September 11, 2015
Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 11.09.15
Here’s your weekly co. mailer, featuring a host of handpicked recommendations from the left-field of London’s arts and culture world.
Lock down your aerials…
1. ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE CAR PARK
Set in Peckham’s disused multi-storey car park, the 60-strong Multi-Story Orchestra have begun a series of summer concerts. Led by Christopher Stark, the orchestra rounds off this year’s series with Beethoven’s Symphony No 7. Described by Wagner as ‘the apotheosis of the dance’, the symphony will find an unusual home in this abandoned car park – how’s that for musique concrète?
WHERE? Level 7-10, Peckham Multi-Story Car Park, SE15 4ST
WHEN? Wed-Sun 11am-11pm
2. COLOURSCAPE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Colourscape is celebrating its 26th birthday on Clapham Common. Visitors to its colourful tunnels will experience something similar to being swallowed by a scene from ‘Yellow Submarine’. Guests must choose a coloured cape before venturing into the enormous labyrinth to explore nearly an acre of space while daylight casts a rainbow glow through its walls.
Weekends see the addition of unusual musical performances, which really tip the experience into magical territory. This year the music begins with the 30 strong New London Chamber Choir with Sunday’s performance coming from a unique mix of poets and singers whose voices will be processed and manipulated by musical computer-wizards.
WHERE? Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE
WHEN? Saturday 12th September – Sunday 20th September
3. JENNIFER RUBELL: NOT ALONE
Wanting people to engage with art differently to the conventional methods, the American artist ups the ante with her latest works made over the last three years after the birth of her second child, labelled by The Guardian, as ‘the most Freudian exhibition ever’.
During Frieze London 2013, Rubell’s giant self-portrait sculpture provided some respite as you could curl up in the work’s hollowed out, pregnant belly. Here, again Rubell returns to maternal themes, as visitors will be offered to cradle a hand-blown glass sculpture of a newborn baby titled ‘Us’ or invited to eat hard boiled eggs in her new food performance, ‘Them’. You’ll even be encouraged to bare all and disrobe to watch her latest film, ‘Posing’ in which Rubell is naked a stride a horse.
WHERE? 11 Old Burlington St, W1S 3AQ
WHEN? Until Friday 2nd October
4. REFUGEE CRISIS COMEDY FUNDRAISER
Inspired by the acts of others across the globe, Imran Yusuf and some of the best stand up comics in the UK have joined forces to raise funds for a great cause. The allstar comedy show is taking place at the Comedy Cafe in Shoreditch with comedians Stephen K Amos, Paul Sinha and Mark Thomas taking the stage.
All proceeds from this show will go to the London to Calais Convoy action group, who send regular convoys of volunteers supplying food, clothes and basic supplies to refugees in Calais:
WHERE? Comedy Cafe, EC2A 3AY
WHEN? September 14th
5. DONATIONS WELCOME
A spot usually saved for Unity achievements, we’re taking our hats off to the world, and in particular the nation of Germany, who have shown real compassion and humanity in the face of an inhumane crisis. We’re instead asking this week that our friends and followers please do their bit to support those charities providing relief and support to refugees.
Please do consider donating to one of these non-governmental organisations providing much-needed aid:
Save the Children: distributing essential items such as nappies, hygiene kits and food
Red Cross Europe: providing emergency health services at central train stations
Migrant Offshore Aid Station: dedicated to preventing migrant deaths at sea
International Rescue Committee: improving living conditions by setting up camps
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR): providing water, mosquito nets, tents, healthcare
Refugee Action: advice about claiming asylum, the asylum process, asylum support
World Vision: providing food, water, shelter, education and psychosocial care