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Adventures in Moominland @ Southbank Centre / until 20th August 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: from £13.75 book online

www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Climb into and get lost inside the eccentric world of Moominland as we explore the internationally renowned Moomin stories through the life of its author, Tove Jansson.

Created in Finland, the Moomin stories are set in the fictional land of Moominvalley and centre around several oddly-shaped characters, including Moominpappa, Moominmamma, little Moomintroll and their friends.

Join us on an enthralling journey through our wondrous Moominland – clamber through forests, huddle in caves or set sail on the high seas to try and find the Moomin family. Along the way you can learn how Tove Jansson created these unique landscapes, characters and stories, while uncovering some special original drawings.

🔊 Detroit: Techno City @ ICA / until 25th September 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Closed on Mondays
11am – 6pm (Thursday 11am – 9pm)

@ ICA, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Entry £1 day membership

www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/detroit-techno-city

A studied look at the evolution and subsequent dispersion of Detroit Techno music. This term, coined in the 1980s, reflects the musical and social influences that informed early experiments in merging the sounds of synth-pop and disco with funk to create this distinct music genre.

For the first time in the UK, this exhibition charts a timeline of Detroit Techno music from its 1970s origins, continuing through to the early 1990s. The genre has its origins in the disco parties of Ken Collier with influence from local radio stations and DJs, such as Electrifying Mojo and The Wizard (aka Jeff Mills).

It explores how a generation was inspired to create a new kind of electronic music that was evidenced in the formative UK compilation Techno! The New Dance Sound of Detroit (10 Records, 1988). Using inexpensive analogue technology such as the Roland TR-808 and 909, DJs and producers including Juan Atkins, Blake Baxter, Eddie Fowlkes, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson formed this seminal music genre.

Although the music failed to gain mainstream audiences in the US, it became a phenomenon in Europe. This success established Detroit Techno as a new strand of music which absorbed European tastes and influences. This introduced a second wave of DJs and producers to the sound including Carl Craig, Richie Hawtin and Kenny Larkin.

The display concludes with a focus on Underground Resistance, a collection of DJs and artists including Mike Banks, John Collins, Robert Hood and Jeff Mills (until his departure in 1992). Their collective ambition was to challenge the commercial mainstream entertainment industry and re-establish Detroit techno music’s authenticity with an emphasis on the city as a source of inspiration.

To accompany the exhibition the ICA presents a season of online programmes featuring Detroit artists from the past and present on NTS Radio.

Voyager @ New Diorama Theatre / 24th May until 11th June 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 19:30

@ New Diorama Theatre, 15 – 16 Triton Street, London NW1 3BF

Tickets: £14.50 book online

In 1977 the Voyager spacecraft is launched on its journey of discovery. It carries with it a time capsule containing a Golden Record of sounds and music from earth – a brief history of mankind.

Just minutes after this momentous launch, a baby girl is born on earth. Carrie.

Four decades later, Voyager is 12 billion miles from home – further than anything manmade has ever travelled. Carrie is a teacher and soon to be married.

As Voyager leaves our solar system a change is triggered in Carrie and a strong desire to leave Earth begins to grow. She begins to contemplate leaving behind everything she has ever known to become a pioneer on a one way mission to Mars.

Critically acclaimed Idle Motion’s newest impassioned and visually-arresting journey through the human experience, is set against the fascinating and epic backdrop of the history (and future) of space travel. This is a timely and ambitious new project inspired by humankind’s first steps into the vast unknown expanse of space.

Comix Creatrix @ House of Illustration / 15th May 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue–Sun 10am–6pm

@ House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH

Tickets: £7 book online

www.houseofillustration.org.uk

Explore the world of comics through original artwork by 100 women comic creators working across genres and generations – from the 1800s to the present day; from observational comedy to surreal fantasy, challenging biography to subversive dissent.

Featuring artists from Marie Duval and Tove Jansson to Posy Simmonds, Audrey Niffenegger and Nina Bunjevac, Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics is the UK’s largest ever exhibition of leading female comic artists.

From their early incarnations as sequential satires and newspaper strips to today’s countercultural zines, webcomics and award-winning graphic novels, comics have evolved into a complex and powerful literary form. Women have been present throughout this evolution, creating some of the most defining and provocative works of the medium.

Comix Creatrix presents the work of 100 innovative creators and debunks the myth that women have a limited stake in the world of comics. Highlighting 21st century work by British creators, the exhibition also recognises ground-breaking works from the 19th and 20th centuries, and will highlight the influence of international practitioners on the British scene.

On display is original artwork from graphic novels, comics and zines – many seen in public for the first time. It will feature work from acclaimed titles such as Nina Bunjevac’s Fatherland and Isabel Greenberg’s Encyclopedia of Early Earth as well as self-published sensations like Nadine Redlich’s Ambient Comics and many more.

Boy @ Almeida Theatre / from 5th April until 28th May 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London N1 1TA

Tickets: up to £38 book online

www.almeida.co.uk

Master of observation, Leo Butler casts a sharp eye over contemporary London and picks out someone for us to follow. Someone easily missed amongst the crowd.

Following last year’s groundbreaking production of Game, the innovative director-designer team Sacha Wares and Miriam Buether return to the Almeida to bring this ambitious exploration of austerity-era London to life. They are joined by an award-winning creative team and an exciting young company of actors.

Written by Leo Butler, who has quietly established himself as one of the UK’s most talented political playwrights, Boy is an important new play about coming of age in 21st-century London.

The EY Exhibition: The World Goes Pop @ Tate Modern / until 24th January 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: £14.50 book online

@ Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

www.tate.org.uk

Whaaam! Pop! Kapow! This is pop art, but not as you know it.

Tate Modern is ready to tell a global story of pop art, breaking new ground along the way, and revealing a different side to the artistic and cultural phenomenon.

From Latin America to Asia, and from Europe to the Middle East, this explosive exhibition connects the dots between art produced around the world during the 1960s and 1970s, showing how different cultures and countries responded to the movement.

Politics, the body, domestic revolution, consumption, public protest, and folk – all will be explored and laid bare in eye-popping Technicolor and across many media, from canvas to car bonnets and pinball machines.

The exhibition will reveal how pop was never just a celebration of western consumer culture, but was often a subversive international language of protest – a language that is more relevant today than ever.

Ai Weiwei @ Royal Academy of Arts / from 9th September until 13th December 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Saturday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm

@ Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Main Galleries, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Tickets: £17.60 book online

www.royalacademy.org.uk

Major artist and cultural phenomenon Ai Weiwei takes over the main galleries with brave, provocative and visionary works.

Ai became widely known in Britain after his sunflower seeds installation in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2010 but this will be the first major institutional survey of his work ever held in the UK and it will bridge over two decades of his extraordinary career.

Curated in collaboration with Ai Weiwei from his studio in Beijing, the RA will present some of his most important works from the time he returned to China from the US in 1993 right up to present day. Among new works created specifically for our galleries and courtyard will be a number of large-scale installations, as well as works showcasing everything from marble and steel to tea and glass.

Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s @ V&A / until 24th May 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
10.00 to 17.45 daily
10.00 to 22.00 Fridays

@ Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Free entry

www.vam.ac.uk

A project to increase the number of black British photographers and images of black Britain in the V&A collection. It aims to raise awareness of the contribution of black Britons to British culture and society, as well as to the art of photography.

Helen Carmel Benigson: Anxious, Stressful, Insomnia Fat @ Carroll / Fletcher / until 21st February 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10:00-18:00

@ Carroll / Fletcher, 56 – 57 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8EQ

Free entry

www.carrollfletcher.com

Inspired by a recent health app purchase that monitors women’s bodies, Benigson’s latest exhibition interrogates the flatness prescribed by the Internet onto the body, confronting the strange continuum existing between our dematerialised, virtual lives and our ‘real-life’ selves. She creates highly visceral and sensual environments which reference pop culture, contemporary game playing and animation. Sexually charged images and sounds based on her own body and rapper-persona (Princess Belsize Dollar), or actors and dancers who act as her stand­ins, often take centre stage in frenzied, schizophrenic performances.

From projected videos of flesh to digital-print cut outs of flattened bodies, the works in Anxious, Stressful, Insomnia Fat all address core concerns in Benigson’s practice which emphasises performance within the space of the screen, and explores the negotiation of identity, territory and embodiment within cyberspace.

Her exhibition follows on from her 2014 exhibition and residency Weightloss Utopias at Site Gallery, Sheffield which centred on issues of weightlessness and the perception of physical mass within online space. During the residency, Benigson staged a series of real and scripted weight-loss support groups that took place within a multi-screen video installation. These weight‐loss support group members then became avatars – digitalized versions of themselves within her videos, questioning the dematerialisation of the body through coding and information. At Carroll / Fletcher, Benigson will present four new video works made especially for the exhibition in a psychedelic digital carnival, which repetitively enacts the blurred boundaries between performer, producer and spectator, intrinsic to online video sharing.

Helen Carmel Benigson (b.1985, London) was recently involved in Platform, a residency programme at Sheffield’s Site Gallery and the LUX Associate Artist Program. Recent solo exhibitions include: Performa.13 After Hours, New York; Going to Africa via a Machine Called a Sunbed, Meantime Project Space, Cheltenham and the Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town; and Palm Trees and Poker Players at UCA, Farnham and Breathe Harder, a site-specific performance at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Recent group exhibitions include: Ericka Beckman: Image games – work in context at Tate Modern, London; Videonale.14 at the Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Lagos and Odessa; Videocracy at The Centre for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv and The House in the Sky at Concrete, Hayward Gallery, London. In 2014, Benigson was awarded a Clarendon Scholarship to support her DPhil at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford.

The Curiosity Cabaret: Science inspiring Art @ The Old Operating Theatre / 2nd December – 7th December 2014

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 19:00

@ The Old Operating Theatre, 9a St Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY

Tickets: £8 book online

www.thecuriositycabaret.com

December will see the launch of The Curiosity Cabaret, taking its inspiration from Renaissance Europe’s ‘cabinets of curiosities’ it’s a brand new London-based production and is the first ever cabaret interactive theatrical experience in the style of a medical lecture.

Imagine, ladies and gentlemen, an era when surgery was performed without anaesthesia, when aseptic technique and antibiotics did not yet exist. Imagine a time when doctors still clung to their superstitions and medicine was much more art than science…

Imagine no further! Join us as we step into the timeless world of The Curiosity Cabaret where past and present collide head on.

Audiences are invited to prepare their minds and senses for the magical, macabre and marvellous world of medical history. This debut show, set to take place on 2nd to 7th December is equal parts fascinating and entertaining and promises to be just the tonic for relieving the dark winter evening blues.

 

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