Archives for August 2018

August 31, 2018 - Comments Off on sensei

sensei

se. xxii

wish you were back to school too, chum?

 

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Camden Arts Centre currently has a whopping TWO shows not to be missed (rare to get so much goodness under the same roof in one go) so head down before mid-Sept to catch ‘em. Photographer Peter Fraser’s show Mathematics does an ace job of getting your brain to wander using still images, and kinetic artist Yuko Mohri brings you into her rhythmic Rube Goldberg world using clever mechanical tricks-n-treats.

Hayward is back in full swing now, their second exhibition since the revamp will be the group show Space Shifters, opening late September and with the intention of messing with your perception of space. It features work by Anish Kapoor, Yayoi Kusama and (a personal favourite) Daniel Steegman Mangrané, so you’re guaranteed to get your visual-spatial muscles suitably tripped out. sensei highly hopes it will be better curated than the Lee Bul show, where the work of a talented-beyond-words performance artist felt shrunken down to a blank museum corpse. Sorry, Southbank.

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Uber awesome creative director Es Devlin has got her installation ‘Mask’ up in Somerset House until 23rd September, well worth the viz. The South-East London-based stage designer has pulled out her immersive stops for the likes of Ye, Jay-Z, Louis Vuitton, The Weeknd and The Brits. Are the Brits even cool? Dunno, but her film superimposed on sculpture superinvolved in installation bloody is. CHEKKIT.

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You might think the third floor of Selfridge’s is only home to mens’ ties that each cost more than a month’s rent, but until 6th Sept you’ll find the installation Super Sharp Reloaded squatting there instead. Curated by Tory Turk and co-conceived by Saul Milton, the show is the first instalment of a series of exhibitions called RTRN II JUNGLE, all about looking at the style in the UK garage and Jungle music scenes - in particular the appropriation of Italian luxury labels like Versace, Moschino and D&G.

In other news, Eleven Pond’s 1986 album Bas Relief has been dominating my Spotify, I suggest you melt your ear hairs over the Bedroom Mix of Watching Trees, too.

 

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Getcho nose OUTTA the sand with the Open City Documentary Festival running over at the ICA from 4-9th September. If you, like me, are always lamenting this image-saturated world we live in, and blaming it for our generation feeling like “we’ve seen it all before”, then perhaps you, like me, will find a glimmer of hope in this fiesta of creative documentaries. They’re (about 70%) sure to throw up something we’ll feel slightly less desensitised to. Plus, I spy John Malkovich.

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Have been bleeding my eyes dry watching the IG stories from @tastecadets, featuring People Just Do Nothing’s Allan (there = Grindah, here = Seapa), Kieran and Marcus caning round London on Mobikes, working up appetites on Welsh campsites and getting serious sustenance from places like O.ppa in Richmond, where the Korean BBQ looks more legit than Elle Woods’ perm-related cross-examination.

For more DIY BBQ delights I’ve got some recos in from someone actually Korean - she makes kimchi in paddling pools using cabbages in the multiples of 24. Put that in your pipe and ferment it. To find the finest in Central head to Olle in Shaftesbury Ave, but if you’re after London’s top top Korean BBQ offering, head to Jin Go Gae down in New Malden.

@larabaxter

August 12, 2018 - Comments Off on Creative Social’s Creative Superpowers Event

Creative Social’s Creative Superpowers Event

What's your creative superpower?

Creative Social are back with a super superpowers event this September and you're invited. For this one they'll be exploring the superpowers of maker, hacker, teacher and thief, so it's sure to be a goodun.

They've also got some serious talent to do the talking. With Daniele Fiandaca, Laura Jordan Bambach, Mark Earls & Nadya Powell just to name a few.

And because they're so ruddy lovely we've got a pair of tickets to give away in exchange for a lovely little write up. Just email holly@youngcreativecouncil.com to be in with the chance.

They've also sorted us a little discount code for our lovely community so for 10% off head here.

SUPER DUPER!! See you there.

August 10, 2018 - Comments Off on sensei

sensei

se. xxi

damn daniel, it august and you ain't even done your spring clean yet

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Hands up if your weekend brunch hankerings are now starting as early as 4pm on a Monday. Hands up if you just really wished that London would fix up and dedicate an entire weekend to brunch. OK everyone with their hands up can bloody well HIGH FIVE each other because the FIRST EVER BRUNCH FESTIVAL is coming our way on the 1st September. I ain’t sorry.

Also Frank Prisinzano is doing his annual food tour around Italy at the mo and his IG story-hopping between Lake Como and the outskirts of Tuscany is making my gallbladder - which I suspect is of Italian descent somehow - ache with longing. It’s a crying shame but I have a feeling Covent G’s Bancone is gonna sort it all right out. There are clams with seaweed butter on the menu and what that means is I don’t even need to finish this sentence.

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A paper outlining exactly how much we are cannonballing ourselves and our rapidly changing climate straight into ‘Hothouse Earth’ has had us sweating like Theresa in Brussels. And if for some barbaric reason it hasn’t, Al Gore’s coverage of the Mendocino Fire Complex - now California’s largest wildfire on record with an area measuring LARGER THAN FKING DALLAS - sure will. If you’re now burning with a need for action then check out the Climate Coalition and in particular Speak Up Week, where you can get your MP to sign the cross-party letter backing a zero emissions target by 2050, and also find or organise events near you. Do the right thing, violator.

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GAIKA is the latest in the “I’m a creative director of everything I touch” series (notable alumni include everyone on your IG feed rn) boasting songwriting, performance art and a recent lookbook collection called ‘Armour in Heaven’ featuring Flohio and Mista Silva as models. He’s also political editor of Dazed, and I’m not sure if this is more of a joke than Dazed having a political editor in the first place. Sneeriness aside, his new album ‘Basic Volume’ isn’t half bad, and his multidisciplinary talents continue to manifest themselves through an interactive musical experience (jargon points thru the roof) at Somerset House, commissioned by Boiler Room and focussing on the irrepressible power of sound system culture - focussing on and coinciding with August Bank Hol’s Notting Hill Carnival, which I hope everyone is putting on their happy hats for!!!

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THEEEE ULTIM8 LDN LOLS EXPERIENCE is back, you know what it is sons, itz Secret Cinema A.K.A a secret film (it’s Romeo & Juliet tho everyone knows that by now) in a secret location (I’m smug at where it is so 3 guesses which part of London we’re talking) with sooo many more secrets that you and your crew gonna feel like the human embodiment of Chinese Whispers. Snap up some tix for various dates throughout August. No one ever regrets.

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Considering he was a complete giant in fashion, you probably never realised just how physically little Mr Azzedine Alaïa was. This exhibition at the Design Museum celebrating the late Tunisian designer features photos of him next to towering elastic supermodels that read almost like a series of comedy double acts. Next to these humorous bursts and the spectral dresses floating around in his signature sculptural style, what really breathes life into the show is the ‘Film Room’. Featuring a fashion short starring Linda Evangelista teasing males like it was 1986, and old runway recordings featuring (how could it not) the one who called him ‘Papa’: Naomi Campbell. It’s in these screenings that you get a real sense of “the Alaïa girl”, with all her sensual spontaneity and feminine invincibility. She’s happy-go-lucky but with a deep vamp pout and it works wooooonders.

@larabaxter