Culture Diary w/c 10-09-2018

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!

Tuesday – Beautiful World Reading & Discussion Group 6-7pm @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool — £3

What does it mean to be human, or ‘posthuman’? Join Jon Davies tonight plus guests to discuss Liverpool Biennial’s title, Beautiful World Where Are You?, and gain a broader understanding — with others — of its timely and relevant themes.

Salma Noor, CALL__ing CALL__ing CAL____ing 49, 2017, Digital Collage.Black Panthers (1968) & Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 (2011) 6-9pm @ The Black-E, Liverpool — £5/4

DIY cinema festival Scalarama (running throughout September) continues tonight with a launch of its Black Power programming. Expect French auteur Agnès Varda’s 1968 short about the imprisonment of Black Panthers co-founder Huey P. Newton, plus Göran Olsson’s 2011 collage of the movement’s evolution, The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975.


Wednesday – Exhibition Continues: Herstory 10am-5pm @ Touchstones Rochdale — FREE

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo first started her enviable art collection 26 years ago, after a visit to Anish Kapoor’s London studio. The Italian now owns 1,500 artworks, many of which you can see in Touchstones’ new show; see leading, contemporary female artists – including Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, and Mona Hatoum – and dream of Turin. Exhibition continues until 29 September.

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Not Ugly Enough) 1997.

Thursday – Exhibition Opening: SUBI 수비6-9pm @ Castlefield Gallery, Manchester – FREE

With a title referencing the technical handling of clay, and a roster of experimental artists and designers from Korea and the UK — including Insook Choi, John Powell-Jones and Gyung-Kyun Shin — expect a showcase of skillfully made ceramic costumes (!), film, and sound. See it, and add your own clay objects to boot, until 4 November.


Agnès Varda & JR: Faces Places (2017) & Post-Screening Discussion 6.30pm @ Curzon Mayfair, London — £17.50

The Cannes award-winning documentary will be accompanied tonight by a chat with its makers, the aforementioned Agnès Varda and her collaborator, photographer and street artist JR. Expect an entertaining road trip where the two friends make huge, paste-up portraits in ‘unconventional’ locations, and talk about images and what they mean.


Friday – The Rider (2017) & Intro 6.15pm @ HOME, Manchester — £9/7/5

“A horse’s purpose is to run in the prairies; a cowboy’s is to ride…” Casting real-life cowboy Brady Jandreau as The Rider, traumatised by a serious injury and unable to get back into the saddle, expect Chloé Zhao’s critically acclaimed drama to make you think about all kinds of issues around American culture and what it means to be a man in a man’s world. Featuring an introduction by Oscar-winning producer Mia Bays.


Saturday – Exhibition Opening: Lucy Beech: Hyperstimulation 10am-6pm @ De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill — FREE

Lucy Beech’s excellent film Me and Mine (2015) was reviewed in this publication three years ago; a hilarious, uncomfortable and — at times — very dark look at women, food and other women’s bodies. Her new film, Reproductive Exile (2018), treads familiar territory; following a woman’s gruelling experience at a private fertility clinic and growing obsession with Eve, or Evatar: a robotic version of the female reproductive system. Open until 2 December.

Lucy Beech, Reproductive Exile, 2018

Sunday – Last Day: Island Life 12-5pm @ Paradise Works, Salford – FREE

An exhibition featuring six graduates from The University of Salford’s Visual Arts, Creative Music Technology, Photography and Graphic Design BA courses — Lubna Ali, Claudia Alonso, Tara Collette, Elliott Flanagan, Jamal Jameel, and Fuchsia Summerfield — expect a look at life in contemporary Britain; an island grappling with Brexit, borders, and (optimistically?) a sense of shared humanity. Last day today.


Laura Robertson, Editor

Posted on 11/09/2018 by thedoublenegative