Culture Diary w/c 02-02-2015

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

Monday — MASTERCLASS: Matthew Darbyshire 7pm @ Zabludowicz Collection, London — FREE (booking recommended)

A free week-long intensive workshop for emerging artists, led by Doug Fishbone (who once filled Trafalgar Square with 30,000 bananas). As previous tutors this year have been Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price and Turner Prize nominees Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and Mark Titchner, tonight’s artist and Slade School of Fine Art lecturer Matthew Darbyshire has a lot to live up to: expect some insight into his extensive practice and exhibitions (including Captcha, Jousse Entreprise, Paris, and the Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield) ahead of his forthcoming solo shows at Manchester Art Gallery and Lisa Cooley, New York.

Tuesday — TALK: Catastrophe : A Conversation About Climate Change 6.30-8.30pm @ Nottingham Contemporary Cafe/Bar — FREE

Can climate change be seen to create opportunities? If so, for whom? Formed somewhat in response to current exhibition, Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas — which explores the ’consequences of our fraught relationship with nature’ – tonight sees an informal debate on environmental issues, covering capitalism, climate change and activism. Hosts and collaborators Rebecca Beinart, David Bell, Out of the Woods Collective and Platform, London will be encouraging you to ask plenty of questions.

Wednesday — SCREENING/PANEL DISCUSSION: Helvetica (2007) 6.30pm @ FACT, Liverpool — £10/8

A ‘fascinating’ (NY Times) documentary that uses the Helvetica font (on its 50th anniversary) to examine contemporary visual culture. Gary Hustwit makes his directorial debut by interviewing acclaimed designers — including Michael C. Place, Matthew Carter and David Carson – about their own creative practice, and the psychology behind choosing and using classic and cult fonts for use in our everyday lives.

ArtReview Nov 2014 by John Morgan Studio -- talk Thursday 5 February 2015, 7-8.30pm -- FREE (booking essential)

Thursday — TALK: Off the Shelf: John Morgan 7-8.30pm @ Tate Liverpool – FREE (booking essential)

How do we access art in the modern age? Join UK designer John Morgan for the final Off the Shelf lecture. Having designed visual languages and branding for many significant arts organisations — including the new wayfinding for Tate Britain (2014), and graphic identity for David Chipperfield Architects, Venice Architecture Biennale, Raven Row gallery, 6a architects and Four Corners Books, as well as the art direction of ArtReview magazine – Morgan will talk about design and publishing “in the present moment of the past.”

PICK OF THE WEEK: Friday — EXHIBITION PRIVATE VIEW: BamBamBam #1 6-9pm @ The Royal Standard, Liverpool — FREE

It’s back: with its original name, in its original home, this bumper gallery takeover from The Royal Standard studio artists sees 21 innovative exhibitions in as many days (over three weeks — bam, bam, bam, geddit?). Having started at the Vauxhall Road gallery in 2009, and having popped up in various forms in Wolstenholme Creative Space (now sadly gone), we’re glad to see this boisterous project return, with the serious job of highlighting what fantastic artists we have in the city. In this first week, view the work of Mike Carney, Jon Barraclough, Adam Cooper, Henry Finney, Frances Disley, Dave Evans, Peter Cribley, Kieron Finnetty, Jack Welsh, and Northern Art Prize nominee Rosalind Nashashibi. Then head over to 24 Kitchen St for a special afterparty with The Pharcyde’s mc SLIMKID3 and Jurassic 5′s DJ NUMARK (ADV £10).

BamBamBam 2015

Lost Minutes 6pm & 8pm @ Unity Theatre — £5

Forming the idea as part of a series of immersive experiences in the sculpture room of the Walker Art Gallery back in 2012, and developing it for the Unity Theatre, don’t miss Friend Or Foe collective‘s ’dark, atmospheric’ performance this week. With visual art from Daniel Turner with Scott Spencer, music from Legends of Flight in collaboration with Esa Sheilds and Dan Wilson, expect ’an intimate and controlled surround sound environment’, ready to take you to another place.

Saturday – TALK: Aspects Of Dorothy’s Life Seen Through Her Manuscripts 1-1.30pm @ Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool — FREE

In response to the VGM’s current exhibition on William Wordsworth’s sister Dorothy, the Wordsworth Trust Curator Jeff Cowton discusses her life and influence. ‘A remarkable individual’, she was a significant writer in her own right, in addition to being her brother’s muse, travelling companion and friend. Hear more about her curious life through her letters, journals and poetry transcriptions.

Warhol After Dark ft. Kassem Mosse//Beatrice Dillon//Modern Polymath//Pause DJs

Warhol After Dark ft. Kassem Mosse//Beatrice Dillon//Modern Polymath//Pause DJs 5-10pm @ Tate Liverpool — FREE; entrance to fourth floor £8/6/5

Have your 15 minutes of fame for the evening with Andy Warhol and the lovely young people of Tate Collective: a closing party for Transmitting Andy Warhol, and spread over the entire building including the exhibition itself, expect Modern Polymath to present their version of ‘Total Art’, electro mix tapes from Beatrice Dillon, and underground house and techno Kassem Mosse, in addition to dancing, BBQ ribs, mac n cheese and Factory-inspired cocktails. If the opening party was anything to go by, you’ll have a blast.

Saturday-Sunday — TORQUE #2: Book Sprint @ Wolfson Gallery, Tate Liverpool — FREE

Contribute your thoughts on ‘being read’ to THE OPTICON newspaper on big data and privacy. Your chance to become a ‘citizen journalist’, Tate Lpool’s ground floor gallery space will be transformed into a crowd-sourced newsroom for the weekend; look out for special talks from Professor Christian Fuchs, University of Westminster, and artist, Erica Scourti, on themes of privacy, reading and social media.

Feature image (detail) courtesy Jack Welsh, BamBamBam.

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Posted on 02/02/2015 by thedoublenegative