Airimages // David Butler // Laurie Lax // Liberty Rowley & Mark James // Matthew Kay // Matthew Mackisack // Rie Hale // Victoria Karlsson // [Details on Request] // y.not.i (stylists) // Jerk It (DJs) // Maria Lopez // Alex Perryman // Necole Schmitz // Esther Hubert // Luz Valencia // Turnhurst // Supermarket Sarah // Lou Marcellin // Pope Joan // Paul Hanford // Annie Ablett // Natalie Sharp // Will Slater // The Illegible Bachelor // Tim Smart // Super Penny // Lance Boreham //Roberta Vaz // Alastair Levy // Ruaidhri Ryan // Laura Kennedy // The Typewriters // Stephany Pollard // Ines Von Bonhorst // Rebecca Noy
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Music, fashion and art are indistinguishable in the multifaceted practice of Chicks on Speed. Their sculptural objects often function as a tool, an instrument or a prop in stage shows and gallery performances that fuse the vernacular of contemporary pop and the early 20th century avant-garde. For HAPPENING they present their recently invented E-shoes - wearable guitars with sensory strings that produce amplified wireless sound for foot-flying gigs - and Cigar Box Synthesizers, found cigar boxes adapted into functioning synthesizers to be played in large orchestral setups.
Wrapped around the gallery's walls is a tapestry that was made on a loom built into the stage at the recent Chicks on Speed exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Arts. The pattern has been derived from a speaker system and abstracted then produced manually during the show, thereby compacting traditional and current technologies, sound and vision, craft and durational performance.
Chicks on Speed is a collective of artists who operate through a membership based in cities around the world. Just as they transgress disciplinary boundaries, they move between places, their dispersal enabling an organic network of performers, designers and manufacturers that mirrors the contingent resourcefulness of global economies. Their aesthetic of ripped-up references, distorted quotation and borrowed methods evokes the energies of Dadaism, punk and radical activism, while their no-nonsense approach to self-display, sensory pleasure and forthright femininity places them squarely in the post-feminist camp, where what the lady wants, the lady gets on and does.
CHICKS ON SPEED formed when Melissa Logan (born USA, 1970, lives and works in Hamburg and New York) met Alex Murray-Leslie (born Australia, 1970, lives and works in Barcelona/Sydney). For this exhibition Chicks on Speed have collaborated with Anat Ben-David (London), Merché Blasco (New York/Barcelona), Kathi Glas (Berlin), Nadine Jessen (Hamburg), Krõõt Juurak (Vienna/Estonia), Faustine Kopiejwski (Paris), A.L. Steiner (New York), Morwenna Garrick, Steve Dawson and Oliver Horton (London).
The E-shoe was developed with shoe designer Max Kibardin, Milan in conjunction with hangar.org, and the Cigar Box Synthesizers with Diego de Leon and Alejandro Bizzotto, Befaco, Barcelona.
Over the past couple of weeks I have been working with a group of artists and curators in Kentish Town who are working towards an NVQ in Cultural and Heritage Studies. As part of this they have founded The Institute of Kentish Town, a week long archival exhibition held in Parlour Project Space.
Running from 14th to 18th of December.
The institute will attempt to gather information through drawings, found objects and mapping by asking the community to respond to their personal connection to the area through the following question-
‘What is your favourite place in Kentish Town?’
The exhibition will therefore look closely at notions of private and public, as well as ideas surrounding place and the community which inhabits it.
The Institute’s resident artists- Nic Harper, Jocelyn Allen, Milka Panayotova and Rodrigue Dakouri- will react to this idea through photography, painting and sound.
Members of the public are asked to contribute to the exhibition with found objects and ephemera, which will be placed in our display cabinet; as well as being asked to add to the drawing wall and interactive map. Contributors will be rewarded with a free membership to the institute and an invitation to the closing party on the 18th December, during which the completed archival collection will be displayed.
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Thursday, 9 December 2010
The exhibition includes paintings, drawings and sculptures by Barnes and also includes written material and documents, all from her time spent at Kingsley Hall suffering from a mental breakdown. Barnes underwent radical therapy from R.D. Laing to treat her breakdown and suffered a complete behavioral regression. The exhibition also presents a series of videos works which are highly recommended.
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Whirlygig Cinema is hosting Making Tracks, a unique live cinematic event that will combine new short films from up-and-coming filmmakers with live music from The Cabinet of Living Cinema at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green, East London at 7:30pm on Thursday 9 December.
Katie Steed of Whirlygig Cinema said, “There is a trend at the moment for seeing old films re-scored live, people love that sort of thing. This is an exciting opportunity for new filmmakers to be given the chance to have their work treated in this way.”
Making tracks will bring together a diverse collection of filmmaking talent including animation, abstract and experimental video and silent film homages. The event will give filmmakers who have had problems with music copyright the chance to have their work screened in public.
Many of the filmmakers will attend the event in person and will hear the new scores for the first time. Katie said: “They will also be able to keep the recording of the Cabinet’s score so their films can be shown again.”
Making Tracks will take place again in the Rich Mix Bar on Friday 14 January 2011 as part of the London Short Film Festival when the programme will also include a handful of films from past festival entrants.
Rich Mix Bar, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
Tickets are £5 in advance or £7 on the door. Book online at richmix.org.uk