Much of the Flatpack programme took place in the Eastside area of the city which pleasantly surprises with galleries, studios and creative organisations hidden within the many streets of warehouses and industrial buildings. The projects and spaces cover music, visual arts, digital media, film, literature, craft and photography. ‘We Are Eastside’ is the flagship of what’s going on in the area. They aim to, “act collaboratively and advance in a common direction: outward.” The area is nothing but a jewel in Birmingham’s art scene.
‘We Are Eastside’ present themselves immaculately to those outside of their own streets in a way that is highly accessible and welcoming. The identity for We Are Eastside has been superbly designed by James Langdon and features a beautifully crafted typeface by Radim Pesko.
There is consistently an air of innovation, humility and a creative pride in Birmingham that is not elitist but rather aims to encourage the arts wholeheartedly.
Read the full article HERE
Tuesday 30th March
£14 (£12 Members & Concessions) Book Tickets
Dan Berglund bass; Tomas Hallonste Piano; Johan Lindström guitar; Andreas Werliin drums
Dan Berglund’s Tonbruket come to the CBSO Centre this Tuesday in the final part of an extensive UK tour. Dan Berglund was the bass player in EST and many considered his strong bass sound to be the heart of EST’s sound. After the tragic death of Esbjorn Svensson, Dan took time off to consider what he should do to build on the reputation he had developed with EST. The group Tonbruket is the result of those deliberations; it has a very different sound from that of EST, on its first CD certainly more rock influenced, but also moving into a gentler, more ambient sound for certain tracks. Berglund has assembled a terrific quartet of fellow Swedes, playing music that stretches from e.s.t to Pink Floyd to Royksopp to Arvo Part. Quite a few of the reviews were quite critical of the album, but, as I suspected, the group has developed its own character out on the road and reviews of the concerts on this UK tour have been positive. See for example Ian Mann’s review on his Jazzmann website; you can read it here.
Tickets can be bought by clicking here. They will also be available on the door. The concert begins at 8pm and will consist of a 90 minute through set without an interval.
For your viewing pleasure, a guide to Eastside. These beautifully designed brochures can be found all round the city, pick one up or glance at your leisure online here.
Saturday 27 March at VIVID
3pm – 5pm | admission FREE
TREVOR PITT with Shelli Graham
9pm til late | admission £4
A Plasticine Party
The WE ARE EASTSIDE open weekend is at last upon us! Drop into VIVID between 3pm and 5pm to see The Gainsborough Packet by Becks Futures prize-winning artist Matt Stokes. Also at VIVID Trevor Pitt and Shelli Graham reveal LP covers, badges, and projections made in response to Pitt’s Sleeve Notes sessions at VIVID in 2009.
From 9pm, VIVID will host A Plasticine Party, an Eastside knees up celebrating the launch of We Are Eastside and marking the beginning of the end of Flatpack Festival. For more information and tickets visit the Flatpack website here.
TREVOR PITT with Shelli Graham | Sleeve Notes Go Viral
During the summer of 2009, Trevor Pitt looked back at his formative years in Birmingham, tracing his flirtations with pop, punk, film, art and cultural theory. Joining Trevor on this journey have been individuals who played a significant, often underground role in shaping the music, fashion, and club scenes during this period. Through intimate 1-1 chats, they mapped the scenes and wrote the Sleeve Notes to their own lives.
Fast forward to spring 2010 and Pitt is back at VIVID to launch the second phase of Sleeve Notes, supported by Hello Digital. Starting with a tweet, Pitt looks at how social media can proliferate information and widen participation in events which would otherwise stay ‘underground’.
Follow Sleeve Notes on Twitter: http://twitter.com/sleeve_notes
Also at VIVID…
MATT STOKES | The Gainsborough Packet
2008/9 | super 16mm film and audio transferred to hard-drive | 8:56 mins
VIVID presents Matt Stokes’s song and film, The Gainsborough Packet, the acclaimed new work shown in Baltic and 176, London in 2009.
The work is the culmination of a year’s research and development which began with Stokes’ discovery in the Tyne & Wear archives of a letter written in 1828 by an ordinary man named John Burdikin. The letter was the inspiration for the lyrics, music and film created by Stokes and his collaborators on the project, which trace Burdikin’s life and adventures. Stokes has collaborated with musician Jon Boden from acclaimed folk band Bellowhead, composer Alistair Anderson, and Tim Kerr, an iconic figure of the US punk and early hardcore scene.
The Gainsborough Packet is exhibited courtesy the artist, Workplace Gallery, and ZieherSmith.
VIVID | 140 HEATH MILL LANE | BIRMINGHAM | B9 4AR
T: 0121 766 7876 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
In anticipation of tonights Flatpack premiere of Cody Crictheloe’s BOY, here’s the new video Cody directed for Peaches Billionaire, featuring Shunda K of Yo Majesty. Something tells me we’re not in Kansas anymore!
Critheloe’s BOY premieres alongside john Waters’ Pink Flamingos tonight, 8pm, at Ikon Eastside.
There will be a Craftspace Collective event this Saturday 27th March at the Custard Factory , Juneau Projects, Ben and Phil (Birmingham based maverick contemporary artists) will be setting up a workshop called ‘Aggressive Localism’ in which they make costumes for Skateboarders, inspired by the outfits worn by Morris dancers and characters in Mummers Plays.
The workshop will consist of working collaboratively to make two new costumes. It is a free open workshop aimed at 16-19 year olds but anyone can come along and take part in the We Are Eastside Weekend event.
Look for the Craftspace Collective banner, By the Lake at the Custard Factory (next door to the Kitchen), Birmingham B9 4AA
Starts at 11.00am until 4.00pm
Come along and be creative! Hope to see you there!
Here are a selection of photos & a youtube clip from the Capsule show at VIVID earlier in the month with a performance by Japanese artist Atsuhiro Ito. A sound artist, Ito performs using his device the Optron, essentially fluorescent light tubes with integrated guitar pick-ups sent through guitar amp stacks. This was an amazing spectacle & we hope to invite him back in the not too distant future.
To find out about future Capsule events check out our website www.capsule.org.uk
The residency by the Nomadic Academy of Fools is halfway through and, so far, so fantastic. It’s so hard to describe the work, but I’ll try. Jonathan and the Fools take you into a world with their performances, that is beautiful, truthful and realer than reality. And generally hilarious – after Friday’s show my ribs and cheeks were aching, and I felt amazing with all those endorphins rushing around my body. More than one audience member described it as medicine or ‘soul food’. So, this jam-packed week, take some time to come to the Edge and get your soul fed – Wednesday at 8pm, NAF perform Shakespeare’s Richard II and on Friday at 8pm it’s ‘Feast of Fools’ including a solo performance from Jonathan Kay.
Wednesday 24th March
Jazz Club at The Rainbow
Rounding off our mini series of jazz bands with a rock influence are London based Troyka. Tipped to follow hot on the heels of bands like Polar Bear and Portico Quartet as the next big thing in British jazz. Their eponymous album on Edition Records was in Jazzwise’s top 10 albums of 2009 and Time Out describes them as being “like King Crimson for the Ipod Generation”. The band cites influences as being Wayne Krantz, Aphex Twin, Tim Berne and Steely Dan and features the stellar line up of Kit Downes on organ, Chris Montague on guitar and Joshua Blackmore on drums.
Saturday 27 March 2010 (12 to 5pm)
Exhibition opening 6 to 9pm
Broomberg & Chanarin
Selected by Grand Union
Exhibition continues to Saturday 1 May
Open Thursday to Saturday, 12 to 5pm
Grand Union, Unit 19, Fazeley Industrial Estate, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5RS