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Friday, 10 July 2009

Pick of the Week - 10.07.09

There’s a really interesting mixture in this week’s POTW. A theatre show that had a huge impact on gay rights, a great Scottish bookshop, some circus performance in the Shunt tunnels, and a book about internet whizz-kids. And to top it off, some really teeny men’s suits. That last part is the most exciting – who can fail to be intrigued by rows upon rows of perfectly tailored miniature jackets and trousers? Amazing.

Installation - Chosen by Frank
Art Angel presents Charles Ledray – Men’s Suits
11 July – 20 September 2009
The Fire Station, Chiltern Street, London W1

For this new show, hundreds of suits, shirts and ties, painstakingly recreated on a diminutive scale in a dizzying array of colours are installed in a Victorian fire station in Marylebone. American sculptor Charles LeDray's first major show in Europe, MENS SUITS is a tour de force of meticulous making.

Theatre - Chosen by Holly
What’s Wrong With Angry?
King’s Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street, London N1 1QN
July 8th - August 15th Tues-Sat 7.30pm, Sat-Sun 3.30pm

A searing indictment of the appalling anti-gay laws in the UK (The Age of Consent was 5 years higher for gay men, and Section 28 meant local authority was too afraid to support anything homosexual), this play caught the public imagination and was particularly championed by the gay community when it was first staged in 1993. As a piece of political theatre it was a huge part of the movement towards real equality for gay men.

Shop - Chosen by Alison
Analogue Books
102 West Bow, Edinburgh, EH1 2HH
Open Monday-Saturday, 10am-5.30pm

My pick this week is Analogue book shop in Edinburgh. They have a great selection of books, a small gallery and also publish a series of zines called Running Amok. Each issue showcases the work of an exciting illustrator, artist or designer. Issues 24 and 25 by Nathaniel Russell and Kelly Lynn Jones have just been released, see their website for details.

Exhibition - Chosen by Giles
Bernie Lubell: A Theory of Entanglement
Until 6 September
FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L14DQ

In this exhibition, simple natural materials are used to highlight the genius of old technologies that lend fresh consideration to contemporary issues. In particular the artist takes inspiration from the work of French physiologist and chronophotographer Etienne-Jules Marey who was obsessed with understanding movement. From horses and birds to human limbs and the heartbeat, Marey's work was pioneering in cinematography, medical imaging, cardiology and aviation. The exhibition features a giant new commission A Theory of Entanglement for FACT’s atrium, and installations of previous works such as Conservation of Intimacy, ...and the Synapse Sweetly Singing and Etiology of Innocence in Galleries 1 and 2. In addition there is a new collaborative project Flying Flappers for the Media Lounge.

Installation/ Performance - Chosen by Carly
The Sugar Beast Circus by Geneva Foster Gluck
Until Saturday 18 July, Shunt Lounge, London Bridge

This week's pick for me is Geneva Foster Gluck's Sugar Beast Circus in the passage space of Shunt. Continuing her work on this theme, from Weds 8th to Sat 18th of July you can explore Geneva's wonderful installation performance world of tap-dancing lions and silent gardens... What better place than the twist-y, turn-y tunnels of Shunt to discover such oddities!

Book - Chosen by Holly
Born Digital by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser

"The first generation of “Digital Natives” – children who were born into and raised in the digital world – are coming of age, and soon our world will be reshaped in their image. Our economy, our politics, our culture and even the shape of our family life will be forever transformed. But who are these Digital Natives? How are they different from older generations – or “Digital Immigrants” – and what is the world they’re creating going to look like? In Born Digital, leading Internet and technology experts John Palfrey and Urs Gasser offer a sociological portrait of these young people who can seem, even to those merely a generation older, both extraordinarily sophisticated and strangely narrow.

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