The Barbican Centre has been a stalwart of London's cultural scene since its opening three decades ago. Celebrate the dynamism and progressiveness of this tour-de-force institution with a weekend-long festival of pop ups, installations, film screenings, gigs, and dance performances - all completely free. Highlights include Just Jam Reloaded, an event combining off-kilter, low-fi graphics with live performances from the likes of Kamaal Williams, Murlo and Belly Squad; a designer's market; 'get back to nature' workshops by the lakeside; and more.
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Philippe Parreno: Anywhen
Drumroll... it's time for the annual Hyundai commission that takes over the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, and this year has been touted in various quarters as one of the best they've ever had. French avant-garde artist Philippe Parreno's Anywhen is a wacky and wonderful creation that will challenge our perception of time and space - and provide a lot of entertainment. Parreno is pretty well known for creating vast, multi-sensory experiences that turn entire institutions into single artworks: “dramatic compositions” that fuse film, light, sound and performance. And this thing is a spectacular choreography of acoustics, lighting, flying objects and film, each connected to the other and playing their part in a far bigger score. It's a bit like a living theatre where the artist is the puppet master and we're just innocent little - erm, puppets - taken this way and that.
James Lavelle: Daydreaming with UNKLE Presents...THE ROAD: SOHO
Founder of the music collective UNKLE, electronic musician and all-round creative sort James Lavelle is pretty obsessed with the collision of music, fashion and art. So obsessed, in fact, that he's seized some space to put on an exhibition about it. This exhibition is a unique and interactive survey of his British music collective UNKLE based mainly on their Soho roots, London's hub of counter-culture. You can check video installations and hear the forthcoming album exclusives with Keaton Henson, Mark Lanegan and Eska. In addition to paintings and special edition prints by a diverse group of artists, the gallery will host a series of events including talks and film screenings. This is about celebrating the past, present and future of a super creative collective.
*You need to book a time slot to see this, available at the link provided* Gazing at works mounted on white walls can sometimes get slightly repetitive so here's a visually refreshing lil' break from the norm: the first major solo show from teamLab, an art group excellently described as 'ultra-technologists'. To be called ultra anything is no mean feat, quite frankly, so our interest is already piqued. What that seems to mean, cutting through the spiel, is that they're makers of interactive digital video art installations. This particular show will be exploring the role of digital technology in transcending the physical and conceptual boundaries that exist between different artworks. So imagery from one piece breaks free from the frame and enters the space of another. Removing the distinctions between artwork and exhibition space, you'll find yourself bopping through rooms filled with butterflies, black waves and waterfalls. Just imagine how nice that'll look on your feed? Isn't art great.
Do Ho Suh: Passage/s
'The space I’m interested in is not only a physical one, but an intangible, metaphorical and psychological one.’ Those are the words of Korean artist Do Ho Suh, an artist whose transient, nomadic life is reflected in the translucent fabric sculptures he creates. These delicate sculptures replicate the architecture of the places he's lived: his childhood home in Korea, Western apartments and household appliances. The idea behind it is to reflect on the idea of home as a physical structure and a lived experience, provoking thought about migration, transience and shifting identities.