Culture Diary w/c 25-11-2019

Maria Anastassiou's film WAY MY IT DID I_2019_Still

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 – The Input Exhibition @ OUTPUT gallery, Liverpool – FREE

While OUTPUT gallery awaits news of their 2020 funding sitch, they’re making good use of the space with this end-of-year group exhibition. It represents a fine opportunity to assess the breadth of talent operating in the city right now. For anyone who’s visited the gallery before, its usual four surfaces have been extended with a nifty bit of temporary wall-building, so that many artists’ work is accommodated, including new and familiar names alike.

Tuesday – Fat White Family 7pm @ the Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool £18.50

Domino Records’ Fat White Family are back out on the road in support of new long-player, Serfs Up!, released back in April. The album, which has gleaned a clutch of favourable early reviews, sees a return to form for the South London provocateurs.


Wednesday – TALK: ~ALL THE FEELS~ 6pm @ FACT Liverpool – FREE

Anna Bunting-Branch’s work is currently on display as part of FACT’s group exhibition you feel me_. Tonight, the artist and researcher leads ‘encounters with works that play with our feelings: touching, engaging, immersing, provoking…’ The evening, featuring discussion, performance and screenings from fellow artists Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Aliyah Hussain, Tarek Lakhrissi, Kiara Mohamed and Rebekah Ubuntu, asks ‘How do affective gestures, artistic and otherwise, shape our sense of being in the world?’

Thursday – HOME Artist Film Weekender 2019 / Cinema Paradiso 2019: Shorts Programme 5.30pm @ Paradise Works, Salford – £3

Tonight sees the launch of the fifth anniversary of the HOME Artist Film Weekender. Coinciding with HOME’s Women in Global Cinema programme, fittingly, the line-up is packed with female filmmakers. Tonight’s opening event takes place Salford’s Paradise Works (just down the road from HOME), who host Cinema Paradiso, promising ‘an evening of VR, expanded film, video screenings and experimental performances’. Things get underway with Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley’s VR installation, You Are Being Let Into A Space (2019) and includes Maria Anastassiou’s short film, Way My It Did I (2019, top).

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Friday – Hothouse Liverpool 10am @ Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool – FREE

A day-long look at trends in contemporary photography by those making and practising them from Manchester-based Redeye Photography Network. What inspires a project? What is the underlying context of and for particular photographs? Catch quick-fire presentations from photographers about their recent work, whether that be self-/portraiture, deep dive durational projects, fine art photography or how partnerships operate and thrive.

Saturday – Recycle Cinema Launch Day 1.30pm @ VideOdyssey, Liverpool – £5/pay what you can

For the next four days Recycle Cinema looks at ways of using film to ‘connect, protect and project the environment’. Through archive film and conversations, the focus will fall on different elements of the environment, including green spaces, housing and water. On hand to grapple with the issues at hand at this launch event will be the North West Film Archive, Arrival City and environmental activist filmmaker Tracey Dunn. In addition, expect screenings and workshops.

Sunday – The Apartment 5pm @ FACT Liverpool – £8

From ten nominations director Billy Wilder’s romantic farce, The Apartment, won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay at the 1961 Academy Awards. It stars Jack Lemmon, a lowly office clerk who offers his apartment of the title to his superiors for extramarital use, and Shirley MacLaine as the elevator girl he admires from afar. Problem is, so does his love em and leave em boss, J. D. Sheldrake (played by Fred MacMurray).

Closing: Russian Film Week @ Venues Across London, Edinburgh, Cambridge and Oxford – £ Various

Battleship Potemkin, Stalker, Solaris; The Return, Russian Ark, Leviathan – all remarkable films, each of them Russian. With sreenings and events taking place in venues across the UK, Russian Film Week comes to a close today. Catch the remaining long- and short-form films, talks, masterclasses and exhibition while you can.

Mike Pinnington

Images/media from top: Maria Anastassiou, WAY MY IT DID I (2019); Tarek Lakhrissi, OUT-OF-THE-BLUE (2019); Liverpool Streets and Park still  © North West Film Archive; Trailer for The Apartment

Posted on 25/11/2019 by thedoublenegative