Saturday, December 22, 2007

Arty Rascals @ Worthing Museum

Currently on at Worthing Museum and Art gallery is a show of grafitti by the Arty Rascals.

"Two talented groups of youngsters aged 10-12 and 13-18 came together to display their unique graffiti art work in Worthing's Museum and Art Gallery.

The older group, dubbed the Arty Rascals, worked on a five week project to produce some colourful and thoughtful art work.

Graffiti artists, Future Kings, from Brighton’s Rarekind Graffiti Art Gallery, helped both groups to produce the pieces teaching techniques such as 3D, highlighting and character design."

The exhibition ends on 5th January.

Monday, December 17, 2007

William Kentridge - FRAGILE IDENTITIES @ Various

It is not too late to catch the William Kentridge exhibition "FRAGILE IDENTITIES" that is taking place around Brighton and Hove.

One of the world’s most influential contemporary artists, Kentridge will exhibit a selection of his work including prints, installations and film, in Brighton this autumn. This will be the first time that most of these works will have been shown in the UK, and will constitute his largest exhibition here to date. Born and resident in Johannesburg, Kentridge produced work that engaged in the struggle against Apartheid. Today, his work continues to infuse political sensitivity into the making of his graphic representations and in his filmic and theatrical productions in a manner that discovers politics in the daily traumas and dramas of human experience.

Part of the exhibition takes place at the University of Brighton site on Grand Parade while another part is on show at The Regency Town House in Hove. This latter part is an animation that is projected down from the ceiling onto a table and viewed in the reflection in a mirrored tube on the table.

It runs until the 31st Dec 2007.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Will Self & Ralph Steadman @ Lewes

Last night (14/12/07) I went to see a talk given by Will Self & Ralph Steadman at the All Saints Centre in Lewes. It was partly based on a book they had done together called Psychogeography. This is a collection of Will's columns for the Independent newspaper along with Ralph's illustrations.

It started with Will reading extracts from a couple of the articles. One about a trip to India when he was a youth and one about a walk from Lewes to Eastbourne. It seems that Will likes walking and has previously walked from his home in London down to Newhaven in four days. There then followed a Q&A session where he revealed a bit more about his walking habits.

After the interval Ralph joined him on stage and gave a talk about his favourite surrealist artists. This was illustrated by his drawings and featured an imaginary conversation between him, Luis Brunel and Marcel Duchamp. This didn't flow quite as smoothly as it could as the chap manning the laptop wasn't sure when to change slides to keep pace with the story.

They made a funny pair, Will tall and elegant with a marvellous turn of phrase, and Ralph who looks a bit like your dad did after he retired. It seems the articles were a two way collaboration as sometimes Ralph responded to Wills writing and sometimes it was the other way round. Where the darkness of the drawings come from we may never know, though Ralph did allude to having dark dreams. Shame no one asked him about hunter S Thompson either.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Experimental Music In Brighton

What I like best about Brighton is the music. From the Freebutt to the Brighton Centre there is something to cater for most peoples musical tastes. Of course, the further left your tastes are, the trickier things are to find.

To begin with there are a couple of good live nights out there. The Safehouse is a free jazz/improv night at the Open House pub Brighton. 2008 looks a good year with gigs by Evan Parker and Steve Beresford lined up. Instrumentality at the Fortune of War looks like an experimental electronica/techno night with lots of local acts playing live. Finally is Spirit Of Gravity who have been around for years. They are an electroniuca collective with their own record label.

This year also saw a number of musical fstivals in town. These includes Color Out Of Space, Loop and Soundwaves. Hopefully more than one of these will be back in 2008.

For the more clasically minded among you there are Tacet Ensemble (no website) and New Music Brighton.

One of my favourite record shops is Edgeworld Records. It is above a clothes shop in Kensington Gardens in Brighton and stocks all he records the other shops won't touch. They probably sell records by DJ Scotchegg, Fujiya & Miyagi and The Polly Shang Kuan Band.

Finally there is a local blog that covers all things musically weird. It is called 20 Jazz Funk Greats after the Throbbing Gristle album.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Get stuffed !

A little known local artist has been in the news recently as Damien Hirst tried to pay one million pounds for a collection of his work. The taxidermist Walter Potter died in 1918 but his collection of stuffed animals lives on. For a long time his creations were on display at the "House of Pipes" in Bramber and I think I may have seen them when I was very, very young. They then moved to Lands End and after a while they were split up and sold separately. I wonder if he was responsible for the stuffed animals they used to have in the Smugglers in Ship St, Brighton? I seem to remember there a weasel striding down a path with his belongings over his shoulder in a similar style.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

ALLSOPP&WEIR @ Permanent Gallery

A bit more video art at the Permanent Gallery in Brighton. This time it is two new pieces by Paul Allsopp and Andy Weir shown under the title "An Approximate Call".

"For ‘An Approximate Call’ Permanent Gallery presents two new allsopp&weir works. ‘Amplification Device’ (2007) shows a man at an airport runway at the edge of the city. He builds an impromptu machine from surrounding debris – pieces of pipe, tape, an old watering can – and uses it to shout through every time a plane passes overhead. Gradually the strict compositional structure shifts to an improvised rhythm as, tired, he turns away from the planes, abandons attempts at communication, and starts to make his own sounds."

It runs from Saturday 24 November to Sunday 23 December.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

10 Years of Junk Tv

The other weekend as part of the Cinecity film festival I went to see "10 Years of Junk Tv". This is a best of/retrospective put together by Junk Tv to showcase all the small films they have been making for the last 10 years. What started off as two blokes making short funny films in their lounge has developed into a proper video production company that claims to still make 8 films a week. Some of the films were funny and some were sad. It also showed how technology had changed, going from grainy VHS to the latest He-Def video format over the last 10 years.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Brighton bans "murder" music

Looks like Brighton isn't quite as liberal as it use to be. It seems a rather extreme measure to counter a gig that should never have really happened in the first place. Good job it isn't really on the Dancehall, Death Metal or White Power gigging circuit.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Mark Vessey @ OContemporary

Coming to the OContemporary is an exhibition that should surely have featured Brighton. It is a show of photographs by Mark Vessey of famous cities at night.

"Hugely talented and in-demand photographer Mark Vessey captures his fascination with the nightlife of Barcelona, Berlin, Cape Town, New York and London in stunning shots of the cities after dark.

Also exhibited will be Vessey's infamous Attitude series, united to form an iconic visual timeline of Attitude magazine and its stars."

This should be worth seeing as most big cities come live at night, after most people have gome to bed. I will go along to see if there is anywhere I recognise. The show runs from 15th December to 3 February.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Unheard Voices, Hidden Lives

Another worthy exhibition is taking place at Brighton Library during December. It is called Unheard Voices, Hidden Lives and hi-lights the problem of AIDS in Africa.

"The project - part of the Alliance's Frontiers Prevention Project, and carried out in collaboration with PhotoVoice - has trained 45 gay men (and other men who have sex with men), sex workers and people living with HIV in Cambodia, Ecuador and India to use a camera effectively, and then photograph their own experiences of the world."

Saturday, December 1, 2007

KWASH Charity Auction

KWASH is a local group set up to help keep Worthing and Southlands hospitals open in face of Government pressures to close them. The Littlehamptton Gazette has a charity auction to help raise money for the organisation. The item in question is a signed and numbered (#1) print of one of local artist Mike Paynes cartoons, produced to help raise awareness of the campaign.