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Mimi Leung X Blanch & Shock Presents POLYCHROMASIA - Friday 31st August
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Blanch & Shock, a group set up by members of What They Could Do, They Did to work at the meeting point of fine art and food presents its latest work this Friday, in conjunction with artist Mimi Leung.

As part of Mimi's current exhibition at the Tenderpixel Gallery the group will be serving up a set of canapés responding to the exhibited paintings. Taking the wealth of colour in Mimi's work as a starting point, Blanch & Shock conducted creative research into the isolation of natural food pigments. Using these pigments they will dye a variety of canapés in the Leung livery, offering these up for free to attendees of Mimi's Q & A session at Tenderpixel Gallery from 4 30pm this Friday.

All are welcome, please see the attached press release for further information. The event also marks the close of the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival. Goodbye Turdbrains runs until August 8th.

www.blanchandshock.com
www.mimileung.co.uk

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TOGETHER at Elephant and Castle

Together, At The Junction
PRESS RELEASE
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TOGETHER AT THE JUNCTION

A R A R I Investigation Three I Leah Elsey & Sonia Uddin I Matt&Ross/Grizedale Arts I Paul Teigh & Martin Russell I What They Could Do, They Did

Together, At The Junction explores the relationship between collaborative art practice, community and public space. The Elephant Rooms invites jottaContemporary to facilitate artist engagement with a space in transition through live performances and site-specific works. The group exhibition will occupy The Elephant Rooms, a new roving art space in the Elephant and Castle Shopping centre founded and supported by Corsica Studios. The 1960s architectural structure will be the stage for a series of performances, live sound pieces and art works, in both the exhibition space and in the communal foyer space within the centre.

I think this has the potential to be totally brilliant as the grapevine puts a lot of interesting people all in one place at once and that place is Elephant and fucking Castle

Tom and Garry are performing their piece Chaplin Vs Keaton at the private view. We will be conducting some kind of ungodly 'workshop' in 'drawing' in the space over the duration of the exhibition at times tbc

come and play

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Apollo Video opening tonight
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From 6pm tonight the long-deserted Apollo Video in Herne Hill rises from the ashes, reborn as a space for art, music and much more during the month of June, and possibly beyond.

We'll be heading down to contribute to the fanfare.

Also just confirmed we'll be hosting a night at Apollo on 13th June, featuring a mixture of music, performance and a film programme curated by Garry Sykes of The Pictures, the underground film night airing monthly at Barden's Boudoir in Dalston.

Tonight's party is from 6pm-10pm, featuring a DJ set from Fab Fatale.

More info at the Apollo Video website. See you there!

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Antepress presents Digestives, art writing on Resonance FM
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What is to be made of art writing?

Resonance104.4FM invites antepress to explore the contemporary position of art writing through an ongoing experiment with radio.

Digestives is an assorted collection of new radio works by antepress and their invited collaborators, comprising performance, discussion, storytelling and sound.

Julia Calver describes the event of twilight as a moment of obscurity using speech and sound. Patrick Coyle explores the multiple meanings of words through a collage of memory, music and misunderstandings. Cressida Kocieński explores a language of diagrams of time and space. Claire Nichols hosts a series of discussions with her collaborators about processes of making. Tamarin Norwood traces the desperation of catching time through an interior dialogue. Gemma Sharpe presents a sound work co-produced with international performance artists Lundahl&Seitl.

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Wycinanki and Japanese fairy tales at The Horniman
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For March, Londonist has selected the Horniman Museum as its Museum of the Month. And it's well-deserved: the Horniman has that magical aura of a secret trove, with its lovingly-preserved menagerie of stuffed beasts, musical instruments museum, and beautiful gardens.

As the author comments,

What is charmingly old-fashioned is the odd mix of topics covered, with one wing dedicated to the (stuffed and mounted) animal world, one to human artefacts, and a delightful aquarium in the basement. The museum doesn't try for completeness in any one area, but instead reflects the whims of its founder, indiscriminate of nature and culture. It's this hodgepodge approach that endears the Horniman to so many Londoners.

The latest article draws attention to the Horniman's overlooked but extensive library, via some beautiful excerpts from a 19th century Japanese book of illustrated fairy tales.

The Horniman is also currently hosting an exhibition of Polish wycinanki or paper cuts. In conjunction with the Polish cultural institute.

Wycinanki originated as an inexpensive means of decorating the homes of Polish peasants and were popular from the mid 19th century. They were generally made by women using sheep-shearing scissors and any readily available paper and replaced each spring when homes were whitewashed. With the advent of communism, Wycinanki were promoted by the new administration as an example of non-bourgeois art and enjoyed enormous popularity along with other forms of folk art.

On till September 2009, this makes for an essential spring/summer trip.

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Taschen warehouse sale, January 23-25

Art publisher Taschen are having a warehouse sale at their King's Road branch this Friday to Sunday, with 50-75% off "slightly damaged and display" copies of their stock. Worth the trip west...

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South London art events in early 2009

So it seems that 2009 has hit the ground running with cultural happenings in S/SE London. The Goldsmiths institution of the Thursday Club, a mostly-weekly showcase for innovative new works, kicks off with two talks on sensory interfaces by Ryan Jordan and Artemis Papageorgiou (today, 15 January, free). This is followed by the first of the monthly Electronic Music Studios concerts (16 January, free), at which I'll be performing with AtomSwarm on their 8-channel diffusion system.

Also related to Goldsmiths, though taking place further north, is a 2-day show of events and performances organised by students from Goldsmiths MFA Curating and Royal College of Art Curating Masters. Contested Ground is at Project Space 176 in Chalk Farm this Saturday/Sunday (16-17 January, free). Some of us will be heading over for the series of multi platform events on Saturday, followed by the amusingly-nomenclatured "artist disco" in the evening.

SE London map

Gasworks in Vauxhall, meanwhile, is staging a radiophonic intervention by the Resonance FM Radio Orchestra on Friday (15 January, free) as part of its exhibition of South London artist-inventor Felix Thorn's amazing machines. Also features the long-awaited face off between sound theorist Nicolas Collins and SuperCollider/livecoding veteran Nick Collins, described in a mailout thus:

a live coding vs. live circuit building competition with Nick Collins (Sussex University) versus Nicolas Collins (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), vying for the annual award of the "Nic(k) Collins Cup," an exquisite ceramic vessel commissioned from Devon potter Nic Collins (no relation).

Finally, Herne Hill's 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning are hosting two further events as part of their current exhibition People, Signs and Resistance (28 Jan & 11 Feb, free). Next up is an audience with Sam The Wheels, a first-generation Jamaican migrant who arrived in London in the 1950s and has since been capturing video footage of the area which should be essential viewing for those interested in local heritage — through the Brixton Riots to their legacy.

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Waste Proposal Unit at Outpost Gallery, Norwich

I will be preparing and serving food at the Outpost Gallery, Norwich on Wednesday 14th May as part of the series of events Kaavous Clayton meets Martino Gamper. This food will be free to all, and will be based on the foods and ingredients that I discussed with the visitors to the Market of Ideas, an event in London earlier this year run by the research cluster Critical Practice. At the Outpost Gallery I will be cooking with Josh Pollen, who is a member of catering team Three Second Rule, and fellow WTCDTD contributor/curator.

This is a part of an ongoing project entitled Waste Proposal Unit, that approaches food wastage and its economics through culinary development.

Resources are developing at this page on Critical Practice's wiki.

If you are in Norwich on Wednesday, please come along for lunch, dinner or both!

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