May 13, 2016

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 13.05.16

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. WEB 0.0

Web 0.0 is a street art project that points out the absurdity of today’s digital dependence. In a tiny Italian town with just 400 inhabitants and little access to the internet or phone reception, a street artist has reworked familiar logos of popular apps on the town’s streets and corners. The town’s bulletin board is labeled Facebook, Twitter’s tweets are compared to a short conversation at a bus stop, a shop is rebranded as eBay, and a telephone booth sports the What’s App logo.

Through digital-to-real world analogies, the project indicates the digital dependence that we all have on these communication tools – and hints to a more macro consumer backlash against the reliance upon technology.

There is a degree of irony that the artist’s point was made by creating and sharing via a digital medium, but he still effectively raises the point that the most enduring method of sharing information is through others. We call it People Media.

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2. ROTTERDAM

This one’s quite a way away, but far enough ahead to get on the radar of all you early adopters. Coming to Trafalgar Studios in July, Rotterdam is a bittersweet comedy about gender identity, sexuality and being a long way from home – by acclaimed writer Jon Brittain.

Alice has finally plucked up the courage to come out as a lesbian to her parents – by emailing them. But before she can hit send, her girlfriend reveals that he has always identified as a man, and now wants to start living as one. Leaving Alice wondering; has she been straight all along?

The themes raised in the production are issues of increasing importance to culture, consumers and brands. Gender and sexuality have historically been markers of identity, but within younger demographics and urban centres we are now seeing these traditional signifiers being challenged with more nuanced perceptions of self and other.

WHERE? Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London

WHEN? July 26 – August 27 Find out more

3. ART NIGHT

Tickets have just been released for Art Night, a new contemporary arts festival that transforms London for one summer night.

From a disused Jubilee line platform in Charing Cross Underground station to a luxury flat on the Strand, buildings and public spaces will be taken over by site-specific installations and performances.

It’s a night set to be full of groundbreaking artistic performances, showcasing the results of a brilliant combination of unique spaces and artistic experimentation that will form a very unusual path across central London.

The night-time overhaul of familiar spaces will likely alter the audience’s perceptions of traditional performance – a build upon popular site-specific theatre such as You Me Bum Bum Train and Punchdrunk’s The Drowned Man.

WHERE? Across London

WHEN? July 2 Find out more

4. MAKE A PROTEST

Words, we think, are important – equally integral to creativity as they are to rebellion.

At this free creative workshop, led by sculpture artist Laura X Carle, you can make and paint your own placards for protest. Primarily aimed at children and young people, Make a Protest! is part of monthly series of Saturday creative workshops called The Story of Money, exploring and questioning our relationship to money.

The themes of Laura’s work come from situations that she witnesses in the social space. She produces objects and installations that aspire to challenge the spectator to question their own perceptions – an idea that rings true with us.

Whether the protest in question is against Trump, nuclear power, leaving (or staying in) the EU – or just the norm – then this workshop will help to educate those who want to display it.

WHERE? Old Manor Park Library

WHEN? May 14 Find out more

5. DEATH IN SPACE

Illustrator Tom Lucas has created a short film montage of ways to meet an untimely death in outer space. The series of short, sharp and visually witty kill-scenes in space (if you were planning your next trip, watch out for being eaten by unidentified space monsters and spontaneous combustion) are each no longer than two seconds. Proof enough that in this day and age of short form content, two seconds is all you need to tell a story.

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6. TRESPASS X MAHOGANY

Trespass into the artist’s world on this mysterious night of live music.

Essentially a secret gig, Trespass and Mahogany are teaming up to bring audiences special performances by three unnamed ‘current celebrated musicians.’ Incorporating tailored elements of the artists’ music and influences, they will transform the secret venue to create a unique, immersive experience.

Tickets are only available for 100 people for each of the nights, so make sure you’re one of the lucky few to be submerged in this special event.

WHERE? Secret location near Brick Lane, London

WHEN? May 26 – 29 Find out more

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