Karl Nawrot: Mind Walk #1

Please join us for the launch of ‘Mind Walk #1’, an exhibition by Seoul based artist and web designer Karl Nawrot.

The exhibition reveals Nawrot’s aesthetic sensibility as a curious union of the macabre and the childlike, offering an overview of his practice through a dense presentation of crude monochrome prints. These include representations of various simple models which in some cases exist as works in themselves: for example in an architectural structure derived from Le Corbusier’s Dom-ino House the minimal staircase is replaced by a cave.

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Art, Book & Print Fair

A celebration of the very best in independent publishing, this event will include speakers, panel discussions, workshops and a fair brought to you by Slinky Life. Volume is being produced by Capsule for the Library of Birmingham in collaboration with a number of Birmingham arts organisations, showcasing the wealth and breadth of publishing expertise in the region. Each organisation will produce a panel, contributing to some of the debates currently critical in the fields of publishing, bookmaking and writing.

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The Black Hole Club

Vivid Projects presents the Black Hole Club, a brand new ongoing programme to support artists and curators working with moving image, performance and sound.

We are looking for our first ten Black Hole Club members to begin working with us from February 2014.

The inaugural Black Hole Club will support its members to develop their practice through skills development, networking and presentation opportunities. Members will benefit from glass services, free access to Vivid Projects’ expansive canal-side space and facilities in Digbeth, and a tailored programme of screening and social events. Members will be expected to commit approximately 2 hours per week for meetings and sessions.

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Looking Out From The CCCS

Vivid Projects presents a snapshot into four decades of alternative Birmingham culture. Join us for this month-long season of exhibition, provocations and events investigating the impact of University of Birmingham’s Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS).

Founded by Richard Hoggart in 1964 and later directed by Stuart Hall, the Centre broke down barriers between staff and students and made ‘pop’ culture – pop music, television programmes, fashions – critical.

Looking Out From The CCCS makes connections between 70s Birmingham culture and the present day, by way of alternative publications and community action print, film workshops and style magazines, and contemporary artists working with social media and data.

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Capsule Presents Melt Banana

Capsule are delighted to announce the return of MELT BANANA who will perform in Birmingham on May 27 at the Rainbow Warehouse.

From the whip-like crack of Yako’s signature staccato vocals and impossible-to-memorize lyrics to the relentless overdrive tempo of their one-of-a-kind prog-core, MELT BANANA have long resided in a cybertopia of their own devising where the limits of technology and human capability are old-world concerns as quaint and cumbersome as bartering with a blacksmith. The demos for Fetch, their first studio album since the severely fried pop-punk of 1997′s Bambi’s Dilemma, were completed in March 2011, but the Fukushima earthquake changed everything, including their ability to concentrate on recording. Which stopped completely.

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The Ex, Rattle, Health & Efficiency

Capsule are excited to announce THE EX will playing Birmingham at the Hare & Hounds on April 18th. Buy tickets

Since emerging in 1979, Dutch anarcho-punk band THE EX have embarked on a series of adventurous collaborations, making their musical style impossible to confine to any one genre. Beginning in the 80s The Ex partnered with jazz musicians and an Iraqi-Kurdish band. Later, in the 90s the group found a myriad of partners from varied musical and non-musical backgrounds including Kamagurka, Tom Cora, Sonic Youth, Han Bennink, Jan Mulder, Shellac and Wolter Wierbos.

THE EX return to the UK this Spring and have just released a brand new 7” single. The A-side ‘How Thick You Think’ is available to listen to courtesy of The Quietus.

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The Archive Paradox

Join us for the performance of Ruth Beale’s Lindgren & Langlois: The Archive Paradox, a dramatised exchange of letters between two influential film archivists on opposing sides of the debate between preservation and circulation.

Beale has constructed a narrative from the writing, correspondence and commentators of Ernest Lindgren, the BFI National Film Archive’s first curator who was careful, scientific and restrained by public responsibilities and budgets; and Henri Langlois, the flamboyant and passionate co-founder of the Cinémathèque Française who collected, saved, and screened as widely as possible.

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Shangaan Electro dance workshops

This vibrant South African dance style is soon set to visit Birmingham as part of the Capsule curated Discovery Season and you can learn their moves and dance alongside the collective by joining a free dance workshop.

Shangaan Electro -the high-speed dance phenomenon from South Africa has risen from streets into clubs and venues all around the globe. The creation of charismatic producer Nozinja, this is a very contemporary product of Africa. Based in Soweto, Nozinja saw the chance to update Shangaan music for the 21st Century, replacing its traditional bass/guitar instrumentation with midi-keyboard sounds and repitched vocal samples (in English and seemingly sampled from rave anthems).

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The House of Beorma Archive

Building on their project The Festival of The Rea that took place at Supersonic Festival 2012, The Outcrowd Collective will turn the Pavilion of the Library of Birmingham into a museum of fictional and real archival material around ‘Beorma’ the chieftan of the Beormingas clan who are the first known Anglo-Saxon settlers and founders of Birmingham. Drawing on Benjamin Stone’s photographs of rural procession and folk celebrations – held in the Library of Birmingham’s archives – The Outcrowd will also present re-imagined celebrations and rituals to Beorma.

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Capsule present Dinos Chapman

Culture 24 preview Dinos Chapman’s performance at Bring To Light 25th October, Rainbow Warehouse.

“Chapman has named Luftbobler after the bubbles in a Norwegian Aero bar. He’s outlining his plans ahead of Bring to Light, a three-day festival as part of the new Library of Birmingham’s inaugural programme where he’ll star alongside the likes of hyperactive South African dance act Shangaan Electro and Richard Dawson, a singer-songwriter whose Kids Gigs are designed to provide belly laughs for under-sevens at the city’s Symphony Hall.

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Scalarama: a celebration of cinema

Vivid Projects and Flatpack Festival present a special 16mm screening of films by the Kuchar Brothers. Twin brothers from The Bronx, Mike and George have created a do-it-yourself cinematic style that celebrates the common man but does so in style oozing with “kitchen sink” Hollywood excess.

“They were giants. They inspired four to five generations of militantly eccentric art fans. To me, they were the Warner Brothers of the underground.” – John Waters

Starting in the mid-50s with a string of shorts shot on the regular-8 format, they switched to 16mm around 1965 and began making their own films. George sadly passed away in 2011, so Little Joe, a magazine about queers and cinema, mostly, have teamed up with Copenhagen-based Jack Stevenson to honour both brothers, presenting a selection of their work from Jack’s own 16mm collection.

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Make your own mini-protest banner

Sarah Corbett founded the Craftivist Collective in 2009 after craft-lovers around the world asked to join in her craftivism (activism through craft) as a way to make positive change and give introverts a voice outside of traditional extrovert forms of activism.
Image courtesy the Craftivist Collective

Join Sarah at Vivid Projects for a special workshop in which you will craft your own Mini Protest Banner. Following the workshop you are encouraged to leave your banner somewhere as street art to provoke thought and action in passers-by. Sarah will also explain more about the history of craftivism and her approach, and the benefits of craftivism as a political and public engagement tool.

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Discovery season launches!

Capsule have been hard at work this year, putting together a four month season celebrating the opening of the Library of Birmingham. We’re really proud of this season, and very excited that Birmingham is now home to the largest public library in Europe. In honour of the ‘people’s palace’, the Discovery season will feature performances, residencies, exhibitions and lots of opportunities to participate in workshops and try something new.

“For the LoB managers to choose possibly the noisiest, a most experimental arts organisation in the city to open a library is a radical step.” www.paradisecircus.com

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Discovery Season Brochure

Brochures detailing the exciting programme of events are currently being distributed across the West Midlands. Capsule have put the Discovery season together to celebrate the opening of Birmingham’s new library.

You can also read it online here, for programme details, ticket information and more info on this major new cultural hub.

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Cao Fei: Haze and Fog

‘Haze and Fog’ is a new type of zombie movie set in modern China. The film will explore how the collective consciousness of people living in the time of what the artist calls “magical metropolises” emerges from seemingly tedious, mundane, the day-to-day life where a magical reality is created through struggles at the tipping point between the visible and the invisible.

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A Demonstration of Possibilities

Eastside Projects presents A Demonstration of Possibilities, an exhibition by Sophie Bullock, Freya Dooley and Sebastian Jefford in Flatfile, a plan-chest sited permanently within the gallery.

A Demonstration of Possibilities is a framework that is open to movement and alteration. In it Flatfile is converted into a growing and interactive toolbox where works appear as instructional or functional but for potentially unknowable or absurd uses.

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Haze and Fog Exhibition Launch

Everyone is welcome at the launch of ‘Haze and Fog’ a solo exhibition by Cao Fei in the main gallery, ‘Dear Lynda’ in the second gallery and ‘A Demonstration of Possibilities’ in Flatfile. Exhibitions continue until 16 November.

‘Haze and Fog’ is a new type of zombie movie set in modern China. The film will explore how the collective consciousness of people living in the time of what the artist calls “magical metropolises” emerges from seemingly tedious, mundane, day-to-day life.

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Salon: Archive

Taking its cue from ‘Dear Lynda…’ this afternoon event offers a range of perspectives on, and approaches to, creating and utilising libraries and archives. In short talks by curator Lynda Morris, artist Ruth Beale, PhD researcher Samantha Epps, artist and archivist Karen Di Franco and more we will discuss the politics of libraries, ephemera relating to Conceptual Art and archives in the digital era.

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September Programme

Vivid Projects’ eight month opening season ’33 Revolutions’ concludes this autumn with a packed programme of events which ask the question: can art and popular culture act as a catalyst for social change? Full events programme below.

EVENTS PROGAMME

05 – 07 September
Revs #19 – 21 // FREE SCHOOL: POETRY, CARNIVAL, POLITICS
Programme of music, film and spoken word interrogating notions of art, revolution and the controversial figure that was Michael X, curated by Ian Sergeant. Includes an evening of live performance (Fri 06 Sep) featuring dub-griot Kokumo, DJ Bobbie Gardner and visual artist Matt Watkins. Full programme details here.

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Box Of Light: Celebrating early cinema

Before the days of film, the magic lantern was an important source of entertainment, using glass slides to create moving images and visual tricks. Birmingham played a key role in this pre-cinema world, producing thousands of lanterns for export, leading to the birth of the flipbook, and eventually the cinema.

The Library boasts a hefty archive of 60,000 lantern slides, and to coincide with the Magic Lantern society’s annual conference in Birmingham, Flatpack Festival presents Box of Light, a weekend full of events, workshops and activities celebrating early cinema, part of the Capsule curated Discovery season.

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Magic Eye Festival

Magic Eye Festival 20 July 2013, 2-7pm

Join us at the Grand Union as we seek the eternal and ephemeral through a festival of performance, film and music that activates the Magic Eye exhibition. With works by Jennet Thomas, Plastique Fantastique, Raymond Queneau, Goodiepal, Alexander Stevenson and Paul Sharits.

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Interior Reflections III

Join us for a discussion of the 2013 ESP Members Show, ‘Sports Hall Sessions’ and the latest edition of Flatfile. The evening will begin with a presentation by Tracy Hickinbottom and Alex Edwards on the ideas behind ‘Potential for Play’, the fourth Flatfile presentation which explores the artists’ shared interest in creative play.

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Eastside Projects, Lunch Club

Lunch Club Friday 26 July, 1–2pm
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR

Escape your desk or studio for an hour and join us at Eastside Projects for lunch. Everyone is welcome. We have an array of tea, coffee and herbal teas – all you need to bring is your sandwiches.

Discovery Season Announced

Capsule are delighted to announce our four month opening season for the Library of Birmingham. The season, which will run from Tuesday 3 September – 31st December is produced & curated by Capsule, supported by Arts Council England.

The Discovery Season programme is inspired by the Library’s internationally-important archives and special collections, and draws on content as diverse as one of the world’s largest books, Victorian children’s games and toys, and even train and bus tickets. The Season will bring to life the Library’s stunning new spaces, from the studio theatre to the towering rotunda and the outdoor garden terraces, and will play host to installations, events, performances and workshops for every age and interest. Events encompassing literature, art, film, illustration, food and debate will be enjoyed under one golden roof in the city’s newest social space.

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Meet Alan Lomax

Alan Lomax was a musicologist who spent over six decades working to promote knowledge and appreciation of ‘people’s songs’, and he gathered an enormous archive of folk, blues, gospel, country and traditional music.

You can see an amazing collection of videos via the Association of Cultural Equity, which Lomax founded to research and disseminate the world’s traditional music, and to reconnect people and communities with their creative heritage.

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Artists Talks: A Small Hiccup

Tuesday 25 June, 6.30-8.30pm

Join us for a talk and discussion event with Simon Senn and Holly Pester, artists in our current show A Small Hiccup.

6.30pm Simon Senn & Vasi Hasan
Swiss artist Simon Senn produced his video ‘Gulberg’, for our current exhibition ‘A Small Hiccup’, in collaboration with Birmingham based business man Vasi Hasan.

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