LONDON BY BOAT
NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
Really enjoyed my Sunday wandering around the beautiful National Maritime Museum with Mother & Father Bean.
So much to look at and so much sexy type going on too!! I couldn’t resist a total typographic geek out.
FUTURE CINEMA PRESENTS - ‘WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?’
Dresses on, lipstick applied and victory rolls in - Saturday night saw Toons run riot on the streets of East London.
Future Cinema’s live immersive cinema experience brought to life the world of ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’. The deco interior of the Troxy Theatre was transformed into the Ink and Paint Club, where the criminal demi-monde of Toontown caused havoc and a certain Miss Jessica Rabbit made the punters swoon with her huskily sensual jazz vocals.
A fantastic evening filled with surprises, rabbits, jazz, dancing and cocktails. What more could a doll want!
TRAVELLING TO THE WONDERLAND
The new installation at the V&A, created by Xu Bing, transforms the John Madejski Garden with a new piece inspired by the classic Chinese fable Tao Hua Yuan (Peach Blossom Spring) written in 421AD.
‘Travelling to the Wonderland' artist Xu Bing has transformed the centre piece of the V&A into an idealised Chinese landscape. Drawing elements from Chinese landscape scrolls, Xu Bing has collected authentic stones from different places in China and made them into a layered mountainscape. He has created a dream-like atmosphere with mist, light effects and sounds of birds and insects.
Xu Bing’s works often challenge viewers to question their first impression - everything is not as it first seems. From certain angles visitors will see hidden machines and cables which remind them this wonderland is ultimately un-real, just like the Peach Blossom Spring is ultimately fictional.
WHY I LOVE LONDON
When walking along in the South Kensington area this afternoon we noticed the loveliest little French children’s library, La Médiathèque on Harrington Road.
We were pulled in by the fabulous collection of Tintin prints on the wall.
Little things like this remind me why London is so lovely.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALEX
A birthday message made up of letters found on my way to work this morning - a route of letters if you like.
Happy Birthday Alex!
Two new members of the family!
UNIVERSAL EVERYTHING & YOU
Universal Everything have created a hypnotising exhibition at the Science Museum, Media Space. ’Universal Everything & You’ is a vibrant and playful digital installation of two artworks by art and design collective Universal Everything,
The first work, ‘1000 Hands’ is created by many contributions from the public through a phone app. In the gallery space, the installation takes the form of a circular projection onto multiple screens, with each one showing an individual artwork generated by app users. A mixture of doodles and more considered shapes bounce around like molecules under the microscope.
'Presence', the second work, is a collaboration with the LA Dance Project. Created by using motion captured performances of dancers which are played back as digital ‘costumes’. The performances appearance evolve over time, changing materials, colour and behaviour but always moving to an audio pulse which harmonises with the soundtrack of '1000 Hands'. The movements of the dancers are so graceful you can't stop watching.
This amazingly beautiful exhibition is on until the beginning of February, get there if you can… Or watch this video by Universal Everything. Media Space / 1000 Hands & Presence / Full 24 Minute Show
JANUARY 2014 - A SEARCH FOR THE FREE!
As we all know, January is a poor month so I have been making the most of the array of free things to do in London. So far this year I have managed to make it to the V&A, Science Museum and Natural History Museum.
I know I rinse these but they do always please, I never run out of things to look at, be inspired by and get lost in.