May 6, 2016

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 6.5.16

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. CATLIN ART PRIZE

Check out experimental works by the latest rising stars in the art world, at the XL Catlin Art Prize which opened this week at the Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch.

After being selected from the annual XL Catlin Art Guide for their potential to make an impact in the arts industry over the next decade, each finalist was commissioned to produce an entirely new body of work for the exhibition.

The work on display aims to be both daring and thought-provoking, with this year’s panel of judges, including artist and former Turner Prize nominee, Mark Tichner. Those who visit the exhibition can also have their say on a separate prize – the Visitor Vote – with votes cast at the exhibition determining the winner of the Visitor Vote.

With the often outlandish and provocative works on show, we started thinking, how might these challenging works influence our world in years to come?

WHERE? Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch

WHEN? May 5 – 22 Find out more

2. DEAFFEST

The Barbican’s brilliant Strange & Familiar exhibition has inspired the public to be more aware of different perspectives this month (check out our FieldTrip blog for our thoughts on it). So we’re recommending heading to the home of the Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend, for a film festival with a difference.

Deaffest is the UK’s only deaf-led film and television festival, giving deaf filmmakers a platform to showcase their work.

This year’s line-up includes performances from deaf comedian John Smith and ‘Visual Vernacular’ artist Giuseppe Giuranna; a screening of the acclaimed documentary Power In Our Hands, which unveils the history of the deaf community in the UK and a subtitled screening of the new Jungle Book film.

WHERE? Light House, Wolverhampton

WHEN? May 6-8 Find out more

3. QUENTIN BLAKE VS JAMES BLAKE

There’s been a fair few unanticipated albums released in innovative way lately: Beyonce’s Lemonade was launched on HBO as a visual album and Radiohead unceremoniously purged their internet presence, then posted a series of cryptic Instagram posts – all leading to the release of their stop-motion video for their song Burn the Witch.

And now James Blake has unofficially announced the release of his third album by teaming up with much-loved illustrator Quentin Blake (we can’t confirm if they’re related…) who has designed murals in London and New York. There’s been no official word from James Blake’s camp other than Instagram and Twitter posts of the watercolour, pastel-inspired New York artwork featuring the name of his album, The Colour in Anything. Londoners can head to Shoreditch’s Great Eastern street for a glimpse – New Yorkers, pop to Williamsburg.

WHERE? London (Shoreditch), New York (Williamsburg)

WHEN? Now Find out more

4. DATA ORCHESTRA

Eindhoven-based designer Jelle Mastenbroek has dedicated his work to the art of storytelling, aiming to generate reflections on our daily-use objects and their social understandings, giving them new meanings through sharp and humorous new approaches.

For his latest work, Data Orchestra, he highlights how influential companies collect more and more of our data, to subsequently trade it. Indirectly, personal details serve as a new sort of currency and are therefore not personal anymore.

‘Data Orchestra’ rewards users who swipe their bank card with an intimate and personalised living room concert.

Big Data is huge for brands but consumers still worry about what it all means, so we are becoming increasingly sceptical to data collection. In this new Personal Information Economy (PIE), consumers are only happy to share unless they can see a real value for themselves.

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5. FRAME BY FRAME

Writing your CV. It’s boring, isn’t it. Comparable to ironing and cleaning the bathroom. One Art Director Castro Descroches got so bored of it in fact that he posted his entire portfolio and resumé on Instagram – nearly getting banned from the network in the process.

By arranging 225 total Instagram posts he formed two distinct grid-based visual narratives that must be viewed on mobile to be truly appreciated. At specified moments in the story, users must physically turn their phones to view it correctly – aptly named ‘turning point’ and ‘pivotal moment’.

We admire this clever use of Instagram design features to promote a person’s work – perhaps something that artists and brands will follow.

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6. AWARDS

Finally, we’re continuing our back-slapping (well it is awards season!)…The Holmes Report has its annual awards coming up on the 25th May and we’ve just found out that we’ve been shortlisted for Creative Consultancy of the Year – we’re more than delighted!

And in the same week as being named #17 consumer agency in the UK in the PR Week top 150 rankings – we’re chuffed!

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