As part of our February live acts programme we have Tom Marshman performing Passion of the Pole this Friday - doors open 7.30pm for the performance starting at 8pm.
Get a Grip.
In this controversial performance, Tom Marshman confronts taboos of mental disorders
and religion. Clinging to a dancing pole, a sentimental character exposes itself to you,
with layers of issues, a crude honesty, and a wincing humour. The pole becomes a
crucifix: a site for Tom to expose and execute his anxieties.
THE GARAGE PRESENTS… (12 – 26 February 2011)
VIVID kicks off its 2011 programme with the launch of ‘The Garage presents…’ a brand new strand of one off events embracing music, live arts, installation, performance, and films. Join VIVID this February for a short season of sound and vision combining expanded cinema installation, music documentary screenings, artist’s film and video, and feature film.
SAT 12 FEB | 2PM | VIDEO VALENTINES
VIVID presents a gloriously convincing romance directed by Woody Allen alongside independent shorts for Valentine’s weekend. Heart-shaped treats available too!
Hailed as one of the most influential romcoms of all time, Annie Hall (1977, 93 mins) reflects on the romantic adventures of neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer and his equally neurotic girlfriend Annie Hall. The film traces the course of their relationship from their first meeting and Alvy asks himself and the viewer where things went wrong. The result is a hysterical, poignant, and bittersweet look at the nature of love.
Will you be our video valentine? VIVID seeks short films to accompany Woody Allen and Annie Hall. Send your films to : Laura Coult, Programme Co-ordinator, VIVID, 140 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham B9 4AR by 8 February.
A kaleidoscopic journey into the parallel musical universe of cult music festival All Tomorrow’s Parties.
In an out-of-season holiday camp on the Somerset coast, cult music festival All Tomorrow’s Parties serves up a heady combination of alternative music, crazy golf and chalet-living; all curated by a single band or artist. This post-punk DIY bricolage uses material generated by the fans and musicians themselves, on a multitude of formats including Super8, camcorder and mobile phone material, over the history of the festival, to capture the uncompromising spirit of a parallel music universe.
All Tomorrow’s Parties features performances from an eclectic mix artists including: Battles, Sonic Youth, Belle And Sebastian, Patti Smith, Animal Collective, Grinderman, Iggy and the Stooges, Portishead, Mogwai, Slint, Grizzly Bear, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Gossip, Daniel Johnston and The Boredoms.
FRI 25 FEB | 6.30PM - 8.00PM | Lis Rhodes Light Music * ^
Avant-garde filmmaker Lis Rhodes’ breathtaking installation Light Music (1975) is a dizzying celebration of the pivotal nature of film as sound. Visitors are immersed in the beams of two dueling projectors; as the film flickers and flashes, Rhodes varies sonic frequency, alters amplitude, and plays with tone to create a groundbreaking and visceral cinematic experience.
Light Music is presented in association with George Saxon and Daniel Simcox. Doors open at 6:30pm and the piece will be screened at 6:45 pm and 7:30 pm (running time 25 mins).
Admission is free.
SAT 26 FEB | 2PM | WOOF! WOOF! William Wegman Weekend ^
Coming of age in the 1960s, Wegman was an early exponent of conceptual art, well known for his use of irony, humour and satire. VIVID presents a selection of Wegman’s works taken from his 1970s series of cryptic videos which star his obliging canine partner Man Ray.
And who said the arts aren’t inclusive? Well behaved pooches welcome!
Admission is free.
VIVID | 140 HEATH MILL LANE | BIRMINGHAM | B9 4AR
* events also take place at Grand Union
^ events also take place at Eastside Projects
Come and find out about pigeons!
2pm-4pm Fridays and Saturdays, February – April 2011
Project Pigeon’s Loft, Milk Street, Digbeth, Birmingham (in Boxxed’s backyard opposite Birmingham Backpackers under a viaduct)
Places are free but please book in advance by emailing:
Saturday 19th February: Introduction to pigeon fancying
Find out about the history of pigeon fancying, meet some pigeon fanciers and find out about why they keep pigeons, meet Project Pigeon’s birds and watch some pigeons fly.
Friday 25th February: A pigeon’s home and life
This workshop will be focused on the different seasons in a pigeons life, from racing season to breeding season. We will also look at the different kinds of pigeon lofts there are.
Saturday 26th February: Day to day pigeon loft management
How to keep your pigeons clean and happy – from cleaning the loft to giving the pigeons a bath.
Friday 4th March: Making nest boxes and perches
A woodwork session where we will design and make essential items for the inside of pigeon lofts and make any loft repairs.
Saturday 5th March: Racing pigeons, Birmingham rollers and tipplers
There are many kinds of pigeons, racing pigeons are used in racing, Birmingham rollers in sequence flying and tipplers in endurance flying.
Friday 11th March: A pigeon’s diet
Like any athlete a pigeons diet is very important. In this session you will find out about all the vital vitamins, minerals and foods needed to keep pigeons on top form.
Saturday 12th March: Veterinary skills
Vets in the UK know little about racing pigeons, and if you took your pigeon to the vet every time there was something wrong it would cost a lot and wouldn’t be practical. Learn about what kinds of injuries pigeon get and how you can help your pigeon.
Friday 18th March: Breeding
Come and see and learn about squeekers (baby pigeons)!
Saturday 19th March: Training and racing
How do pigeons find their way home? How do you train a racing pigeon? How do you win a race?!
Saturday 2nd April: Making a magazine about pigeons
Help Project Pigeon design a magazine based on what we have learnt during the workshops.
Saturday 16th April: Come and watch a live pigeon race!
You might have been to the horses or to the dogs but have you ever seen a pigeon race? Now is your chance! Please email if you intend to come to this because the time of the race will only be known on Saturday morning – the morning of the race.
And we were in the Sunday Mercury at the weekend, have a look here!
Artist’s Talk: Carey Young
Thursday 27 January
6.30 to 8pm
Join us this Thursday when Carey Young discusses her current exhibition at Eastside Projects. A major new video commission, ‘Memento Park’ (2010), shot in a statue park in Budapest, is central to the exhibition, which surveys a decade of the artist’s practice, including a number of key video works and recent photographic and text works.
This week is also your last chance to see Carey Young, ‘Memento Park’ at Eastside Projects. The exhibition continues until 29 January 2011 and tours to Cornerhouse, Manchester, 5 February to 20 March 2011, and mima, Middlesborough, 31 March to 10 July 2011.
To attend SALON events join ESP (£60 per year/ £5 per month) by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org, or pay £4 on the door per event. Check www.extraspecialpeople.org for the future programme.
Project Pigeon had an amazing time in Blackpool. Thanks to all fanciers and Grundy gallery for supporting us! Can’t wait until next year!
Call for proposals: 2011 programme
Applications are now open for ‘In Association With …’, VIVID’s ongoing support scheme for emerging and mid-career artists and producers. Projects can be activated in February-March, August-September and December 2011.
The 2011 scheme provides:
* supported access to VIVID’s Garage space and facilities in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside district.
* time to develop and test new creative ideas
* a support bursary of up to £500 per Associate.
Offering an open and versatile environment for thinking and working, the activity and outcomes of ‘In Association With …’ are completely governed by its users. Through it, we aim to provoke the evolution of new thinking, curatorial development and exchange, social interaction and critical engagement, new collaborations and emerging networks. The scheme encourages risk taking and aims to showcase a wide array of aesthetics from both the city’s vibrant visual, sound and film culture and far beyond.
Projects can be activated in February-March, August-September and December 2011. Application deadline: 28 January 2011.
VIVID | 140 Heath Mill Lane | Birmingham | B9 4AR
As the graphic above states, Eastside Projects are recruiting new volunteers and hosting an introductory event on Wednesday 9 February, 6 to 7.30pm.
Volunteering plays a vital role for both organisations and individuals (interesting side note: half of EP’s current staff (5 out of 10) had volunteered at the gallery before becoming paid employees). The intention of the volunteer drive is to offer a structured programme to people wanting to gain gallery experience and engage with the contemporary art scene in Birmingham. There will be the opportunity to focus on specific areas of gallery work, ranging from events management, to online content development, exhibition install and front of house invigilation.
This was passed along to me today:
Trish made a mix for a friend of mine not long ago, and he’s shared it as a fitting way of remembering her.
He says: Before she went to Australia Trish sent me a mix CD of bonkers pop music she compiled, I never thanked her. Its called Mind Bending Motorway Mix and I want to share it with you, please pass the link on, share it far and wide, its a little tribute to a (as a friend referred to her today) exhilarating woman…
Fair warning: The mp3 tags in this mix do not include song titles or artist names. I do not know any of the songs in this mix — it’s all very obscure stuff, mostly psychedelia, spacey electronic music, vintage soul, and folky things. A lot of it sounds like it was ripped from vinyl. It’s basically the music that inspired Broadcast, and it’s exactly the sort of music you would expect as a soundtrack to Trish’s life. Anyway, if you can identify any of these songs, let me know.
Next week The Lombard Method will be welcoming Polish artists Kamila Szejnoch, Christian Costa, and culinary art group MASH/HER/DIP. They will be working until 15th February as part of Post-Industrial Revolution, an international residency exchange curated by Roma Piotrowska and Kate Pennington-Wilson. The project focuses on Birmingham’s Eastside/Digbeth area and the Gdansk Shipyard in Poland.
In the words of the curators “The comparisons between Digbeth and the Gdansk Shipyard as post industrial sites are of significance, each city has at some stage been deeply affected by the demise of industry, its movement abroad, and more recently the development of cultural and leisure industries in these former industrial areas. The focus of this residency exchange is for artists to develop work which responds to these environments, reflecting this shift in usage as well as the change in social, political and industrial history of such spaces.”
A call for submissions from British artists to take part in the corresponding residency at Wyspa Institute of Art (Gdansk) will be circulated later in the month, more information can be found at:
and the Post-Industrial revolution blog: www.postindustrialrevolution.blogspot.com