Currently in the very last week of my university finals, I am barely leaving my house. I have therefore comprised a list of ten internet articles and videos on music, dance, visual art and architecture that I have enjoyed this week and hope you do too.
1. ‘Justin Rowe book art opens British Academy Literature Week’
Justin Rowe (image taken from BBC article)
This is an article about an artist making beautiful stories out of books from charity shops. Upcycling at its best!
2. ‘Exchange: 1,000 Good Deeds at the Foundling Museum’
I’ve been meaning to visit the Foundling for a while and I will now make sure that I visit between 14th June and 15th September. Artist Clare Twomey has designed this simple concept: an individual can take away an exhibited teacup as long as they do the good deed hidden underneath it on the saucer. A simple exchange, and one that will hopefully see lots of lives affected in a positive way.
The Foundling Museum is now welcoming suggestions for good deeds to include in the piece – send them any ideas on their website.
3. ‘Baroque The Streets: world artists unleashed in South London’
Pablo Delgado (image taken from Evening Standard article)
I love a bit of (good) street art and this project is a collaboration between Dulwich Picture Gallery and Street Art London to bring an array of great work.
4. Will Gompertz ‘Too Famous to See?’
This one is for the art historian in me. Gompertz discusses the implications of an artwork becoming iconic and assesses the way in which a piece may lose its original meaning, becoming instead a tick box on a list of must-see artworks.
5. ‘Newton Faulkner & Sam Brookes cover of Daft Punk – Get Lucky’
If you’ve been anywhere other than under a rock recently then you will have heard Daft Punk’s new single ‘Get Lucky’ ft. Pharrell Williams. This is an acoustic cover: two guitars, two voices and gorgeous harmonies.
6. ‘Mala – Introduction’
I was recently introduced to this song and it has featured heavily in my week. I intend to find more of his music soon.
7. ‘will.i.am – Bang Bang’
This week will.i.am released his video for his new single ‘Bang Bang’, the third track on the hotly anticipated Great Gatsby soundtrack. I generally begin with a strong dislike of music by will.i.am but then come round to it as I hear it repeatedly played. However, I have to say, I enjoyed this song from the start. The video is very entertaining too. If nothing else, will.i.am’s work is an excellent lesson in branding – count the number of times you spot his logo in the video!
8. ‘Watch: Jon Bausor on designing for opera and ballet’
The Royal Opera House has posted a video interviewing Bausor about designing stage sets. Beautifully put together and highly informative, this is well worth a watch.
9. ‘Are these the UK’s worst buildings ever?’
Nominations for the 2013 Carbuncle Cup, given to the ugliest building, are now open. The previous winners can be seen by following the link above. Any ideas what might win this year?
Just For Fun
10. ‘iPhone 6’
Obviously this is not a real product. But the video is so well done that I just had to include it in my roundup. Dramatic and epic are two words that come to mind.