1. New Post: Somewhere you should go… Digital Revolution at Barbican


    Somewhere you should go… Digital Revolution at Barbican

    It’s fair to say that the world’s digital explosion in the last 40 years has been something like a phenomenon.  Rapid, progressive and artistic all at the same time, we’ve seen it stretch across many facets of life and industries – and this generous show at the Barbican does its best to present as much of this under one roof.

    Visitors are first met by retro games and inventions in the Digital Archaeology section. As  the unmistakable ching-ching-ching of Sonic the Hedgehog collecting coins in the legendary platform game resonates around the room, there’s a chance to play Pong and Super Mario Bros and see the first website by Tim Berners-Lee. Walk further into the exhibition and you notice greater nods to technology in music (musos can feast their eyes on a Linn LM-1 drum machine), education (remember Speak & Spell?) film (Inception and Gravity get a look-in) and home computing, with screens showcasing old-school browsers like Netscape while you can see the development of  Apple computers back when the corporation had a rainbow logo, and later spread some colour to the bulbous iMac G3.

    Chris Milk's The Treachery of Sanctuary at Digital Revolution © Matthew G Lloyd for Getty Images

    Chris Milk’s The Treachery of Sanctuary at Digital Revolution

    And that’s just the beginning.  You’ll spend hours admiring and playing with creative art as you experience commissioned works from a range of digital filmmakers, technicians, artists, fashion designers and musicians including willi.am.  A graphic of the pop star towers over visitors like a modern day Pharoah in the State of Play section, watching you as you move and belting out a new track  - autotuned, naturally – that he penned exclusively for the show.  It’s kind of freaky but still impressive, like the rest of this mighty project that presents digital technology to creative extremes you simply couldn’t make up.  And yet incredibly, some very clever people did.

    On until 14th September.  For tickets, visit the website

    Digital Revolution Trailer from Barbican Centre on Vimeo.


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


    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


  3. New Post: Somewhere you should go… Secret Emporium Christmas Market


    Somewhere you should go… Secret Emporium Christmas Market

    If you don’t like Christmas shopping (and really, who does? Too many people, too much tat and not enough mulled wine to numb the pain) then you’re in for a treat this December. Eschew the usual department stores and swap Oxford Street for Hearn Street where you’ll find Factory 7, the site of the return of Secret Emporium. It’s a Christmas market with a twist, but instead of the usual selection of stollen, schnitzel and bratwurst, you’ll find a showcase of Britain’s best independent designers. If you’re on the lookout for original gifts that are handmade and unique, you’ll be in heaven here.

    Secret Emporium exhibitor - SJ STYLEE

    There’ll be bright geometric print cushions from Camille Walala, an interior designer stocked at fashionista favourtite Darkroom, the new ready to-wear collection from Isobel Webster (designer of outrageous bodysuits for artists including Jessie J and The Correspondents), delicate insect jewellery from concept jewellers Thor & Wistle, and a whole host more. With over 40 designers it’s unlikely you’ll get bored, but just so it’s not all about the shopping, entertainment ranges from interactive performers dishing out hot mulled cider and roasted chestnuts, live music from Secret Garden Party favourites The John Langan Band, The Turbans and wonderful food by Moro. (Words: Jane Duru) 

    Secret Emporium runs 15 -16 December at Factory 7, Hearn St EC2A 3LS. For more info, visit www.secretemporium.com


  4. New Post: Something you should see… A Quiet American – Ralph Rucci & Paris


    Something you should see… A Quiet American – Ralph Rucci & Paris

    The public fascination with the inner workings of the fashion world shows no signs of slowing down; witness the rash of street style blogs springing up all over the internet, the hordes of fashion bloggers attending the shows, not to mention the numerous books and movies providing the inside take on the fashion world. Who could forget the fabulosity (and sometime-ferociousness) of Valentino The Last Emperor, or the bitchy world of The Devil Wears Prada?


    Which is why it’s refreshing to see a documentary celebrating the pure craft and the passion of an industry veteran. Ralph Rucci may not be a household name on this side of the pond but the couturier, who celebrates 30 years in the business this year, is the only American designer to have been invited to show at haute couture since Mainbocher in the 30s.

    C. S. Leigh’s documentary follows the designer through four years in Paris in New York, as he negotiates the haute couture process from conception to catwalk, working with the world’s best artisans along the way. Featuring interviews with industry heavyweights Andre Leon Talley, Suzy Menkes and Cathy Horyn it seems this unsung great of the fashion world is finally taking his bow in the spotlight.

    A Quiet American – Ralph Rucci & Paris is showing at Horse Hospital, Colonnade Bloomsbury, WC1N 1HX on September 17. For more info, visit www.thehorsehospital.com

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  5. Fashion at the Isle of Wight festival

    This year’s visitors sashayed around the island in everything from leopard print to Freddie Mercury costumes…


  6. Somewhere you should go… Streetfest 2012

    Streetfest returns on May 6th for another spring-time event celebrating all aspects of inner city alternative culture.

    Epic works by featured graffiti artists, live music showcases and BMX/skater ramps will all make the heart of urban London beat as Streetfest continues for its fourth year.

    Having grown since it started in 2008, Streetfest has brought creative art forms and expressive individuals together in one space to celebrate, interact and enjoy many of London’s innovative works from independent street wear companies, to live illustrations and breakdancing.

    From the afternoon into the evening, the atmosphere remains positive and progressive, allowing revellers to exchange ideas or simply de-stress, in an environment deep in the belly of the capital city, but tucked away from corporate and traditional surroundings.

    Partners such as Secret Wars and Urban Nerds add to the credibility of this London hangout — an event improving on activities and size, each time, while artists who have performed at Streetfest include Ghostpoet and Wretch 32. This year’s headliner is mighty East End MC Devlin, who’ll also be joined by Lady Leshurr and DJ Wookie amongst others.

    The eclectic mix of hipsters, B-boys, students, east-London fashionistas, and everyone in between, adds to the ambiance of the event — a platform that throws a middle finger up to conformity, and promotes visionary unity.

    For upcoming info on tickets, performers and more, check out www.streetfest.net.


  7. Something you should see… Paolo Roversi at The Wapping Project

    February is Fashion Month and in London, that can only mean one thing - the people-watching just got a whole lot more interesting. Glamorous editors, lithe young models and outrageously attired scenesters pound the pavements for London Fashion Week, going from show to soirée in pursuit of the next big thing. It all looks fabulous (if not tiring) so if you want your fashion fix but fancy an antidote to all that jazz, head to the south bank and to the enclaves of the Wapping Project Bankside, which is hosting the first solo exhibition of fashion photographer Paolo Roversi.

    Most fashion shoots are a colourful riot of posed models, replete in the splendour of contemporary trends. Not so with Roversi. The Italian shutterbug makes photographs - often black and white portraits - that could easily cast off the label of fashion photo, missing as they often are, the main element of clothes. Yes, there are lots of nudes in this show but the images themselves are reminiscent of old Victorian photographs, sometimes eerily atmospheric, sometimes disquietingly still, but all without the stiff formality of the former era. The result is hauntingly beautiful images – Roversi seems to draw out the sitter’s vulnerabilities and then use them to ethereal effect. Featuring favourite muse Guinevere van Seenus, with photos from the Nudi and Studio series, this is one fashion moment that’s truly in season. On until March 31st.  (Words: Jane Duru) 

    For more info, visit www.thewappingproject.com


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  9. NEWS: Harper’s Bazaar “greatest hits” book signing today at Selfridges

    Harper’s Bazaar US editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey is set to be at Selfridges this evening for the book signing of her magazine’s new book, Harper’s Bazaar: Greatest Hits.

    The book highlights the magazine’s biggest moments of the last ten years through contemporary imagery. Over 300 photographs of fashion are said to feature including a tribute to the late Michael Jackson by Agyness Deyn shot by Terry Richardson and Jean-Paul Goude’s notorious photograph of Naomi Campbell racing a cheetah in Africa.

    Bailey produces many of the magazine’s fashion features based upon the latest pop culture trends and going-ons of major public figures.

    To meet the influential fashion editor head to the second floor of Selfridges for 6pm where the book signing for Harper’s Bazaar: Greatest Hits will be taking place. For more info, visit Selfridges.com

    London Fashion Week wraps up on September 21st. 


  10. As Fashion Week kicks off today, our Metropolitan is London fashionista Reem Kanj, from @fivefivefabulous!

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