Monday, November 28, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
A month of thought and word and deed
To cultural Olympiad
From booker prize to art at Frieze
Of what is good and what is bad?
Who would spray paint out a ‘Banksy’?
Who could be so crude and rash?
Good graffiti bad graffiti?
Post, post-modern cultures clash
While Ralph gives us his Prospero
And punters flee the Marat Sade
Michael Sheen his Dane to show
So what is: Just too avant-garde?
The Shakespeare, Dickens fests announced
Or, King’s Speech coming to the stage
Strictly makes the extra factor?
And what would Tintin have to say?
Of Madge, Madonna hair and shades
In arch red carpet attitude
A master class in marketing
No matter what the latitude
Ah names and names so many names
So many rise, so many fall
So many stars, so great the sky
How did we ever name them all?
A question perhaps for Grayson Perry
British Museum, Shamans robes
His tomb of the unknown craftsman
Installation, ancient road
To all of those who went before
To all of those and all the more
Who carved and cut and chipped honed
The dawn of time through Ancient Rome
To all of those whose time is now
Their names so great upon the tongue
Will in the blinking of the eye
Discover that their time is done
And what is left is craft its self
When all the names are stripped away
Upon the tomb that craftsmen made
The craft of time will endless play?
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
I've been tipped off that this will be worth attending. I don't know the venue but it sounds good. I'll report back.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Remi Kanazi's UK tour kicks off with a fundraising event at the Tabernacle W11 on November 12th.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Symptomatic presents a night of the up and coming indie, rock and folk happening in London. With newly established bands, they present quality sounds and a foot stomping, bliss inducing night of music.
AAA @ Archangel,
11-13 Kensington High Street London W8 5NP
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Does anyone recognise this image. It is a Victorian print titled: Woman with Harp. According to my harp expert her pose indicates that she is more than just a model posing, she has technique,
Jc Carroll from The Members on winning a 'Golden Trellick' at The Portobello Film Festival for his opera 'The Golborne Variations'
25 years in the making, Jc from The Members looks back on the creation and staging of his critically acclaimed multimedia opera 'The Golborne Variations', which premiered at The Portobello Film Festival on Friday 2nd September this year. Received with a standing ovation by a full house at the Portobello Film Festival, 'The Golborne Variations went on to win a Special Award, which was collected on Jc's behalf (he was on tour in France with The Members) by cast members Simon Godley & James Simmins from festival organiser Jonathan Barnett.
It is hoped that another staging of this award-winning opera will take place somewhere in the Portobello vicinity very soon. Watch this space...
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The King Is Dead (Ishmahil Blagrove)
The Golborne Variations (J C Carroll)
ODDBALL TV 72 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE
From Patient To Pin Up (Michelle Hallak)
The Beardless Garibaldi (Nicola Piovesan)
I Chopped Her Up (Divian Ladwa)
The First Rasta (Helene Lee)
Fantoon Gaga (Alberto Hadyar)
Wreck (Cara Pickton)
Ebony Road (Maia Krall-Fry)
Photographs: Thomas Pegoraro
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
The middle child.
As a young child I was given my own set of plastic tableware: plate bowl and beaker. these objects were yellow! I did not chose the colour yellow, I was told that the yellow ones were mine. From then onwards I would frequently be given yellow things; toys, clothes and the like. These objects were accompanied by the statement that yellow was my favourite colour, that had I the choice I would have opted for the yellow.
Yellow was not not my favourite colour. I would be hard pressed to name a favourite; I was never given the opportunity nor the luxury! I have a feeling that the colour was assigned to me in some kind of attempt to introduce a little brightness into an already dark and troubled child.
Even now, years later, if I am asked what my favourite colour is I am instinctively drawn to the word yellow... not to the colour but the word, as if yellow means favourite.
twenty years ago I made a picture of my childhood; It said everything I wanted or needed to say. It was both a portrait and a summary.
It consisted of a glazed, shallow wooden box. the box was lined with silver leaf upon which were placed a black and white image of myself aged three alongside a yellow plastic spoon (which I had taken from the Hayward gallery cafe; the artistic integrity of the object was important). The outside of the box was wrapped in mattress ticking to emphasise the comfortable environment that I appeared to inhabit. Unseen to the observer the back of the box was covered with an image of a mass of writhing snakes.
The choice of the plastic spoon was important in that accurately represented MY own self-regard; It was a valueless disposable item, even the colour was chosen on my behalf yet within its context it is transformed into something lyrical and poetic in its use of metaphor!
Something of no value is suddenly imbued with emotional importance. It has something to say. the rest of the symbolism is hackneyed and obvious but no less important for that.
This image was the first of a series of portraits using plastic cutlery of various colours, all taken from art galleries to ensure the Artistic integrity, culminating in a self portrait as a black plastic spoon. This consisted of nothing more than the spoon (from Tate Modern) mounted on a stark white wall! Again the cheapness and ephemeral nature of the object was central to the work. The black is self explanatory and its placement: Unbounded, in a vast white nothingness emphasised the lonliness and insularity of the depressions I had been subjected to from an early age. I laughingly refer to this work as Abstract Depressionism.
To me something miraculous happens: An object of no worth becomes invaluable in its ability to convey the lonliness and despair of depression. It appears to speak from experience.
Friday, September 16, 2011
And finally... Hat club! The bloke in the foreground is James Simmins who I asked to take the picture. He forgot to get out of his way.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Italian night at the Pop Up - a superb selection of the latest Italian short films inc comedy and animation and a film about Rudolph Valentino.
Short films tonite at The Tabernacle for second night of massively popular Caribbean Corner.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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CARIBBEAN FILM CORNER
FEATURE DOUBLE BILL
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
How cool is that
She is good
she frightens death
and chills out hell
She can stalk in high summer
without working up a sweat
she can stalk on the ice pack
while casually clubbing seal cubs
She can stalk you at truck stops
or at Soho house
she is just too cool to be noticed.
Except by Phil Spector
And she dealt with him.
and I say I am drinking milk and reading Bukowski
and she laughs and it is that laugh,
the laugh of someone you really like
and straight away you want to make her laugh again
not to make her happy so much
as to make her laugh again
so you can listen to it.
And when she hangs up I think of poetry
and what defines poetry
It is not as if
writing a shopping list of metaphors is enough
to make a poem!
There are still 6 places left on the Gateway Women Coaching Group which takes place on Saturday mornings 10-11am in Notting Hill.
All the info is in the flyer below and if you click on the image it will take you to the Gateway Women website - or use this link to take you directly to the page:http://wp.me/PssHp-2W
I would be so grateful if you could forward this email to any women you know who would have liked to have had a family (or who are still hoping it will work out).
The Group is intimate, friendly and safe and completely groundbreaking.
I am now a qualified counsellor and am part way through my training to be a psychotherapist - so it's is a safe, fun and supportive space. We'll be doing exercises to help us uncover some of our unconscious issues around motherhood, and techniques for finding our missing mojo. The first week was last Saturday and the Group will be running for another 9 weeks till Saturday 26th November.
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Thanks for your help in spreading this important work - with 1 in 5 women now not having children, there's a lot of work to be done changing attitudes around being childless -- or childfree as I prefer to term it!
Thanks again, Jody x
Founder: Gateway Women