A Seaside Trip to…Whitechapel?

August 16, 2010

The weather might not be up to much but it’s still summer and everyone likes a trip to the seaside so what better way to spend a lazy sunday than with a trip to the beach? Not the coast mind, this beach is in Whitechapel of all places. Scrivener’s Cove is a little-known writers’ and readers’ retreat that pops up intermittently in cities such as London. The pop up beach will be run by the Whitechapel Gallery, supported by Stanley Picker Trust, offering a relaxing space in the heart of the East in Altab Ali Park. So why not bring along a picnic and beach towel, a novel (or a trashy mag!) and spend the afternoon in the sand?

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May 6, 2010

A series of Screening taking place at The White Box Studio, Broadway, Nottingham, tomorrow night (Friday 7th May 2010) at 7, 8 & 9pm.

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Art and Design…one and the same?

May 4, 2010

On 29th October 2010, a panel of top-notch professionals from the two, supposedly delineated worlds of Art and Design, came together to take on the debate of ‘design versus art’. Throughout the past four decades, the face and public perception of design has changed dramatically, mutating from the post punk, DIY rebellion of the 1970’s, to standardised mass production in the 80’s .

By the 90’s we were living in an era of globalised design and glossy finishes and with the millennium came the decade of a booming art market with design becoming increasingly recognised as a stand alone art form in it’s own right. This progression eventually culminated in the coining of the phrase ‘Design Art’ and the ‘naughties’ are the two disciplines more blurred than ever.

In the light of the Barbican’s current show; Ron Arad: Restless which showcases the works of the internationally acclaimed artist, architect and design maverick, the art versus design debate rears it’s head once more.

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Quilty Pleasures at V&A

May 3, 2010

This weekend the V&A have been hosting a series of sociable events inspired by the current exhibition Quilts 1700-2010. We stumbled across a patch work sewing session today which turned out to great fun so if you’re stuck for something to do with your bank holiday Monday why not head on down for the last day of these special events and hone your quilting skills?

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Kinetica Art Fair 2010

February 8, 2010

This weekend wrapped up 2010’s Kinetica Art Fair and it really was quite a show with an impressive and eclectic range of robotic sculptures, serene light shows and digital art works on display. Kinetica is the UK’s only art fair dedicated to the visual and interactive medium of kinetic electronic art and hosts artists from all over the world.

The show took place at Marylebone’s converted car park galley, P3, where upon arrival we were greeted by a huge clanging truck, adorned with wheels, pullies, ropes and pipes that churned and turned like a perfectly crafted living rubbish dump! This impressive preview piece was just for starters and was a mere taster of the 150 plus artists works which were exhibited across the whole show.

Several pieces caught my eye in particular, most notably, Liquid Athletes (pictured below), a light projection, water and audio installation piece by a group of New Media Art and Design students at Thames Valley University; Ryan Best, Immo Blaese, Sally Butterfield, Panos Diamondis, Nimra Javaid and Marcin Wysocki. The piece was inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games and combines projections of light with droplets of water which ripple outwards in the manifestation of a perpetually moving image of the iconic symbol of the Olympic rings.

I was also particularly mesmerized by a piece entitled Trace Yorself by Balint Bolygo (pictured below), (IMAGE_03) in which a revolving plaster cast of a person’s head is slowly deconstructed into a mathematical diagram. Although this is by no means a new concept in kinetic art the smooth operation of the machine as it spiraled repeatedly to create a really quite beautiful graphic image was totally hypnotising.

The fair was bustling with enthusiastic visitors, all of whom were buzzing with the fun of the fair. The show offered a genuine good time to all unveiling the fun side of art whilst also offering a unique opportunity to view and purchase artworks from leading contemporary arts organisations and artists specialising in kinetic, electronic, robotic, light, and sound art.