Culture Diary w/c 04-06-2018

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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 – The Holy Girl (2004) 6pm @ Home Manchester – FREE/£7 ADV Donation

Timed to coincide with the release of her latest – and first in a decade – film Zama, this week sees Home’s Lucretia Martel season come to an end. Tonight, it’s the turn of 2004’s erotically charged The Holy Girl. Prefaced by a screening of The Making of The Holy Girl, which finds the elusive director discussing the titular film and her process. The season ends with on Wednesday with The Headless Woman, from 2008.

Tuesday – Exhibition Opening: Aftermath: Art In The Wake Of World War One 9.45am – 6pm @ Tate Britain, London — £18 / FREE For Members

Including work by George Grosz, Otto Dix, Christian Schad, Hannah Hoch, Christopher Wynne Nevinson and Paul Nash, this new Tate Britain show marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. Documenting how artists from across the piece reflected on the physical and psychological effects of the conflict, these records of their experiences promise to be chilling. Dix, for instance, commented a decade afterwards: “For years, I had these dreams in which I was forced to crawl through destroyed buildings… The rubble was always there in my dreams.”

George Grosz, Grey Day 1921. Nationalgalerie Berlin © Estate of George Grosz, Princeton, N.J.

Thursday – Forensic Aesthetics: Eyal Weizman 6.30pm @ The Serving Library, LJMU Exhibition Research Lab, Liverpool — FREE, Booking Required

In 2010, Israeli intellectual and architect Eyal Weizman founded Forensic Architecture, a group of architects, filmmakers, software developers, investigative journalists, lawyers and scientists nominated for this year’s Turner Prize. Tonight, Weizman discusses concepts that underlie the group’s approach to the development of methods intended to be employed in the investigation of state and corporate corruption.

Exhibition Opening: In One Room 6pm @ Islington Mill, Salford — FREE

This new exhibition at Salford’s essential Islington Mill gallery celebrates contemporary print-making with a presentation of 10 UK-based artists and designers. Invited to Manchester by curator and designer bruï, with an eye to invite European artists in future shows, the first In One Room includes Constructivist-tinged Charlotte Whiston and Benn Jackson, whose work is a pleasing mash-up of the worlds of fine art and illustration.     


PICK OF THE WEEK: Friday – Exhibition Opening: Print! Tearing It Up 10am – 6pm @ Somerset House, London — FREE

As a callow undergrad, I found The Face magazine which, in tandem with my degree, opened my eyes to a world of pop culture (music, art, design, fashion, etc.). It left an indelible mark in a way few publications have since. This new show at Somerset House traces the history and impact of the British independent magazine scene from Wyndham Lewis’ Vorticist journal BLAST, via the likes of The Face, to today’s thriving DIY titles. The show is supported by a series of talks and a festival in July (21–22) celebrating indie publishing.

Saturday – Exhibition Opening: The Part Versus The Whole 10am–5pm @ Victoria Gallery & Museum FREE

The second commission of three in her New Perspectives strand, hosted by the VG&M, curator Rose Lejeune presents The Part Versus the Whole. For this leg, artist Ben Judd (whose work “examines his relationship to specific individuals and groups”) responds to the museum’s rich collection. Opening today, at 3pm you can catch a one-off performance which, says Lejeune, “explores the relationship between ritual and theatre, and how belief can be manifested through movement and voice”.

Calatheas, 2018. Work In Process, The Photographers’ Gallery, London

Last Chance To See: Work In Process 10am–6pm @ The Photographers’ Gallery, London — FREE

This show foregrounding the work of five contemporary female artists closes today. Linked by the process-based practices of the artists, the fascinating results include abstract photograms, sculptural effects, appropriation and physical interventions. Catch the diverse but related work of Julie Cockburn, Jessa Fairbrother, Alma Haser (pictured, above), Felicity Hammond and Liz Nielsen while you can.

Sunday – Dr Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964) 6pm @ FACT, Liverpool — £10.40

“Perhaps it might be better, Mr. President, if you were more concerned with the American People than with your image in the history books.” FACT’s Kubrick season continues with the master director’s farcical yet biting cold war satire which, more than 50 years later, somehow gets increasingly pertinent, and – of course – ever quotable.


Nouvelle Vague 7pm @ Royal Northern College Of Music, Manchester — £28.50

With punk and post-punk classics smartly allied to easy-listening vibes, Nouvelle Vague’s self-titled debut album mined the back-catalogue of the likes of Joy Division, The Dead Kennedys and XTC to great effect. Sticking resolutely to the maxim if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, their latest I Could Be Happy, looks to the likes of the Ramones, Eno and The Cure for inspiration. Nice.

Mike Pinnington and Laura Robertson

Posted on 03/06/2018 by thedoublenegative