïda Gómez’s Joy Is Here, a massive communal word search covering the walls of an entire room
A new interactive game from London-based theatre group, Block Stop – Of Plagues, Deceptions and Other Things – where players have to explore Somerset House and solve puzzles to stop an outbreak of the bubonic plague
This February the team behind gal-dem are back again for an expanded Friday Late. In this second collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, the online magazine formed of 70 women of colour share their take on the world through the lens of film. Step into Hollywood’s iconic posters to challenge #OscarsSoWhite, perfect your Thumka and partake in a Bollywood dance off, and learn how to shoot a film on your mobile.
All events are free, unless stated otherwise, and places are designated on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early because when it’s full there will be a ‘one in, one out’ policy!
This V&A Friday Late is presented in partnership with Stratford Circus Arts Centre. Events will be held at Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Stratford Picturehouse and Gerry’s Kitchen as part of the V&A’s programme of events with communities across East London.
This is a true story. Events are told exactly as they happened, apart from the ones that are completely made up.
It’s 1943. Rosa Rauchbach and Horace Greasley are creating a little slice of history, and stealing a lot of chickens along the way.
The Rauchbach Greasley Association Society Club (RGASC, for short) will tell you all about it. They have a shared obsession with their two national heroes, a fierce pride in their country and only 5 members. Not that that’s going to stop them.
Multi award-winning Lost Watch present Flew the Coop, inspired by the true story of Silesian translator Rosa Rauchbach and Horace Greasley, the British prisoner of war who escaped over 200 times to see her.
Exploring the role of digital technology in transcending the physical and conceptual boundaries that exist between different artworks, with imagery from one work breaking free of the frame and entering the space of another.
The installations also dissolve distinctions between artwork and exhibition space, and involve the viewer through interactivity.
The largest room in the exhibition will include six works and feature Universe of Water Particles, Transcending Boundaries (2017), a virtual waterfall that extends beyond the gallery wall onto the floor, flowing through the exhibition space and around the feet of the viewer. It engages with the concept of Ultra Subjective Space, central to teamLab’s practice, referencing the non-perspectival depiction of space in premodern Japanese art and situating the viewer directly within the realm of the artwork.
Encompassing the second room, Dark Waves (2016) is a simulation of the movement of waves based on the behaviour of hundreds of thousands of water particles. The waves are created in a three-dimensional virtual space, expressing water as a living entity that immerses the viewer and suggests an intrinsic connection with nature.
In the last room, the darkened space is transformed by the presence of the viewer, which activates Flowers Bloom on People (2017). With the body as a canvas for the projections, flowers are in a process of continuous change—growing, decaying and scattering in direct response to the viewer’s movements.
The Love Carnival familia Selecta Madmax, DJ Cal Jader & MC Fedzilla will be bring the hypest Tropical Bass, Global Beats, Carnival Vibes, and Dancehall Riddims.
To enter the competition email email@example.com by midday on Wednesday. Good luck!
Plus mind-blowing visuals from Oddscene, immersive interactive fun, colourful characters and vibrant decor.
Their first party of 2017. Get ready for a Tropical injection to blast away those Winter chills!
Pablo Villierezz aka Panther Panther is an AV artist and DJ from Mexican origin, playing delightful electronica from Latin America. His unique blend of Electro-Cumbia and Digital Folkloric sounds, takes you on a retro-futuristic journey into space and beyond! With releases on Tropical Twista Records & Le Ronca Records, Villierezz is showing the world the intersection between the Tropical Bass vibe and that Bristol Sound.
There’ll also be a little live treat from London’s freshest Bloco, Casa Da Cachaça the breaks come thick and fast from these 10 drummers led by mestre Fred Turuka.
Ru Robinson is rightly recognised as one of the key players in Bristols vibrant Tropical scene. His broad collection of global music is lovingly selected for the dance floor, with focus on the diverse sounds of Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean, often delving into the irresistible influences of Funk, Dancehall and Swing.
Casa Da Cachaça (Live)
MC Fedzilla / DJ Cal Jader / Selecta Mad Max
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.
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
London Design Fair contains Tent London and Super Brands featuring exhibitions and features including Crafts Council, Craft Scotland, the Design Museum, Etsy UK, Heals, Form&Seek, Gallerie MICA, This is India, 100% Norway and nearly 500 more!
In 2015, the London Design Fair hosted over 450 exhibitors from 29 countries, making it the most international fair of the Festival. Exhibitors include independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions all launching new home products to the market.