SEES — DESIGN
FUTURE OF THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
I’m not Thomas Heatherwick’s biggest fan, but I have been waiting for these first pics inside his new gallery in South Africa, created from the shell of a former grain silo. It looks like a fascinating place to go and see, and I’m sure there will be some challenging bits for curators to work with.
Of all the things at the London Design Festival at the V&A, the plywood show was the most interesting. Looking at the material as an enabler of innovation in design everything from surfboards to houses via aircraft and what appears to be the industrial revolutions answer to the Hyperloop are featured.
- The design frontiers show at Somerset House had some interesting participants (as well as some that seemed a bit superfluous like the Swarvoski lights and the overpriced clothing by Jasper Morrisson). Pentatonic’s Trashpresso is a genuinely good thing, presented well. They make things from rubbish, for Design Futures they were making tiles from waste plastic.
- This a a great animation that visualises what it is like to be dyslexic
- A website showing the results of a project where a number of people people documented the sky, wherever they are, all at the same time. It’s like a Secret 7" of aerial impressions, all sorts of day and night and in-between.
- Feminist movements using typography
SEES — ART
Taking ‘zero hour’, the immediate aftermath of the Second World War at the point the guns finally fell silent, as its starting point the exhibition aims to investigate the nature of melancholy in the European condition. A Dürer print, is given the first room all to itself. There’s a set of photographs of ruined Berlin in a room with a recording of a British bombing raid on the city with some scrawling, intense ink drawings of a destroyed Dresden by Wilhelm Rudolf. Two alluring paintings by Tacita Dean sit in the same room, like the clearing clouds of war, one called ‘Bless our Europe’.
There’s then a set of contemporary work that silver print photographs of Anself Kiefers studio, a beautiful Dexter Dalwood collage, a dark, moodyGeorge Shaw, two Susan Hiller photos and Tess Jaray prints. The links are not obvious, and in many way’s this doesn’t matter as the work is strong enough by itself.
The stand out work is by Guido van de Werve, Nummer Veertien: Home. It’s an intense multifaceted work just short of an hour. There was a nice article about him in the Guardian last week. Van de Werve takes on an ultra triathalon from Warsaw, where Chopin’s heart is buried, to Chopin’s birthplace and then to Pere la Chaise in Paris, where his body lies. In between are shots of van de Werve in his hometown, accompanied by an orchestra and choir performing a 12 section requiem he composed for the piece. Intercut within this is the narrative of Alexander the Great. There is drama and humour alongside the emotive music, the whole piece seems to carry a longing sentiment to reunite past and present, whether through the set pieces at his home, the arduous triathlon or the missing burial site of Alexander the Great and his death far from home.
The show as a whole feels a bit academic, perhaps this is party as it is shown within an university structure, partly because it feels a bit shoehorned into rooms not normally used to show artwork. It is part history, part contemporary art, and with the exception of Kiefer I’m not aware that the artists work relates to the bombed out cities of Europe in 1945 (although van de Werve’s journey from Warsaw to Paris mirrors in some way Hitler’s land grab). The work though , is great, and that so much of it is given plentiful space to breathe (Kiefer’s photographs have a whole room to themselves) means that you can drink them in, although it also means you see them in isolation, rather than part of a whole.
SEES — READS / NEWS / ARTICLES
BALCONY MUSIC BAN
A free weekly performance from a balcony in Turin is under threat from the authorities. I really like the quote at the end:
Incessant drilling, car alarms going off and dogs barking — these are annoying city noises, says Spada. “But here it’s a matter of an hour of music in the afternoon — music and poetry.”
Her point is that there’s a difference between the loudness of opera and applause, and the loudness of constant, incessant, painful noise.
She seems offended by the suggestion that these sounds can all be measured on the same scale, reduced to the number of decibels registered by a machine. “This is art. This is not a public disturbance.”
Otherwise known as THAT Osborne article with the one big choice quote about Theresa May:
‘Osborne has told more than one person that he will not rest until she “is chopped up in bags in my freezer”.’
More properly known as the ‘Big Ideas Tent Festival’ (snappy). George Freeman, a Tory MP has been considering what the Conservatives can do with their domestic policy. It all seems totally laughable and a bit ridiculous, however it was much less Thick of It than social media feeds imagined. But was still a bunch or Conservatives discussing potential ideas in three small brown tents pitched in a wealthy donor’s garden in Berkshire, on the same day as Theresa May’s Florence speech. Whether they are allowed to bring ideas through into actual policy will remain to be seen, but this Buzzfeed article (long read) is interesting in looking at how Freeman’s ideas are being considered by the leadership in the changing landscape.
TASTES — FOOD
The roti with their chicken creole was brilliant, but the star for me was the Zásar legumes salad of pickled veg. Looks like they are at Copeland Park a lot, and they were great people.
I didn’t realise until shortly before arriving that Cafe Murano was an Angela Hartnett menu. It was a short set menu for a working lunch. There was plentiful foccacia to start, all light and fluffy with deep flavoured olive oil. The beef carpaccio was the stand out, served with a thick cream sauce, the vinegar from the pickled girolles cutting through and the pecorino on top adding a roundness of flavour. Sea bream with grapes and apple was OK, I’m not quite convinced by it and the crumbly chocolate cake needed a little more of the whipped marscapone on the plate. I’d definitely go again.
TASTES — DRINK
This is the best German beer I’ve ever had. Maybe one of the best beers I’ve ever had. No surprise it’s won some medals. It’s dark with layers of mollasses and dried fruit, rich and a little decadent, all doppelbocks should be like this. Please bring me more.
This göse is brewed with langoustines and pineapple. I normally wouldn’t touch anything with pineapple but after Wild Beer’s Of The Sea last year, I have a healthy interest in using shellfish in a brew. This ok, sour, hazy and quite light, but lacking any kind of real punch. I expected a heavier mouthfeel. It’s not a patch on Of The Sea and not the best example of a göse but quite palatable.
BEERBLIOTEKET COLONIAL HIPSTER
A good rounded APA from this experimental Gothenberg microbrewery. They are great, and this is good and solid.