Tag: shows in London (page 1 of 15)

Julie Becker: I must create a Master Piece to pay the Rent at ICA until 12 August 2018

I must create a Master Piece to pay the Rent is the first survey exhibition devoted to the work of the late Julie Becker (1972–2016). 💷 💷 💷

Embedded in the psychological, cinematic and material geographies of Los Angeles, her home city, Becker produced a legendary, yet underrepresented body of installations, sculpture, drawings, photographs and video. These works speak to the language and mythology of the late 20th century American Dream turned nightmare, drawing from sources as diverse as Stephen King’s The Shining, Disney’s fantasy The Gnome-Mobile, Kay Thompson’s children’s books Eloise and suburban stoner myths espousing the karmic convergence between The Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon.

Within Becker’s drawings and videos of dreamlike scenarios, and architectural spaces realised at actual scale or as models, such shared cultural references collide with an idiosyncratic, and at times, dark aura of childish wonder and projection. Becker once stated, ‘A refrigerator box, in American cities, can be the last refuge of the homeless. They’re also temporary places for children to play in.’ In her work, interior spaces appear psychically charged and provisional, conjuring sites for potential refuge and fantastical escape.

Becker reflected on her own living circumstances while constructing altered narratives around other real and fictional lives. Works such as the installation Researchers, Residents, A Place to Rest (1993–1996) and the open-ended series Whole, reflect the artist’s direct experiences of spaces of precarity, such as a single room occupancy hotel or a dilapidated building caught in the flux of real estate speculation. According to writer and filmmaker Chris Kraus, Researchers, Residents, A Place to Rest combines, ‘a Balzacian zeal to excavate urban archaeology through fiction, and a very post-modern willingness to acknowledge the strange penetrations and crossed subjectivities that occurred in the body and mind of the [artist] herself.’ In Whole, Becker channelled the lingering presence of her Echo Park building’s former inhabitant, who had passed away from an AIDS related illness. This multifaceted project of drawings, sculpture, photographs and video moves between an imagined life and the very real spectre of imminent gentrification and displacement.

Throughout her work, Becker navigated the formations of truth, fiction and myth in both the material and symbolic realm. Considering the present historical moment, where a real estate mogul-cum-reality TV celebrity occupies the position of ‘leader of the free world’, Becker’s singular aesthetic visions unerringly articulate the fantasies and dispossessions underpinning the social imaginary of late-capitalism.

www.ica.art/exhibitions/i-must-create-a-master-piece-to-pay-the-rent

Location:
Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Times:
Tuesday – Thursday and Sunday 12pm – 11pm
Friday and Saturday 12pm – 12am

Price:
£1 includes a day membership

Circus – Past, Present & Future at V&A on Friday 27 April 2018

Roll up, roll up! To mark 250 years since London was first dazzled by the circus, join this Friday Late to experience acrobatics and artistry from the Big Top and beyond with this collaboration between Roundhouse CircusFest and the museum. 🎟 🎪

Watch live performances, explore rarely seen archives from the V&A’s Theatre and Performance Collection, and hear from those making an impression on and off the highwire as they push their bodies and their artforms to new limits.

The original contemporary late night event. Friday Late celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with leading and emerging artists and designers through live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and late-night exhibition openings.

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

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

Times:
6:30pm – 10pm

Price:
Free, make sure you arrive early!

426㎡ at StolenSpace Gallery until 29 April 2018

A group show featuring the creative talents from skateboarding and beyond. ‘426㎡’ will dissect and explore the ever present relationship between skateboarding and art, giving us an intimate look at it’s DIY nature. 🤟

There is little wonder why so many skateboarders make art. Both outlets serve similar purposes, they offer the access to freedom of expression and can both be solitary activities; the onus is on you to create, nobody else. ‘426㎡’ is a reflection of the community itself. The work conveys a diverse understanding of what it means to make art and how we as skateboarders don’t limit ourselves to any medium or subject matter. From Arran Gregory’s abstract use of geometry to Jon Horner’s playful characters, the art of skateboarding is as multifaceted as the culture that inspires it. ‘426㎡’ will display this diversity of creation in a two week exhibition, showcasing some of the most well respected artists and illustrators from skateboarding and beyond.

Contributing artists; Andrew Pommier, Arran Gregory, Artista, Ben Gore, Blondey McCoy, Chet Childress, D*Face, Darren John, Domas Glatkauskas, Ed Templeton, Eloise Dorr, Fos, Ged Wells, Glen Fox, Goldie, Gregory Conroy, Gaurab Thakali, Haroshi, Jack Pearce, James Jarvis, Jeremy Jones, Jon Horner, Liisa Chisholm, Lucas Beaufort, Luka Pinto, Mark Gonzales, Matthew Bromley, Nick Jensen, Oko, Pontus Alv, Rainyrainforest, Shepard Fairey, Will Sweeney, Zin V.

www.stolenspace.com/portfolio_page/llsb-426m2
www.llsbdonate.com

Location:
StolenSpace Gallery, 17 Osborn Street, London UK E1 6TD

Times:
Monday closed
Tuesday – Friday 11am – 7pm
Saturday – Sunday 11am – 6pm

Entry:
Free

Breaking Bread: Sonic Feast at Ace Hotel on Thursday 19 April 2018

A monthly gathering serving up a feast for the mind and body. Sonic Feast is the second edition, showcasing the correlation between Taste and Sound with inspiring speakers and a multisensory sit down dinner specially composed to highlight the immersive power these two senses hold when brought together. 🍴 🎶

The soundtrack to the event will be provided by Edwin Hind, well-known as part of Anglo-German duo Picnic at the Whitehouse, part of the emerging Berlin underground techno scene (1985 – 1990) and the lead singer/songwriter of Liverpool indie Synth pop outfit “Virgin Dance” who gained fame through an acclaimed John Peel Session on BBC Radio 1.

Menu:
Noodle Soup
Sizzling Beef & Veg
Choc Pot

Hosted by cutting edge practitioners who will teach you to taste with your ears.

Tasha Marks
Food historian and Sonic Sensorium

Professor Charles Spence
Professor of the Senses, Experimental Psychologist, Neuroscientist

Jacob Thompson-Bell
composer and Lecturer with a particular focus on multi-media connections

RSVP on Facebook

www.acehotel.com/calendar/london/breaking-bread-sonic-feast

Location:
Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ

Time:
From 7pm

Tickets:
£27.54 book online

Harmonics in Space: Fred Butler at NOW Gallery until 29 April 2018

Welcome to Fred Butler’s therapeutic world. For NOW Gallery’s Design Commission Fred has created a joyful destination for healing with light, colour, shape and sound. In this environment she explores chromotherapy and light as an antidote to SAD – seasonal defective disorder – and to our urban living. 🌈 ✨ 🌈

SHAPE
Fred’s on-going interest in wellbeing led her to discover Rudolph Laban’s theory ‘Harmonics in Space’ of how our bodies are formed of polyhedral shapes within the environment. The first and smallest of the polyhedral is the tetrahedron, located at the centre. Vibrations here are closely related to breathing and our intense awareness of being alive. Fred believes that through constant computer work and hunching over devices, this tetrahedron gets blocked. Take this opportunity to stand, breath and expand your chests to recharge the whole body to be responsive.

COLOUR
“We need a balance of all the colour vibrations in sunlight to nourish us energetically”. As with shape Fred believes that colour has a profound affect on our moods, emotions and daily life. This immersive installation will give you the opportunity to step away from the grey of everyday into the full spectrum.

LIGHT
Dip your head into a polyhedral to encounter healing light. These shapes relate in concentric order, and form harmonic structures in the gallery. This environment offers an interplay between the conscious and unconscious levels of the psyche, stimulating the imagination and releasing creativity.

MAKE
Take time to make origami. We have an exclusive colourful mystic mascot to match your mood. Give yourself creative space to switch off, contemplate and make. Decorate your cosmic creature and keep as a magic memento of your day.

LISTEN
Headphones are available to experience a sonic journey by Natureboy created for the exhibition. He combines live instrumentation, synthesizers and his own voice in a series of rich, reflective and detailed compositions. The contrasting tempos, textures and moods reflect the many facets of Fred Butler’s exploration of the senses. “Music Heals”

BE
This exhibition is about looking after you. It’s inclusiveness addresses Fred’s concern about the future of human nature becoming introverted, isolated and immobile. Let go of instant gratification from constant scrolling and over stimulation which shortens attention span. Enjoy the moment, forget the past, don’t speculate the future be in the NOW.

www.nowgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/harmonics-in-space

Location:
NOW Gallery, The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0SQ

Times:
Mon – Fri 10am – 7pm
Sat – Sun 11am – 4pm

Price:
Free entry

Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World at Whitechapel Gallery until 13 May 2018

Explorer, collector, activist and conjuror of theatrical environments American artist Mark Dion (b.1961) has travelled through rainforests and rubbish dumps to reveal the wonder and fragility of life on earth. Dion uses specimens – natural and manmade – to make uncanny representations of these environments. His drawings, sculptures and installations draw on the techniques of scientific enquiry and museum display; and on the telling of natural histories. 🌎

We embark on a journey through a sequence of installations created between 2000 and the present. The exhibition begins with The Library for the Birds of London (2018), a new commission continuing a series of aviaries Dion has created since 1993. The roomy sanctuary is a temporary home to 22 zebra finches, which are well-known for being social creatures. Visitors are invited into the aviary, which has an apple tree at its centre, referencing the tree of life. Over 600 books devoted to ornithology, environmentalism, literature and the natural sciences surround the birds. A scholar’s study invites us to unravel intricate drawings and models; while the Bureau for the Centre of the Study for Surrealism and its Legacy displays the strange magic of obsolete things. The muddy banks of the Thames have also yielded their treasures for poetic display in a gigantic cabinet; while The Wonder Workshop displays the ghosts of animals and instruments, many of them extinct and obsolescent. Each immersive environment is also a habitat, evoking the characters that observe, conserve or exploit the natural world.

www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/mark-dion

Location:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Times:
Monday closed
Tuesday 11am-6pm
Wednesday 11am-6pm
Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday 11am-6pm
Saturday 11am-6pm
Sunday 11am-6pm

Price:
£12.95 book online

Made in North Korea: Everyday Graphics from the DPRK at House of Illustration until 13 May 2018

The UK’s first ever exhibition of graphic design from North Korea, revealing a style honed over decades in a closed society. 🇰🇵 ✏️

An exhibition of hundreds of everyday objects including food packaging, ticket stubs and stamps, together with hand-painted propaganda posters and comics, giving a extraordinary and rare insight into everyday life in the DPRK.

The exhibition displays the collection of Nicholas Bonner, the foremost expert on North Korean graphic culture, tourism and film, who has led tours to the country for 25 years.

www.houseofillustration.org.uk/whats-on/current-future-events/made-in-north-korea-everyday-graphics-from-the-dprk

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

Times:
10am-6pm Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday)

Price:
From £7.50 book online

Red Star Over Russia: A revolution in visual culture 1905-55 at Tate Modern until 18 February 2018

A dramatic visual history of Russia and the Soviet Union from 1905 to the death of Stalin – seen through the eyes of artists, designers and photographers. 🇷🇺

2017 marks the centenary of the October Revolution. Rebellion brought hope, chaos, heroism and tragedy as the Russian Empire became the Soviet Union, endured revolutions, civil war, famine, dictatorship and Nazi invasion. A new visual culture arose and transformed the fabric of everyday life.

The core of this exhibition comes from the extraordinary collection of photographer and graphic designer David King (1943–2016). He started his collection of over 250,000 items relating to this period while working for The Sunday Times Magazine in the 1970s. The collection was acquired by Tate in 2016.

This show is an opportunity to see the rare propaganda posters, prints and photographs collected by King – some bearing traces of state censorship. Including work by El Lissitzky, Gustav Klutsis, Dmitri Moor, Aleksandr Deineka, Nina Vatolina and Yevgeny Khaldei, it is a thrilling journey through a momentous period in world history.

www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/red-star-over-russia

Location:
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Times:
Sunday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday – Saturday 10am – 10pm

Price:
£11.30 book online

Lates at Tate Modern on Friday 26 January 2018

Find emerging and established DJs selected by NTS Radio, alongside world-class exhibitions, discover pop-up talks, playful artistic activations and hands-on workshops. Or simply enjoy the space, the music, the views and the delicious food and drink offers. 🎨 🍷 🔊

Discover new perspectives on the theme of production in collaboration with our Tate Exchange Associates. Enjoy a vibrant mix of art, music, film, drop in workshops, pop up talks and street food.

Music:
Movement! programmed by Stance Podcast
Stance hosts Movement! taking you on an audio journey through a selection of the freshest music genres. A flash dance studio will feature DJ sets from DJ Sketchy and Emily Dust taking you from South African Gqom to Desi Disco via the west African underground and more. Plus artist Lotte Andersen will be capturing euphoric moving portraits.

Music programmed by NTS Radio
See DJs Liam D, Qendresa and Jamie Burke in the Terrace Bar.

Film:
New Generation and Process
New Generation comments on the black British experience, its influence and portrayal in music. Directed by The Rest and narrated by Kojey Radical. Process is a companion film to the debut album of singer-songwriter Sampha. Directed by Kahlil Joseph, it offers a window into Sampha’s world.

18:30–19:30 New Generation with Q&A chaired by artist Mahaneela
20:00–20:40 Process
21:00–21:20 New Generation

Free ticket required for all screenings. Advance tickets have all now gone but an allocation of free tickets will be available on the night. Tickets will be distributed from the Level 0 ticket desk on a first-come-first-served basis from 18.00, with any spare tickets given out from the Level 1 Starr Cinema foyer 15 minutes before each screening starts.

Other activities:
Creative Collision II
Watch dancers, choreographers and composers from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance create new work and share their creative process.

Documenting Our Cultures
Celebrate the places and pioneers behind our global creative cultures with Stance Podcast. Watch film screenings from Riz Ahmed and Ewen Spencer and join a zine-making workshop with Young Photographers London.

They Call It Regeneration?!
Be critical and reflective about regeneration and gentrification with the People’s Bureau and their giant pass the parcel.

Roulette Station
Try your luck with BACKLIT Gallery’s human roulette station. Winners get to collaborate with artists and create a vinyl recording in the Booth of Truth.

Cross Polli.Nation
Discover how to dance contact improvisation and experience a live jam with Trinity Laban. Learn basic dance skills and awaken your inner spontaneity! No experience needed.

Dubstep Retrospective
Step into Georgina Cook’s immersive dubstep retrospective programmed by Stance Podcast. A virtual playlist and images will transport you to defunct club nights like FWD>> at Plastic People and DMZ at Mass.

Technological Immersion
Get hands on with Digital Maker Collective to explore the role of technology in the arts. Question and rethink virtual and physical space, artificial intelligence, gaming and movement.

Collection Conversation
Got an opinion about the art in Tate Modern? Our visitor experience teams will lead three lively rounds of conversation around key artworks.

Uniqlo 10 Minute Art Talks
Staff and volunteers from across Tate share their personal insights into works from the collection.

www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/late/uniqlo-tate-lates

Location:
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Times:
6pm – 10pm

Price:
Free entry

Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 at Imperial War Museum until 28 May 2018

See the UK’s first major exhibition of artists’ responses to war and conflict since the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. The exhibition features more than 40 British and international artists, including Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Coco Fusco and Jake & Dinos Chapman. ☣️⚠️☠️💣

The complex issues surrounding the global response to 9/11, the nature of modern warfare and the continuing state of emergency in which we find ourselves have become compelling subject matter for contemporary artists.

Artists’ unique ways of communicating through their art provide different levels of understanding. The stories they tell, whether first or second-hand, come from alternative viewpoints not always reflected in the mainstream media, often challenge our perceptions.

Through 50 works of art including film, sculpture, painting, installations, photography and prints, many of which are exhibited publicly in the UK for the first time, this exhibition highlights the crucial role of artists in representing contemporary conflict.

www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-london/age-of-terror-art-since-911

Location:
IWM London, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ

Times:
10am – 6pm daily

Price:
Adults £15 book online

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