Category Archives: Creativity

On Immersion: Secret Theatre Comes to London

The CultureJukebox team have always had their finger on the pulse of new immersive experiences, so intriguing to hear about Secret Theatre coming back to the capital.

Secret Theatre: Project Mayhem

Project Mayhem follows a sell-out, critically acclaimed, immersive site specific production of “Hell Hath No Fury, From Dusk Till Dawn” in both London and Hong Kong, and this summer the team are back with a new secret show in central London.

The new show is an interactive adaptation of one of modern history’s most twisted tales of fraternity, violence and all-out psychological warfare. Project Mayhem will completely engulf its guests as part of the set and story, encouraging them along the way to interact with the characters and carefully-created surroundings.

Here’s the trailer to whet the appetite. Promising a wild theatrical ride..

It runs until August 21st. Organisers promise to transport audiences to an underground to a secret world, there’s more information (albeit suitably cryptic) and ticket details here:  https://www.secretstudiolab.com/home + there’s even a special Project Mayhem hotline too.. Call 07583465494

On Culture: the progressive new intersection of VR and promenade performance

The intersection of art and technology is one of the most interesting creative spaces – so great to hear about progressive new performance WHIST coming to London this month and then touring the UK.

‘WHIST’, created by dance company AΦE, is a new production combining VR with interactive promenade theatre. WHIST incorporates 360˚ interactive film, soundscapes and an architectural art installation to create an environment that blurs all boundaries – between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual.

Inspired by Sigmund Freud’s dream theory, WHIST invites audiences on a journey into the unconscious mind, where instincts will be the guide through a narrative of surreal dreams and fears. And you, or your subconscious, choose your own path.

The performance incorporates 360˚ interactive film, soundscapes and an architectural art installation to create an environment that blurs all boundaries – between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual.

Using interactive ‘triggers’ positioned in the virtual world by its makers, WHIST allows for a total of 76 narrative possibilities to exist, creating a unique experience for each viewer. No simple ‘red pill vs. blue pill’ format, WHIST implements interactive elements, subtly woven into the film to effect unconscious decision making.

According to the team behind the show, this puts the production at the very forefront of immersive storytelling innovation – leaving the strings that bind and pull at all times invisible. You, or your subconscious, choose your own path.

So, what are the upcoming dates?

  • Ugly Duck – London
    • 23-25 June 2017
  • Pavilion Dance South West – Bournemouth
    • 3-4 July 2017
  • Colours International Dance Festival – Stuttgart, Germany
    • 6 – 15 July 2017
  • Festival Theatre – Edinburgh
    • 21st July – 3rd August 2017
  • The Old Market – Brighton
    • 19-20 September 2017
  • (further dates to be confirmed)

Check the website for more information: http://www.aoiesteban.com/whist/

 

On Beer: East London’s Burgeoning Beer Mile (and a bit)

The CultureJukebox team are fond of a real ale or two (or three or four…)  So, it’s great to hear about some awesome new breweries opening up close to our home in East London.

In fact, the team here thrilled that some of these new breweries are putting purpose before profit too. Opening up near each other, this new brewing scene is top tribute to a fantastic beer culture that is brewing in our corner of the capital.

So, what’s new?

The Magic Spells Brewery, Leyton

The newest and latest independent Craft Brewery in East London currently produces three bottled beers:  A Craft Lager, a Pale Ale (called Hackney Hare) and an IPA.

Magic Spells’ beers are a somewhere between modern brewing techniques and old styles and methods; taking inspiration from classics and adding a modern twist. The brewery creates distinct flavour profiles for the beers – an up front and bold hoppy flavour, a satisfying bite to the beer, smoothly balanced due to a nice malty body and warming alcohol.

The brewery sources most of the malt used in its beers from the UK plus British hops boosted by punchy flavoured hops from New Zealand and America.

It was founded by Jas Hare, an Eastender born-and-bred, who has a fantastic track record in the drinks industry as well as being a craft beer enthusiast.

Magic Spells Beers are available in both 330ml and 500ml bottles with an RRP of £2.49 and £2.99 respectively. They’re all available online, and in venues around London too.

 

Nirvana Brewery, Leyton

Another new brewery for 2017, Nirvana does something completely different. A low / no-alcohol brewery – sure a great idea for our increasingly health-conscious times.

It’s the UK’s only micro brewery dedicated to zero and low ABV craft beers. Beers on offer include Mantra (an IPA at 0.7% ABV), Kosmic (a stout at 0% ABV), and Chakra (a stout at 1% ABV). The team at Nirvana promise “no compromises” on flavour, so we’re excited about our first visit!

Pretty Decent Beer

Opening up just down the road in Forest Gate, Pretty Decent Beer Co has just opened its doors.

On Sheridan Road in Forest Gate, near Cann Hall Road, this brewery looks like one to watch. The team promise: “We make decent beer and do decent things with the money you spend drinking it. We brew our beer in London and every bottle helps to fund sustainable water projects around the world.”

 

The CultureJukebox team hasn’t had chance to visit yet, but this brewery promises to be really superb – we like what we’ve seen on Instagram so far.

And Pretty Decent Beer Co is just a few minutes walk from some of Forest Gate’s best independent venues – The Wanstead Tap for an incredible selection of real ale and provocative programming, Burgess & Hall for beautiful wines; and the quirky and delicious Hawkes cider HQ.

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A proper round-up of some of Forest Gate, Leyton and Leytonstone’s best watering holes for this summer is coming soon. Where do you think should be on the list? Send us a Tweet and let us know where we should visit..

 

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 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 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!

On Culture: The Greatest Sneakers of All Time?

One for the sneaker heads; a super cool exhibition created in search and celebration of the 25 greatest kicks of all time is launching in London later this month

The top trainers were ranked by an international poll of the general public and industry experts. Dubbed G.O.A.T. Sneakers’ the show moves on to New York after the London opening.

Announced by Lyst, the world’s largest fashion shopping website, the project has been curated by leading international sneaker expert, Neal Heard. It promises to be both a history and an homage – revealing the secret stories behind the creation of the most iconic sneakers ever made. The CultureJukebox team are keen on their kicks, so we’re looking forward to this exhibition.

 

The project features a 3,000-year timeline, G.O.A.T Sneakers will tell the story of early shoes before chronicling their evolution to the modern day. It will tell extraordinary stories surrounding the creation of the most iconic brands and designs over the years and how they were variously appropriated by successive generations of cultural tribes around the world.

The centrepiece of the exhibition will be an entire wall devoted to the twenty-five greatest sneakers of all time, as voted for by an international online poll of the general from a longlist created by an international panel of over 25 industry experts including DJ Clark Kent, Dave Hewitson (80s Casuals), Jockey (Transalpino Liverpool); Gwarizm Gary Warnett; Nick Santora (Classic Kicks), Air Rev (Sneakernews) and Atip (High Snobriety) – with an individual history for each of the sneakers.

Exploring the obsessive devotion inspired by sneakers, the exhibition will also offer a look ‘Inside The Mind of a Sneakerhead’ in the form of a hidden installation featuring the highlights of the renowned collections of two sneaker obsessives, Brooksy and Kish Kash.

 

The exhibition opens at The Archivist’s Gallery (N1 5ET) on January 26th. Check our Lyst for more details too.

 

On Art: The Waldorf Project’s Remarkable Journey Through Time, Taste & Touch

The CultureJukebox team have been fans of The Waldorf Project since day one, writing about it a few times. We were invited to Chapter Three last week, and the third instalment is in our opinion the most powerful work yet.

It’s a journey through time, taste and touch and is unlike anything else. It invites people to really feel.


Image credit: Lee Arucci (Waldorf Project Ch 3, Futuro)

Stepping into the show (taking place at HereEast – the Olympic Park / Hackney Wick) you step into somewhere other from the very first moment. The room is dark, and the atmosphere is dark too.

You’re dragged backwards, forwards, and manhandled by a series of beautiful and strong performers. The Waldorf Project is part dance, part immersive theatre, and part experimental food & drink experience.

It’s the drinks that really focus the mind. The first involves balloons and some sort of chemistry experiment. Later, the audience kneels at an altar as a warm, sweet drink is aggressively poured down your mouth.

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Image credit: Lee Arucci (Waldorf Project Ch 3, Futuro)

Things get weirder throughout the show. You’re bundled through tunnels, you have to grasp strangers, and you do things in-between large sheets of plastic. It’s just brilliantly imaginative.

The production is based around the Japanese emotion of AMAE, a temporary surrender. And that’s what you have to do.

The audience has to surrender their comforts, surrender their conceptions of taste and also disconnect. This disconnection from technology and the usual sounds and distractions of everyday life has a huge impact on the feeling around the performance.

There’s strictly no phones, which means you’re focused on the music, the flavours and the people. I was dreaming of lost nights in warehouses in East London, the sounds making me reconsider what these nights meant and what the future holds.

We often don’t consider these things, or how other people consider us. But surrendering to The Waldorf Project’s spell allowed new connections to be born, and started a new way of looking at things.

The superb lighting design helps focus these unconnected thoughts, and drives a loose structure that holds the experience together – illuminating the space and the spaces within ourselves too.

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Everyone is separated, but brought together by the light, by the characters living in this remarkable place, and by the sound and structure as you experience this unique show. You’re never really alone.

And maybe that’s the truth. Maybe we do have more in common, and maybe we are more connected than we first thought? Perhaps, by tasting, trying and touching new things we can grow and see things differently?

We thought the show was truly amazing, well done Sean Rogg. It’s open until December 4th, tickets and more details are here.