Culture Diary w/c 16-01-2017

Our pick of this week’s arts, design, film and music events from around the UK – and most of it’s free!

Monday – Exhibition Opening: Art Of Solidarity 10am–5pm @ International Slavery Museum, Liverpool – FREE

See 32 rarely-seen Cuban posters designed to support human rights and freedom movements around the world – and highlight the fight against imperialism and globalisation. Until 18 June.

Tuesday — Science-fiction / Science-fact 6.30pm @ FACT Liverpool – FREE (Booking Required)

What is gravity and can we ever escape it? Join Professor of Astronomy Education and Engagement (Liverpool John Moores University) Andy Newsam, and Librarian of the Science-Fiction Foundation Collection (University of Liverpool Library) Andy Sawyer, as they discuss all the ways gravity shapes our real, and imagined, universe.


Wednesday — Transpersonal: Gilda Williams 2pm @ ICA, London — £3/2

Art critic Gilda Williams examines the art and life of artists Andy Warhol, Amalia Ulman and more from a spiritual perspective — including experiences of crisis and near death phenomena.

Thursday – Exhibition Opening: ARTIST ROOMS: Martin Creed 6.15pm @ Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston — FREE

The irreverent 2001 Turner Prize winner enjoys a new solo show; expect rarely seen works including neon coconuts, lights going on and off, cactus plants, and a series of portraits painted blind… Until 3 June.

Exhibition Opening: Park Seo-Bo, ZIGZAG: Ecriture 1983--1992 6--8pm @ White Cube Mason’s Yard, London – FREE

Exhibition Opening: Park Seo-Bo, ZIGZAG: Ecriture 1983–1992 6–8pm @ White Cube Mason’s Yard, London – FREE

“Art is no longer an act of fulfilment, but an act of emptying.” See Park’s“zigzag” paintings from his  Ecriture  series (above), of repeated pencil lines in still-wet monochromatic painted surfaces; all aiming for a spiritual emptiness though reduction. Until 11 March.

Crisis Of Overproduction: Art On The Margins 1–4pm @ Tate Liverpool – FREE

What are the challenges facing artists today? Berlin-based writer Federica Bueti shares her viewpoint, from her practice within the economies of writing and reading, desire and gender.

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Friday–Sunday: Howling Owl: New Year / New Noise 4 @ Arnolfini, Bristol – FREE

A weekend hosted by Bristol-based Howling Owl Records, expect DJs (tonight, 7pm—midnight), a showcase of live acts (Sat, 7.30—11.30pm, SOLD OUT), a workshop by CHAMP artist collective (Sunday 2-4pm), and a panel discussion about New Wave Internet stations – are they changing the way artists react with radio (Sunday, 12—2pm)?

King Creosote UK Tour 8pm @ Liverpool Philharmonic – £18.50/24.50

Playing Manchester on Monday, Norwich on Tuesday, Cambridge Wednesday and Liverpool Friday, then onto Birmingham and London this weekend, Domino Records artist King Creosote is a long way from his home in North East Fife. Expect poetic tracks from his 2016 album Astronaut Meets Appleman.

Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen, courtesy Richard Mann. Saturday -- Sad Vacation (2016) + Jordan In Conversation 6.30pm @ HOME, Manchester -- £9/5.50

Saturday — Sad Vacation (2016) + Jordan In Conversation 6.30pm @ HOME, Manchester — £9/5.50

In October 1978, 20-year-old Nancy Spungen (pictured, above) was found dead in a New York hotel room. Her boyfriend, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, was charged with her murder. What happened? Watch Danny Garcia’s new documentary, with a pre-screening discussion with John Robb of The Membranes and punk icon Jordan.

Sunday – Last Day: Keith Piper: Unearthing The Banker’s Bones 10am–5pm @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool — FREE

Your last chance to catch Keith Piper’s critically acclaimed show, which addresses contemporary anxieties about race and class, via a fictional archaeological dig set years in the future. Also part of the Arts Council Collection’s 70th anniversary celebrations, expect new films, apocalyptic fiction, and an insight into Piper’s political practice.

Laura Robertson, Editor

Posted on 16/01/2017 by thedoublenegative