Culture Diary w/c 03-06-2024

YGaC[EGaC] - RESOLVE Collective © Tate (Joe Humphrys)-web

Our pick of this week’s arts, design, film and music events from across Liverpool and beyond…

Monday – Exhibition Continues: You Get A Car [Everybody Gets a Car] Resolve Collective @ Tate Liverpool + RIBA North – FREE

There’s just over a month to go of the exhibition, pictured above, that saw Resolve Collective work with different creative communities from across Merseyside to redistribute and repurpose a host of material from the gallery’s currently closed Albert Dock site. The installation at Tate Liverpool + RIBA North (currently, we think, in a minority of one in terms of art spaces open in the city on a Monday), includes videos, sculpture and more.

Trainspotting 8.45pm @ FACT Liverpool – £8

Danny Boyle’s lurid, high-octane adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s 1993 Edinburgh-set tales of drugs, friendship and debauchery is back in cinemas having been treated to a 4K restoration. Choose Life. Screens again Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Tuesday – EOS: My National Gallery 6pm @ FACT Liverpool – £17.50

This film, set at and responding to London’s National Gallery, asks ‘whose stories are told?’ And ‘which art has the most impact and on whom?’ amid its many masterpieces. To answer such questions, we hear – amongst others – from cleaner, curator, security guard and director.

Wednesday – Exhibition Opening: Maja Lorwkowska-Callaghan: Green nights @ 92 degrees, Baltic Creative, Liverpool – FREE

Good friend of TDN, writer and artist Maja Lorkowska-Callaghan opens Green nights, an exhibition of new and older textiles and collage “all about nature” in the Baltic Triangle.

The Wind Rises, Studio Ghibli

Dreaming of DIY Publishing 2: Make and Organise 6pm @ Static Gallery, Liverpool – FREE

Second edition of Dreaming of DIY Publishing, building on April’s first meeting. Asking what a DIY publishing and open-source printing press might look like for Liverpool and Merseyside, it calls on interested parties – artists, makers, facilitators and more – to get involved in a pooling of resources and skills.

The Art History of Studio Ghibli with Helen McCarthy 6.45pm @ Camp and Furnace, Liverpool – £14

“With Miyazaki, you have to totally believe in the world of the film,” said Isao Takahata, co-founder of Studio Ghibli. “He is demanding that the audience enter the world he has created completely. The audience is being asked to surrender.” Key to this “surrender” is the studio’s richly resonant imagery; join writer, presenter and independent scholar, Helen McCarthy (the first English-speaking author to write a book about anime), for an evening looking at Ghibli’s story and inspirations.


Thursday – Dead Ink Books: The History of Goth with John Robb & Roger Hill 6pm @ the Bluecoat, Liverpool – £5

Author and musician John Robb discusses his history of Goth music and culture, The Art of Darkness, with broadcaster, Roger Hill.

The Thief of Bagdad + Q&A 6.30pm @ the Bluecoat, Liverpool – £10.50

“I deeply love old cinema classics, but they are riddled with injustices that can no longer be overlooked.” Join artist Michelle Williams Gamaker for a screening and Q&A of one such classic, The Thief of Bagdad, which she imaginatively responds to in her current Bluecoat work, Thieves (above), part of exhibition Our Mountains Are Painted on Glass. Further Reading: The Many Afterlives of Anna May Wong  

Friday – Gaza Night Cabaret 7.30pm @ the Unity Theatre, Liverpool – £10-£20

How to respond with anything but despair to the genocide we continue to see played out before us on social media? Fundraising for Amplify Gaza Stories is one such way, as the Unity stages a second night (following March’s event at the Casa) of music, comedy, spoken word, art, performance and voices of resistance from and for Palestine.

Saturday – The Matrix 7.45pm @ FACT Liverpool – £8

A product of pre-millennial angst and bleak but not too far off the mark future-casting from the Wachowski’s game changing actioner, The Matrix, is back in cinemas marking its 25th anniversary.

Sunday – Exhibition Closing: Bonds/Ripples @ Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool – FREE

Exhibition of new graduate works drawn from BA Photography and Social Practice (UCEN Manchester) and BA (Hons) in Digital Imaging and Photography (Hugh Baird College). Variously addressing grief, place and memory, the future of the form – if this show is anything to go by – holds promise.

Full Metal Jacket 5.15pm @ FACT Liverpool – £8 

“Without my rifle, I am useless.” With Full Metal Jacket, Stanley Kubrick tackled the brutality of war and the dehumanising process – from boot camp to training and everything in between – that turns kids into trained killers.

Mike Pinnington

Images/media, from top: RESOLVE Collective © Tate. Joe Humphreys; Trainspotting trailer; The Wind Rises (still), Studio Ghibli; Michelle Williams Gamaker, Thieves (behind the scenes, 2022) photo: Ellen Jane Rogers; The Matrix trailer

Posted on 03/06/2024 by thedoublenegative