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Monday, 23 January 2017

[MUSIC] New Gen – new track - Money Haffi Mek feat. Stefflon Don & Abra Cadabra

#grime #hip-hop, #trap #NewWaveR&B

NEW GEN ALBUM released Friday 27 January 2017 via XL Recordings

Watch me fuck it up, blow the budget up, take the Grammy” roars the Queen of UK rap Stefflon Don as she raps aside Abra Cadabra on their new track Money Haffi Mek
The track, which features two of the hottest new UK artists right now, is the most recent offering from the NEW GEN LP, a collaborative album showcasing the best of new UK

A mini gem while we wait for the entire ting... Click here for sound

Sybille Castelain

[EXHIBITION] Alberto Giacometti – Tate Modern – 10 May-10 September 2017

Man Pointing
178 x 95 x 52 cm
Tate, Purchased 1949
© Alberto Giacometti Estate, ACS/DACS, 2017

Photography is an immediate act; drawing, a meditationHenri Cartier-Bresson in Henri Cartier-Bresson and Alberto Giacometti: La Décision De L'œil / The Decision of the Eye

“There is much to fear when it comes to looking... Language teaches our eyes that a tree is a tree... Action is possible as a result, but so is dreaming, on which all kinds of artistic creation depends... Our eyes only perceive the exterior aspect of things, not the mystery of their presence in the very site of our existence... But we are blessed with more than eyes, of course, but coming from somewhere deeper within us, there is the gaze, which involves a completely different preoccupation. This gaze pays no attention to colors, to forms, to the characteristics aspects of the things named by words; it aims directly at an object which it thus separates from its environment and chooses whatever to cling on to it, or to argue with it... The gaze, if I may say so, does not see. Around what it fixes on, it traces a halo, outside which everything is blurred. But it creates; it brings its object into the very heart of being” Extract from Yves Bonnefoy’s preface on Henri Cartier-Bresson and Alberto Giacometti: La Décision De L'œil / The Decision of the Eye

On 10 May 2017, Tate Modern will shelter a major Alberto Giacometti retrospective, the first in 20 years in UK.
The exhibition will focus on the celebrated sculptor, painter and draughtsman’s evolution in art from realistic to more abstract figures, noting that the artist never gave up his “still life” forms. It will reposition him as an artist showing his great interest in materials and textures otherwise than bronze, such as plaster, clay and paint.

The show will exhibit drawings and sketches never exhibited before, but also his wide fascination for African art: profiles such as “walk like an Egyptian” with frontal eye, influenced by archaeology going on at the time.

It’s going to be also about brutal sexuality and highly erotic pieces (The Nose – 1947-1949), replacing moments as lived in urban context (Walking Woman – 1932-1933; Dog – 1951) and one of the centre piece will be the reunification of all six Women of Venice for the first time in six decades: plaster works, created for the 1956 Venice Biennale.

Alberto Giacometti and his sculptures at the Venice Biennale, 1956
Archives of the Giacometti Foundation

As for me, I’ll study his work on gazing... a great state of “escape”...

I asked Sabine Longin, director of Development for the Giacometti Foundation whether she knew about that anecdote I was once told in Paris: upon getting “run over” in a Paris street, Giacometti would have said “At least, something is happening to me”. Sabine didn’t know, but thought it could be possible... adding that she was replacing her colleague because she fell in the Paris metro and broke her two feet.

I love real coincidences and urban tales!

Sybille Castelain

Friday, 20 January 2017

[PERFORMANCE INSTALLATION] Siobhan Davies Dance: material / rearranged / to / be @ Barbican till 28 Jan 2017

World Premiere of major new work / new performance installation by Siobhan Davies Dance: the first presentation of this exciting work featuring choreographers Andrea Buckley, Siobhan Davies, Helka Kaski, Charlie Morrissey, Efrosini Protopapa, and Matthias Sperling; visual artists Jeremy Millar, Emma Smith, and design duo Glithero (Tim Simpson and Sarah van Gameren).

London-based investigative arts organisation Siobhan Davies Dance premiere an ambitious new installation comprised of multiple pieces by choreographers, visual artists, scientists and designers. Exploring how the body feels when in the act of doing, the installation includes live performance, film projection and objects that are presented as an ever-changing arrangement. Each of the works draws upon the library and practices of the art historian Aby Warburg, who collected diverse images of gestures from different times and places and positioned them side-by-side to reveal previously-hidden relationships. As they interrogate the fascinating relationship between mind and body the artists create new works including choreography exploring lost movements from the past, interactive structures examining the postures of an argument and a series of hanging mobiles inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s Melancholia. The works appear within a large-scale architecture, which is built-up, dismantled and rearranged, creating new pathways and drawing visitors into a journey of discovery.

In between dance and performance last night, I stopped to read some guiding boards @ The Curve.

Time: “... Simple, practical unit measured on a clock and also an incomprehensible whole containing the past, present and future of the universe...”

Image: “... an image is a visual representation of something – a person, a place, an object, even a process or a residue. Images are a primary means by which culture are represented and conveyed across time and space...”

Taxonomy: “... Michel Foucault famously drew attention to this: in The Order of Things he cites a passage from Jorge Luis Borges that lists a series of unusual categories for grouping animals in a fictitious Chinese encyclopaedia...”

Action: “... When we act, we do something to the world outside of us. Actions can be intentional and purposeful, or they can be involuntary and automatic. Either case, our body does something in response to something else, whether thought or threat. Action and perception are closely linked... thinking can itself be understood as an action even though its effects are sometimes invisible, a thought could be an action imagined but not performed...”

Becoming: “... is a philosophical idea of constant change, often understood in opposition to the fixity... thoughts since ancient Greeks as Plato and Aristotle... thinking about becoming is a more recent development, a primary concern of European philosophers since Nietzsche. The idea of becoming is crucial to dance as a discipline of movement...”

Free @ The Curve, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2

To learn more about the artists and research involved in the making of the work, please join them on Thursday 26 January for a lively discussion with artists and specialists from the Warburg Institute. Other events connected to material / rearranged / to / be include two Choreocinema screening events at the Barbican Cinema, exploring links between dance and film:
MAYA DEREN (#) + INTRO on Saturday 28 January at 4.45pm

Sybille Castelain

[LGBTQI] Friday late @ V&A 27 Jan 17

13 June 2016, Soho, 7pm. Old Compton Street.
Tribute to the victims of Orlando... 
© Sybille Castelain

Press Release

Friday Late: Out for Revolution
V&A South Kensington
Friday 27 January
18.30 – 22.00

Next Friday (January 27th) the V&A’s Friday Late will explore the 50th anniversary of the decriminalising of homosexuality. The V&A’s LGBTQ group will programme an event of talks, screenings, music, workshops and performance thinking about where we in the UK are today with LGBTQ rights, looking back into the past and ahead towards possible futures.

Highlights include a DJ set from Alexander Geist spinning an intoxicating mix of Morose disco-soul and wryly cinematic music for the dancefloor; Trans activist Fox Fisher will screen print directly onto his nude partner in a unique durational performance to question: why do we gender objects?; Speakers Corner, will include discussions on how activists continue to challenge contemporary laws and how to get involved, hosted by Dan Glass with speakers including Amnesty International, TransMedia Watch, African Rainbow Family, Queer Strike, Article 19 and Lesbian and Gays support the Migrants.


More information can be found here;

Visiting Friday Late
All visitors to Friday Late should use the main entrance on Cromwell Road. If you are a V&A Member, Corporate Member or hold a ticket to an exhibition please use the Exhibition Road entrance.
Please note, if the Museum reaches capacity we will allow access on a one-in, one-out basis.
Exhibition tickets are available from the Exhibition ticket desks. Tickets are subject to availability, and no booking fee applies. Please note tills close at 20.30.
Drinks are available in the Grand Entrance throughout the evening and in the John Madejski Garden. Food and drinks will be served in the Café until 21.00.

Filming and photography will take place at this event.

Friday, 13 January 2017

[VIVIENNE WESTWOOD] Climate Change @ Fabric

Last time I heard Vivienne Westwood talk about Climate Change was @ Burn Punk London on 26 November when her son Joe Corre burnt Punk memorabilia.

Here is another event:

Vivienne Westwood says SWITCH at Fabric

There is one truly political act you can make as an individual or a group - Switch to GREEN ENERGY. Stop the demand for burning fossil fuels and further fracking and make choices that stop climate change.

These are the messages that activist and British icon Vivienne Westwood will be giving to an audience of 900 people at the iconic nightspot, Fabric.

Taking place on Monday 20th February from 19:00 to midnight during London Fashion Week, the event follows the successful Climate Revolution event held last September at The Box nightclub, London, and is a continuation of the activist’s ongoing movement opposing the current political, economic and social dogma.

Sponsored by Sauvelle Vodka and The Olumide Gallery, the night will be a celebration of culture and conscious environmental activism, speakers on the night include Vivienne Westwood, James Jagger (Project Zero)and green energy supplier, Ecotricity’s founder, Dale Vince. To get the party started will be an exclusive DJ set by ‘A Guy Called Gerald’ and other special guest DJ’s.

Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, says “The single biggest thing any person can do to prevent climate change is switch to green energy, because energy is our single biggest source of carbon emissions."

Vivienne adds “Importantly, the Big 6 energy companies – most of whom are anti-environment and anti-life - will be delivered a fatal blow, with more and more people switching to green energy suppliers”.

Tickets go on sale on 12 January and are priced at £12.00.
A percentage will be donated to Fuel Poverty Action
You can purchase a ticket here:

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

[EXHIBITIONS] V&A // Wellcome Collection // Hunterian Museum

© Sybille Castelain Piccadilly, 2017
This pic was taken 11 Jan 2017, 
though the board reads 2016

As I was on my way this morning to the V&A for the opening of Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London (open to the public from 14 Jan to 2 April 2017), I saw one of the most surrealist scenes in the homelessness history.

In Piccadilly, between Natwest Bank and Waterstones Bookshop (opposite Le Méridien Hotel), a tent on the pavement was all set-up. Although I am used to seeing homeless people around Piccadilly, the sight of a “campsite” was not something I would have expected. So, I thought it might have been an art installation...

On my return from the preview, there was a man sitting not far from it, begging...

Photo from internet, part of Wellcome Exhibition

I made my way to the Wellcome Collection’s Bedlam: the asylum and beyond (closing on 15 Jan). The exhibition follows the rise and fall of the mental asylum and explore how it has shaped the complex landscape of mental health today. A few centuries ago, some wealthy people open hospitals to help the needed. Don’t miss Javier Téllez’s Caligari und der Schlafwander (Caligari and the sleepwalker) short film revisiting 1920 Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari). More info on Bedlam...

Taken from Londonist, general view of Hunterian Musem

If you fancy a good 20 minutes walk, turn right when leaving Wellcome Collection and right again on Southampton Row and left to Sardinia Street up to Lincoln’s Inn Fields (or take a bus). At number 44, visit the Hunterian Museum: it boasts unrivalled collections of anatomical and pathological specimens, models, instruments, painting and sculptures.
It’s located by the largest square in London in a very quiet old fashion lawyer’s place where a character of Charles DickensBleak House novel had his office. As explained in The Londonist, the museum will close in May 2017 for three years. Why go to one of the smallest London museum? Because if you don’t mind skulls, and tumours and mini human in jars, there are plenty of animals and plants as well, you should indulge.
John Hunter’s collection was purchased by the government in 1799. He was a surgeon and developed new ideas on the treatment of common ailments - such as gunshot wounds and venereal disease - Hunter spent time collecting specimens of lizards and other animals.
As a lecturer, he stressed the relationship between structure and function in all kinds of living creatures. Hunter believed that surgeons should understand how the body adapted to and compensated for damage due to injury, disease or environmental changes.
He also helped the needed by giving free treatments.

Wedding chest (ca. 1888) 

 © Sybille Castelain Piccadilly, 2017
 © Sybille Castelain Piccadilly, 2017

© Sybille Castelain Piccadilly, 2017

Sybille Castelain

Monday, 9 January 2017

[Music] The Inconsistent Jukebox - videos

If you feel a bit nostalgic of the Christmas season and need another soft “shot” of it, indulge on ethereal ambient atmosphere superposed with crystalline grain of voice Possimiste. Estonia born, Iceland based Possimiste is a 23 years old singer-producer and video artist who creates under the influence of nature, fairy tales and ritual folk singing.
Her latest project lays on Baby I Don’t Care for sound master The Inconsistent Jukebox’s take on the top 3 hit for 80’s pop rockers Transvision Vamp.

Keeping it with prolific artist The Inconsistent Jukebox, Christmas feel becomes a bit more spoken words on “hellish” texture... Father Christmas on latex, Las Vegas based Marie Fontaine whipping interferences.
Likey Nike is also a collaboration with Manchester electronic outfit The Subversive and legendary motion art superstar George Redhawk. (BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson says of the video “it has to be seen to be believed”)
Redhawk, originally working in the medicine field (x-ray technology, phlebotomy and so on) started to lose sight. Before becoming blind, he decided to fill his mind with as many images as possible to store in his memory “hard disk”...

The Inconsistent Jukebox website:
I’ll leave it to it now... bigger projects on the go... Keep tuned!

Sybille Castelain
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