Culture Diary w/c 25-11-13

Dean Blunt on Saturday

What’s hot this week? Our pick of the listings from around Liverpool and the rest of the UK…

Tuesday – Tuesday Sessions: Dominic Willsdon 6.30pm @ Camp and Furnace, FREE

International curator Dominic Willsdon takes the floor tonight to share his experiences from architectural and educational projects in San Francisco and Porto Alegre. Entitled A School Is A Building With A School In It, his talk will explore social hope and how new thinking can lead to valuable new ways of curating education.

Wednesday – Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013 11am-11pm @ICA (London SW1Y 5AH), FREE

Always controversial, always challenging, and always a great place to try to spot the next ‘big thing’… This annual exhibition of the most promising artists coming out of UK art schools right now is known for helping the careers of Jake & Dinos Chapman, Ed Atkins, Anthony Gormley, Damien Hirst and Mike Nelson. Have a browse in the glorious ICA bookshop while you’re there.

Thursday – Crystal Fighters 7pm @East Village Arts Club £10

Crystal Fighter’s new album Cave Rave might be getting mixed reviews (veering from ‘slick and unadulterated‘ to ‘New Age bullshit‘), but their brand of disco-pop is pretty much guaranteed to transport you from a drizzly, freezing-cold Britain, to somewhere a bit sunnier.

Friday – Residencies Open Studio Weekend 6pm @ Gasworks (London SE11 5RH) FREE

A chance to meet this gallery’s international artists-in-residence — Love Enqvist (Sweden), Ibrahim Mahama (Ghana), Basir Mahmood (Pakistan) and Risang Yuwono (Indonesia) — as well as catching free screenings, tours, talks and more. If you like late night happenings, over 90 galleries in South London also open tonight for SLAM Last Fridays. Great stuff.

Shake a Leg on Friday

Shake a Leg 10pm-3am @ Kitchen Street Pop Up £3

Don’t dance? Don’t bother. Brought to you by the taste-makers behind Bold Street Coffee, this secret little shindig sounds like just what we’ve been missing in Liverpool. Namely a fun club night, devoid of posers, filled with people who actually want to dance and have a laugh. Expect electro, disco, techno, sweaty bodies and cheap booze.

Saturday – Radical Conservatism 1pm-6pm @Castlefield Gallery, FREE

Modernism-obsessed artist-duo Pil and Galia Kollectiv pose the question: ‘Can conservatism be seen as a radical position in itself?’ Artists taking over the gallery include inaugural Thinking City host Chris Evans, editor of metal fanzine Buried Patrick Moran, Yugoslav sculptor Oscar Nemon, and Israeli performative research body Public Movement. Expect radical thinking with a healthy dose of satire.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Dean Blunt 7pm @ Blade Factory £10

One half of the recently defunct Hype Williams, whose live shows have been described as “halfway between an art piece and a warehouse rave” (The Guardian), Blunt’s “crazy genius” solo show is apparently “the definition of a mind–fuck”. Don’t miss this fuse of theatre, rap, live art, noise, R&B, pop and hallucinogenic ballads.

Sunday – Static Gallery Sunday Market 11am-4pm @Static, FREE

Winter weekends are all wrapping up, having a boozy coffee and sampling artisan cheeses, right? Get your fill of beverages, art, clothing, street food, records, and posters today. Perfect Sunday chillout time.

Posted on 26/11/2013 by thedoublenegative