Tuesday, 17 May 2011
I went along to Secret Cinema again recently over Easter, this time staged at the Old Vic Tunnels under Waterloo station. On arrival at The Embassy we presented our pre-prepared French identity cards at the military style checkpoint and avoided the steely gazes of the guards who were detaining people at their leisure. We made it passed the checkpoint into a dark and atmospheric recreation of North African backstreets, mosques, food markets, cafe's and embassies all populated by arabic speaking folk and policed by temperamental French military, who could also be found dishing out a bit of torture in one of the antechambers. I got the impression it wasn't going to be a showing of Raiders Of The Lost Ark, as one punter suggested, and soon twigged it was the classic sixties insurgent film The Battle Of Algiers. For the screening itself we were bundled through hidden passages into a makeshift cinema to watch the powerful film which is still as relevant as ever in it's brutal depiction of the Algerian struggle for independence from French colonial rule. It was more of an appropriately solemn affair for such a challenging film but great to see this classic transformed into an inspired experience.
Monday, 16 May 2011
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
London Flow illustration is exhibiting amongst the 50 shortlisted entries. It was a great venue for the ceremony, surrounded by historical London buses of all shapes and sizes, and the exhibition featured some excellent work, particularly from the worthy winners. I didn't go home with anything on the night but it's great to be part of the exhibition and I certainly wasn't anywhere near as grumpy as this waxwork goon behind the wheel!
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Monday, 9 May 2011
Action Stations crew moved into a new studio space over the weekend just around the corner from our previous digs in Shoreditch. We've got more space to play with and panoramic views over the back of Liverpool Street to ogle at all day. Mmmniccce. Place is a mess right now but will post better pics when we've straightened the joint out, toot sweet.
Thursday, 5 May 2011
two contributions made it through the postal service intact and were up amongst some really good stuff. I though it best to keep my clobber on during the show to the relief of everyone in sight. For the rest of the sunny weekend we visited the new Turner Contemporary Gallery, a welcome addition to the Margate coast, lounged on (and under) the sandy beach and took a return shuttle to Planet Dungeness to explore the solitary wind-blasted terrain once more.
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
East London Mornings project, set up to celebrate the diversity of independent coffee shops in the area. I chose the charms of The Counter tucked away in deepest Hackney Wick and well worth a visit if you're roaming nearby. There's an upcoming exhibition of work from all the artists involved in the project at Mouse & De Lotz Cafe in Dalston on May 17th from 7pm. Thanks to Katya for getting me onboard.