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Ashley Bickerton: Ornamental Hysteria @ Newport Street Gallery / until 20th August 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
Closed on Mondays

@ Newport Street Gallery, Newport Street, London SE11 6AJ

Free entry

www.newportstreetgallery.com/exhibitions/ashley-bickerton

Spanning more than three decades of Bickerton’s career and features 51 works, including a significant display of new and previously unexhibited pieces. It is the artist’s first UK show since 2009 and runs throughout all six spaces at Newport Street Gallery.

Bickerton moved to New York in 1982 and after working as a painting assistant to Jack Goldstein, he emerged as a key figure on the newly exploding East Village art scene. Within the context of the culture of commodification sweeping America he rose to prominence as part of an amorphous movement that was branded ‘Neo-Geometric Conceptualism’. Alongside artists such as Haim Steinbach and Jeff Koons, Bickerton endeavoured to reframe the practice of art production in response to the new, seductive mechanisms of desire at work in society.

Bickerton abandoned New York in 1993, eventually settling in Bali, where he still lives and works. Whilst a number of his themes prevailed, the materiality of his work shifted dramatically after this self-imposed exile from the urban environment.

Both in materiality and content, Bickerton’s work resists categorisation. On the diversity of his mediums – photocollage, appropriated image, digital image, paint and sculpture – he states: “Painting is far too cartoony and lacks the backbone of factuality; photography is too clinical and incapable of loony launches into the ether; and sculpture can be just downright presumptuous. […] Only in their combination do I find comfort.”

Bickerton’s conceptual commitment to intersectionality extends to his subject matter; his audacious and technically complex assemblages are predicated on themes of opposition and duality, for example representation and reality, creativity and commodity, nature and artifice, idyll and apocalypse. This is evident in his earlier work on display in gallery 1, which offers a sardonic critique of contemporary consumer culture and the commodification of the ‘art object’ via steel and aluminium wall-mounted ‘Culturescapes’ from the ‘Logo’ and ‘Non-Word Word’ series. Galleries 3 and 4 are dominated by Bickerton’s ‘Sea’ and ‘Landscapes’ – overblown and incongruous, they contain ephemera from the anthroposphere in the simulated shells of transportation devices. In part, these “truly contemporary” landscapes might be read as a dystopian view of the devastating impact of man on the ecosphere.

Throughout his career, Bickerton has challenged the relevancy of traditional art-historical tropes. His ‘self-portraits’ similarly parody the mythological figure of ‘the artist’, who is represented in the guise of the brands he chooses to endorse in Tormented Self-Portrait: Susie at Arles (25 Years) (2014) and as a five-bodied, technicoloured serpent in the monumental 5 Snake Heads (2009), on display in Newport Street’s double-height gallery 2.

Bickerton’s practice evolved in the late 90s to incorporate digital image and photography. In portraits such as Smiling Woman (2009), models (often family members and friends) are heavily made-up and photographed, then distorted in Photoshop before the image is printed on canvas and re-painted. These paintings are amongst Bickerton’s most overtly satirical, presenting lurid, constructed visions of life on a generic Pacific / Caribbean island.

Alice’s Adventures Underground @ The Vaults / until 23rd September 2017 🐰

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ The Vaults, Launcelot Street, London SE1 7AD

Tickets: from £31.50 book online (special under 26 year old tickets available for £25!)

www.alice-underground.com

Following the sell-out run in 2015 at the Vaults deep under Waterloo Station, Les Enfants Terribles’ and ebp bring their Olivier award nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground back in April!

Tumble down the rabbit hole and make a series of choices in a theatrical adventure like no other, with more to explore than ever before!

Meet some of Wonderlands famous and curious inhabitants. Take tea at the biggest un-birthday party with the maddest of Hatters; let the Cheshire Cat take you hither or thither or join the underground movement to rise against the fearsome Queen of Hearts.

Cardboard Citizens: Home Truths @ The Bunker (Waterloo) / from 17th April – 13th May 2017 🏡

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ The Bunker, 53a Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

Tickets: from £10 for previews, book online

www.bunkertheatre.com/whats-on/home-truths/about
www.cardboardcitizens.org.uk

A group of performers from acclaimed theatre company Cardboard Citizens is squatting in The Bunker to present a playful exploration of housing from the slums of Victorian London to the madness of London today.

An immersive multi-story speculation on need, greed and good intentions, Home Truths is revealed through the world premieres of nine short plays by some of the UK’s most exciting playwrights: Sonali Bhattacharyya, Lin Coghlan, EV Crowe, Anders Lustgarten, Nessah Muthy, Chris O’Connell, Stef Smith, David Watson and Heathcote Williams with Sarah Woods.

Home Truths will look back at the history of UK housing, from the Victorian housing crisis through to squatting in the 1970s, the ravages of Rachmanism in the 1950s and white flight in the 21st century. The nine plays will be split into three Cycles. Each Cycle can be seen as a stand-alone production, or alternatively audiences can take part in a theatrical sit in and watch all nine plays over the course of a day in one of two special Tri-Cycle performances.

Shows:

  • Slummers by Sonali Bhattacharyya
  • The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency by Heathcote Williams with Sarah Woods
  • Back to Back to Back by Stef Smith
  • The Table by Lin Coghlan
  • Put The Schwarzes Into De-Stat by Nessah Muthy
  • The House With the Yellow Front Door by Anders Lustgarten
  • Henrietta by David Watson
  • Nostalgia by EV Crowe
  • Grip by Chris O’Connell

Cycle 1 (red)
17th April preview 19:30
20th April 19:00
24th and 27th April 3rd, 6th, and 10th May 19:30

Cycle 2 (blue)
18th April preview 19:30
21st April 19:00
25th and 28th April, 4th, 8th, and 11th May 19:30

Cycle 3 (yellow)
19th April preview 19:30
22nd April 19:00
26th April 2nd, 5th, 9th, and 12th May 19:30

Tri-cycle (green)
Saturday 29th April 12:00
Saturday 13th May 12:00

Tatterdemailion @ Wilton’s Music Hall / from 11th-13th May 2017 😜

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 7:30pm

@ Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB

Tickets: from £10.50 (20% when you book to see Boris and Sergey’s Astonishing Freakatorium on the same night)

www.flabbergasttheatre.co.uk
www.wiltons.org.uk/whatson/299-tatterdemalion

From the creators of Boris & Sergey comes a one-hour, one-man show featuring puppetry, physical comedy and mime.

Hilarious, absurd and often magical, this show juxtaposes themes of loneliness and belonging with joy and exhilaration. Pathos, dark humour and Victorian aesthetics combine to create a wonderful and mysterious backdrop to a poetic and surreal journey (with more than a little silliness thrown in).

Tatterdemalion is a one man show performed by Flabbergast founder and Amused Moose Laugh Off Finalist, Henry Maynard. Featuring puppetry, physical comedy, and mime, aaudiences are invited to join our hero for a silent expedition as they witness one man’s quest for a friend. Pathos, dark humour and Victorian aesthetics combine to create a wonderful and mysterious backdrop to a surreal and poetic journey with more than a little silliness thrown in.

If you like this, check out Boris and Sergey’s Astonishing Freakatorium.

Flabbergast Theatre: Boris and Sergey’s Astonishing Freakatorium @ Wiltons Music Hall / 9th – 13th May 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
9th – 10th 7:30pm
11th – 13th 9pm

@ Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB

Tickets: from £10.50 book online (20% off when you book to see Tatterdemalion on the same night)

www.flabbergasttheatre.co.uk
www.wiltons.org.uk/whatson/298-boris-sergey-s-astonishing-freakatorium

Created by War Horse, Blind Summit and Handspring puppeteer, Henry Maynard and his highly skilled team of expert puppeteers who have been working together in sweaty and physically compromising conditions since 2010, Boris and Sergey’s Astonishing Freakatorium is an improvised crossover cabaret featuring tabletop puppetry and character comedy for discerningly twisted adult audiences!

Following sell out runs at the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringes and gathering three awards, 10 five star reviews (and counting), puppetry’s Balkan bad boys Boris & Sergey; simply the greatest vaudevillian double act ever conceived for the small stage, are back in London with freak show cabaret like no other.

Starring a variety of puppet characters, Boris & Sergey follow the tragic story of Pierre le Petit Tête Gustav and his wildly deranged tap dancing companion Juan Tamino. Audiences must hold on to their hats as they delve into a titillation filled world of the macabre. Boris & Sergey recreate traditional scenes of geeking, feats of incredible fortitude, endeavours of unimaginable physical endurance with formidable artistry, all whilst beguiling with their roughish wit and erudite jocularity.

If you like this, check out Tatterdemailion.

Festival Embassy @ House of St Barnabas / Saturday 25th March 2017 🎉🔊

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: noon till late!

@ The House of St Barnabas, 1 Greek St, London W1D 4NQ

Tickets: from £15 book online

www.hosb.org.uk

The wonderous world of Bestival, with its spirit of discovery and adventure that inspires peace, love and dancing, is coming to Soho and you won’t want to miss it.

A taste of Bestival in the heart of London’s Soho will bring rising stars, intimate acoustic gigs, renowned and emerging DJs and much more, to the unique Grade I listed Georgian townhouse and secluded courtyard garden.

HoSB believe in paying it forward; for every ticket bought, one will be given to someone who would not be able to afford one, opening access to culture, live music with social inclusion at its heart.

Pay it forward tickets will be given to people affected by homelessness, who are part of the House’s Employment Academy, the Soho community, or are supported by one of the many charities they work with.

Carly Grace Sound Bath 12pm – 1pm
Start the day by loving you. Join Carly for her drop-in Sound Bath to let go of all your worries and open into a deep space of peace.

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen Brunch 1pm – 2:30pm
Brunch like a Ghanaian! For full details see below.

Tie Dye Workshop 3pm – 5pm
Join the team of crafters from The New Craft House in our garden for some tie dye magic!

Mother’s Day Card Making 4pm – 6pm
Drop in and show your mum some love by making her an extra-special card for mother’s day! Expect lots of colour and glitter!

V&A Friday Late: Gal Dem @ Stratford / Friday 24th and Saturday 25th February 2017 🙅

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Friday 18.30-22.00
Saturday 11.00-16.00

@ Stratford Arts Centre, Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, London E15 1BX

www.vam.ac.uk/info/friday-late

www.stratford-circus.com/news/v-a-friday-late-comes-to-stratford-circus-arts-centre-this-month

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.

RSVP on Facebook
www.facebook.com/events/187123065105792

ABC Photography @ V&A Museum of Childhood / until 4th June 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/abc-photography

The alphabet is reinvented in this display of critically acclaimed photographers exploring new notions of the age-old teaching tool for children – the alphabet book.

I is for… Imagine

N is for… Now

W is for… Who, What, Where, Why?

The display brings together a collection of international photography heroes and acclaimed photographers from various walks of life. Among the 26 artists are Martin Parr, Nan Goldin, Wolfgang Tillmans, Alec Soth, Peter Lindbergh and Sebastiao Salgado.

Stanley’s Valentine Special @ Stanley Halls / Saturday 18th February 2017 ❤️💞💘

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 6pm doors open, 7pm film, 9pm live music

@ Stanley Halls, 12 South Norwood Hill, London SE25 6AB

Tickets: from £10 book online

www.stanleysfilmclub.com/events/funny-face-stanleys-valentines-special

A special Valentine’s screening of Funny Face, starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Taking place at Grade-II listed Stanley Halls in South Norwood.

Continuing on from the success of last year’s Valentine’s s creening of Cinema Paradiso, the organisers are paying homage to the 1957 musical by transforming the venue into fashionable 1950s Paris, including chic cafes, bohemian bars and dancing!

Delicious sweet and savoury crêpes will be available from Brixton-based L’Amuse Bouche and independent coffee shop Coffee Craft will be open selling hot drinks and desserts. The film will be followed by live music from the Tootsie Rollers, a retro band with a unique sound that fuses old-school classics with contemporary hits!

Power of Film and Moving Image @ The Royal Institution / Thursday 9th February 2017 🎬 🎞 📷

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 9am-6pm

@ Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS

Tickets: from £39 book online

www.poweroffilmandmovingimage.com

Designed as a global incentive to enact positive change, POWER OF FILM AND MOVING IMAGE will be an annual cultural happening and digital platform to see, expose and explore the ever-growing power and influence of film and moving image to define the modern world and the way we think.

Through a series of thought provoking discussions the project will identify and examine historical and current moments captured on all forms of film and moving image – from 8mm cinema and broadcast television to digital, online and social media – and its significant cultural, social and political impact.

Hosted by Mariella Frostrup, with an afternoon opening address by Melvyn Bragg, speakers include Germaine Greer on Fellini, Will Self on art films in the internet age, Fatima Bhutto on moving image and propaganda, Michael Gunton on the power of nature films to raise awareness on climate change, John Simpson on moving image and conflict, Elif Shafak on democracy and dissent, Beeban Kidron on the impact of digital on today’s youth, Stephen Bayley on the culture of cars in films, Christiane Amanpour on the media’s role in the US election. Award winning British director Gurinder Chadha will give her speech in the opening morning session focussing on race and religion in film.

The project is launching as a day-long event on Thursday 9th February 2017 at The Royal Institution, London, bringing together leaders in the fields of politics, media, technology, journalism, film, television, art, social media and advertising.

Streamed on Facebook Live: (click on the link to get a reminder)
www.facebook.com/PowerOfFilmAndMovingImage/videos/701460286689421

POWER OF FILM & MOVING IMAGE from Power of Film and Moving Image on Vimeo.

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