On Music: Rone confirmed for OUTLIER

Tobacco Dock in Wapping has got to be one of London’s most impressive venues. So was great to be tipped off about a super-cool event coming up.

It’s just under one month to go until Bonobo Presents: OUTLIER. It features a prime selection of some of electronic music’s most forward-thinking talents in form of Rone, Henry Wu, Guy Andrews and MC Earl Zinger.

Making a rare appearance in London, acclaimed French producer Rone creates awesome soundscapes, influenced by sounds and genres from melodic ambient techno, to hypnotic electronica and even hip-hop, performing every set live. Not to be missed!

The the all-day event takes place Tobacco Dock, on Saturday March 12th.

It represents a festival-scale music offering with the likes of Gilles Peterson, Maya Jane Coles, Special Request, George Fitzgerald, Romare and Alex Smoke already announced to play across three rooms at the striking East London venue. More information.

On Ideas: Be Followed For The Day – Arts Surveillance Project

Follower, a new app from New York-based digital artist Lauren McCarthy, offers users the chance to be watched for a day.

Essentially a provocative arts + surveillance experiment – the follower shadows a user from a distance, living in your subconscious, and providing proof of her withdrawn presence by way of a photograph, taken at some point during the day.

“There’s something both exciting and intense I feel each morning not knowing where they may take me. I follow them all day watching, starting to imagine what they are like, what they are thinking and saying, trying to guess where they might go next…There is something strangely intimate about the whole thing for me. By the end of the day, I feel as though I know them, and we have had a prolonged experience together.” ~ artist and creator Lauren McCarthy.

It seems that Follower will create a creepy – and possibly intimate –  between two individuals. Will it help counter social isolation? Or is the project a more simple spoof on the buzz of getting a new random social media follower? Remains to be seen, but a fascinating one to follow. Explore the website.



On Photography: Ho Fan’s stunning Hong Kong street photography

Was forwarded these stunning street photography images of Hong Kong in the 1950s this week. Beautifully shot by a teenager Ho Fan, who arrived  from Shanghai in 1949.

The streets, filled with vendors, coolies and rickshaw drivers are amazingly shot by Ho. Taking pictures in a studio was the norm then, but the Ho was more interested in random, candid shots of strangers. This really special street photography gives a peek into daily life in Hong Kong at that time.

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On Tech: World’s First Clubbing Simulator – videogame rave

After being invited to last year’s

<p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"> <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/-UHchpxZu-/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">Together In Electric Dreams 💯🍸🍹 #absolut #bankside #electricklondon #rave-on. Last night, with television's @totallyranced</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A video posted by Paul Anthony Drury (@thisisjukebox) on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2015-11-20T17:03:20+00:00">Nov 20, 2015 at 9:03am PST</time></p></div></blockquote> //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js” target=”_blank”>Absolut Vodka VR night, I’ve made it my mission to keep tabs on all ideas around club culture and tech. This week, Vienna’s Grelle Forelle released a clubbing game – a unique interactive experience that takes the player on a journey through contemporary club culture.

So, feeling too knackered to make it out and onto the dancefloor this weekend? Then download the game from the Grelle Forelle website.

Is this the start of a new virtual reality clubbing culture..?

On Tech: Hieronymus Bosch’s ‘Garden of Earthy Delights’ VR Universe

Here’s the thing, no-one quite knows what legendary Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch was trying to say in his iconic triptych, The Garden of Earthly Delights. Is it anti-sin? Or something about his family’s history? Or more like a celebration of all the pleasurable activities we can do on Earth?

Bosch’s death, precisely 500 years ago, left one of the greatest mysteries in art history but now people can make up their own minds with a remarkable collision of art, technology and culture – all through a new virtual reality app called Bosch VR.

Open the app on and you’ll find yourself flying into the Garden of Eden on a giant fish. A unicorn, a chest-puffing bird, and a white giraffe are your first companions before you come across the divinely pink central fountain, thought to be evidence of Bosch’s fascination with Tantric Buddist and Hindu philosophy.

The fish takes the user from location to location inside the artwork; so you can really sit back and soak it all up.

For me, that’s one of the real joys of VR – you can’t help but focus on every little detail. I am writing about all the latest developments in virtual reality, if you spot an interesting story then please let me know on jukeboxjournalist@gmail.com


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On Food: our invite to The Reform Social & Grill

As a proud born-and-bred Northerner, i was delighted to receive an invite to try a special new Yorkshire Pudding menu in Marylebone. Here’s what the CultureJukebox team made of the Reform Social & Grill.

The humble Yorkshire Pudding sis something of a highlight of a Sunday Roast. (Particularly the homecooked variety when I’m back at home at my parents). So how could a West London version compete? And more to the point, does an exclusive Yorkshire Pudding menu make sense?


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On Music: Tame Impala join Foals and New Order on epic Bilbao BBK Live

Tame Impala, Grimes, Chvrches, Slaves, Jagwar Ma have been added to the epic Bilbao BBK Live bill. The long-haired Aussie psych-rockers are sure to bring a crowd, one of the most original bands on the live circuit right now.

They join Arcade Fire, Pixies, Foals, M83, New Order, Hot Chip, Years & Years, Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett, Wolf Alice and more on what is looking like one of Europe’s strongest festival line-ups.

I’ve seen Chvrches live a few times around London, and the Glasgow band are another hip booking – should sound great at this eclectically programmed festival.

It’s not all British bands though. Catalonian alternative pop band Love Of Lesbian also join the lineup. The band formed back in 1997 and cut their teeth supporting the likes of goth pioneers The Cure. Now stars in their own right having topped the Spanish charts with 2012 album ‘La noche eterna. Los días no vividos’.

Set upon the Kobetamendi Hill with stunning views across Bilbao – it’s one of my favourite cities. Arcade Fire, Foals, New Order and M83 are also on the line-up. More information is on the festival website.

On Culture: The Magic of teamLab’s Digital Art

I was lucky enough to see a huge TeamLab installation on a working trip to Tokyo in early 2015. Their work really knocked me sideways.

Since 2001, teamLab has created some of the world’s very best digital art. Founded by Toshiyuki Inoko, the Japanese interdisciplinary art collective of “ultra-technologists” brings together artists, engineers, mathematicians, programmers, architects, and other creatives to make works that are staggering in both beauty and scale.

“The digital realm, free from physical constraints, allows for unlimited possibilities of expression and transformation. Digital technology is a tool for change and a platform to express complex ideas and details.” ~ Toshiyuki Inoko

I had a play in the Light Ball Orchestra – a beautiful way to make the digital world real.

teamLab’s latest project, Living Digital Space and Future Parks, is a 20,000 square foot installation features 20 digital works, some of which have been exhibited previously, and others of which are making their debuts.

Among the most impressive new work is Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Boarders, which features digital butterflies flying through the exhibit space, while the patterns on their wings—programmed in real time, not pre-recorded—constantly evolve. These digital butterflies fly into spaces occupied by other works, blurring the lines that separate the individual pieces of art.

Here’s hoping teamLab do some work in London sooner rather than later..

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On Photography: Light Transforms Beiruit

Was recently pointed in the direction of Lebanese photographer Serge Najjar and his impressive portfolio of work. It takes a special kind of photographer to show us a city in a different light, and these photographs do just this, focusing the photographic lens on Beirut to capture stunning contrasts of light and dark in his series.

“It is important to me to show that if we looked closer at things around us, we may discover a new world we would have otherwise totally missed,” ~ Serge Najjar

The series if called Architecture Of Light, and is focused on contrasts, angular shadows and reflections. The work is part of a solo exhibition at Galerie Tanit in Beiriut, opening in February 2016.

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