Let’s begin the week with a dose of intellect. Have you ever found yourself pondering the evolution of the English language or the underlying meanings behind the vivid imagery of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’? Well, wonder no more as the British Library hosts an exhibition for each. Take advantage of Print Club London’s second show of Blisters Blackout for a glimpse of their unique glow in the dark pieces and witness the launch of Nina Ribena’s new range of onesies at Youth Club.
We’re on the cusp of a new year. Yes, yes, where have the past 12 months disappeared to? But, never mind that, hitch a ride on the le cool train of love and make sure you stop off at all our offerings this week…
Indulge your intelligent hankerings with a wonder around Ibid Projects latest exhibition by Rallou Panagiotou or dust off your grey brain matter and discover the hidden secrets of geomancy at An Echoing Bell performance held at The Whitechapel Gallery. Whitney Smith needs your critiques and comments as he finishes off his novel at Another British Library and Making the Invisible Visible commands attention on the big bad streets of London for Troy Davis, a man of questionable guilt awaiting his fate on death row.
I haven’t met all of the squatters in London, but those that I have met have been almost exclusively cycle couriers or artists – or cycle couriering artists. Squatting gives the artist the opportunity to practice their craft unfettered and free; not having to worry about whether what’s produced will fetch a price can only help the creative process. Otherwise the whole effort has been bought way before any money has changed hands; the only art that has real value has no value.
Trying to test the theory, I’ve also been seeking various avenues to view the arts for free, which this weekend led me to the Wellcome Centre and the High Society exhibition. The Wellcome is part medical, part art centre and its exhibitions always have an educational bent. Looking and learning and liberation from a ticket price? If you tried to complain, they’d laugh you out the door.
High Society asks the perennial question: are drugs a sin, a crime, a vice or a disease? But it seems to have forgotten about fun. I don’t mean to negate any of the negatives with that three letter f-word, but surely this is the main spur? It also seemed a slightly mixed message: half the exhibition is a warning, the other half is cool stuff to look at when you’ve taken drugs. I certainly wasn’t the only glassy-eyed hipster walking around its halls late Saturday afternoon. There was even the ubiquitous uncontrollable giggling fit, from a couple of girls in a darkened projection room that was designed to enhance the experience of an acid trip.
Six months in the making, last week le cool London and Stack Magazines finally hosted the inaugural Independents Unite! partay. Sponsored by Palm Beer and held at the Haggerston upstairs, the networking event for independent journalists, editors, publishers, illustrator and designers was attended by over a hundred creative Londoners.
Featuring music from Oli Keens – writer (Time Out; Juno), DJ and all-round cool guy – the jamboree was deemed a great success by all. The party was aimed at inspiring connections between people who work in London’s independent magazine world.
Pix and more info on the sumptuous Palm tipple after the jump…
As temperatures plummet, so does one’s will to venture out in search of adventure. Well, that just won’t do and because we at le cool care about you oh so much, we have lined up an anti-hermit week of splendid activities for your perusal.
Who doesn’t love a good nude? Flash Projects presents a series of gorgeous disrobed figures from iconic photographers of the 50s, 60s and 70s while The Erotic Book Club delves into nakedness and filth via literature of the blue variety. If hand made ceramics or fuzzy felt ‘friends’, cute t-shirts and baby clothes are more your thing head down to Glebe Road Studios or Airside for their open studio days. Please your peepers with Pam Glew’s iconic flag art creations at Red Bull Studios and Paa Joe’s exquisite coffin art at the Jack Bell Gallery. The aural treats for this week include Aluna George at the Notting Hill Arts Club, bad boy wordsmith Giggs at The Hoxton Pony and Rob da Bank’s classic Sunday Best in London’s one and only tarted up boozer, The Lock Tavern.
It may well strike the fear into the very marrow of your bones, but Christmas is coming. Begin the Yuletide festivities with Gideon Reeling and the gang at their Christmas Starties, paint baubles at Craftacular and go on a present purchasing spree at Columbia Road’s Late Wednesdays.
Gastronomic experience connoisseurs, The Tasting Sessions have taken the biscuit again. They’re back with A Fluid State, London’s most imaginative gastronomic experience festival in tow, and we have FIVE pairs of tickets to give away!
The food festival which takes place on the 2nd – 5th December, combines culinary delights with art, design, music, performance and a whole lot of imagination have created an area called Fantasy Island, in which the hungry masses can indulge their lifelong food and beverage fancies. This year’s menu includes the mysterious ‘3D cocktail’ which is designed to transcend the realm of the mere taste bud to create a gastronomic experience which consumes all the senses. Confused? Imagine you order the cocktail ‘Sex with an Alligator’… if it’s the 3D version, you’ll probably get dunked in swamp water then arrested for beastiality… But at least you’ll have a story to tell the grandkids!
Send us your concept for a 3D cocktail for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the festival. The winning idea will be brought to life in Fantasy Island, but only the most creative entry will win, so place your thinking cap firmly atop of your head and get inspired!
Email your ideas to email@example.com by Friday 26th November 2010 and the winners will be advised shortly after.
So, we’re only mid-way through a very ho-hum November, but cast that from your minds as we at le cool have lined up a bundle of exciting to dos that will brighten up even the dreariest of days…
John Maeda imparts wisdom at Riflemakers via text, tweet, a short note in a sandpit or a finger written note on a steamy window, 2R Art present their latest exhibition IN/HUMAN which includes works from last week’s cover artists Penny and Daniel Lumbini and The Old Dairy plays host to various iconic pieces by Richard Hambleton aka The Godfather of Street Art. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, head down to the Signal Gallery’s new address for a solo show by Byroglyphics, or to the Payne Shurvell Gallery for Anka Dabrowska’s show Welcome to Paradise.
This week’s le cool is a veritable mixed bag of goodies, which includes an unmissable exhibition from the reigning master of music photography Mick Rock, Idol Hours, a selection of Renaissance inspired works from a gaggle of exciting contemporary artists and Adam Fuss’ haunting collection of camera-less works. KK Outlet plays host to JP Thurlow’s illustrations of his top 100 favourite magazine covers while Straighter no Chaser magazine presents a selection of photographs taken by Pete Williams as part of the London Jazz Festival.
fabric accomplishes its good deed of the day by playing host to the Fragile X Syndrome benefit, and then reverts back to its big, bad dirty roots of pure bass mayhem with Scratch Perverts’ Beatdown 2010 on Friday. The fun doesn’t stop there kids… Ninja Tune celebrates its 20th birthday with XX – an electronic-orchestral mash-up at the fancy Royal Albert Hall, Koko hosts the Red Bull Thre3style DJ contest and Visions goes old school with a 90s garage night.
We spoil you. We know it, and you know it. Our love for you exceeds itself with every issue and this week’s le cool is no exception. This week you not only get our usual newsletter, but a le cool podcast too. Here’s a round-up of this week in le cool London.
So, you want exhibitions? How about Michael Hess’ collection of bingo loving photographs, reknowned artist, Paul Insect’s Unclear Residents prints and handmade book launch or Andy Willsher’s gorgeous black and white photos at The Book Club? Great Western Studios plays host to Battlespace, a stirring collection of photos from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars…. For something a bit lighter, the ICA is putting on an interactive exhibition of the Top 100 Rhythms of All Time as compiled by Wire magazine and the BFI sees the launch of onedotzero: Adventures in Motion – a cross-media medley of animation, art, and video.