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Jennifer Tee: Local Myths at Eastside Projects

2010.09.23 | 0 comments
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Jennifer Tee: Local Myths, Eastside Projects

Jennifer Tee: Local Myths
Eastside Projects
25 September to 6 November 2010
Opening Friday 24 September, 6 to 9pm

Opening tomorrow night at Eastside Projects is the first UK solo show by Dutch artist Jennifer Tee. ‘Local Myths’ is a collection of new and recent works, including hanging porcelain sculptures and mobiles, traditionally crafted China vases and a new long-term work for Eastside Projects in the form of a carved marble column (intended to become a future public artwork for the Eastside area of Birmingham).

We are open from 6 to 9pm tomorrow and all are welcome. Cocktails will be served, and there are also nearby exhibition openings at Ikon Eastside, The Edge and Grand Union, making for a Friday night Eastside extravaganza. See you there!


Exclusive Matthew Barney film

2010.09.23 | 0 comments
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Lichens (aka Rob Lowe) is scarily busy: he was the bassist and vocalist in 90 Day Men, has collaborated with the pretty brilliant Explosions in the Sky, Om and TV on the Radio and, amid all the band hopping, has released two of his own LP’s.  True to form, he’s not content with just playing at Supersonic he is also curating a number of film screenings in the theatre space under the title Outer Limits.

Outer Limits is an exploration of contemporary works dealing with observations and ritual practices in connection with the natural world and the cosmic plane.

Subtle, glacial and turbulent, like the simple seismic shift of Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara’s “Earthquakes Agave” , or the deep breathed bliss of Sabrina Ratté’s “Mirages”. These video works provide an open door into the next phases of image capture, while embracing the history of the medium.

With Paul Clipson and Rose Kallal both working in a multiple image16mm film format, it makes for a warm and saturated feel that is properly visceral. You truly understand the intuition and process both attribute to their craft as they immerse themselves in the violence and awe of nature and what is unknown.

The centerpiece of this program is “Guardian of the Veil”. Matthew Barney’s first in a series collaborations with Jonathan Bepler that will be seven performances to convey the stages of Norman Mailer’s novel “Ancient Evenings”. This documentation is a performance at the Manchester Opera House in 2007. With precision of form, Barney gives a nod to the old Gods, while presenting Egyptian ceremonial rites from his own perspective, and a fresh one at that.

This will be an exclusive screening, as this has not been shown in a format larger than a video monitor as of yet.
Taking place on Sunday 24th October in the Theatre Space as part of Supersonic Festival
Tickets are available HERE


Opening this Friday: Hitchcock Hallway at Ikon Eastside

2010.09.21 | 0 comments
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Join us this Friday (24 September) for the opening of Hitchcock Hallway at Ikon Eastside by Danish artist duo AVPD. The entrance to the gallery is replaced by a door – what lies beyond is for the visitor to discover.

AVPD are Aslak Vibæk and Peter Døssing, both graduates of The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Often inspired by ways in which space is re-imagined in literature, film and science, their works challenge socially conditioned or innate perceptual habits, emphasising how our bodies ‘read’ spaces and react to them, be it physically, intuitively and intellectually.

Join us for a glass of wine and experience Hitchcock Hallway for yourself. Exhibition opening this Friday 24 September 6-8pm at Ikon Eastside.


Jamie Shovlin: Hiker Meat

2010.09.17 | 2 comments
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Grand Union is proud to present Hiker Meat, the latest project by London based artist Jamie Shovlin.

Opening on Friday 24th September from 7pm with a live performance by Lustfaust.

This exhibition has been kindly supported by Arts Council England, Art of Ideas and Fishmarket Gallery.

Jamie Shovlin   Hiker Meat

25 September – 13 November 2010

Open Thursday to Saturday, 12-5pm*

* Grand Union will open the following additional hours during Supersonic Festival: Friday 22 October, 12-8pm; Saturday 23 October, 12-6pm; Sunday 24 October, 12-4pm.

Please note the exhibition contains graphic material that is not suitable for children.

www.grand-union.org.uk


Turn next weekend Inside Out at the Edge

2010.09.16 | 0 comments
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Over the weekend of the 24th-26th of September we’re hosting Digbeth’s first Inside Out festival of contemporary art.  Centred at the Edge, work will spill out onto the streets, rooftops and bus stops of the area and includes interventions, performances and installations from artists based locally, nationally and from abroad.  The launch party on Friday 24th includes contributions by Fizzpop, artists from Coventry (the A45 project), ending with performances by Youssouf Karembe, (Mali) and Canadian folksters, The Wilderness of Manitoba (in association with Sonic Asylum).  Entry is free and the fun starts at 7.30pm.  There’s loads of stuff happening in Digbeth that night, so when you’ve had your fill of wine and nibbles, hop over the Edge for the party.

On Saturday and Sunday between 2pm and 6pm there’ll be a series of art trails, starting at the Edge, which will take in the work specially made for the festival and also some of the other treasures of Digbeth – just come to the Edge anytime during the afternoon for your guide.  On Saturday, from 7pm onwards the fun continues, with performance work and spoken word performance from the likes of Dr David Ethics, Kokumo and other local treasures.

On Sunday from 11am there’s an artists brunch, in association with Fierce Festival, artists from the festival will be joined by artists from Stoke Newington Airport and Quarantine, among others – come along for delicious scran and heated debate.

Work, and documentation of the work for the festival will be exhibited at the Edge until 1st October, open from 1pm-7pm daily.  All events are free, so come to the Edge, and whatever you do, don’t look down…


Tony Allen UK Tour

2010.09.15 | 1 comment
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Tony Allen (Hugo Glendinning) looking right between 2 toms

Punch touring is proud to announce the UK tour by a real legend of African music. Tony Allen will be marking his 70th birthday and the 50th anniversary of Nigerian independence with a UK tour this autumn. Kicking off at the mac (Midlands Art Centre)  in Birmingham, the five date tour with his full afrobeat orchestra will play in Leeds, London, Edinburgh, Bristol and Glasgow. Tony Allen, who played at the WOMAD festival in Charlton Park on 23 July 2010, will be promoting his CD Secret Agent and playing a special showcase at London’s Barbican.

Full 2010 tour dates are:
30 September, Birmingham mac

1 October, Glasgow The Aches

2 October, Edinburgh HMV Picture House

3 October, Leeds Wardrobe

6 October, London Barbican Centre

7 October, Bristol Metropolis

Born in August 1940, and a self-taught musician, Tony Allen began to play at the age of eighteen, a fan of American jazz but also fascinated by traditional music and with the percussion work of Ghanaian Guy Warren, who mixed traditional rhythms with the new sounds of American bebop. Invited to audition for a jazz-highlife band by Fela Kuti in 1964, he became an original member of Kuti’s Koola Lobitos highlife-jazz band and started a decades-long musical relationship.

Allen is known as the man who put the beat in Afrobeat, Nigeria’s most influential musical export – a combination of the heavy groove and universal appeal of soul with jazz, highlife, and the polyrhythms of Yoruba music. Allen’s fusion of drum styles perfectly complemented Fela’s new African groove and he recorded over 30 albums with Fela and Africa ’70 – widely regarded as Fela’s best works. He has also worked with Manu Dibango, King Sunny Ade and Ray Lema. While often returning to the Afrobeat template that made his name, in the years since Allen has also worked with a broad range of rock acts, such as Jimi Tenor,  and, to general acclaim, with Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon as the group The Good, The Bad and the Queen.


Jolyon Laycock at Ikon Eastside, for one weekend only

2010.09.09 | 0 comments
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This weekend Ikon Eastside stages a new version of Jolyon Laycock’s 1974 “environmental audio-visual collage” This Could Happen To You.

Laycock’s original installation was interactive and highly-politicised; a combination of projected slide images,  sound recordings and printed text which served as an explorative survey of political anxieties. Reconfigured for 2010, the work has been translated from analogue to digital technologies.

This Could Happen To You is part of this year’s ArtsFest.

11-12 September, 1-5pm, Free entry


Last chance to see Sergio Vega at Ikon Eastside

2010.09.02 | 0 comments
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Don’t miss your chance to see Sergio Vega’s luscious film Paradise: Real Time at Ikon Eastside, which closes this Sunday (5th September).  The Brazilian rainforest is brought to industrial surrounds of Digbeth, in high-definition. Open Thursday-Sunday, 1-5pm.


Supersonic Festival – Volunteer call out!

2010.09.01 | 0 comments
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Supersonic needs YOU!

Capsule’s internationally renowned festival runs 22nd to 24th October 2010 and there’s plenty of opportunities to get involved as a volunteer. The festival is small enough for everyone involved to gain not just an overview of how the festival works, but to give real value and be part of a dynamic team.

We need a team of volunteers to help deliver the festival over the weekend of the event itself – we are looking for people to work over the festival weekend 22nd -24th October and in the run up to Supersonic from early October onwards. We expect a minimum of 12 hrs over the festival period in exchange for a weekend wristband.

In addition we are looking for professional quality photographers to help us document the festival

How to apply:
To apply send an email to volunteer[at]capsule.org.uk
Mark in the SUBJECT of the email VOLUNTEER or PHOTOGRAPHER

We will send you an application form, which you need to fill out and email back to us before the deadline which is the 21st September. There will then be a meeting on the evening of the 22nd of September to find out more about the festival and to meet the team.

Please note, unfortunately we can only receive applications from people over 18 years of age.

For further info about the festival check: http://www.supersonicfestival.com

Please feel free to spread the word.


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