Culture Diary w/c 19-02-2018

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 loads of it’s free!

Monday – NOW: A Dialogue On Female Chinese Contemporary Artists @ Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art And HOME, Manchester / Middlesbrough Institute Of Modern Art / Nottingham Contemporary / Turner Contemporary, Margate / Tate Research Centre: Asia, London – Prices Vary

A collaboration between the UK’s top arts orgs, expect new art and film from China’s most exciting female artists. Highlights include HOME’s moving image reel, including Wang Newone’s unsettling CGI humans (Mon 9 March — pictured, below); Ye Funa’s selfie themed exhibition (which includes a nail bar) at Nottingham Contemporary (open until 4 March); and Tate’s international symposium on gender’s role in Chinese contemporary art (Thursday 2-7.30pm).

Wang Newone: HIVE - 10468723 HIVE - 12006950 HIVE - 18600423 HIVE - 10774896 HIVE - 12467538 HIVE - 14499801 2015 Digital media Dimensions variable. Courtesy Madein Gallery

Tuesday – Coming Of Age: A New History Of British Animation Part Two 6.15pm @ BFI Southbank, London — £8.80

A very surreal showcase of 20th century British animation, expect absurd and colourful short films, including Geoff Dunbar’s revenge drama Ubu (1978) with electronic soundtrack, and Alison De Vere’s curious Mr Pascal (1979, below), who liberates Jesus from the crucifix with transformative results.


Wednesday – Ten: Poets Of The New Generation 6.30pm @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool – FREE (Booking Required)

Congratulations to our contributor Jennifer Lee Tsai who features in this new Bloodaxe anthology of poetry. Join Jennifer tonight alongide Will Harris, Ian Humphreys and Sandeep Parmar for live readings and copies to take home.


The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) 8.20pm @ FACT, Liverpool – £12.20 / 11.20 / 10.20 / 9.20

“I always wanted to be a Tenenbaum,” says Eli Cash, played by Owen Wilson in Wes Anderson’s 2001 classic, The Royal Tenenbaums. Didn’t we all Eli, didn’t we all. Playing as part of a celebration of Anderson’s very distinctive oeuvre ahead of the release of his latest, Isle of Dogs, it’s a perfect opportunity to reacquaint oneself with Margot, Richie, Chas, Etheline and, of course, Royal.


Friday – Mute (2018) @ Netflix UK

Duncan Jones’s brand new film, straight to Netflix? If you’re a fan of his previous sci-fi tinged thrillers Moon and Source Code, then you’re in for a treat; with Jones describing his latest as “a small thriller, in the same way that Casablanca was”. Expect Alexander Skarsgård as a mute private eye tracking down his missing girlfriend in a futuristic Berlin.

Luke Willis Thompson, 35mm ‘autoportrait’ of Diamond Reynolds, Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018

Exhibition Opening: Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 10am-6pm @ The Photographers Gallery, London – FREE / £4 / 2.50

The four international artists shortlisted for this prestigious prize this year are Mathieu Asselin, who records the ecological and very human impact of one global biotechnology corporation; Rafal Milach, who captures the propaganda of post-Soviet countries; Batia Suter’s found images, representing our understanding of the physical world and its history; and Luke Willis Thompson’s 35mm ‘autoportrait’ of Diamond Reynolds (above), whose partner Philando Castile was shot by a police officer during a routine traffic-stop in Minnesota, United States. Continues until 3 June.

Thebes, 1966, by William Tucker, NML

Saturday – Exhibition Opening: Kaleidoscope: Colour And Sequence In 1960s British Art @ Walker Gallery, Liverpool – FREE

With artists such as William Tucker (above), Eduardo Paolozzi, Anthony Caro and Bridget Riley, expect a survey of bright and bold artworks from the 1960s; a showcase of superb pop and op art from the Arts Council Collection plus other top archives. Continues until 3 June.

Raqs Media Collective, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Sunday – Last Day: Raqs Media Collective: Twilight Language @ The Whitworth, Manchester – FREE

A collective of artists, curators, researchers, editors and “philosophical agents provocateurs”, Raqs Media Collective’s practice is found at the intersection of art, historical enquiry and philosophical speculation. This show, Twilight Language, is their first UK exhibition, and across new and existing works, asks “what does it mean to be living in these times?”

Laura Robertson and Mike Pinnington

Images from top: Wang Newone: HIVE – 10468723 HIVE – 12006950 HIVE – 18600423 HIVE – 10774896 HIVE – 12467538 HIVE – 14499801 2015 Digital media Dimensions variable. Courtesy Madein Gallery. Still from Alison De Vere’s curious Mr Pascal (1979). Cover art for Ten: Poets Of The New Generation. Still from Duncan Jones’s Mute (2018), on Netflix UK. Thebes (1966) by William Tucker, NML. Raqs Media Collective, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Posted on 18/02/2018 by thedoublenegative