Culture Diary w/c 21-11-2016

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

Tuesday – Exhibition Opening: Anselm Kiefer: Walhalla 6–8pm @ White Cube Bermondsey, London — FREE

Described by Jonathan Jones for the Guardian as “an apocalyptic epitaph for the liberal age”, we cant wait to see Kiefer’s latest. Expect magnificent sculptures and paintings, reflecting the dark and very real dangers of war and fascist policy making. See it until 12 Feb 2017.

Generation Revolution With Q&A 8.30pm @ FACT Liverpool — £11/10/9

Join directors Cassie Quarless and Usayd Younis for a screening of their new film (pictured, below) – and to discuss its themes. Focusing on London’s new generation of black and brown activists, what does Generation Revolution say about the desire for a more equal future?

Generation Revolution With Q&A 8.30pm @ FACT Liverpool -- £11/10/9

Wednesday — DaDaFest Presents: Literature & Creative Word With Owen Lowery & Sally Edwards 7.30—9pm @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool — £8/6

Published poet Dr Owen Lowery performs a set on escape and escapism tonight; alongside poet and novelist Sally Edwards, who talks about her first novel How To Love. Expect an inspiring evening encouraging those present to pursue careers in the arts. Part of DaDafest Festival – see it until 3 Dec.

Mouchette (1966) & Introduction by Prof Emma Wilson 18:20 @ BFI Southbank, London — £8

University of Cambridge professor, Emma Wilson, gives some insight into French director Robert Bresson’s heart-wrenching drama; which follows the quiet, young girl of the title, Mouchette. Living in the country with her ill mother and neglectful father, things take a nasty turn for Mouchette as she is drawn into the world of a local poacher, who thinks he may have killed a police officer.

Exhibition Opening: Auto Agents 5.30—9pm @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool -- FREE

Thursday — Toy 7.30pm @ Magnet, Liverpool — £11

Celebrating their new, third album Clear Shot with a UK tour, Heavenly Recordings band Toy are on a bit of a roll. Expect jangly psych rock; we like stick-out track I’m Still Believing (music video, above). Tour continues in Leeds and Newcastle this week; see here for details.

Friday – Exhibition Opening: Auto Agents 5.30—9pm @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool — FREE

Curated by a group of five artists with learning disabilities — Hannah Bellass, Tony Carroll, Diana Disley, Leah Jones and Eddie Rauer – Auto Agents (poster pictured, above) is a rare exhibition questioning who makes the curatorial choices in our galleries, and (more widely) what it means to have an independent practice in the arts. Expect commissioned interactive artwork by artist James Harper, plus a limited-edition book designed by Mark Simmonds. Until 15 Jan 2017.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Saturday – Weekend of Weird Programme @ Martin Hall Museum, Loughborough -- FREE

PICK OF THE WEEK: Saturday – Weekend of Weird Programme @ Martin Hall Museum, Loughborough — FREE

What is the Weird? Where did it come from? Where is it going? Expect to find out during an intriguing two days of “weird” ideas – via artist film screenings, a Weird book fair, panel discussions, and live performances, organised by Radar in collaboration with Loughborough University’s School of the Arts, English and Drama. Until Sunday.

Exhibition Openings: New Constellations Displays / Tate Exchange 10am—5pm @ Tate Liverpool — FREE

Amongst a new rehang of Constellations on the first floor (featuring new “trigger” artists L. S. Lowry and George Grosz, alongside other blockbuster artists from the Tate collection, like Marcel Duchamp, Picasso, Sarah Lucas, Barbara Hepworth), Tate Exchange launches today. Described as “an open experiment”, expect interventions and events from artists and specialist experts wishing to use art to test ideas and discover new perspectives on life.

The Promised Land (1975) 5.30—9pm @ A Small Cinema, Liverpool -- £3/4

Sunday – Last Day: Alice May Williams: Speke of the Future 11am—4pm @ Speke Hall, Liverpool — FREE

Your last chance to see National Trust commission, Speke of the Future, by artist-in-residence Alice May Williams; made throughout a two month placement at the historic Speke Hall. Inspired by craft artist and activist William Morris’s utopian sci-fi novel News from Nowhere, Williams imagines the potential futures of the hall and the National Trust in the year 2200.

The Promised Land (1975) 5.30—9pm @ A Small Cinema, Liverpool — £3/4

Academy Award-nominated (and frequently cited as one of Polish Cinema’s best films), Andrzej Wajda’s 1975 adaptation (of Nobel Prize-winner Wladyslaw Reymont’s 19th-century novel) follows three men and their problematic rise to fortune during the Industrial Revolution.

Laura Robertson, Editor

Main image: Toy (still, from music video Motoring)

Posted on 22/11/2016 by thedoublenegative