August 21, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 21.08.15

Here’s your weekly co. mailer, featuring a host of handpicked recommendations from the left-field of London’s arts and culture world.

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1. GUT FEELINGS: FOOD BASED FORTUNE-TELLING

Our friends Bompas and Parr are collaborating with happiness manual Perdiz for a unique event – food-based fortune telling. It will feature colourful performance artist Cibelle Cavalli Bastos inside the Print Is Dead library (a bizarre and eclectic selection of out-of-print magazines) at the London Edition hotel.

Bompas and Parr will give a practical talk through the art and style of finding omens in food as practiced across the ages. The talk promises a heartfelt account of the greatest techniques for food oriented fortunate telling since the dawn of time, and will feature such unsettling combination as entrails, tea and eggs!

Organisers promise a special blend of fortune-telling and mediumship that leave visitors feeling cleansed and inspired, with a new understanding of themselves and the tricks and techniques of using foods to determine the future and, of course, with a big smile.

WHERE? Print Is Dead Library, London Edition hotel, Berners Street, W1T 3NP
WHEN? August 24th

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2. LATES: CHILDHOOD AT THE SCIENCE MUSEUM

The Science Museum is offering everyone the chance to step back into the wondrous world of childhood at a special late night event. It’s an opportunity to xplore the scientific secrets of Doctor Who, uncover the meaning behind types of play and learn how the food your mum eats affects your tastes.

Visitors can also make their very own mutant teddy at one of the institution’s interactive workshops. And there will be live music, the Punk Science comedy show and even a silent disco.

An event called “My Deaf Childhood” will take visitors on a journey into understanding what childhood is like for children who are born deaf. Organisers are expecting this to be a very busy event, so get down there early if you want to join in the fun and discovery.

WHERE? The Science Museum, South Kensington
WHEN? August 26th

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3. SOMETHING HUMAN – FROM EAST TO THE BARBICAN

‘From East to the Barbican’ by Something Human is a new showcase of forward thinking artists exploring the future of our shared spaces and places. It takes a look at democratic uses of public space and artists as citizens, explorers and activists.

Produced by the Fish Island Labs: Interfaces, the show explores new territories re-mapped by digital projections, online technologies, performance installations, and intimate interactions – live art taking to the streets.

Eclectic artists taking part in a busy line-up of talks, exhibitions, installations and events include Boedi Widjaja, Edgar Oliveira, Lynn Lu, Marta Angelozzi, Richard DeDomenici and more.

WHERE? The Barbican, London
WHEN? August 22nd to 23rd

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4. TURPS BANANA GOES WEST

Turps Goes West is a new group exhibition of work by painters who are part of the Turps Banana studio programme. This artist-led creative programme is a fantastic opportunity for fresh artists to refocus and re-engage with their work.

In this week’s show the sixteen painters will be showing their work which was completed beneath the brutalist towers of Taplow House, part of South London’s iconic Aylesbury Estate.

Artists exhibiting at the exhibition – which is taking place at the Edel Assanti Gallery – include Lesley Blakelock, India Dewar, David Edmond, Roisin Fogarty, and more.

WHERE? Edel Assanti Gallery, 74a Newman Street, W1T 3DB
WHEN? August 25th to September 1st

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5. TECH OF THE WEEK: TASTEMAKR

The Unity team pride ourselves on knowing exactly what’s going on with new food and drink trends. That’s why we’re really excited to hear about the launch of Tastemakr.

The site was conceived in response to a lack of channels empowering independent food makers to sell direct to consumers, and consumers to discover quality food and drink from independent food makers. Essentially, it is an online marketplace and destination for independent food and drink direct from food artisans and makers. It takes a slow cook approach to development and tactfully crafting an online destination for the UK’s really special food and drink culture.

Tastemakr is currently running an online pop-up 24X24; showcasing 24 different products from 24 different makers.
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6. ARE YOUR KIDS MUCH SMARTER THAN YOU?

This week Unity and Butlin’s worked together to discover parent’s summer holiday extra-curricular concerns. In the run up to the new school term in September, research of 2,000 parents revealed that two in three parents admit their child is smarter than they are – partly due to the new subjects now taught in schools.

This explains why back-to-school anxieties are not about healthy lunchboxes or children making friends, instead parents are worried about their offspring keeping up with the curriculum! Unity worked with Butlin’s to do the research, put together a series of images to tell the story visually and helped to promote a special new Astonishing Family Science Weekend at the resort. And good news for parents, there’s still time to get learning before the kids go back to school!
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