GO BACK TO THE FUTURE

Posted on July 22, 2014

Marty McFly fans, your ultimate event has arrived. We’ve been long time fans of London’s ever cool Secret and Future cinema collective – we’ve done the mambo at Secret Cinema, swooned and gambled over Casablanca and boogied down at Saturday Night Fever – but this summer they’ve really gone above and beyond.

Tapping into the zeitgeist for all things nostalgic Back to the Future comes roaring into London for a truly immersive cinematic experience set to be their biggest live experience yet. The much-loved ‘80s flick will be brought to life at a very secret London location transformed into the town of Hill Valley and it’s imagined world. The beauty is all in the detail which promises to flash between the ‘50s, ‘80s and even present day where you’ll no doubt encounter timely versions of Doc, Marty and Biff.

Thoughts they were sold out? Worry not, they’ve just released even more dates from August 14th to 31st. What are you waiting for! Get them here.

CAMDEN CRAWL IS COMING

Posted on June 12, 2014

After a brief stint in Dublin last year, Camden Crawl is back in its namesake home for 2014! So why pick this festival above the rest? With your wristband you’ll be given access to some 25 stages dotted around Camden’s coolest venues, with a line-up by in-the-know curators like Dalston clubbers The Nest Collective and top music blog The Line of Best Fit. Offering an eclectic mix of genres, spanning acts from US indie rockers Of Montreal to Swedish techno DJs The Field you can guarentee there’s something for all your mates.

We caught up with another of the festival’s must-see acts to hear more. Meet Kacey Underwood, one half of hot indie duo Big Deal

Hi Kacey! So what’s the vibe like at Camden Crawl?

Great bands and people spilling onto the streets to party. What could  be more fun?

Which acts are on your must-see list?

We’re looking forward to Crushed Beaks, Paws and TRAAMS. But it’s great to just wander around to catch new bands that other people are excited about.

What can we expect from your set?

It’s at the The Black Cap on the high street which is always fun! You can expect to hear lots of songs from our new EP.

What do you love about Camden?

I used to live there, but it’s changed quite a bit since then. I love Primrose Hill and always imagine Paul McCartney getting song ideas on strolls there. I hate incense so steer clear of the markets!

What look will you go for on stage?

Camden’s famous punk store Cyber Dog is just down the street so really we should be clad in pleather and spikes and about seven inches taller with our platforms on. When in Rome!

Camden Crawl festival runs from 20th-21st June. Get your tickets here

CURATOR TALKS: MATISSE CUT-OUTS

Posted on April 24, 2014

The Snail 1953

Is it just us or do you also dream of a job where you can spend all day looking at beautiful pictures? We’ve always had a bit of an obsession with curators who make our favourite exhibitions actually happen. Browsing through great masters, travelling the world and working in amazing galleries to create an inspiring and visual feast for us to soak up and get excited about – what’s not to love about that sort of job? We’ve already waxed lyrical about Tate‘s new Matisse exhibition  - (win tickets to it here!) - but who better than its Assistant Curator Flavia Frigeri to give us a brief lowdown on the legend as well as a little insight into the sought-after career.

Can you give us a dummies guide intro to the Cut-Out and Matisse?

Most know Matisse for his painting and I think that’s why this exhibition will surprise a lot of people as it’s a completely new chapter in his life. He invented a new medium – the Cut-Outs – that was inspired by all of the things that have interested him in the past. Like his earlier work they are very colourful but colour becomes a material here. He physically cuts into the colour and pins the shapes he’s working on to the walls of his studio. He’s no longer limited to a canvas.

What is unique about the exhibition?

These works have never been seen together in such an extended way. This is the most comprehensive. It’s organized chronologically, so it takes you through the period step-by-step and how Matisse created the Cut-Outs as independent works in their own right. You’ll see how the scale changes – at the beginning they’re so small and eventually become so monumental and fill a whole environment.

What are the pieces you are most excited about?

A personal favorite and a standout piece is Jazz. It’s actually made of 20 individual cut-outs and is the illustration for a book. It’s the first time they’ve been shown in the UK, as they belong to the Pompidou’s collection and aren’t widely exhibited. It’s very special.

How do you start working on an exhibition like this?

The most exciting bit is reading and learning about the subject at the beginning. We then draw up an ideal checklist of works we really want that could substantiate our argument and also be visually appealing for those who are going to see the show. Then comes the difficult bit – finding the works. We started planning 5 years ago.

How did you get to your position?

I guess you always have an ambition to work somewhere like Tate. I studied Art History in Rome, then I did MA in the same subject but refined my area every time –  I focused on Modern Art from 1960s – and now I’m working on a phD. I always knew I wanted to go into curating so I did lots of work experience with Fellowships at the Guggenheim and eventually got my place at Tate.

How would you encourage young people keen to get into the field?

Go and see lots of shows! The other option is to do more traditional art historical route or there are more masters programmes focused on curating. Those are the two most direct routes.

Get the inside scoop on the exhibition in the making here:

Want to see the exhibition and more?! Be in with the chance to win an amazing weekend away in London including a night’s stay for two at the Ace hotel, tickets to Matisse and a £500 shopping spree! Enter here. Across the pond? Don’t worry, the epic exhibition will go to MoMA in October. 

WHAT TO SEE AT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

Posted on April 23, 2014

Calling all New Yorkers (or those who happen to be visiting in the next month) look no further than the Tribeca Film Festival to get your fill of unique and inspiring film culture! Lower Manhattan’s Tribeca Film Festival has been running for 13 years but has already found its place among the like of Sundance and Cannes in the film festival stakes. I guess that’s unsurprising knowing the talent behind it – Robert De Niro – and the bounty of movie creatives that already exist in New York. That said, there’s an overwhelming 160 films on offer for viewing, so we’ve done the hard work for you and whittled down our favourite moments whatever your taste or fancy!

If you’re a music fan… The Nas documentary: Time is Illmatic

Embrace your New York state of mind! Go behind the recording studio door with Nas in a documentary following the story of Nas’ classic debut, Illmatic. From hearing about his jazz-musician dad to exploring his local neighbourhood, Time is Illmatic opens up Nas’s myriad of inspirations.

If you’re a fashion lover… Dior and I

Start the swooning now! If there’s an haute couture show us Topshop girls are unashamedly poring over, month after it’s happened, it’s Dior. There’s something about that romantic fashion house that is so iconic and now that Raf Simons has taken up the reigns, we’re besotted. Now there’s a chance to get a glimpse at how Simon’s artistic directorship has influenced the house and what goes into those intricately designed gowns. Race you to the front row?

If you’ve got a car… Tribeca Drive-In Screenings

That’s right, TFF isn’t just about classic cinema but bringing back some old school much-loved ways of watching films one of them being the drive in. We romanticise about hanging out in a convertible and watching a classic movie and now you can with TFF’s drive-in screening of Mary Poppins or Splash at the World Financial Centre.

If you’re a wannabe movie maker… Tribeca Talks

Calling all industry insiders here’s a talk you want to be at! Hone your film making skills with news from the greats. Whether it’s soaking up the Art of Sound & Design from the top lot at Dolby or getting an insight into editing room from legendary Martin Scorsese. There’s a talk and a guest that will have you movie-lovers hooked.

Make your TFF plans now and get tickets to all the screenings from their website right here.

YOUR SUMMER MUST-SEE: MATISSE CUT-OUTS

Posted on April 17, 2014

Cut-Outs are a big deal this summer. And no, we don’t mean cut-out crops or open-back shirts (although they are a favourite for us too). We mean Cut-Outs as invented by legendary painter Matisse, and the Tate exhibition dedicated to his later life’s vibrant work. We’ve seen the hype and read all the papers declaring it the exhibition of the summer so went to check out if the critics were right…

Icarus 1943, maquette for plate VIII of the illustrated book Jazz 1947

From epic wall-spanning canvases to mesmerizing stained glass windows, it’s a feast for the eyes. But it’s not just the size, scale and variety of mediums that have us enraptured, it’s the colours. The petrol blue dancing figures, the geometric burnt-orange collages, the sprawling purple seaweed. Not only is Cut-Outs a prolific and rich exhibition but one that excites our inner creative.

Large Composition with Masks 1953

It’s bright, it’s vibrant and it has made us yearn for summer to hurry on up. The fact that Matisse only came to this form in his latter years, and that it often only took a little paint, card and pins to create most of them, blows our minds! For your Easter weekend culture fix or for any weekend from here til September, we can’t recommend this enough.

Henri Matisse, pictured in his studio. Photograph: Lydia Delectorskaya

This will undoubtedly be a summer sell-out so make sure to book your tickets now and make sure to tell us what you think! 

Want to get the insight from a fashion guru? Tate roped in the expertise of Iris Apfel to to discuss the colour blocking fabulous-ness of Matisse.