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Wednesday, 3rd Oct 2012
London's Barbican Centre will host the 9th annual Bicycle Film Festival this weekend, with a series of screenings and events taking place in the city. With British cycling riding high after a summer of successes, the festival is perfectly timed for a gathering of new and established cycling fans.
The festival programme features both feature length and short films, with highlights including the World Premiere of Line of Sight, directed by Benny Zenga and shot by legendary cycling cinematographer Lucas Brunelle. British actor Timothy Spall stars in Justin Chadwick’s Boy, a short silent film that explores love and loss as a father struggles with the death of his son, who is killed whilst cycling on a country road.
Running alongside the festival will be a diverse selection of special events, including the annual Bike Polo Tournament and a BMX jam hosted by Albion BMX magazine. The festival, which originated in New York, is now a global event that will travel to over 25 cities this year, from London to Tokyo, Moscow to Mexico City. From its beginnings in 2001, the festival’s aim has been to celebrate the on-going relationship between creative and bicycle communities, uniting road cycling, mountain biking, fixed gear, BMX and cyclocross in a shared passion.
The London leg of the 2012 Bicycle Film Festival takes place from October 4th - 7th.
Friday, 14th Sep 2012
A new exhibition at London’s Hayward Gallery Project Space explores the graphic design surrounding the punk movement from 1971 – 1984. Curated by Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage, Someday all the Adults Will Die features several hundred pieces of previously unseen material selected from private collections and archives. Homemade cassettes, fanzines, posters, records and clothing surround the space; created by the likes of Gee Vaucher and Gary Panter alongside numerous anonymous artists.
© PUNK: An Aesthetic edited by Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage, Rizzoli, 2012
This now distinctive DIY style emerged as an expression of the movement’s youthful rebellion and anti-authoritarian mentality, creating a powerful aesthetic that’s influence is still visible today. Much of the graphic material from this period was created by inspired amateurs, allowing them to tap into a rough-hewn style to create their own handcrafted visual language. Highlights from the show include original press releases and pamphlets for the Sex Pistols and Ramones, as well as early fanzines including London's Outrage, Punk, Sniffin' Glue and Surburban Press.
The exhibition coincides with the publication of Punk: An Aesthetic, a new book featuring essays by William Gibson and Linder Sterling; edited by the show's curators Kugelberg and Savage.
Someday All the Adults Will Die: Punk Graphics 1971 - 1984 opens on 14 September 2012 and runs until 4 November 2012 at the Hayward Gallery Project Space, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Friday, 27th Jul 2012
It's been a busy year for Blur, with the release of new material Under the Westway and The Puritan and the small matter of a certain closing concert to prepare for. After working on individual projects - ranging from opera to cheese production – the band have regrouped for what may well be one of the most poignant years in their 21 as a band. In celebration, the Londonewcastle Project Space has teamed up with EMI and Spotify to present Blur 21: The Exhibition. The collection of over 70 images follows the band from the release of their debut album Leisure in 1991, with many never-before-seen shots taken by the likes of Penny Smith, Paul Postle and Banksy.
Blur with Phil Daniels © Paul Postle
Curated by Dave Brolan, a leading expert on music photography, the exhibition includes shots from the group’s earliest beginnings as ‘Seymour’, through the 1990s and the height of Britpop to their current status as BRIT award winners for their Outstanding Contribution to Music. The varied selection of images includes stage shots, artwork and now iconic portraits, making this a must for fans of the band and Britpop aficionados.