Archives for February 2018

February 27, 2018 - Comments Off on sensei xii

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for when it's so cold even the central line is subzero

 

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OOF, can’t believe the exclamation “oof!”, usually paired with splitting open a perfectly cooked soft boiled egg or in response to Orla dropping Auden, has now moved to pastures greener than my juvenile use of language, taking its place as the title of a new publication that is all about the relationship between art and football. Yes, they have a relationship, and it’s an extremely fruitful one, thank you. This new biannual mag is produced by Time Out’s art editor Eddy Frankel (a.k.a. Man with best prof pic on Twitter), and the first issue features big-time artists Rose Wylie (senior citizen of the moment) and Chris Ofili. At the end of the day, it’s something for the shelves of Wardour Street News that isn’t yet another £17 glossy that looks suspiciously similar to Dazed & Confused and also EVERY OTHER GLOSSY ON THE RACK, with content bound 2 be original considering its unlikely pairing of subjects.

 

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Besides the Big Important Shows you should go to see like Barbican’s Another Kind of Life, Tate Britain’s All Too Human and - if you’ve not been yet - the Hayward’s re-opening with Andreas Gursky, make sure you give a little love to some smaller fry. Totally Different Animals at Arcadia Missa, the epic Marvin Gaye Chetwynd at Sadie Coles HQ, Luke Burton at Bosse & Baum, I Had The Landscape In My Arms at Josh Lilley and the enigmatic Rose Salane at Carlos/Ishikawa all are very worth your small-gallery-hopping while.

 

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Smells like tenuous and weakly creative advertising but I’m also not too sure because the pre-whiff of whisky has impaired me slightly. Glenmorangie Spìos is opening a pop-up bar called Spice & Rye in Fitzrovia from 20th - 24th March, it looks like every dim’n’grotty basement bar in the area and, true to ***experiential form***,  it's complete with art deco-style decor and jazz band. It’s a brand literally getting you drunk so you buy their products, out of respect you should go.

 

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An important precaution to take in this shit weather (or any weather in fact, cos this universe revolves around YOU gurl, not some fickle-minded meteorological phenomena) is to not forget about tending to your teatime taste buds. You want those buds to BLOOM, bitch, and nobody’s gon water them but you. Ditch the predictable selfies at Sketch and head to Cannizaro Park in Wimbledon for afternoon tea at Hotel du Vin and an unnecessary stroll through the foliage, it is worth the trek. If you find yourself oft crying out for crafts (and staying in Central), check out DrinkShopDo, where you can do stuff like bookbinding and clay modelling to make yourself feel like you’re at summer camp aged 9. Or, cinnamon rolls at Mughead Coffee in New Cross are bang, a lang, a langing.

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Nicolas Jaar gotta be the most sneaky bastard in the game. You might think he hibernates like a bear in a Christmas ad but he’s out there under multiple aliases releasing music L, R and C like he’s some kind of Russian spy child spawned by Nina Kraviz. 2012 - 2017 is his new album, released a couple of weeks back under one of these undercover virtuoso alter egos - A.A.L (Against All Logic). It’s bouncin, and was put out by his label, Other People, which features more treats you should chekkkkkk a$ap.

@larabaxter 

February 20, 2018 - Comments Off on sensei xi

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we should all view Frances Mcdormand @ the Baftas as our guiding north star this week, and have just a little bit more trouble with being 'compliant'

 

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If your ears haven’t feasted on the group album assembled by XL Recordings’ top dog Richard Russell then consider this section AURAL TASTE. Everything Is Recorded is sprawling and cathartic, perhaps thanks to the croons of Sampha, whose voice makes you think he’s the kinda guy who would forgive your wrongs. Wa-hack the record on during your commute home; your tired Londonified grey pallor will not protest.

Meanwhile in Dalston, experimental and avant-garde music venue Cafe Oto is hosting a night next Monday featuring artists from Turkey and Iran, with music inspired by Persian, Indian and Arabic music traditions. The teasers growl with soul and the tanbur, tembur and santur will all be played. I know you don’t know what those are so make sure you go and find the fuk out.

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Touch upon the issues of today in a way that goes against the grain. Last week’s Short of the Week, the 10-minute documentary Guns Found Here (director David Freid) is a gr8 example of something that does exactly that. By maintaining the grave consequences of US gun ownership - i.e. everyone getting fucking KILLED - but approaching the topic from a largely unexamined angle in the form of a certain firearm-related bureaucratic nightmare, the call for tighter gun controls is made in a non-hostile, non-“activist” way, which I rate. That sounds like a douchey thing to say, but I stand by it because the film exhibits the kind of imaginative argument-making that could actually ignite change, and convince the staunch’n’stupid NRA groupies.


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Nostalgia wrapped up in reverb. Frank says go to church and you will feel like Frank feels. Did someone say tulips. Did someone say fuchsia. Did someone say sorbet.

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Oooh here is a full-on fancy to see this week, pals. Creative director cum fashion designer cum DJ (if your job title doesn’t span three industries then R U even living in the twenty-first century m8?) Virgil Abloh, also known as that dude who made those sick Nikes, has teamed up with (remember when we didn’t use the phrase ‘collaboration’ in every other sentence?) contemporary artist Takashi Murakami, also known as that dude who made that sick Kanye West album cover. Making up perhaps the most raging postmodernist duo of all time, they’re exhibiting works at the Gagosian Gallery in Davies Street from Wednesday. Expect nu-wave frantic visuals and thirteen-year-olds who dress better than you.

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When in doubt, Peckham. Check out Coal Rooms, which is housed in the station’s former ticket office. Grade II listed, fam. I like the website URL because it looks like “Coal Room Speckham”, and I’m imagining something that is halfway between a chicken coup that smells like incense and and old man in a burgundy leather armchair with an inch-thick monocle on. Don’t know where that came from, might be the whole roasted cauliflower and ox cheek talking. Yeah. You ‘erd.

@larabaxter

February 13, 2018 - Comments Off on sensei x

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to celebrate sensei’s tenth post and the hilarious title that goes along with it, i’ve made sure to highlight every mention of ‘ten’/change words as much as possible to resemble ‘ten’/included every possible rubbish ‘ten’ pun. it WILL get tenuous. pls enjoy

 

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There is an avocado-themed pop-up called Avobar opening in Covent Gar-ten from the 16th February. That sentence (tensence? tentence?!!?!) appears like it should be read in a calm, reasonable and accepting voice but let me assure you it is NOT. It sounds like shrieks - so loud and piercing they overpower even the sound of Elon Musk’s unnecessary rocket taking off - emitted by a mother (we will probably cast Jodie Foster) who’s realised she’s lost her second child to the inevitable Roaming Paedophile™, only days after losing her first to the same fate. It’s pure horror, basically. We don’t need an Avobar. Avobar should be renamed Anobar. Because no.


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Time to download an app called Dumb Fun, which, if you’re any self-respecting smartphone zombie, you will do purely off the title and without giving a FF for what it’s actually about. I’ll tell you what it’s about tho, cos you must know by now I take great joy in giving my ten cents on things. It’s basically Pokémon Go (it does that whole AR thing a.k.a. the cop-out version of VR) but, instead of Pikachu, it’s collage art. You’ll enjoy this if you like Arturo Herrera, Mike McQuade, the general output of Tax Collection, or most modern music posters.


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DON’T LET THE RAT IN. Have u seen dis bollox. Amazon a.k.a. El Behemoth Majoris that we are all dangerously sound about letting fly unmanned robots into our homes (have you SEEN the Maxine Peake Black Mirror episode yet?!?!?) have just pa(ten)ted a new device that will tell them exactly what their warehouse employees are doing with their hands AT ALL TIMES. Appaz it’s to help guide them around the warehouse, as if humans haven’t been using their eyes and navigation skills to get around for, I dunno, 200,000 years. I mean, legit rofl. I know I sound like David Icke but this is full-fledged surveillance bullshit. They want to know when you’re looking at your phone, having a cig, doing a fiddle in the toilets, the whole ten(!!) yards. Don’t let the rat in guys.


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MGMT have released their new album, it’s crap. Listen to new EP from Mukqs A.K.A Maxwell Allison, who runs and does the album artwork for label Hausu Mountain instead. Made using no laptop and no overdubs, this music has #integrity and iz plain dope.

Bonus reco is Higher Brothers that a good mate of mine (ten)tatively put on at around 4am recently, knowing that it was either going to be a huge hit or miss. It was such a massive miss that it sort of turned into a hit, so alright on the night init. It’s terrible but that’s what the twenty-first century’s all about, raight? Plus, what can I say, it’s got great tenpo. Worth a listen. A lisTEN.


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You might be regretting how much you were waxing lyrical about Happy End after reading about what Michael Haneke had to say about #MeToo, in that case make sure you bag a ticket to go see Lady Bird when it opens this Friday, directed by actress and Frances Ha writer Greta Gerwig. She’s sort of like a cross between Crystal Moselle and Chloe Sevigny and her name ain’t an anagram of ‘great’ for nothing. Her forward-thinking film game and feminism fatale trump that dated Austrian director tenfold. Silly Michael Pancake.

@larabaxter

February 8, 2018 - Comments Off on BANG! BANG! No.3 | Newcastle

BANG! BANG! No.3 | Newcastle

What do you get when you put the North East's finest creative minds in one place, for one night only?

BANG! BANG! No.3.

Our BANG! BANG! events are designed around creative problem solving, under a really tight deadline. Creatives are split into teams, given a problematic brief and then the clock starts. You have less than an hour to come up with a solution to the brief using any technology, advertising, world-shakingly awesome concepts and then you get to pitch your idea to the rest of the room.

Things you'll want to know.

• There will be booze.
• There will be fun.
• There will be a chance to work with brilliant people.

For students/juniors/creative minds - you'll get to speak and work with some of the regions leading Creative Directors, after they've had a beer you can start mentioning that you're looking for a job.

For agencies - you'll get to work alongside some really cool students and mention you have a placement and/or job that they might be interested in.

For anyone that likes to network, have creative fun or drink beer for £4 - just bring ideas and make new friends.

GET TICKETS

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If you have any questions about the event get in touch with adele@youngcreativecouncil.com

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR, KOMODO DIGITAL
Komodo Digital are a digital studio based in Newcastle, working with clients across the UK, Europe and beyond. Delivering innovative, agile digital solutions to forward-thinking organisations.

Published by: Adele in Events, Live Briefs, Outside Of London

February 6, 2018 - Comments Off on sensei ix

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this may or may not be a tide ad

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Yussef Kamaal. Trust me. I’m listening to the London-based duo now and I imploooore you with all my sensei soul to hear them too. If you’ve seen the Tribe Called Quest documentary Beats, Rhymes and Life (and I know you have because I have faith in your musical sensei-bilities my friend) and you were gob-open the whole way through, unable to comprehend the sheer sonic harmony going on between these fellas, then this particular strand of improvised electronic jazz is another one for your iTunes libe. Check out their ethos, as such, here. It’s half Henry Wu and half Kamaal Williams, who will be playing Village Underground on March 22nd. Get to it.

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