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weird people with smiles on their faces…

This morning I packed the camera, feeling overly salsafied and underly photographic of late. Post-work I found myself amidst the opening night of Interventionist (NB the ‘r’ and ‘s’ are supposed to be back to front 🙂 ) at Platform in the Degraves Subway where they have the artist installation windows. Two charming and very cheery men in grotty white baggy underwear who comprise the roarawar feartata collective were taping pieces of paper with questions on them into one of the windows – but only after someone picked up a piece and asked them the question. The question I picked up was “Do you need anything?”. A cup of tea was the answer, but he already had one so I guess he didn’t really need one did he. Too confronting a question perhaps?

The accompanying blurb was predictably obtuse in typical Melbourne art-wanker fashion, but I suspect this was part of the joke. Their statement of intent is “Performance to effect public discourse” and I’m sure they’ve achieved that aim.

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‘stunning’ Liverpool…

I went to Liverpool overnight to visit the excellent Klimt exhibition at the Tate. The commentary on the Mersey Ferry described the Liverpool riverfront as ‘stunning’ – a description I’m afraid cannot in any truthfulness be applied to Liverpool. Do they not realise tourists have eyes that work? For all it’s stately grand buildings, Beatles mania and impressive Cathedral, I can’t see myself spending another minute in Liverpool without a very very good reason. Perhaps another excellent Tate Liverpool only exhibition…

One highlight was chancing upon a newly cleaned statue being returned to its plinth next to where the ferries dock. A job well done and over in a jiffy! Continue reading ‘‘stunning’ Liverpool…’

art art art, and music

What I didn’t mention in yesterday’s post was that I entered a draw to win tickets to another event as part of Beck’s Fusion – the Chemical Brothers concert. Late Saturday night I received the call – hooray!

So I began at the ICA about 4pm to pick up the tickets and saw an exhibit of artwork by prisoners that went into a awards programme. Some good, made for interesting brain food. Pondered in the bar and wondered at all the clever types there and was surprised it was so busy.

After an early meal I took a walk towards the parks. The Mall provided an excellent photography project with its long promenade up to Buckingham Palace. Click here to have a look at the results, and here’s my favourite plus the kookiest topiary I’ve seen to date (at St James’s Park).

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The gig was good. 9,000 crammed into Trafalgar Square. The Chemical Brothers played the same hits they had years and years ago, I wonder are they losing their touch? Where’s the new material? I was surprised to recognise the closers (can you tell I only have one album?). The crowd (and I) were into it, no doubt, but no real effort for an encore – everyone cleared out. Very impressed with their massive deck system and the sound quality.

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Made a couple of videos too…! Visit them at YouTube – short and longer

Acre Lane – Trafalgar Square – Clapham Common – Mauleverer Road

Today’s plans were scuppered but I didn’t let that or the grey skies stop me from having a great day out.

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Young girls on the Northern Line in shorts, and ugg boots – only ever worn as slippers where I come from, never in public…

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Out at Trafalgar Square to visit the National Gallery but waylaid by the ICA’sBeck’s Fusions Gallery‘ in a large dome in the Square. Screens in the round with 10 films set to reworkings of popular songs. A few favourites so a real treat – Sigur Ros, O Superman, Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra. Coming closer to the compulsion to purchase Cat Power’s music after hearing Who Knows Where The Time Goes for the first time. Did pop in to the National Gallery – ah Turner, ah Monet, ah Renoir, ah the list goes on.

Took the number 88 back to Clapham Common and did a photography project on the way. Link in the right column or click here for more. Here’s three I quite like.

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Then back home with a detour for a closer look at the street art on Mauleverer Road. Turned out to be a huge mural of a garden scene and two horses in stables. Stunning effort but quite faded after about 20 years. Here’s two pics and take a look at the rest.

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fancy a bit of choof?

Well I didn’t but I went along for the ride anyway. My dear brother finally had to go back to Australia and wanted one last visit to Amsterdam. So, just for him, I joined him, Matt, Gav and Tim for a weekend in the Dam!

Quite forward thinking the Dutch…

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Frankfurt

All things considered Frankfurt, Germany wasn’t my first choice of plum destinations to spend a week exploring prior to starting a 6 month contract. In the end it was perfect, I had a ball. In no small part because of my dear UK friend who lives there who put me up, fed me lots of beer and excellent food, and put up with my laissez faire approach to train timetables during our 2 days in the Rhine river region.

Last day in Frankfurt and the sun shone

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