Culture Diary w/c 05-10-2015

Marshmallow Laser Feast, Project Daedalus

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

Tuesday — Talk & Kin Social: Marshmallow Laser Feast & Starship @ Constellations Liverpool — FREE (SOLD OUT)

Love art and technology? Interested in virtual reality? We’ve invited Marshmallow Laser Feast co-founder Barney Steel talk to us about his studio’s innovative use of 3D scanning and drones — most recently for AND Festival — alongside their wide-ranging client work — including Sony (Real-time Projection Mapping). Liverpool’s own Starship Group will also be there to demo their new mobile virtual reality app vTime for the first time in the UK. See you there!

Xiu Xiu Plays The Music Of Twin Peaks 7.30pm @ The Kazimier, Liverpool — £11.50

A live homage to David Lynch — specifically, Angelo Badalamenti’s score from the cult TV detective show Twin Peaks — this promises to be a great evening for any fan of psychological drama and haunting soundscapes. Expect ‘chaos, drama, fear, noise and sidelong leering glances.’

Wednesday – Exhibition Opening: Losing the Compass 6-8pm @ White Cube (Mason’s Yard), London — FREE

One for textile lovers: this new group show focuses on the ‘rich symbolism’ of fabrics, through art, craft and politics. Expect sculptures from Alighiero e Boetti made with Afghan women embroiderers; Mona Hatoum’s famous work 4 Rugs (made in Egypt) (1998/2015), produced in Cairo with a local carpet school; and oil/enamel paintings from Rudolf Stingel that painstakingly recreate damask wallpaper motifs.

Wednesday -- Exhibition Opening: Losing the Compass 6-8pm @ White Cube (Mason's Yard), London

The Glass Menagerie 7.30pm @ Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool — £12-25

The drama that catapulted Tennessee Williams to fame in 1944 receives an update, courtesy of Headlong and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Based loosley on Willams’s own neurotic family, the play follows overbearing and frustrated mother Amanda, who encourages her rebellious son Tom to bring home a suitor for her withdrawn daughter, and Tom’s sister, Laura. As you might expect, things don’t quite go to plan… Until 31 Oct.

Thursday — Exhibition Opening: The Feast Wagon 4-6pm @ The Tetley, Leeds — FREE

Featuring new work created from Simeon Barclay, Delaine Le Bas, Lubaina Himid and Susan Walsh, this is an analysis of cultural exchange and showmanship; from the ‘industrial PT Barnum’ of Leeds, John Robinson Whitley – who brought Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show to England in 1887 and staged large-scale shows on a patch of London that later became Earl’s Court – to the present day biennales that dominate the contemporary art scene.

Jackson Pollock (image courtesy Life Magazine)

PICK OF THE WEEK: Friday – Symposium: Blind Spots: Revisiting The American Canon 11-5pm @ Tate Liverpool — FREE (Booking Essential)

Taking current exhibitions Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions and Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots as a focus, expect an in-depth look at each show’s discussion points; from the history of post-war American art, to the particular dominance of abstract expressionism in the Cold War era. An impressive line-up of speakers — including Professor Darby English (University of Chicago; The Museum of Modern Art) and Nadja Millner-Larsen (Goldsmiths, University of London) — this event is a must for anyone interested in how and why artists do what they do.

Film Station Presents: False (2013) 6.30pm @ Metal Liverpool — FREE

If you havent seen a Nollywood (cinema of Nigeria) film before, here’s your chance; notorius for shoe-string budgets, usually filmed within 10 days and for £10,000 or less (plus a whole heap of creative freedom). Tonight’s screening, from director Ike Nnaebue, follows a devoted girlfriend intent on telling her married lover’s wife everything about their affair; only to find that he denies even knowing her.

Saturday -- MemoryCraft Workshops 12 & 2pm @ FACT Liverpool -- FREE (Booking Required)

Saturday — MemoryCraft Workshops 12 & 2pm @ FACT Liverpool — FREE (Booking Required)

Love Minecraft? Learn to use FACT’s Cloudmaker programme — plus other online tools like Python, Arduino, node-red and Raspberry Pi – to connect the game to the real world. Artists and creative technologists will be on hand to help start you off; and if you find it’s your thing, return on 24 October, 7 and 21 November to continue learning.

Exhibition Opening: Niamh O’Malley: Glasshouse 10am-6pm @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool — FREE

Creating new sculptural works that respond to The Bluecoat’s unique architecture, today Dublin-based artist Niamh O’Malley unveils her first major solo show in a UK public gallery. Expect a distinctive use of reflective surfaces, like mirror and glass, ‘through which images are constructed, revealed and obscured.’

Laura Robertson

Posted on 05/10/2015 by thedoublenegative