Culture Diary w/c 27-11-2017

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

Monday – Talk: How To Avert The Apocalypse: Ecological Overshoot & Degrowth 7—8.30pm @ Jerwood Visual Arts, London – FREE (Booking Required)

Interested in social inequalities and the environment? Join Jason Hickel, author, Guardian writer and anthropologist at London School of Economics, to hear about the idea of Degrowth: a social, political and economic movement that advocates for the downscaling of production and consumption.

Tuesday – Oscar Wilde Season LIVE: A Woman Of No Importance 7.15—10.15pm @ Light Cinema New Brighton — £15.95/12.50/9.95

A satire on the Victorian upper class, see BAFTA nominated actress Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax) star in the first play from the Classic Spring Theatre Company’s Wilde Season. Broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End.


Wednesday – Exhibition Opening: Polyrhythmia 6—8pm @ The Great Medical Disaster, Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces: Great Northern Tower [Unit 3], Manchester — FREE

An ambitious new show in a former office space – run as part of Castlefield Gallery’ New At Spaces scheme, with partners including Edouard Malingue Gallery, HOME, CFCCA, and University of Salford – consider the urban environment tonight via artwork by João Vasco Paiva (Portugal/Hong Kong), Kwan Sheung Chi (Hong Kong), Ko Sin Tung (Hong Kong, pictured above), Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson (Manchester/Berlin), Katerina Eleftheriadou (Manchester), Chris Paul Daniels & Sam Meech (Manchester) and Tromarama (Indonesia). See it until 10 Dec 2017.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Thursday – FAUST X GNOD 7.30—11pm @ Gorilla, Manchester — £18 ADV

Psych fans are in for a treat tonight, as German stalwarts faUST (est 1971) and Salford’s Gnod (2006) collaborate for a one-off show; their only performance together since first conceived at Milhões de Festa in Portugal earlier in 2017, in which they were experimenting with oil drums, cement mixers and live dub mixes. As both have dropped new albums this year – faUSt’s Fresh Air and Gnod’s (brilliantly titled) JUST SAY NO TO THE PSYCHO RIGHT-WING CAPITALIST FASCIST INDUSTRIAL DEATH MACHINE (pictured below) –expect the creative juices to flow. A riotous stage show with plenty of avant-garde expression.


Friday – Exhibition Opening: John Stezaker 10am–5pm @ The Whitworth, Manchester — FREE

Everone’s favourite collagist, Stezaker creates fantastic and surreal portraits from vintage photographs, old film stills, postcards and book illustrations. Expect plenty of works from the Mask series – human faces masked with rocky cliffs, waterfalls bridges, and seascapes (Mask XII, 2005, pictured below). Until June 2018.

(Until Sunday): East Bristol Contemporary 017: Doggerland Invites 7pm @ Trinity Arts Centre, Bristol — FREE

“There’s no need to fear or hope, but only to look for new weapons…” The excellent art journal Doggerland have been invited to curate a weekend of events for East Bristol Contemporary this year: expect a new issue of the publication with live readings, performances by Dylar, Phil Owen, Hannah Regel, and an A/V conversation by Hannah Gregory with Jesse Darling; plus texts by Caspar Heinemann, Lewis den Hertog, Sophie Hoyle, and our friend Lauren Velvick.

John Stezaker, Mask XII, 2005. Collage.

Saturday – Gremlins (1984) + Zach Galligan Q&A 8.40—11.40pm @ FACT, Liverpool — £12.20/11.20/7.70

“Never feed him after midnight!” We’re super excited that Gremlins actor Zach Galligan (Billy) will be on hand tonight to discuss what it was like to star in horror director Joe Dante’s most beloved film. And, of course, what Gizmo (pictured below) was like as a co-star… Expect a Christmas-themed creature feature with plenty of slapstick.

Sunday — Killjoy Reading Group 1—3pm @ Tate Liverpool – FREE

With an ace title taken from academic Sara Ahmed’s notion of the ‘feminist killjoy’, expect a book club with texts that explore the role of feminism, art and production. Namely, Caliban and the Witch: Women, The Body And Primitive Accumulation by Silvia Federici: a history of the body, from witch-hunts in the Middle Ages to present day mechanical philosophy. Part of a long-term reading project initiated by PhD student Emma Curd, who is also hosting a free conference on Friday about art, activism and language (more info here).

Gremlins (1984)

Laura Robertson, Editor

Images from top: Ko Sin Tung (Hong Kong), 24 Tubes 24 (2015), as exhibited in Polyrhythmia. Gnod’s 2017 album JUST SAY NO TO THE PSYCHO RIGHT-WING CAPITALIST FASCIST INDUSTRIAL DEATH MACHINE. John Stezaker, Mask XII, 2005, collage © John Stezaker, courtesy The Approach, London; photo FXP photography. Still from Gremlins (1984)

Posted on 27/11/2017 by thedoublenegative