On Running: Following An Epic Adventure – running from Germany to Shanghai

The CultureJukebox team love an epic adventure – so it’s been great to follow @Junki72 on Twitter over the past few days.

He’s trying to do something truly remarkable. Run from Germany to China! Check out his progress here.

The run is ambitious. To say the least! Kai Markus is covering circa 12,000km over 235 days and across eight countries. Remarkable.

Given the craziness (and sheer distance) of his run, you’re probably thinking that Kai is one of those superhuman ultra runners. But Kai says he’s just a “crazy guy” and runner, trying to connect German and Chinese societies. Kai also wants to inspire young people to take up running and fitness. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” he says.

Kai interviewed before he starts his adventure (©JuliaSchwendner)

Kai (who is sponsored by sports brand 361°) kicked off his journey earlier this month in Hamburg with a crowd of supporters and press.

Kai, making friends along the way (©JuliaSchwendner)

And he’s already reached Poland! See some amazing images and read about Kai’s story on his blog here.

1. week – 1. country

On Ideas: The Happy List 2017 Nominations Open

The CultureJukebox team are passionate about finding ideas to make the world a better place. So it was great to receive an press release about this year’s Happy List. And there’s never been a time that an idea like this has been quite so important!

The Independent opened the nominations for its annual Happy List this week, on Monday, marking the International Day Of Happiness.

The concept is now in its ninth year and is a celebration of the 50 people across Britain who enrich our lives. The whole idea is a clear counterpoint to the idea that profit should come before purpose.

Charity workers, fundraisers, mentors, entertainers and those who perform small and large acts of kindness form our collection – and what makes it so special is that they are nominated by members of the public.

What The Independent is looking for is anyone whose motive is increasing our happiness, rather than feathering their own nest. Previous years included a teenager who sold his football memorabilia to help an ill friend, a nun who provided shelter for sex workers, and cousins who saved a man’s hand by preserving it in a bag of frozen Brussels sprouts. Who should be on it this year?

“The current climate of fear, mistrust and negativity means it’s arguably more important than ever to celebrate the inspirational people whose kindness, ingenuity and bravery make the UK a better place to live” ~ Christian Broughton, Editor of The Independent

These volunteers, by their nature, are not generally attention-seekers, so The Independent needs your help to publicise the search for those who deserve to be celebrated in your area.

Anyone can send their suggestions – a including their name, a way to contact you (or them), and the reason why you’re putting them forward – by email to happy@independent.co.uk or by writing to: Emma Ledger, Happy List Coordinator, The Independent, Room 121A, First Floor, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry St, London, W8 5HF.

The Happy List is this year sponsored by JustGiving, the social-giving platform. Nominations close at midnight on Friday 28 April 2017. The selected entries will be revealed by The Independent in May. Individuals cannot nominate themselves.

More information is available here.  Enjoy!

 

On Photography: Impossible Project collaborate with Eley Kishimoto

The CultureJukebox team are big fans of The Impossible Project – analogue film for the digital age. So was great to see a press release land in our inbox about an on-point collaboration…

 “Instant photography is a media we have always loved for its spontaneity and the honesty of no post-editing that captures moments truly. We are personally very excited to have the beautiful images in our life again, better still, framed by our Flash print with the Impossible x Eley Kishimoto collaboration. We look forward to sharing the joy with the rest of the world” ~ Eley Kishimoto Founder, Mark Eley

Love this. Impossible Project and London-based fashion and design company Eley Kishimoto have joined forces on a special edition instant film.

Kishimoto’s iconic monochrome Flash print is featured on the black and white film’s frame which is part of a limited run, available now.

The Impossible X Eley Kishimoto Collab Film is part of an ongoing series of collaborations with people and brands from fashion to art and music – makers and creatives who share Impossible’s analogue sensibility: a love of quality, craftsmanship, and the tactile nature of things made to last, to be kept and treasured.

Check the website for more information: https://uk.impossible-project.com/

On Culture: Inhotim reopens Gallery Doris Salcedo

The CultureJukebox team are huge fans of the epic gallery Inhotim; our visit there was one of the highlights of our month in Brazil in 2016.

So, it was great to hear that ine of the most important works of Inhotim’s collection is now reopened for the public. Neither (2004), by Colombian artist Doris Salcedo, was first exhibited at Inhotim in 2008, and has recently been fully restored, together with its host gallery.

This is the first major restoration project undertaken by Inhotim, reaffirming its commitment to the permanent exhibition of contemporary artworks.

Image c/o Inhotim
Image c/o Inhotim
Image c/o Inhotim

Neither’s restoration was concluded in three stages. Initially, an architectural intervention in the gallery modified the public access to the building and created a heated antechamber to avoid direct exposure of the work to external conditions. Then, the engine room of the pavilion was expanded to receive new monitoring equipment, which will guarantee more homogeneous and linear climatic parameters, even with the variation of temperature and humidity in the outdoor environment, as is common in Inhotim.

After the gallery adjustments, it was possible to start the third and more complex stage: the restoration of the work itself.

“In Neither, Doris Salcedo unprecedentedly combines non-conventional materials such as gypsum and metal plaques. We need to consider that contemporary art works like this are designed by artists during experimentation and often for short-term exhibitions. At Inhotim, our challenge is to carry out continuous research on the processes, materials and concepts used to guarantee the perenniality of the collection and the access of the public”, ~ María Eugenia Salcedo, adjunct artistic director of the Institute.

Born in Bogota, Colombia, Doris Salcedo’s work has since the 1980s dialogued with political and social issues. Several 20th-century violence stories, such as the guerrillas that have marked Colombian history for decades, emerge as references and starting points for her sculptures and installations.

Neither highlights the artist’s interest in architectural interventions, and more specifically with one of the paradigms of modern exhibitions: the white cube, a space segregated from the outside with idealized proportions and continuous illumination, providing a more “pure” and “neutral” experience with art. In this installation, however, a grid was attached to the walls, with minimal differences in its repetition. Charged with emotion but almost invisible, the work relates to the architecture of concentration camps, but also with the apparatuses of segregation in large cities. If the walls protect, the bars seclude and separate – the artwork, however, is neither.

Explore Inhotim online here: http://www.inhotim.org.br/en/

On Culture: Turning Technology On Itself – Incoming

The CultureJukebox team attended the new Richard Mosse show at The Barbican this week – a haunting piece of work that turns technology on itself.

It uses high-tech military-grade cameras to highlight the refugee crisis enveloping Europe and how we perceive the refugee as an entity.

The  technology has never been used in stories, art or aesthetically before and is regarded as a weapon under the international treaty of arms regulations. It works by picking up heat, as opposed to light, showing the starkness of the situation in monochrome.

It’s a remarkably intense and immersive exhibition, that uses the Barbican’s brilliant Curve gallery in a memorable way.  A new aesthetic, bold & brave – making people reconsider the refugee crisis. Very impressive work, a must see.

More information on the show is here. Let us know what you think below the line or on social media too.

 

On Music: A brand-new era dawns for brilliant Bestival

It’s the dawn of a brand-new era for one of the craziest weekends on the UK calendar – Bestival.

The brilliant festival has just announced four incredible headliners and a huge bill of amazing music, as it enters a new chapter of light and sound, exploring the wonders of Colour.

In 2017 the Bestival crew are moving their party over to the Lulworth Estate, in beautiful Dorset.

 “Well what an adventure this promises to be… we have a beautiful new home with a massive castle in the middle of it, acres of beautiful woodland and forest, a sea view and the dramatic Jurassic coastline. Going back to our roots with Josie da Bank’s hand-drawn artwork, reviving all our favourite stages from 14 years of Bestival history and going out with all our headliners for the first time ever together, we’re pretty excited at Bestival HQ. From pop to grime, hip-hop to techno, folk to classical and every style in between we are reclaiming our place as the funnest, most adventurous, musically savvy and downright magical festival on the map. Please come along for the ride. and remember Increase the Peace” ~ Rob da Bank

The xx will be the first ever Castle Stage headliners at Bestival – an awesome booking. Hip-hop heroes A Tribe Called Quest will headline Saturday at Bestival 2017, performing what will be their last UK Show – wow.  And synth-pop geniuses Pet Shop Boys have been announced as the Sunday night headliners. Three just brilliant bookings.

Justice, Dizzee Rascal, DJ Shadow, Little Dragon, Danny Brown, Rag’n’Bone Man, Soul II Soul, are among the eclectic stars making Bestival the place to be.

And there will be DJ sets from Annie Mac, Andy C presents 25 Years of RAM, Kurupt FM, David Rodigan presents RAM JAM, DJ Yoda, Maceo Plex, Jackmaster, Kölsch, Dusky, Toddla T presents Carnival, Artwork presents Art’s House, Sink the Pink and more DJs to be announced over coming months.

 

Head to www.Bestival.net, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for more information, tickets and all the rest. #Bestival17

image c/o Bestival

On Creativity: Found In Translation

The CultureJukebox team always have their ears to the ground for exciting young creative people looking to work cross-discipline – so we’re really looking forward to London College of Fashion’s new exhibition Found In Translation.

It’s coming to the progressive House Of Vans space in Waterloo, open between February 16th and 26th.

Found In Translation

Found in Translation is a dynamic showcase of work from the School of Media and Communication Postgraduate courses at London College of Fashion, UAL. The eight day exhibition showcases new graduating talent with work from courses MA Fashion Curation, MA Fashion Journalism, MA Fashion Photography, MA Fashion Media Production, MA Costume for Performance, MA Fashion Cultures and Graduate Diploma in Fashion Media Styling.

This exciting interactive and multi-disciplinary exhibition will be combined with a series of related events, talks and workshops that spotlights a new generation of talent from fashion and music, style and talent.

image c/o House Of Vans

Highlights from the running programme of events include;

PERSPECTIVES ON FASHION CURATION
Friday 17 February | 4 – 7pm
Presented by the Centre for Fashion Curtion at LCF, an evening of talks, films and panel discussions to explore the practice of fashion curation from multiple perspectives. Bought to you from LCF’s Fashion Curation team, this will be an opportunity to dig deeper into the importance of this discipline in the context of fashion narratives, history and preservation.

CELEBRATING FEMALE FASHION IMAGE MAKERS
Sun 19 Feb | 12.30 – 1.45PM
An increasing number of fashion’s image makers are female and making waves in this once male dominated world. New graduate talent from London College of Fashion including Clara Giaminardi and Camilla Glorioso will present their work and discuss the relevance of gender in fashion photography.

KATHRYN FERGUSON ON FEMINISM AND FASHION FILM MAKING
Sun 19 Feb | 3.00 – 5.00PM
Selfridges in house film maker and LCF researcher, Kathryn Ferguson’s work has throughout her career explored female identity and representation. Through fashion film, Ferguson is able to speak with mainstream audiences and present thought-provoking messages. This will be an opportunity to see Ferguson’s work in the round and hear the film-maker discuss her unique perspective with Nilgin Yusuf. 

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF SUBCULTURES? WITH I-D
Saturday 25 February | 3 – 5pm
In an age of super-fast online transmission, do sub-cultures still have a chance to develop and grow? Two documentaries commissioned by i-D’s Talent Producer and LCF alumni, Declan Higgins will be screened and a panel discussion chaired by Caryn Franklin will examine the current state of global sub-cultures.

Other exclusive events planned include masterclasses on fashion photography, film making and styling, digital fashion and culture talks, film screenings, and panel discussions.

All events are free. For the full  programme of events please see the LCF website

 

On Music: The Garage Relaunches in February 2017

The CultureJukebox team has followed the recent ups and downs of London’s live music and club scene with a keen interest over the past year..

.. so, it was great to receive a press release this week about The Garage in Islington relaunching this February. Under new ownership and following extensive refurbishment, the venue is being transformed.

It’s always been about the music, so with plans for big club nights and a programme of gigs it looks like that is going to remain the priority. But the owners have clever plans. The building will also become home to a  daytime coffee spot, craft beer and cocktail bar and more.

It has been acquired by DHP Family, the team behind Oslo in Hackney and Nottingham’s awesome Rock City (a CultureJukebox favourite venue!) In addition to refurbishing the main music venue and adding a brand new sound system, three new spaces have also been created within the building, united under the Garage concept. The centre piece of the redevelopment is the venue itself; The Garage. This 600 capacity room will be restored to former glories, with a brand new PA and lighting.

At the front of the building, the former “Mini-Bar” will hark back to the filling station stores of small-town America with The General Store, an all-day café and bar serving craft beer and cocktails. The design of The General Store will feature reclaimed gas pumps, huge beer fridges and quality coffee.

Upstairs, Thousand Island will be an intimate space hosting breaking and specialist forward-thinking acts most evenings, and late-night socials later in the week featuring an unpretentious programme anchored by collaborative club nights and Thousand Island presents shows. Operating independently from the rest of the space, the room will feature a mirror ball-filled ceiling, faces of friends of the venue across one wall, and a well-stocked bar.

Since opening in 1993, The Garage has hosted artists as diverse as Radiohead, Lil Yachty, Mogwai, and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and many more stellar names.

“The Garage has been on my radar for about 10 years now when I first looked to buy it. For one reason or another we have just missed out on taking over this iconic venue and breathing new life into it. Its location layout and history are perfect for what we are looking for in a venue and we look forward to reinventing the space for a new generation.” ~ George Akins, Managing Director

We can’t wait to see what this new venue is like! Follow the news on its Twitter feed. With Farringdon’s Fabric back with a bang, The Printworks opening in Canada Water, The Red Lion’s new ballroom in Leytonstone selling-out their club nights and more going on around the capital. 2017 is shaping up to be a good year for London nightlife..

 

On Wellness: FloVibe Festival Announced

Feeling good has never been more important to us, and to British festival-goers. So, this January it was really timely to receive a press release about the super cool sounding FloVibe Festival.

It’s an early-summer festival that sounds like the perfect way to discover and explore happier and healthier ways of looking at the world – learning from great yoga minds and enjoy awesome new music too. Great combination!

The festival will bring together wellness and new music in a unique weekend of discovery for the mind, body and soul.

Taking place in early June, it promises to be the summer’s best festival for everyone wishing to live a happier and healthier life. Perfect really, and something the CultureJukebox team can really endorse.

FloVibe Festival is part of a growing movement of people making a conscious choice to prioritise wellness in their day-to-day life. The festival will bring together music and mindfulness in a unique hybrid event that is unlike any other festival – with carefully curated music providing an unforgettable soundtrack to a weekend that will leave festival-goers feeling good in every way.

Breaking new ground, this festival unites like-minded people for a retreat meets festival. It will be a weekend of discovery where festival-goers are invited to play, to dance to new music and to flow. Reconnecting with their inner child at the start of the summer.

 “We’re bringing together a bit of everything we love: inspiring international yoga teachers, movers & shakers, workshop leaders, speakers, free thinkers, musicians, artists and DJs. It’s more than a weekend away, it’s an opportunity to explore a mindful approach to life where you don’t have to compromise on enjoyment.” ~ Jason Pooley, FloVibe Founder.

A small festival with a big vision for 2017, FloVibe creates the space to stretch out, breathe deep and collectively explore a more uplifting and sustainable way of being, on the yoga mat, in the festival field, and in daily life.

Jam Sandwich Live is curating the music – which promises to take festival-goers on a real journey of discovery.

“FloVibe Festival is an open-hearted and inclusive festival, inviting a bit of magic into people’s lives – this is perfectly aligned with JAM and the curation will match this. Genre-hopping, spellbinding and uplifting, interweaving live hip hop, jazz, roots, reggae, folk, electronic, disco & soul, at this breathtaking lakeside setting.” ~ Jam Sandwich Founder Lou Wellby.

For more FloVibe Festival information and to book tickets, check out the website here.

On Culture: Transcending Boundaries – new work from teamLab

Transcending Boundaries, an exhibition of works by future art dons teamLab, is opening in London later this month.

The exhibition features three rooms of immersive installations, two of which have never been seen before and will be on view from 25 January to 11 March 2017, at 6 Burlington Gardens in Mayfair.

The CultureJukebox team are huge fans of teamLab – we’ve blogged about them before here, and even visited one of their installations in Tokyo too.

Their new show in London Transcending Boundaries explores the role of digital technology in transcending the physical and conceptual boundaries that exist between different artworks, with imagery from one work breaking free of the frame and entering the space of another.

The installations also dissolve distinctions between artwork and exhibition space, and involve the viewer through interactivity.

Debuting new works, Transcending Boundaries will reveal teamLab’s commitment to the advancement of digital art, as well as its unique ability to nurture creativity and curiosity through technology.

“We are honoured to share some of our most recently created artworks and hope the universality of their themes—creativity, play, exploration, immersion, life, and fluidity—will seep into the broader conscience.” ~ Toshiyuki Inoko, teamLab founder

The largest room in the exhibition will include six works and feature Universe of Water Particles, Transcending Boundaries (2017), a virtual waterfall that extends beyond the gallery wall onto the floor, flowing through the exhibition space and around the feet of the viewer. It engages with the concept of Ultra Subjective Space, central to teamLab’s practice, referencing the non-perspectival depiction of space in premodern Japanese art and situating the viewer directly within the realm of the artwork.

Encompassing the second room, Dark Waves (2016) is a simulation of the movement of waves based on the behaviour of hundreds of thousands of water particles. The waves are created in a three- dimensional virtual space, expressing water as a living entity that immerses the viewer and suggests an intrinsic connection with nature.

In the last room, the darkened space is transformed by the presence of the viewer, which activates Flowers Bloom on People (2017). With the body as a canvas for the projections, flowers are in a process of continuous change—growing, decaying and scattering in direct response to the viewer’s movements.

Follow the latest teamLab news on Instagram here. The CultureJukebox team hope to have a few images from the private view to share too!