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LL archive April 2014: London Life looks at the 10 best poems about spring

LL archive April 2014: London Life looks at the 10 best poems about spring | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
From Shakespeare to Larkin, Kate Kellaway chooses her favourite celebrations of spring
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A poem for Spring.

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Welcome! To the archive section!

Welcome! To the archive section! | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

We hope you enjoy browsing the London Life archives!  

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LL archive Jan 2015: Rooftop Film Club @ Vault Waterloo

LL archive Jan 2015: Rooftop Film Club @ Vault Waterloo | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

Programme

http://www.undergroundfilmclub.com/waterloo-program.html

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Offer now closed. Still worth it!  last few days! 

 

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There's 25% off January Underground Film Club tickets until midnight 31st December with promo code: "UFCJANUARY".www.undergroundfilmclub.com

see http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=668242344762531504758b737&id=bcc392e187 for details.

 

  Lots of film favourites on offer in this unique underground space. Worth the trip for the venue alone..

 
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LL archive January 2015: It's That Time Of Year! Ice Skate @ Somerset House

It's that time of year! Time to seek out some super skating rinks, including our favourite @ Somerset House. Here's a blast from the past, filmed @ Somerset House way back in 2012 but we love it still and hope you do too. We like the fact that we do not even need to be there to enjoy this!  Oh, we suddenly feel all  pre-festive,! An experience that's vibrant and vital, for all ages. Of  course nothing beats getting along there and joining in the fun. Guaranteed to give cheer on a grey city day! And after you've had the traditional tumble-on-ice  or you've simply exhausted yourself laughing and cheering on the sideline whilst sipping Fortnum's  hot chocolate, there's so much else  to see inside SH. See their website for current events   http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/events

 

Check out the current Courtauld's Egon Schiele exhibition..

 

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Useful links

 

http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/ice-rink

 

http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/2014/Schiele/index.shtml

 

We skate just as brilliantly as the skaters in this video." Yeah? Something not quite right about previous statement .

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LL archive January 2015: TS Eliot Prize Readings @ Southbank Centre

LL archive January 2015: TS Eliot Prize Readings @ Southbank Centre | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

"Hear readings from the poets shortlisted for the 2014 TS Eliot Prize, one of the most loved events of the literary calendar.

 

Expect an electric atmosphere at this performance, which is a special opportunity to hear the best contemporary poets reading their own work.

 

Ian McMillan comperes the evening. Helen Dunmore chairs the judging panel, accompanied by two other judges, poets Sean Borodale and Fiona Sampson.


All shortlisted poets are invited to read from their work.

 

This year's shortlisted works are:

 

Fiona Benson Bright Travellers
John Burnside All One Breath 
Louise Glück Faithful and Virtuous Night (read by Michael Schmidt)
David Harsent Fire Songs
Michael Longley The Stairwell
Ruth Padel Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth 
Pascale Petit Fauverie
Kevin Powers Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting (read by Caleb Klaces)
Arundhathi Subramaniam When God is a Traveller
Hugo Williams I Knew the Bride

 

The Prize is awarded annually to the writer of the best new poetry collection published in the UK or Ireland. It is judged by a panel of established poets and has been described by Sir Andrew Motion as 'the Prize most poets want to win'."

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Sunday 11 January 7 pm

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LL archive January 2015: MIRRORCITY @ Hayward

LL archive January 2015: MIRRORCITY @ Hayward | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

"MIRRORCITY explores the effect the digital revolution has had on our experiences.

 

London is one of the world's centres for contemporary art. MIRRORCITY shows recent work and new commissions by key emerging and established artists working in the capital today, who seek to address the challenges, conditions and consequences of living in a digital age.

 

JG Ballard believed that reality had already exceeded the visions conjured by science fiction by the end of the 20th century. Drawing on the digital era we now live in, the artists in MIRRORCITY respond to and address this new perception of the world.

 

Artists have always created alternative realities but recently they have been exploring where the digital and the physical space crossover and fold into each other. The exhibition considers questions specific to our time such as: ‘How can we navigate the space between the digital and the physical?’ and ‘What is the effect of advanced technologies on our lives?'

 

The engagement, innovation and complexity of the works selected for MIRRORCITY also directly or indirectly reflect the multi-faceted character of London itself."

 

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LL Archive: December 2014 /Koen Vanmechelen at the Crypt Gallery St Pancras Church

LL Archive: December 2014 /Koen Vanmechelen at the Crypt Gallery St Pancras Church | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

Koen Vanmechelen Exhibition

15 November - 14 December 


Mon-Sat 11am-7pm / Sun 12-5pm 

Koen Vanmechelen is a conceptual artist who explores the social function of art. For over 20 years he has been making mixed media work around a central theme of diversity, immunity and fertility. By approaching his subject laterally he has been able to make significant discoveries about genetics which have not been reached through conventional scientific practice. 

The artists new exhibition in London springboards from his ongoing project The Cosmopolitan Chicken, in which he uses the chicken as a universal metaphor. By crossbreeding roosters and hens from around the globe he reflects the benefits of a diverse gene pool. Over the past 15 years Vanmechelen has cross-bred 18 generations of chickens from as many nations, proving emphatically that greater genetic diversity results in increased fertility and stronger immune systems. 

In the evocative, labyrinthine tunnels of the 200 year old crypt of St. Pancras Church, Darwin's Dream, reflects on the artists discoveries through works in a multitude of media. Curated by Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts and James Putnam, the exhibition features a living 'jungle' and a miniature lake at its centre and includes performance video, photography and sculpture in glass. The genetic lineage throughout the generations of the cosmopolitan chickens is illustrated in a family tree and larger than life-size photographic portraits of the parents and their offspring, presented alongside specimens of the different generations preserved in taxidermy. 
 
http://koenvanmechelen.be/calendar/darwins-dream-the-crypt-st-pancras-church-london-uk ;

 

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LL archive December 2014: A Room for London stays for 2014

LL archive December 2014: A Room for London stays for 2014 | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

'A Room for London will be staying at the Southbank Centre for 2014.

 

Do sign up to our newsletter to get updates on future A Room for London ballots, and other news from Living Architecture.

 

A new perspective on the River Thames

 

Writer and broadcaster Tom Sutcliffe, guest on 31st August 2013, wrote: “A Room For London is magical. Big Ben out of one window, St. Paul's out of the other...”. “Had a wonderful evening in Room For London. I recommend you sign up for the next ballot now”.

 

There can be few places to stay a night in London quite as unusual, poetic and life-enhancing as A Room for LondonLiving Architecture's 'boat' perched, as if by retreating floodwaters, on the very edge of the Queen Elizabeth hall at the Southbank Centre.

 

The one-bedroom installation is intended to offer guests a place of refuge and reflection amidst the flow of traffic at this iconic location in the capital. The lower and upper decks offer extraordinary views, by day and night, of a London panorama that stretches from Big Ben to St Paul's cathedral. Inside, the boat is a beautifully crafted timber object, full of nooks and crannies to explore – and all the creature comforts that one would expect in a good hotel.

 

On arrival 'aboard', guests are invited to fill in a logbook detailing what they have experienced during their stay, out of the window as much as within themselves. In future years, we hope that the boat will resume its journey and find itself perched in other vital parts of London (or outside London), in a location that provides great views and makes for a stimulating experience for our guests.'

 

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Archive December 2924

A Room For London stays for 2015!

ballot now open 

see here for details

 http://sco.lt/92r45p

 

Archive May. 2024:

On a recent visit to the Southbank, I was delighted to see Noah's Ark still in position above the QEH. What an inspiring view for those lucky enough to be able  to afford this experience. London from a whole new angle.

 

past coverage here

July | 2012 | bestoflondonlife
http://bestoflondonlife.wordpress.com/2012/07/

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Archive December 2014: Soane Museum › Evening Opening

Archive December 2014: Soane Museum › Evening Opening | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
Details of the Museums famous candlelight evenings - held on the first Tuesday of each month.

 

 

The Museum is lit by candlelight on the first Tuesday of each month, from 6 until 9pm.  This event is extremely popular and many more people arrive than we can possibly get in to the house. For this reason, at 5.30pm we issue tickets to the first 200 people who arrive.  Please use your own judgment to decide what time to arrive, as people always arrive earlier than any time we may suggest.  In order to operate a fair entry policy we do not take bookings for the evening opening.  We ask that you do not reserve spaces in the queue for late-comers out of respect for the people who have patiently queued behind you.  Tickets are strictly one per person.  We do not provide tours.  Average visiting time is an hour.

 

Dates for 2014:

4 March, 1 April, 6 May, 3 June, 1 July, 5 August, 2 September, 7 October, 4 November, 2 December.
 

The Museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays.

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It's dark outside!

Be one of the lucky few and get inside one of the best smallest museums in London and certainly the quirkiest! Candlelit once a month.

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London Life archive November 2014: Day of the Dead Festival

London Life archive November 2014: Day of the Dead Festival | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

 

Opening times. @ Bargehouse, Oxo Tower

Exhibition:  Thursday 30th October - 11am - 6pm

                     Friday 31st October - 11am - 9pm

                     Saturday 1st November and Sunday 2nd November - 11am - 6pm

 

Family Workshops:   Friday 31st October, 12pm - 6pm

                                     Saturday 1st November, 11am - 6pm

                                     Sunday 2nd November, 11am - 6pm

                                     pre-registration opens October 11th 

                                      https://dayofthedeadfestival.eventbrite.com 

 

“Under the Volcano” screening times:

Daily screening times: 11:30am - 1:30pm

                                      1:30pm - 3:30pm

                                      3:30pm - 5:30pm

 A special screening of 'Under the Volcano' will take place on Friday, October 31st from 6:30pm, followed by a panel discussion exploring the films influence and legacy. 

 

DRAWING EXCHANGE:

Thursday 30th October -Sunday 2nd November 11 am – 6pm

Drawing and Assemblage Offerings Throughout the festival, visitors to A Shrine to Dissent will be able to make their drawn offering, by responding to the ongoing shrine drawing exercises.

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DISSENTING GOTHIC: Thursday  3Oth October 2 pm – 4 pm  

Meet 2 PM Abney Park Cemetery main gates Stoke Newington High Street N16 OLH Join us as we explore the reoccurring and evolving themes of dissent through Abney Park Cemetery.  From the chapel's architectural style of Dissenting Gothic through the myriad lives of the dissenting  buried and connected to this beautiful and strange nature reserve.

 

BEYOND THE GATES: Friday 31st October: 3 – 6 pm  Bunhill Fields – Crossbones – Day of The Dead / Meet  3 pm.  Bunhill  38 City Road, London EC1Y 1AU 3PM.  Howl away the hours descending to Halloween dusk with a walking drift from one special site of dead dissent to another.

 Bunhill Fields, a former burial ground and now public park, was once known as 'The Campo Santo of Dissenters' and favoured by Nonconformists. It famously contains the graves of John Bunyan, William Blake and Daniel Defoe and many more radicals

We will walk through the city and across Southwark Bridge to find Crossbones, an altogether different site of non-conformity and local importance where an overflowing memorial gate pays dues to the paupers and prostitutes buried within.  We'll explore both of these sites in parallel with each other and explore what happens when we think outside the coffin and beyond the gates.

 

HIGHGATE CEMENTERY EAST: Saturday 1st November 11 – 2 PM Meet 11am Main Gates, Cost £4  Under 18's Free Swain’s Lane, London N6 6PJ


Highgate East Cemetery is renowned as the resting place for many socialists and a refuge for  the wild. Amongst the fox holes and wild plants lies Karl Marx, next to him, Claudia Jones, communist activist and journalist, who was central to the creation of Notting Hill carnival and Britain's first black newspaper: The West Indian Gazette. Within the shadows lies Dachine Rainer, poet and anarchist and Malcolm McLaren punk pioneer. We will walk and draw as we discover the lives and labours of the buried.

 

Sunday 2nd November River Chalk 11 AM meet at A Shrine To Dissent. 

Using materials as tools of devination from The Thames river bed, such as chalk, bottles and mud to draw messages to and from past dissenters.

Sunday 2nd November  2 – 5 pm meet at A Shrine to Dissent Drawing Ceremony.  Please join us for the shrine finale. A Drawing Exchange ceremony will take place where participants  are encouraged to exchange and barter their work. There will be music from an improvisational band, offerings will be sent to the other side.

 

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Archive January 2014 revisited! 10 Eccentric Works of Art You’ll Want to Own From London Art Fair

Archive January 2014 revisited! 10 Eccentric Works of Art You’ll Want to Own From London Art Fair | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
Trapped holograms, riot shields, acorns, boozy paintings... There was a lot of love for the leftfield at this year's fair.
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I really enjoyed the London  Art Fair this year. 'Twas vast though! Good walking shoes were essential :)

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LL archive Nov 2014: Janet Brooke Exhibition @ Orso Major Gallery

LL archive Nov 2014: Janet Brooke Exhibition @ Orso Major Gallery | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

'Take a Seat by Janet Brooke is a complex screen print and mono print and part of the exhibition titled ‘The Way We Were’ at Orso Major Gallery.

 

The exhibition features street architecture and run down shop fronts from the 1980s to 2000.  In the case of the shop fronts, the build up of signage, paint, labels and notices are applied one on top of another, echoing the ever changing nature of London in particular.

Drawn to the texture and the washed out signage with fading and flaking paint on the walls, Janet captures these images of shop fronts and street furniture using monoprint to get the texture of the scrubbed out walls. Once satisfied with the build up of texture, a complex multi-layered screen print is applied.

 

She says of ‘Take a Seat’

“This faded wall sign on the Bow Road, complete with faded bench and Tennants Super can seemed to sum up urban loneliness”

 

Brooke was inspired to capture these neglected aspects of our urban environment, recognising that soon they would be gone, and the memory of them would fade much like the paint on the fascia.'

 

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Janet Brooke’s exhibition of East End screenprints runs at Orso Major Gallery, 19 Lower Marsh, until 29th November

 

 Read more about the background to the exhibition here http://spitalfieldslife.com/2014/11/20/janet-brookes-east-end-screenprints/

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LL Archive Nov 2014: The Marriage of Figaro – Directed by Fiona Shaw | ENO

LL Archive Nov 2014: The Marriage of Figaro – Directed by Fiona Shaw | ENO | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
Book your tickets to see The Marriage of Figaro, one of the greatest comic operas ever written – Directed by Fiona Shaw and performed at the ENO.
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If you are in London and you fancy going to this, check out the secret seats. They are a bargain @ £20 or £30 with a glass of decent champagne. London Life  tried this out recently and was allocated middle seats in the Dress Circle. Brilliant view. Excellent evening.

 

Will be returning to the secret seats for Carmen!

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If you are in London and you fancy going to this, check out the secret seats , a real bargain @ £20 or £30 with a glass of decent champagne. We tried this out recently and were allocated brilliant middle seats in the Dress Circle. Excellent evening.

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LL archive November: Baker Street sax man Raphael Ravenscroft's song for the fallen

LL archive November: Baker Street sax man Raphael Ravenscroft's song for the fallen | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
The daughter of the saxophonist who played the famous Baker Street riff today spoke of her pride at collaborating with her late father on a painting to mark the First World War.
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LL archive Jan 2015: Soane's Museum > Face to Face: British Portrait Prints from the Clifford Chance Art Collection

LL archive Jan 2015: Soane's Museum > Face to Face: British Portrait Prints from the Clifford Chance Art Collection | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

"Sir John Soane’s Museum presents Face to Face: British Portrait Prints from the Clifford Chance art collection, an exploration into the development of portraiture by British printmakers in the 20th and the first decade of the 21st Century. 

 

Featuring works by Patrick Caulfield, David Hockney, William Hogarth, Gavin Turk, Peter Howson and Gary Hume, Face to Face offers a rare opportunity to see a selection of pieces from the Clifford Chance Art Collection. Nearly 40 artworks rarely seen by the public will be displayed in the gallery space at the Sir John Soane’s Museum, exploring the themes of realism, abstraction, process, caricature and social commentary through the medium of portraiture and self-portraiture."

 

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Until 24 January 

free entry

http://www.soane.org/your_visit

 

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LL archive Jan 2015: Viviane Sassen - The Photographers' Gallery

LL archive Jan 2015: Viviane Sassen   - The Photographers' Gallery | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
31 Oct 2014 - 18 Jan 2015

 

 'In this marvellous exhibition, Viviane Sassen is less fashion photographer, more contemporary artist.  Her forms are often sculptural but most striking is her breathtaking colour palette.'

 

Evening Standard

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Please note!

The. Photographer's Gallery used to offer free entry during opening hours. This has changed. See below.

 

ADMISSION to Edward Steichen & Viviane Sassen

£4.50 (£3.50 Concession)


Free Admission Mon – Fri, 10.00 – 12.00

 

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LL archive January 2015: Fashioning Winter @ Somerset House

LL archive January 2015: Fashioning Winter @ Somerset House | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
As the UK’s most stylish skating scene sets up in the neoclassical courtyard, the hidden gems inside Somerset House will also transform into a fashion winter wonderland

 

download the FW display guide here

http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/documents/201411101719fashioing-winter-booklet.pdf

 

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Fashioning Winter: A Winter Pursuits Tour

Thursday 8 January 2015

16.00-17.00, 17.30-18.30

 

"Join us on a candlelit journey around the nine displays of Fashioning Winter to discover the stories behind winter sports and style, both past and present.


Booking essential, limited places. Tickets are available at the Seamen's Hall Info Desk 30 minutes before each tour on a first come, first served basis"

 

see you in the Q :-)

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LL archive January 2015: Exhibition Talk: Sophie Williamson @ Camden Arts Centre

LL archive January 2015: Exhibition Talk: Sophie Williamson @ Camden Arts Centre | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

"Drawing on key themes which Glenn Ligon addresses in his exhibition, Sophie Williamson, Exhibitions Organiser at Camden Arts Centre leads a 45-minute tour followed by an open discussion with the audience."

 

#callandresponse

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End Of Exhibition Tour & Discussion with the exhibitions organiser

Sunday 11

3-4 pm

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LL archive January 2015: Sirens - Soho Theatre

LL archive January 2015:  Sirens - Soho Theatre | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

SIRENS

 

Tue 2 Dec - Sun 4 Jan, 7.15pm, Sat 2.30pm, Sun 5pm

Soho Theatre

£12.50 (£10) Tue 2 - Wed 3 Dec, £20 (£17.50)

 

A POWERFUL ORCHESTRA OF PERFORMANCE FROM INTERNATIONALLY-RENOWNED THEATRE COMPANY, ONTROEREND GOED.

 

‘Brave, necessary theatre.’ Telegraph

  

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LL Archive: Christmas in Trafalgar Square 2014

LL Archive: Christmas in Trafalgar Square 2014 | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

From 8 to 23 December, come and join the celebrations in Trafalgar Square for the Christmas tree lighting, carol singing and the blessing of the crib.

 

Christmas tree lighting Trafalgar Square, 4 December, 6pm

 

The countdown to Christmas starts with the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree on 4 December in Trafalgar Square from 6pm.

The Norwegian Spruce is a gift from the people of Norway to London to say thank you for Britain’s support during World War II. This historic tradition has happened every year since 1947. The tree will be lit by the Mayor of Westminster, Norwegian Ambassador and governing Mayor of Oslo. The Salvation Army and St Martin-in-the-Fields choir will sing carols.

 

Blessing of the CribTrafalgar Square, 7 December, 5:30pm

 

Join a torch-lit procession on the steps of St Martin-in-the-Fields, as the choir and clergy bless the Crib in a special ceremony in Trafalgar Square on 7 December at 5:30pm.  The Crib is designed by Tomoaki Suzuki with figures inspired by London’s diverse population. It will be on display in the square throughout December. For more information, please visit St Martin-in-the-Fields website.

 

Carol singing Trafalgar Square, 8 - 23 December

 

Come and enjoy festive carols beneath the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square from Monday 8 to Tuesday 23 December. More than 50 carol groups will be taking part over the period, each singing for an hour.

 

Performances take place from 4-8pm weekdays, and 2-6pm weekends. 

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Free Christmas Carols beside the Christmas Tree!

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LL archive December 2014: Krzysztof Kieślowski: The Decalogue 25th Anniversary Retrospective @ Institute of Contemporary Arts

LL archive December 2014: Krzysztof Kieślowski: The Decalogue 25th Anniversary Retrospective @ Institute of Contemporary Arts | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
The ICA is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Krzysztof Kieślowski's 1989 masterpiece The Decalogue with a rich and wide-ranging retrospective, as well as his first documentaries and other pivotal yet lesser known films.

 

Krzysztof Kieślowski: The Decalogue 25th Anniversary Retrospective

27 Nov 2014 – 9 Dec 2014

[Kieslowski and Piesiewicz] have the very rare ability to dramatise their ideas rather than just talking about them. They do this with such dazzling skill, you never see the ideas coming and don't realise until much later how profoundly they have reached your heart.


- Stanley Kubrick, foreword to Kieslowski & Piesiewicz: Decalogue: The Ten Commandments, 1991

If anyone could be considered a contemporary European master it was Kieślowski and the Dekalog in particular remains one of the great saving graces of the European cinema over the last disappointing decade -

From Derek Malcom's Kieślowski obituary for The Guardian

 

The ICA is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Krzysztof Kieślowski's 1989 masterpiece The Decalogue (Dekalog) with a rich and wide-ranging retrospective.The Decalogue is a renowned Polish television drama series directed by Kieślowski and co-written with Krzysztof Piesiewicz, with music by Zbigniew Preisner. It consists of ten one-hour films, inspired by the Ten Commandments.

 

Kieślowski's works are meditative, often melancholic in tone, expressionist in technique, and tackle themes of identity and what it means to be at once connected and isolated. The Decalogue is a work that reflects the instability and ongoing transformation of an individual’s life. It's an examination of the emotions upon which life itself is built: emotions which are the driving force behind all our decisions, choices, mistakes and sins.

 

This retrospective is not only a journey through The Decalogue series but also presents some of Kieślowski’s first documentaries and other pivotal yet lesser known films.

 

Season Multi-Buy Offer


Attend 3-6 events for £8 per screening
Attend 7 or more events for £7 per screening

 

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LL archive November 2014: Saatchi Gallery PANGAEA: NEW ART FROM AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA

LL archive November 2014: Saatchi Gallery PANGAEA: NEW ART FROM AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

Until November 2

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Ants in your pants? Anyone?

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LL archive Feb 2014: Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium now open for business

That's right, kitty-cat-canoodlers of London. We're opening on Saturday 1st March 2014. Visit our website to book your seat! http://ladydinahs.com/bookings/
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We heard about this last February http://sco.lt/82cLp3

Its been a long time in the preparation

but it's here at last

and it's going to be VERY BUSY!!

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We heard about this last February http://sco.lt/82cLp3

Its been a long time in the preparation

but it's here at last

and it's going to be VERY BUSY!!

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LL archive December 2014 Museum Choice: Prefab Museum pops up in Catford ..and stays!

LL archive December 2014 Museum Choice: Prefab Museum pops up in Catford ..and stays! | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

Excalibur in the news:

http://londonist.com/2014/02/prefab-museum-coming-to-catford.php

 

Previous coverage:

 

 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/jan/06/excalibur-castles-prefab-post-war-demolished

 

http://www.ribajournal.com/pages/excalibur__pamela_buxton_jan13_202495.cfm

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/sonia-zhuravlyova/the-end-is-close-for-pala_b_1992269.html?just_reloaded=1

 

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December 2014 update

now closed

visit the website for more details and to access online material

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From the. September archive

 

check out the new Kickstarter campaign to keep the museum open

 

http://sco.lt/5t9Frt

 

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check out this video http://vimeo.com/91704751

 

 

Latest 

http://dirtymodernscoundrel.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/prefab-post-fab-and-just-fab.html?m=1

 

http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/25/prefab-museum-extended-until-the-end-of-summer/

 

http://blog.zealous.co/blog/insights/zealous-story-elizabeth-blanchet-prefab-museum/

 

Update

The Prefab Museum is now open until September

 Saturdays. Get along! Before it's too late!

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Elisabeth Blanchet www.elisabethblanchet.com is the curator of this prefab museum which opens in Catford in March. This is a unique opportunity to experience 'prefab life' in an actual prefab, as it would have been in the 1940s.


It will be both a celebration and a farewell as most of these Catford bungalows will be demolished later this year. That they continued to survive for so long is nothing short of a miracle. Built by German POWs in 1945/6, they were erected to provide post-war temporary housing for returning servicemen and their families. Intended to last a decade, those who lived in them for most of their lives lovingly considered them as palaces, because of the 'mod cons' they offered.
I have not yet visited the estate but by all accounts it is no longer the thriving community it once was. In the past few years, most of the residents have reluctantly left their dilapidating homes, in advance of the bulldozers. The homes might be lost but the memories will linger on, thanks to the determination of people like Elizabeth who,over the past decade has carefully documented the social history of the Excalibur estate through photograph and documentary film.


I have a special interest in prefabs. I lived in one in Northern Ireland, up to the age of 6. I have a few memories of that happy time spent in our cosy,  lamplit tin roofed home, with our own hens on a nearby strip of land; but it was a long time ago. I shall be going to some of the Saturday events. I am quite excited by the prospect of reliving some of the experience, and, more importantly, unlocking the door to many more details of a domestic life I once experienced and have forgotten. But most of all, I look forward to meeting fellow prefabbers and hearing their stories.

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Elisabeth Blanchet www.elisabethblanchet.com is the curator of this prefab museum which opens in Catford in March. This is a unique opportunity to experience 'prefab life' in an actual prefab, as it would have been in the 1940s.


It will be both a celebration and a farewell as most of these Catford bungalows will be demolished later this year. That they continued to survive for so long is nothing short of a miracle. Built by German POWs in 1945/6, they were erected to provide post-war temporary housing for returning servicemen and their families. Intended to last a decade, those who lived in them for most of their lives lovingly considered them as palaces, because of the 'mod cons' they offered.
I have not yet visited the estate but by all accounts it is no longer the thriving community it once was. In the past few years, most of the residents have reluctantly left their dilapidating homes, in advance of the bulldozers. The homes might be lost but the memories will linger on, thanks to the determination of people like Elizabeth who,over the past decade has carefully documented the social history of the Excalibur estate through photograph and documentary film.


I have a special interest in prefabs. I lived in one in Northern Ireland, up to the age of 6. I have a few memories of that happy time spent in our cosy, lamplit, tin roofed home, with our own hens on a nearby strip of land; but it was a long time ago. I shall be going to the museum launch and hopefully to some of the other events. I am quite excited by the prospect of reliving some of the experience, and, more importantly, unlocking the door to many more details of a domestic life I once experienced and have forgotten. But most of all, I look forward to meeting fellow prefabbers and hearing their stories. Maybe I'm biased, because we have a connection, but I reckon they will turn out to be very spirited, special people.

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LL archive November 2014: Thousands of Ceramic Poppies Commemorate WWI in London

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Artist Paul Cummins has planted a sea of 88,246 red ceramic poppies at the Tower of London to mark the centennial of Britain's entrance into WWI.
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I went to this yesterday. Incredibly moving. Creates a strong visual sense of loss And the red of the ceramic poppies against the bright green grass .. reminded me of my first visit to The Tower to see where Ann Boleyn had been executed and many others besides ., the grass seemed rich from the blood that had poured upon it .. human fertiliser .. sobering thought

 
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LL archive Nov 2014: Artangel | José Damasceno: Plot

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Working outside the white walls of the gallery or the black box of the theatre or cinema, Artangel has commissioned many of the most notable artworks of recent years in a range of unexpected buildings and landscapes.
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LL archive Nov 2014: Fuel present: Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files @ Grimaldi Gavin

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"Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files is a selection of photographs of Russian prisoners tattoos collected by Arkady Bronnikov between the mid-1960s and mid-1980s. A senior expert in criminalistics at the USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs for over thirty years, part of Bronnikov's duties involved visiting correctional institutions of the Ural and Siberia regions. It was here that he interviewed, gathered information and photographed convicts and their tattoos, building one of the most comprehensive archives of this phenomenon acquired by FUEL in 2013.

 

The Bronnikov collection, consisting of 918 images, was made for police use only to further the understanding of the language of these tattoos and to act as an aid in the identification and apprehension of criminals in the field. The photographer's only consideration was the recording of the body for practical purposes. Unimpeded by artistry, these vernacular photographs present a guileless representation of criminal society. The photographs unintentionally betray their human side disclosing evidence of prisoners' character: aggressiveness, vulnerability, melancholy, and conceit. Their bodies display an unofficial history, told not just through tattoos, but also in scars and missing digits. Closer inspection only confirms our inability to comprehend the unimaginable lives of this previously unacknowledged caste.

 

A selection of photographs, alongside official police papers authored by Bronnikov from the Soviet period, will be published by FUEL in two volumes, the first to be released in conjuction with the exhbition in October 2014."

 

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