Intrigued by the idea of seeing a film, without knowing what it will be or where it will be screened, I bought tickets for the Secret Cinema. It’s a venture which turns classic movies into themed experiences complete with actors in costume, replica film sets, music and drinks. So, led by cryptic twitter feeds, I ended up in a warehouse with an Asian street market, sushi stalls, snake charmers, dwarves smashing up cars, live music and pole dancers! And then we watched the 1980s film Blade Runner. Can’t wait for the next one!
Last Saturday, we escaped the hoards of Oxford Street and popped down to the tranquil Brown Hart Gardens for an interesting exhibition celebrating the 300th anniversary of Mayfair. The one-day installation explored new architectural proposals and layouts for the area. Maps and models married the delights of old and new Mayfair, and students and building buffs engaged in lively debate over scones and Earl Grey in The Wolseley tea tent. We loved the giant cake map of Mayfair – architecture has never been so tasty.
Anthony Gormley‘s new site-specific installation, Breathing Room III, has descended on The White Cube Mason’s Yard Gallery, so I took a look. Set in a windowless black room, the display is made from 15 interconnecting photo-luminescent frames, which are aglow with an eerie blue light. The large-scale installation encourages visitors to enter and interact with the geometric structure, furthering the artist’s investigation of the human body and its relationship with the built world. 4th June – 10th July 2010
Yesterday I went to the Opening of Chorus, an immersive kinetic experience light and sound installation by United Visual Artists at The Wapping Project, the award-winning East London restaurant and gallery. Installed in the Wapping Project’s dark, cavernous and industrial Boiler House, Chorus is an intensely physical yet ephemeral experience consisting of an array of motor-assisted pendulums, suspended from the roof. Each is fitted with a light and speaker and together forms a single instrument that explores the relationship between performance and sculpture. Chorus runs from 15 June until 18th July 2010.
The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy has opened with the usual mix of work by academicians, emerging artists and the lucky few who were selected from the public competition. It is a satisfying show, with something for everyone – abstract, experimental, figurative and conventional. As ever, David Hockney has pushed his art that bit further with a wall of huge photographic prints of trees on a non-descript road, yet he has added pigment and introduced details which give the work a beguilingly painterly feel.