Culture Diary w/c 04-04-2016

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

Monday — Laurence Scott Talk: Borrowed Time 6.30pm @ Jerwood Visual Arts, London — FREE (Booking Required)

In collaboration with The Jerwood and FVU Awards’ exhibition, Borrowed Time, Laurence Scott will give a talk on the vacillating relationship that we experience with regards to time in this millennium of ever-evolving, online, technology and social media. Named a ‘New Generation Thinker’ by the BBC, lecturer and writer Scott wants to explore how our newly found online culture affects the ethics and politics of today.

Tuesday — Exhibition Opening: Networked Narrative: Northern Powerhouse 2065 Hull Exhibition 10am-9pm @ FACT, Liverpool — FREE

Know what an ‘artefake’ is? FACT’s new touring exhibition invites you to interact with said artefakes: that is, curated items that bring the online world into the material one. Think the needle-free bio injector, or emoji gloves. Northern Powerhouse 2065 hopes to bridge the gap between the people of today and the technology of the future, whilst gearing us up for Hull’s City of Culture award 2017.

Thursday -- ¡Viva!: Derailed 8pm @ HOME, Manchester -- £12

A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing 7.30pm @ Everyman Theatre, Liverpool — £12-20

Don’t miss the hard-hitting stage adaption of Eimear McBride’s novel about an Irish girl recounting the frightful abuse and troubles she suffered whilst coming of age. Performed by Aoife Duffin, and winner of the Stage Awards for Acting Excellence, this play may be hard to watch at some points, but it portrays an important feminist message of survival in the face of adversity.

Wednesday — Exhibition Opening: Urban Pretexts by Michel Ajerstejn 11am @ Fiumano Projects, London — FREE

Celebrated French photographer Michel Ajerstejn’s premieres his second solo exhibition in the UK, which focuses on the relationship between consumerism and society as observed from the streets of Paris. Ajerstejn pictures the everyday exposure to advertisement and capitalism and how it subliminally affects the individual, which he calls “Street Operas”. Overlaying his images with heavy graphics and texts creates a defiant commentary on the world we live in today, for good or for bad.

Asparagus Piss Raindrop.  PICK OF THE WEEK: Friday -- Glasgow International @ Glasgow, Scotland -- Most Events FREE

Thursday – ¡Viva!: Derailed 8pm @ HOME, Manchester — £12

¡Viva!, one of our favourite film festivals, and focusing on Spanish and Latin American cinema, kicks off this Thursday. Tonight’s highlight? The world premiere of Derailed  by the Spanish theatre company Little Soldier Productions. This unusual theatrical performance is the live recording of a concept album; focused on changing society through politics and rock ‘n’ roll. Expect a terrific night of live music and storytelling. Festival continues until 24 April.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Friday — Glasgow International @ Glasgow, Scotland — Most Events FREE

It’s back again, and this year Glasgow International has more artists, events, and exhibitions than ever. This biennial festival of contemporary art is directed by Sarah McCrory, and will showcase works from a mixture of local and international artists, taking place across the entire city. From a multitude of exhibitions opening today, highlights include Krysia Kordecki’s Yesterday’s Noise Is Tomorrow’s Silence, Henry Coombes’ Seat In Shadow, and the outlandishly named Asparagus Piss Raindrop.

Red Sauce Brown Sauce Mania (video) 2014. Part of Saturday's Exhibition Opening: Double Act: Art And Comedy 10am-6pm @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool and MAC, Belfast -- FREE

Saturday — Exhibition Opening: Double Act: Art And Comedy 10am-6pm @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool and MAC, Belfast — FREE

Humour meets art in this new exhibition curated by the founders of artists’ group Common Culture, Mark Durden and David Campbell. Featuring different works from a plethora of artists at the two selected venues — including video Red Sauce Brown Sauce Mania by David Sherry (featured image) — Double Act takes a look at the cultural and political importance of comedy in everyday life: how it can bring people together and tear people apart.

Bodies On Everest/Ohmns/Water/Noyade 7pm @ Don’t Drop The Dumbulls, Liverpool — £4 OTD

Like walls of noise, or “heavy hitting hurt”? Get yourself down to Dublin Street this Saturday for an eclectic wallop of punk, fuzz, and ambient live music, brought to you by record label, promoter and zine Bitchicism. Be rude not to.

Sunday -- Aftershool (2008) 6-8pm @ A Small Cinema, Liverpool -- £3-4

Sunday — Aftershool (2008) 6-8pm @ A Small Cinema, Liverpool — £3-4

Immerse yourself into the digital age through this shocking film exposing the dark side of the YouTube generation. Director Antonio Campos’ film, starring Ezra Miller, takes you deep into the contemporary teenage world of online pornography, surveillance, and desensitisation. Dealing with harrowing topics such as drug overdose and teenage depression, the film asks: How do you deal with the aftermath of a life-changing event in a culture where everyone wears a mask?

Vanessa Wheeler

Posted on 04/04/2016 by thedoublenegative