1. New Post: Something you should see… Juergen Teller’s Woo at ICA

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    Something you should see… Juergen Teller’s Woo at ICA

    A retrospective of an iconic fashion photographer? This couldn’t be further up our street here at The Cultural Exposé. That it also includes images from the photographer’s home life makes this all the more intriguing. But then again, in many ways, Juergen Teller has been giving us an insight into himself for some time now as he has often appeared in his own photographs.


    Teller started out in music photography making his name with the cover of Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares 2 U – a Mona Lisa-esque ambivalent pose, suggesting either ‘I’m hurt and alone’ (most likely) and ‘What the f**k are you looking at?’ (an equally distinct possibility for our Sinead). Following that, Teller set about changing the very nature of fashion photography. Featured in this exhibition is his work for designer Marc Jacobs, a tranche of work which featured Teller himself, as naked as the day he was born, flouncing about on a bed with the arch-raunch herself, Charlotte Rampling. Here, you can see Teller curled up in the foetal position clutching the hand of a serene and distant Rampling. It is this playfulness that has marked Teller out as a distinctive operator, his images both meant as a bit of fun but also raw and unabashed.


    That he enjoys playing with the viewer and has a self-deprecating sense of humour is also illustrated by the exhibition’s inclusion  of the many complaints he received while completing his weekly column for Die Zeit. You get the feeling that Teller couldn’t care less about the criticism. In fact, if anything he relishes it and being provocative is what sets him apart. Doubtless if there was no criticism he would have to do so something that would garner some gainsaying.

    But that doesn’t mean that Teller is a sensationalist. Far from it. He does things because he likes to experiment and his very free approach brings out the experimental in his subjects, and it all makes for compelling, unusual and quite wonderful photography. (Words: Ed Spencer) 

    Woo is on from 23 January 2013 – 17 March 2013 For more info visit:  www.ica.org.uk/34587/Exhibitions/Juergen-Teller-Woo.html

     

  2. New Post: Send us your “selfies” and win places on a Culture Club Photography Workshop!

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    Send us your “selfies” and win places on a Culture Club Photography Workshop!

    Thanks to mobiles and  Instagram, taking self-portraits of yourself has never been more fun – and it seems we’re doing it everywhere, from nights out on the town to our latest trips abroad. So we’ve teamed up with our partner site The Culture Club Photography Workshops to honour the Art of the Selfie this winter with a competition that will give you, our beloved urban adventurers, the skills to take your pictures to a whole new level.

    Selfie

    Send us a selfie of you and a friend taken in an interesting location and you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a buddy pass to a Culture Club Photography Workshop of your choice! The Culture Club offers fun and social photography classes around London and they’re a chance to dust off the camera, learn something new and re-discover the city, all at the same time. And with a choice of beginners, street and night photography, this is an amazing opportunity for you and a friend to pursue a new hobby this year!

    Selfie

    To enter the competition, email the picture along with details of your name, address, the date and location of the photo, and the name of the other person in the pic to photography@cultureclublondon.co.uk.  Photos should have been taken within the last 12 months.  Our top 5 entries will be showcased on The Culture Club Photography Workshops Facebook page and blog at the end of the competition on February 13th, before a winner is chosen at random. Good luck!

    For more info about The Culture Club visit www.cultureclubphotographyworkshops.co.uk

    For our competition terms and conditions, click HERE

     

  3. New Post: Keep your New Year’s resolutions with lovemycourse.com

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    Keep your New Year’s resolutions with lovemycourse.com

    Don’t you just love a new year? When the clock strike 12 on January 1st, we feel it’s the chance to disregard last year’s woes and commit to a new way of living, whether that’s exercising more, eating better, visiting different cities, stepping up those finances, passing that driving test (!) or better yet, learning something new. But in the event you’ve a) haven’t set any resolutions yet or b) already called it quits, never fear, dear reader. There’s still time to re-assess and make things happen, which is why checking out www.lovemycourse.com could be the answer.

    Photography

    Featuring over 20,000 classes, courses and all types of lessons nationwide, the site launched last December and offers a wide variety of things to do, which certainly suits us here at TCé. Want to learn Spanish? Take classes from just £10 an hour. How about calligraphy or the art of sushi making? Or like us, maybe baking or digital photography is more up your street. Whatever your flavour, you can set the search engine to the price you’d like to pay, how you’d like to learn (in a group or by yourself) and the day you’d like to do it, making it ideal for us busy Londoners.  And if you’re not sure of what you want to do, you can wishlist a course and share it with your fellow Facebook friends to get their opinion – or even get them onboard!

    Baking

    We’re hoping 2013 is a year where we’re discovering even more of what the capital has to offer and getting up to all sorts creative, so if you’re on the same wavelength and want to be inspired, here’s a great way to do just that (and tick off those resolutions!).

    This is a Sponsored Post on behalf of lovemycourse.com 

     

  4. New Post: Something You Should See… Sharon Kivland at DomoBaal

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    Something You Should See… Sharon Kivland at DomoBaal

    Half-way into January and still feeling sluggish? Time to head to Holborn, where private gallery DOMOBAAL is showing new works by Sharon Kivland designed to stimulate our conscious and unconscious minds.

    Artist-writer Kivland is a Research Associate of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research in London, and Freudian theory permeates her thinking and shapes her work. In her series at DOMOBAAL, Kivland focuses on concepts of memory, unconscious desire, repression and the Uncanny. She draws upon a personally collated archive of postcards, magazine clippings, advertisements and prints, cropping them at unexpected angles, re-painting them and making laborious copies in carefully rendered pencil drawings. The impact of these alterations on the way the images are perceived is discussed in two new critical essays of Kivland’s work, written specifically for the exhibition and on show in limited-edition bound volumes.

    Dalida

    One of these discusses Kivland’s work in terms of the Uncanny. At once disturbing and alluring, the female is ‘always seductive and sublime, and yet ugly, beguiling and unsettling’. In her Les Vedettes series, Kivland alters picture postcards of flawless, sleek-necked stars of the silver screen by crudely brightening their teeth and eyes with flecks of gouache. ‘The postcards are slowly fading’ Kivland tells TCé. ‘One day (I imagine), only the lips and highlight in the eyes will remain.’ A haunting thought.

    Also look out for Kivland’s The Unconscious is a City, in which the artist has applied swathes of gouache in greyscale to rarely found 1950s picture postcards of Rome. Although irrevocably altering the image, Kivland keeps to the contours of the picture and the documents retain a visual memory of their original content. The series make for a wonderfully clear visual analogy for one for Freud’s lesser-known (and not fully formulated) theories of Rome as an analogy of memory, where past and present co-exist. However, they also encourage us to take a position as to the aesthetic decisions actioned by Kivland – are her rough daubings of paint the traces of a destructive, anarchic, even iconoclastic act? Or might they suggest a process of reincarnation, as Kivland retrieves an otherwise rather forgettable image from the confines of the archive? Time to get thinking. (Words: Florence Ritter) 

    Sharon Kivland at DomoBaal runs from January 18th – February 16th . For more info, visit: www.domobaal.com

     

  5. New Post: Something you should see… Art of Angel at Angel tube station

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    Something you should see… Art of Angel at Angel tube station

    The daily commute to and from work can make anyone stressed – peak hour travel on the London Underground anyone? So, in the absence of a Kindle, free paper or iPod – anything to brighten the mood has got to be welcomed. The Art of Angel exhibition is seeking to do just that (for the next two weeks anyway) by showcasing a selection of international artists throughout Angel tube station. Planned to coincide with the forthcoming London Art Fair, this show features a mix of urban and contemporary art – diverse in both style and technique on the station’s billboards.

    Art of Angel

    The aim to bring contemporary art to London’s harassed commuters and provide a new platform for artists to show their work is the main objective of Art Below – a London based public arts organistation. Founded in 2006, by brothers Ben and Simon Moore, the group has steadily created an alternative to the traditional art industry and gallery system. Exhibitions hosted by Art Below have taken over station platforms, lifts and escalators. Although primarily focused on emerging talent, Art Below has also collaborated with established artists including Banksy and Alison Jackson. Jackson’s mocked-up photo of a boxing match between President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney could be seen at Regent’s Park station, last year.

    Art of Angel

    As the London Underground celebrates 150 years, it seems fitting that one of its stations is transformed into a very public art gallery. Nearly three million journeys are made on the Tube each day and for those passing through Angel that journey has just been made a little bit richer. (Words: Eri Otite)

    Art of Angel at Angel tube station is on until 28 January. For more info, visit www.artbelow.org.uk

     

  6. New Post: Something you should see… Feast at the Young Vic

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    Something you should see… Feast at the Young Vic

    The month of January can be quite depressing after all the Christmas excess. Money is tight, daylight is still short, it’s cold (!), resolutions are made (and broken)… need I go on?
    Well a new production at London’s Young Vic theatre is offering a bit of winter cheer. Directed by Rufus Norris, Feast celebrates Yoruba culture and religion in a journey from West Africa via the Americas to contemporary London through the adventures of three sisters. With choreography from George Cespedes of Contemporanea de Cuba fame and live music, this ambitious production promises something quite spectacular for audiences.

    Pic: Richard Hubert Smith

    Pic: Richard Hubert Smith

    Actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith returns to the Young Vic for the production – playing the trickster god Esu and is joined by Olivier Award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni.
    For this co-production with the Royal Court, Rufus Norris worked with playwrights from five countries where Yoruba traditions have influenced contemporary life. Included in this collaborative effort are Brazilian Marcos Barbosa, American Tanya Barfield, Rotimi Babatunde of Nigeria, Cuban Yunior Garcia Aguilera and Brit Gbolahan Obisesan. Norris is no stranger to the African continent, having spent quite a few childhood years in Nigeria when his civil servant father was posted to Africa.

    Pic: Richard Hubert Smith

    Pic: Richard Hubert Smith

    Anyone familiar with the work of Norris will know he has directed a host of critically acclaimed shows including Cabaret, London Road and an adaptation of DBC Pierre’s novel Vernon God Little. So, here’s a theatre director with some versatility who’s spoken of taking the audience on a journey with Feast. The show’s promotional tagline is Feed your spirit, Free yourself – and that sounds quite good for January. (Words: Eri Otite)

    Feast is showing at the Young Vic from 25 January – 23 February. For more info, visit www.youngvic.org

     

  7. New Post: Something you should see… Feast at the Young Vic

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    Something you should see… Feast at the Young Vic

    The month of January can be quite depressing after all the Christmas excess. Money is tight, daylight is still short, it’s cold (!), resolutions are made (and broken)… need I go on?
    Well a new production at London’s Young Vic theatre is offering a bit of winter cheer. Directed by Rufus Norris, Feast celebrates Yoruba culture and religion in a journey from West Africa via the Americas to contemporary London through the adventures of three sisters. With choreography from George Cespedes of Contemporanea de Cuba fame and live music, this ambitious production promises something quite spectacular for audiences.

    Pic: Richard Hubert Smith

    Pic: Richard Hubert Smith

    Actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith returns to the Young Vic for the production – playing the trickster god Esu and is joined by Olivier Award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni.
    For this co-production with the Royal Court, Rufus Norris worked with playwrights from five countries where Yoruba traditions have influenced contemporary life. Included in this collaborative effort are Brazilian Marcos Barbosa, American Tanya Barfield, Rotimi Babatunde of Nigeria, Cuban Yunior Garcia Aguilera and Brit Gbolahan Obisesan. Norris is no stranger to the African continent, having spent quite a few childhood years in Nigeria when his civil servant father was posted to Africa.

    Pic: Richard Hubert Smith

    Pic: Richard Hubert Smith

    Anyone familiar with the work of Norris will know he has directed a host of critically acclaimed shows including Cabaret, London Road and an adaptation of DBC Pierre’s novel Vernon God Little. So, here’s a theatre director with some versatility who’s spoken of taking the audience on a journey with Feast. The show’s promotional tagline is Feed your spirit, Free yourself – and that sounds quite good for January. (Words: Eri Otite)

    Feast is showing at the Young Vic from 25 January – 23 February. For more info, visit www.youngvic.org

     

  8. New Post: Something you should see… Laura Letinsky’s Ill Form and Void Full at The Photographers’ Gallery

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    Something you should see… Laura Letinsky’s Ill Form and Void Full at The Photographers’ Gallery

    Laura Letinsky concerns herself with perfecting the still life photograph, using 17th Century Renaissance painting as her reference point. In so doing she has begun to consider the artificiality of what is being presented, or rather, represented. With this as a starting point, a dinner party  tarts to become a stage managed affair when it is recorded, and you may find that the table, or the food, or the spilled wine will not actually be any of those things at all when you come to recall the evening.

    Using representations of the subject matter (including cuts outs from magazines and models instead of the actual thing) Letinsky is concerned with the human condition through our experiences. Yet you won’t see yourself in the images. And this is very much a theme of Letinsky’s work – the remnants of our existence, with an absence of any human depiction save what has been enjoyed. So were we there? Is it real? Why not come and see your detritus made beautiful and after you’ve had that second glass of wine, maybe you can start to answer these questions. (Words: Ed Spencer) 

    Ill Form and Void Full is on from Jan 18 – April 7. For more info visit:  http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/laura-letinsky-ill-form-and-void-full

     

  9. New Post: Somewhere you should go…Totally Serialized - Season 2

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    Somewhere you should go…Totally Serialized - Season 2 

    Television – it’s the glue that holds society together. How many Monday moments have you had at the virtual watercooler with colleagues, bonding over a shared disgust of the latest torrid soap story line, or weeping with laughter at Sir Alan’s latest put down? Too close to the likes of TOWIE for you? Well TV does high-brow equally well: witness the popularity of Attenborough’s Africa or the wonderful Mad Men.

    In fact, as much as the media likes to put a downer on the quality of broadcasting in the modern age, we all know that without telly, things would get pretty boring pretty quickly. So in the spirit of all good rhyming children’s TV slogans everywhere, let’s celebrate, not denigrate!

    Skins

    The Institute Francais in has taken it upon itself to arrange the UK’s only TV series festival, featuring some of the most beloved shows on our screens. Strange though it is that this televisual celebration is being instigated by our partners across the Channel,  we can only be grateful to our French cousins for the treat in store. Let’s be clear, there will be no showings of My Family, but the comforting familiarity of characters from well-loved sitcoms such as Doctor Who and Skins should be enough to keep any attendee entertained.

    The festival kicks off with the world premiere of Flight of the Storks, a mini drama that follows intrepid academic Jonathan Ansolme through a murky world of intrigue, deceit and murder, whilst embarking on a mission through the African jungle, to follow storks on migration. Alternatively, enjoy a comedy marathon, taking in British classics Peep Show and The Thick of It, whilst also getting an introduction to less familiar French comedies Kaboul Kitchen, WorkinGirls and Desperate Parents.

    Saving the best ’til last, there’ll be a conversation with Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville on Sunday giving attendees the inside scoop on behind the scenes action, whilst a screening of Labyrinth will be followed by a Q&A featuring actresses from the cast Katie McGrath and Vanessa Kirby, alongside author of the original book Kate Mosse. Come Monday morning, you’ll have serious bragging rights at that watercooler.

    Totally Serialized runs at Institut Français du Royaume-Uni, 16-20 January at 17 Queensberry Place
, London SW7 2DT. Ticket prices from £5.
    www.institut-francais.org.uk/totallyserialized

     

  10. New Post: Somewhere you should go… German New Wave Screenings at the Institut Français

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    Somewhere you should go… German New Wave Screenings at the Institut Français

    It would not be absurd to find puzzling a celebration of the German New Wave at the Institut Français. A possible explanation can be related to the fact that 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty that was signed by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer in 1963 and established the reconciliation between France and Germany ending centuries of rivalry between them. Whatever the reason is though, the most important thing is that for 5 days (22-27 January) we will have the opportunity to enjoy characteristic works of some of the most exciting contemporary German directors.

    Starting with little gems that will be screened in the UK for the first time, there’s Home For The Weekend , which had its premiere at the Berlin film festival. It has been praised by critics for the effortless naturalism with which director Hans-Christian Schmid depicts the deconstruction of a seemingly perfect family, while in Sleeping Sickness, Ulrich Köhler tackles the complex issue of neo-colonialism and the first-world involvement in sub-Saharan Africa with an  almost poetic visual style, offering us images of the African landscape that amaze with their sublime beauty. Then there is the 2009 film Soul Kitchen that finds Turkish-German director Fatih Akin moving away from hard-edged dramas like Head-On and The Edge of Heaven  to present a screwball comedy with a big heart that deals once again with his recurring theme of immigration and cultural differences. Contrary to those three films, Christian Petzold’s Barbara received a limited release in the UK. For anyone though who has missed it, this is a great opportunity to discover one of 2012’s best films with the mesmerising performance of Nina Hoss in the titular role of a woman who is confined to living and working as a doctor in a small provincial town in East Germany and is determined to escape to West Germany where her lover awaits her.

    Last but not least, there is Run Lola Run by Tom Tykwer, a film from a director that may well be the most fitting choices for this event. This high octane adventure/ meditation on the simple twist of fate forced critics and film lovers to pay close attention to the new talented voices that were coming out of Germany –  and 15 years after its original release has lost nothing of its exhilarating action and breakneck spirit. Eight years later, Tykwer would direct a segment of the anthology film Paris, I Love You, proving once again the close relationship between the two formal rival countries and why this festival works a treat. (Words: Apostolos Kostoulas)
    For more information about the German New Wave event visit www.institut-francais.org.uk/cine-lumiere/whats-on/festivals-series/german-new-wave/