I have been extremely busy for the last few weeks, hence the lack of updates. This is what I have been up to:
On Tuesday I went to see the Anette Messager exhibition that was being held at the Hayward Gallery. The central piece was titled 'Casino', and was a theatrical interpretation of a portion of the story of Pinocchio. It played on rotation, lasting fifteen minutes total, and was contained within a room with a doorway at the far wall with another room visible beyond. The floors of both rooms were covered in a red material that would raise and lower as air was pumped under it from an unseen source, making it ripple and move as if it were liquid. Underneath the fabric there lit up small fabric constructions that looked like illuminated buildings, while black organic-shaped 'entities' descended from the ceiling and a projection of a clock appeared in the background. The first instance the fabric rippled to life and the air pump sent waves moving outward was chilling, reminiscent of the scene in Kubrick's The Shining when the elevator opens to reveal a tide of blood.
I also really liked a piece titled Articulated-Disarticulated which consisted of various animals, including cows, some moving or being dragged and some still, which was influenced by the outbreak of mad-cow disease and seemed to highlight the frailty and whimsical tragedy of human and animal life. Messager's work conveyed a dark playfulness that was both morbid and humorous, and genuinely interesting.
Later that night:
The following day:
This is me on stage at Alternative Miss World:
On Sunday I went to the Tiga Ciao! album launch party hosted by Bugged Out in a warehouse on Scrutton Street with my friends Becky and Al. We hooked up with Matt Walsh, who was sharing the bill with Tiga, and danced for many hours. The Proxy also played and was superb.
On Monday I went to see the Art Against Knives exhibition set up by Katy Dawe, Oliver Helmsley and others, which was held at the old Shoreditch Town Hall. The exhibition featured works by high profile artists ranging from Banksy to Antony Gormley, but also showcased pieces by art students and up-and-coming talent, and it was excellent.
On Wednesday I attended the Disco 24 re-opening, hosted by My Beautiful City, which featured a performance by Johnny BlueEyes and music from guest DJs Alice Dellal and Pixie Geldof.
Thursday night, Hannah Holland's popular monthly party Bastard Batty Bass at The Star of Bethnal Green:
On Friday Mmmélanie (Pump) DJ'd at Beach Blanket Babylon with Lucile Troquet (Night Bright), and they were both amazing.