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RCA Presents, What is a book?, Saturday 31 July, 2–5pm, FREE

2010.07.27 | 0 comments
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Ulises Carrion, What is a book?, Book Show, Eastside Projects

Royal College of Arts Presents, ‘What is a book?’
Screening + Workshop
Eastside Projects
Saturday 31 July, 2–5pm
Free entry. *Please note that the workshop event is limited to 15 places and booking is essential. To reserve a place contact

Organised by participants of the Curating Contemporary Art MA at the Royal College of Art, ‘What is a book?’ will feature a rare screening of Ulises Carrión’s 1987 videowork “Bookworks Revisited. Part 1: a selection”, followed by a bookmaking workshop with book artist and bookbinder Guy Begbie. The film screening is free and open to the public, but places on the workshop are limited and must be reserved. Please note that those taking part in the workshop are encouraged to bring along their own cutting mats and rulers!

Also at Eastside Projects this week:

Barbara Steveni, Book Talk 2
‘Book’ Launch
Eastside Projects
Thursday 29 July, 6.30–8pm
Free entry

Eastside Projects presents a talk from artist Barbara Steveni in the second of a series of book talks. In the spirit of ‘Curating the Library’ Steveni has been invited to select publications for the Eastside Projects Library, and will discuss selections pivotal to her thinking.

Alongside Barbara Steveni’s Book Talk is the launch of ‘Book’, which functions as a mobile extension to ‘Book Show’. For one night only, ‘Book’ will be available for just £5 (RRP £10).
Extra Special People members attending the launch will receive a free copy of ‘Book’ – please note this offer is for one night only!

You can also sign up to Extra Special People on the night, to receive your free copy. For more info about membership visit Extra Special People

More info is at Eastside Projects, and join our Facebook page for all the latest news and events

Eastside Projects
86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, Birmingham B9 4AR

Justin Carter: Thinking Hand Scratching Head, 30 July

2010.07.25 | 1 comment
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Summer Jazz Club:Weds 28th July at The Rainbow

2010.07.21 | 0 comments
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Mirror : Nicholls / Allsopp / Smith

Wednesday 28th July
Jazz Club at The Rainbow Courtyard

Birmingham Jazz ends this season of Jazz Club with an incredible band led  pianist and composer Dan Nicholls. Featuring reedsman James Allsopp of Fraud and The Golden Age of Steam and drummer Dave Smith of Outhouse and countless other bands.  Dan is one of the most promising young players to come from the Conservatoire jazz course.  He now spends his time between his home in Stafford and Copenhagen playing and composing music.  Combining the best of the Birmingham and London scenes, this gig promises to sign off Jazz Club for the summer in style. From Dan himself:

Mirror is a new ensemble interpreting and reworking the compositions of keyboardist Dan Nicholls. Featuring the distinctive voices of James Allsopp (reeds) and Dave Smith (drums), the music aims for a fluidity between written and unwritten and explores the unexplicable connections between sound and image.”

Dan’s music can be found here:

Jazz Club will be back in the Autumn with the 5th Anniversary Series starting on Wednesday 27th October.

Here, at the Edge

2010.07.19 | 0 comments
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This week we are holding one of our legendary discussions, with another International guest:

We met Isaura in 2006, when she visited with her son, Matthew.  Isaura set up the Bobby Mendes Peace Legacy in association with our US colleague, Shannon Flattery of Touchable Stories.  They use the arts and peace campaigning to work against violence in their home neighbourhood of Dorchester, Boston in memory of Isaura’s son Bobby, murdered in 1995.  Bobby’s murder sparked off a spiral of violence between young Cape Verdeans which has resulted in almost a thousand deaths over the last 15 years – an incredible figure in such a relatively small place. Her and her son Matthew visited with us and attended a number of workshops and discussion groups with young people in Birmingham, and with the parents of young people who had suffered violent deaths.  They had an amazing time with us, and Matthew, particularly said that the visit had allowed him to ‘find his voice’ – and returned to his community to continue the work alongside his mother, campaigning for peace.  Matthew was murdered in a drive-by shooting three weeks after their return.  Despite this second tragedy, Isaura has continued to work for peace, even publicly forgiving Bobby’s murderer at his trial.  She is back for a second visit, and we are honoured to host her.  If you’d like to hear this inspirational woman talk, please come along to the Edge, this Thursday from 6pm, we’d love to see you there. Of course, it’s free, but feel free to donate to the Peace Legacy through their website. Thanks.

Daniel Eatock Book Talk 1 at Eastside Projects

2010.07.13 | 0 comments
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Daniel Eatock, Display Book Shelf 2009, Book Show, Eastside Projects

Daniel Eatock Book Talk 1 at Eastside Projects
Thursday 15 July, 6.30–8pm, £3 (free for Extra Special People)
Booking essential, contact

Eastside Projects presents a talk from artist Daniel Eatock in the first of a series of ‘book talks’. In the spirit of Curating the Library Eatock has been invited to select publications for the Eastside Projects Library, and will introduce selections that are pivotal to his thinking.

Daniel Eatock (b. 1975, Bolton, UK) is an artist whose practice subverts strategies of communications, rational problem solving and formal design/un-designed methodologies. He uses invitations, opportunities and chance circumstance, actively seeking, embracing and responding to the coincidences and contradictions encountered in everyday life. Daniel Eatock lives and works in London.

For further info visit

‘Book Show’ continues at Eastside Projects until 4 September
Open Thursday 12–6.30pm and Friday to Saturday 12–5pm

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86 Heath Mill Lane,
Birmingham B9 4AR
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HALLOGALLO + NAPALM DEATH to play Supersonic Festival

2010.07.13 | 0 comments
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HALLOGALLO 2010 – Michael Rother + Friends present the music of NEU!
NAPALM DEATH to perform at this years Supersonic Festival.

Following the news that the 2010 edition of Birmingham’s acclaimed annual Supersonic Festival will be headlined by SWANS and GODFLESH, Capsule are excited to announce a further round of live acts who will also perform at this year’s festival, including HALLOGALLO 2010 and NAPALM DEATH. Tickets are now on sale!

“I´m thrilled to return to Supersonic this year with my new live project Hallogallo 2010. We will present some favourite music by NEU!, Harmonia and from my solo albums. I look forward to Supersonic this year because two great musicians and friends are joining me in Hallogallo 2010: Steve Shelley (drummer of Sonic Youth) and Aaron Mullan (guitar player of Tall Firs). Expect some fast-forward movement!” – Michael Rother, Hallogallo 2010/NEU!

Capsule are also excited to confirm that unquestionably the most influential band in extreme music’s ferocious history NAPALM DEATH will be performing in their hometown to make their first ever Supersonic Festival appearance. Acclaimed as the creators of Grindcore, Napalm Death will be pushing the envelope of metal to new extremes in what is guaranteed to be an unforgettable performance.

“We are very much looking forward to playing Supersonic this year. It’s always great to play a hometown gig, and with this festival being so diverse musically it’s going to be even more fun for us as we rarely get the chance to play such events -  and on the same stage as SWANS, well what can I say?” – Shane Embury, Napalm Death

Also confirmed are an incredible, eclectic mix of music and visual artists, including PART WILD HORSES MANE ON BOTH SIDES with their mesmerizing and unforgettable avant-primitivism,  oVo with their incredible combination of heavy riffage, bombastic drumming and unforgettable vocals, as well as a return from the dark lords of Drum and Bass, PCM. DOSH will be performing, complete with mandatory pots and pans, as well as DRUMCORPS, with their unique, high-energy mix of music production values and the raw power of American hardcore.

TWEAK BIRD are also confirmed, bringing their big drums, fuzzed out baritone guitar and tandem spacey vocal melodies, and also CAVE, with their sickeningly tight drum and bass. There will also be multi-sensory art in the form of DJ and multimedia artist Vicki Bennett, aka PEOPLE LIKE US, and dark visual music trio DEMONS (W/SICK LLAMA).

This latest announcement forms part of a series of line up announcements for Supersonic 2010 with many more exciting acts and artists to be revealed in the coming weeks and months.

Tickets on sale now from:

Further info –

Straight No Chaser Headz + Swifty Remixes opens on 16th July

2010.07.01 | 0 comments
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Headz!: The Photographic Art of Peter Williams – A Reflection on the Straight No Chaser Years
The Swifty Remixes

Music photographer Peter Williams’ iconic images for the late-lamented Straight No Chaser magazine will be exhibited at The Sauce Gallery, Custard Factory from July. The images will feature as part of a double-bill exhibition commissioned by Punch Records, including Williams’ original images and remixes by the magazine’s former creative director, Swifty.

Scan through the back issues of the magazine and youll be blown away by the radical combinations of typografix and photography. Swifty has taken these classic spreads one step further and included in Headz are a selection of Peter Williams classics that have been specially remixed for the occasion.

The Exhibition opens on 16th July at the Sauce Gallery, 5 The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AA.

Opening times: 10am – 6pm.

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VIVID preview: Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry

2010.07.01 | 0 comments
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Join VIVID on Wednesday 28 July, 6-8pm for the launch of Inbindable Volume, an ambitious new multi-screen video installation by  Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry.

Filmed in Birmingham’s iconic Central Library, the city’s most infamous example of Brutalist architecture, Inbindable Volume is an exploration of the journey between conception and materialization – both in architecture and books – and what becomes of ideologies after they have been realised in material form.

Launching VIVID’s 2010/11 artists commissioning programme, the work has been developed during a three month residency at VIVID’s project space in Eastside with the support of The Henry Moore Foundation, Birmingham City of Culture, and the Jan van Eyck Academie, an institute for research and production in the fields of fine art, design and theory in the Netherlands.

The exhibition opens on 29 July and continues to 21 August 2010 (open Thu-Sat, 12-5pm).

VIVID | 140 Heath Mill Lane | Birmingham | B9 4AR 

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