Culture Diary w/c 13-01-2014

Out of Ice - Elizabeth Ogilvie

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

Monday — Edge 6-9pm (til 24 Jan) @ Liverpool School of Art and Design (LJMU), lower ground floor, FREE

Presenting recent urban design work from postgraduate architecture students, this project spans Liverpool and Porto, both historic merchant cities. Closer to home, there are suggested architectural interventions for Parliament Street and the Baltic Triangle sites, including a Green Gateway along Stanhope Street; in parallel, the University of Porto is invited to re-connect with the city, in addition to new creative hubs and restored communities. A great opportunity to re-imagine where we live and what we could do with more imaginative city planning.

Tuesday — Short Term 12 6pm @ FACT, ticket prices vary

Since it was released last year, this revealing drama set in a mental health unit for teenagers has so far pulled in 21 awards and 26 noms internationally for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Screenplay. Breathing with ‘kindness and intelligence’ (The Guardian), the story follows Grace (Brie Larson), a 20-something supervisor looking after troubled teens, in addition to dealing with her own personal problems, largely involving her co-worker and long-term boyfriend, Mason (John Gallagher Jr.). 

Thursday — Curator Talk: Artist as Performer in the Photographic & Filmic work of Gordon Matta-Clark 5.45pm – 7pm @ Open Eye Gallery, FREE, booking essential

Open Eye’s Director Lorenzo Fusi talks about current exhibition The Piers From Here and the work of photographer and filmmaker Gordon Matta-Clark, looking specifically at the role that performance plays in the making of his work as well as in its documentation. This is the first time in the UK that work by artists Matta-Clark and Alvin Baltrop have been shown together; expect a unique insight into 70s New York and thought-provoking comparisons to Liverpool’s own heritage.

Private View: Out of Ice 6.30pm @ University of Westminster, FREE

Described as one of the most significant artists of her generation, Scottish environmental artist Elizabeth Ogilvie presents a vast and immersive installation portraying “the psychological, physical and poetic dimensions of ice and water.” See our list of 2014′s Unmissable Exhibitions for full details.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Friday — Private View: Jamie Shovlin: Hiker Meat 6-8pm @ Cornerhouse (Manchester), FREE

Jamie Shovlin is an artist that purposefully blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction, and we love it. His latest work is no exception: in collaboration with writer Mike Harte and composer Euan Rodger, he has created an entirely fictitious exploitation film (set in an American summer camp in the 1970s) complete with non-existant Italian director Jesus Rinzoli. This special exhibition preview includes a talk with effects specialist Kev Thornton (the first 40 attendees receive an instant Polaroid-type print).

Holding Space (closing event for DIFFERENT DOMAIN) 7pm @ the Royal Standard, FREE

This final gallery event of current internet-inspired exhibition DIFFERENT DOMAIN (last day tomorrow) considers how physical space is represented and how a sense of place can be created online. Featuring work by international emerging artists Joe Hamilton, Laura Buckley, Sara Ludy, Alexandria McCrosky and Sabrina Ratte, special events have so far included Google-hangout artist talks and website-takeovers. Worth checking out.

Saturday — HEDS-UP 10pm @ MelloMello, £2 donation

Electronic arts gurus Deep Hedonia and awesome indie label Upitup Records team up this Saturday to deliver their first monthly party. Expect a heady mix of techno, abstract electronic, wonky, and ‘other seizure-inducing DJs and live visuals’ from this lively bunch every third Saturday.

Sunday — Bicycle Thieves 1pm @ FACT, ticket prices vary

An Italian classic, Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 drama of survival in Italy’s post-war depression used real-life Italian streets and non-actors to frame his moving story. A father’s (Lamberto Maggiorani) new job is threatened when a thief steals his bicycle; taking to the streets with his son (Enzo Staiola) they begin a desperate search. A Sight and Sound Greatest Film of All Time, and a Golden Globe and BAFTA winner, if you like cinema, this is a must-see.

Silent Movie Night! 7pm @ MelloMello, £ donation

Including Georges Méliès’ gloriously colourful and inventive 1902 film, A Trip to the Moon, this evening of silent cinema will present four screenings, each accompanied live by four local bands, including a soundtrack by composer Simon Jones. Grab an organic ale and some snacks, sit back and enjoy.

Posted on 13/01/2014 by thedoublenegative