Culture Diary w/c 12-08-13

Monday – Art Everywhere Nationwide

“22,000 poster sites, 57 works of art, 2 weeks.” Bus stops, tube stations and advertising hoardings combine to play host to “the world’s largest” exhibition. ‘Curated’ by the public (who voted for their top 10 favourite artworks), Art Everywhere launches today, including works from Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and JMW Turner. We don’t quite know how we feel about this yet. You? 

Tuesday – David Bowie is happening now Live  7pm @ FACT/Nationwide

For a while there, it felt like you couldn’t move for Bowie, but now as the David Bowie is exhibition draws to a close at the V&A (read our review), our nostalgia for wall-to-wall Thin White Duke is already kicking in. If you haven’t seen the show, this film is the next best thing, featuring contributions from curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, and special guests providing insight into the more than 300 objects on display.

Wednesday – Sheffield Doc/Fest 6.30pm @ FACT

Each year, Doc/Fest – described by the Guardian as “Extraordinarily impressive” – celebrates the world of documentary filmmaking. To compliment current exhibition, Turning FACT Inside Out, a pair of films have been selected for screening in Liverpool, beginning this week with Google and The World Brain, Ben Lewis’s investigation into Google’s plan/plot to scan every book in the world. Lewis and Doc/Fest head programmer Hussain Currimbhoy will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A.

Thursday – Jonathan Harvey 7pm @ Waterstones £4/£3

No doubt still feeling the residual glow of the sell-out anniversary performances of his 1993 play Beautiful Thing, a tale of inner-city nascent love, writer Jonathan Harvey is back with second novel, The Confusion of Karen Carpenter – though not about THE Karen Carpenter, you understand. The award-winning Harvey will be on-hand at the College Lane branch of Waterstones to celebrate the book’s official launch (tickets are available in store or by calling 0151 709 9820). More on Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing.

Liverpool Pride: I Want Your Love 6.30pm @ FACT

Part of this year’s Liverpool Pride film programme, write/director Travis Mathews’ debut feature, I Want Your Love, is an unflinching (this is a film made infamous by its sex scenes), but above all, tender look at the trauma and fallout relationships cause.  Full preview.

Buke & Gase 8pm @ the Kazimier Garden FREE

Our unusually summery, erm, summer weather has made the Kazimier’s wonderful garden a defacto destination for many over the past few months. What revelers will have discovered on arrival (if they didn’t know already) is some great programming to suit the vibe. While we all know we can’t rely on the weather, in terms of quality, this Thursday is no different with the booking of post-punk/DIY duo Buke & Gase.

Friday – Real and Imaginary travels 6.10pm @ BFI (London)

The Film theorist Roy Armes said of Chris Marker that: “[he] is unclassifiable because he is unique…The French Cinema has its dramatists and its poets, its technicians, and its autobiographers, but only has one true essayist: Chris Marker.” With that very much in mind, the BFI screens Marker’s 1960 essay on Israel, Description d’un combat, following which is Slow Action, a collaboration between Ben Rivers and science-fiction writer Mark von Schlegell.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Saturday – Angus & Felix comic book launch & exhibition 7pm @ Drop the Dumbells

An Artist of the Month earlier this year, we felt exceedingly privileged when Katie Craven let us in on a few details of her then forthcoming comic book. Finally here, we can’t wait to high-tail it down to Drop the Dumbells this weekend to check it out proper, alongside a full on exhibition utilising each frame from the first edition of Angus & Felix, which she describes herself thus: “A story, which highlights the current obstacles & anxieties of being a young adult & finding your place in the world.”  We’ll be there, only partially motivated by the fact we hear there’s a free copy of issue one for each and every attendee! 

Sunday – iPhoneography Workshop 2.30pm @ Open Eye Gallery £20/£15

Truth be told, we hesitated before adding this to our pick of the week’s listings on the basis of snobbery. But at a time when the vast majority of the world’s photographs are being captured on our phones, it would be great to learn how to do more than simply point, click and hope for the best. In conjunction with photographer Simon Bray, on reflection, we think Open Eye are on to something here.

Posted on 12/08/2013 by thedoublenegative