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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?

Celebrating the joy, excitement and occasional frustration of playing board games. This exhibition includes 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 will look at historical board games including The Game of the Goose and other beautifully designed games from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Amie Siegel: Strata @ South London Gallery / until 26th March 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tuesday-Sunday 11am-6pm
Wednesdays 11am-9pm

@ South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UH

Free entry

www.southlondongallery.org/page/amiesiegel

For New York-based artist Amie Siegel’s first solo show in London, the South London Gallery presents recent works which explore the mechanisms through which objects become imbued with meaning. Known for her layered, meticulously constructed works that consider the undercurrents of value systems, cultural ownership and image-making, Siegel works across film, video, photography, performance and installation.

Quarry, 2015, projected at cinematic scale in the SLG’s main gallery, traces the excavation of marble from the deepest underground quarry in the world to its almost inevitable use in the modern luxury apartments of Manhattan skyscrapers. Beautiful, formally rigorous, and pointedly underscored by dramatic orchestral sound, this moving image work draws us into a mesmerising exposé of the multi-layered relationships between art, labour and value.

Fetish, 2016, presented in the first floor galleries, delves further into the stratified relationships between culture, value, and material by focusing on Sigmund Freud’s personal collection of archaeological statues and artefacts. Filmed at the Freud Museum in north London, it portrays the annual nocturnal cleaning of the psychoanalyst’s collection, suggesting an analogy between the careful, almost ritualistic removal of layers of dust from the objects and the intimate excavations and disclosures of analysis, both of which are normally hidden from view.

Proposing a conceptual link between Fetish and Quarry, Siegel presents a new work in the second upstairs gallery – a fragment of pink marble from the lobby of New York City’s Trump Tower. Offered for sale on eBay immediately following the 2016 US election, the marble fragment was purchased by the artist. The fragment’s transformations, from having had a clear use within a building into an apparently functionless piece of rock, and then into a historic relic, are both continued and emphasised through its incorporation into Siegel’s work. Parallel narratives are therefore set in motion, both with the material concerns of Quarry, and the potentially infinite circular conversations around the themes of objecthood and desire explored within Fetish.

London Remixed Festival 2017 @ Rich Mix / Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th February 2017 🎉 🎶 👯

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Fri 7pm-1am Sat 8pm-4am

@ Rich Mix Centre, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

Tickets: from £9 book online

www.londonremixedfestival.com

Showcasing the best in Latin Grooves, Afrobeats, Tropical Bass, Vintage-Remix, Desert Remix, Balkan Beats, Urban Roots, Acoustic Soundclash and Brass Band Remix!!!

Celebrating the best emerging musical talent and genres and will offer creativity, fun and madness, complete with buzzing atmosphere.

Performances from over 25 amazing edge bands and DJs across 4 stages over 2 days, all in one vibrant venue nested in the heart of Shoreditch.

From the people behind Glastonbury’s Shangri-La stage, via rocking tents at Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown, Wilderness, Lovebox, Kendal Calling and Electro Swing Club. They are bringing the most fun indoor festival showcase in London.

Creating the perfect festival experience:

  • Indoor ‘camping areas’ to chill out
  • Fully converted disco lift to navigate between the stages and a silent disco cafe

Continental Drifts, the producers of the most rocking festival stages across the globe, are excited to be back, joining forces once again with their long standing musical partners Movimientos.

This year’s headliners include:

  • Beating Heart + Afriquoi (DJ set)
  • Gypsy Hill ft Koby Israelite
  • The Elephant Sessions from Scotland
  • DJ Cal Jader
  • Loads more!

Gavin Turk: Who What When Where How & Why @ Newport Street Gallery / until 19th March 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

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

Free entry

www.newportstreetgallery.com/exhibitions/gavin-turk-who-what-when-where-how-why

The exhibition spans twenty-six years of the artist’s career and features over seventy works. Includes new and previously unexhibited work on display throughout Newport Street’s six gallery spaces.

Since emerging onto the London art scene in the early 90s, Turk has dedicated much of his career to exploring notions of authorship, identity and value. Engaging in the central modernist debate initiated by Marcel Duchamp, Turk’s varied work appropriates both familiar everyday objects and instantly recognisable artworks by towering figures of twentieth-century art such as Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock and Giorgio de Chirico.

Turk’s deployment of his own image is similarly central to his oeuvre. Identity Crisis (1994), first shown in the Saatchi Gallery’s ‘Young British Artist’ exhibition in 1995, imagines a Hello!magazine cover featuring the artist with his family. Pop (1993), meanwhile,sees a life-sized waxwork of Turk inhabiting the pose of Warhol’s Elvis in the guise of English punk musician Sid Vicious. This complex study of celebrity icons and the commodification of culture was included in the Royal Academy’s seminal ‘Sensation’ show in 1997.

This survey – the first major UK exhibition of the artist’s work to be presented since 2002 – features the iconic Cave, a commemorative blue plaque installation Turk exhibited in his 1991 Royal College of Art degree show. A series of ‘Signature’ works, in which Turk uses his own name as a form of ready-made in order to examine ideas surrounding origin and authenticity, are also included. The signature of the artist, traditionally the valued hallmark of authority and provenance, recurs throughout ‘Who What When Where How and Why’, emerging from the canvases of Turk’s Pollock paintings; the abstract expressionist artist’s paint splatters exchanged for innumerable ‘Gavin Turk’ signatures.

Layers of art historical allusion and ‘recycled’ references inform Turk’s work elsewhere, as in his interpretations of Warhol’s ‘Elvis’ and ‘Disaster’print series, and with Pipe (1991), a liquorice version of the traditionally-male smoking instrument – cast in bronze – that plays on Magritte’s famous The Treachery of Images (1929), whilst simultaneously referencing van Gogh. Influenced by artists such as Michelangelo Pistoletto, Turk’s skillful manipulation of materials is evident throughout the show, for example in his exquisitely-cast bronze rubbish bags, and with the major sculptural work Ariadne (2006–2014). This large-scale bronze playfully casts the classical female figure, reimagined in Giorgio de Chirico’s surreal paintings, as if she is made of crudely carved polystyrene, further debunking the fetishized art historical form.

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!

RSVP on Facebook

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.

Stoke Newington Music Festival @ various venues around Stoke Newington / until Sunday 23rd October 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Various venues around Stoke Newington

Free entry

www.stokenewingtonmusicfestival.com

Three days of World Class Music from well over a hundred bands and performers in venues right across Stoke Newington.

The vast majority of the gigs are free and there’s a no ticket policy throughout the festival.

With everything from Top Rock Bands to Inspired Classical Spotlight’s and some truly irreverent Spoken Word thrown into the mix, there’s nothing stopping you from checking out all the venues and seeing some of the most talented musicians and wordsmiths playing in London today.

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Yuri Pattison @ Chisenhale Gallery / until 28th August 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Wednesday-Sunday 12–6pm
First Thursday of the month until 9pm

@ Chisenhale Gallery, 64 Chisenhale Road, London E3 5QZ

www.chisenhale.org.uk

New commission by London-based artist Yuri Pattison. The exhibition comprises an entirely new body of work, including digital and sculptural elements that Pattison has developed over the past 18 months as part of his Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency (2014 -16), which is produced in partnership with Create.

For his exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, Pattison imagines a speculative live/work environment drawing influence from Modernist architecture and science fiction, both of which imagine the future as a utopian space of fantastic social and political potential. Pattison is interested in ideas of transparency – from the open communication of data, to the transparent architectures of new models for shared live/work space, symptomatic of the increasingly flexible and permeable boundaries between life and work. Pattison draws on histories of architectural design and exemplary live/work spaces to examine the origins of these contemporary models.

The exhibition comprises an immersive installation occupying the entire gallery. A wall of industrial racking, often used in large global distribution warehouses, acts as a support structure for the installation. The racking system houses a bank of networked computers that control LED and natural light to create an artificially accelerated loop of a standard working day. The computers also synchronise and control playback across multiple device-sized screens, which display a series of new video works in which Pattison contrasts abstracted views of contemporary workspaces, with the interiors of experimental living spaces.

Throughout his residency, Pattison has been working within the evolving ecology of East London’s Tech City; a technology cluster also referred to as Silicon Roundabout, where new initiatives have emerged as popular sites of shared workspace for growing tech and creative start-up companies. Pattison has also been working within London Hackspace – a community run space for skill sharing and workshops – as a means to explore the politics of shared workspace representative of wider global trends in alternative hackerspace communities, the ethos of which is echoed in contemporary start-up companies and increased mobile working.

A series of new sculptures, which Pattison has installed at sites across east London including, Second Home, a workhub for creative companies; Campus London, a Google space for London’s start-up community; and London Hackspace, are incorporated into the installation at Chisenhale. Each sculpture contains active elements, such as a bitcoin mining rig that monitors online transactions and accumulates small amounts of capital.

Through this major new body of work Pattison examines the pervasive nature of new technologies, which increasingly influence both how, and where, we live and work. Contemporary start-up companies, particularly in the tech industry, often draw on the aesthetics of historical speculative environments and the values of progress and transparency are employed for enhanced productivity. Pattison questions the impact of transparency and how the blurring of lines between leisure, work and domestic space shapes an increasingly abstracted sense of time. In this work Pattison considers the failed potential of science fiction, as a means to critique the present by speculating on a utopian future, while we live within the reality of a future we’ve imagined.

A fictional text by Nora N. Khan, Contributing Editor at Rhizome, has been commissioned in response to Pattison’s new work. Commons centers on a fictional co-working space and reflects a current economic moment, in which digital labour and cognitive work are potentially endless. The text is available here and in the exhibition handout.

Birdies Crazy Golf Club @ Roof East / open all summer 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon-Fri 5pm-11pm
Sat 12pm-11pm
Sun 12pm-10.30pm

@ Roof East,
Level 8, Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park, Stratford, London E15 1XE

Tickets: £9 book online

www.birdiescrazygolf.com

London’s sell-out subterranean golf experience, Birdies – visited by more than 15,000 budding putter-punks in November and December last year – will make a triumphant return to the lofty greens of Roof East, high above the streets of Stratford this Summer.

Birdies Rooftop Crazy Golf, from the kings of pop-up cinema Rooftop Film Club, promises a Summer season of crazy golf with altitude, delectable cocktails from mixology masters Spirited Mixers, a new lip-smacking menu of RockaDollar Dogs from Hawksmoor Knightsbridge Head Chef Richard Sandiford and a swinging schedule of resident DJs, all whilst enjoying London’s sun-drenched skyline.

A challenge for even the most confident of swingers, the bespoke nine-hole course, serves up loops, half-pipes, hidden putt-off prizes and an elevated 5ft drop onto the sixth hole.

Birdies buddies #tigerwould

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The Spoils play @ Trafalgar Theatre / 27th May 2016 – Saturday 13th August 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 7:30 and 2:30

@ Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY

Tickets: from £35 book online

www.trafalgar-studios.co.uk/The-Spoils

Nobody likes Ben (Jesse Eisenberg). Ben doesn’t even like Ben.

He’s been kicked out of grad school, lives off his parents’ money, and bullies everyone in his life, including his roommate Kalyan (Kunal Nayyar, The Big Bang Theory), an earnest Nepalese immigrant. When Ben discovers that his grade school crush is marrying a straight-laced banker, he sets out to destroy their relationship and win her back.

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