2nd || Wednesday
Precarity Centre launches with live performances by They Are Here and Mx World. They Are Here will present 24 Bubbles / 24 Statements, a new performance in collaboration with professional bubble blower Wojciech Solarski. Lewisham–based composer Mx World will combine traditional methods of songwriting with sampling, sound collage and audio–processing techniques, creating atmospheric, experimental pop music. Precarity Centre is the first in a series of artworks and interventions by They Are Here during In Residence, their yearlong residency at Studio Voltaire.
In collaboration with PS/Y’s Hysteria programme Pump House Gallery presents the first major solo exhibition in the UK of London-based Canadian artist Zadie Xa. The exhibition ‘The Conch, Sea Urchin and Brass Bell’, from 3 August until 24 September, is the narration of a displaced body’s journey and return to a ‘homeland’. Through spatial aspects of the gallery, the protagonist searches for an understanding of belonging but instead finds a concoction of excitement, rejection, and bewilderment.
3rd || Thursday
Featuring influential performance artist Stuart Brisley alongside Hayley Newman, Anne Tallentire, Michael Newman and John Seth, this event enacts a network of alliances through a chain of live encounters. To coincide with the latest issue of Drawing Room Confessions dedicated to Stuart Brisley, each speaker has been chosen by the artist to take part in a collective conversation animating art and social practice. Booking is required.
4th || Friday
Despite the Summer lull, Tate has something to offer with Late at Tate Britain. August’s edition is influenced by the elaborate 16th Century portraits contained in its collections and is named Stance. A publication commissioned especially for the evening contains a series photographs exploring the boundaries of fashion, gender and race. There will be a panel discussion on the politics of fashion and a selection of curated music by DJ CKTRL with pop-up bars and street food available for visitors.
5th || Saturday
18+ only for this event at the Barbican which accompanies the current performance exhibition Trajal Harrell: Hoochie Koochie. Tickets are few and far between for those who would like to witness a fierce runway battle to a soundtrack of house music. There will be performances from rapper Mister Wallace,Kiddy Smile and Father D’relle Khan.
10th || Thursday
Marking the first anniversary of Dye House 451 is a private view of the exhibition On Rushing Water which features the latest work of Alys Jenkins and Tom Sewell which drawing on the influence of eastern philosophy on their practice.
19th || Saturday
Five Years is pleased to present ‘Flora Plastica’, the first UK solo exhibition of Italian artist Filippo Leonardi. On the opening day the artist will invite the audience to engage in a wine tasting of a rare pre-phylloxera wine – coming from a vineyard near Mount Etna, which informed the realisation of the film presented in the exhibition. ‘Flora Plastica’ originates from a collaboration between Five Years and the artist-run space BOCS, Catania, and is curated by Amy E. Brown and Miriam La Rosa.
The RA’s end of Summer Party this year comes with a dress code described as otherworldly sublime. Expect to encounter fantastical creatures, mermaids and mermen, bewitching underworld inhabitants and mythical characters during the evening that is filled with life drawing, crafting, talks and discussions, DJs and an immersive installation of John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Tickets are pricey at £45 each, book now to ensure you get a space.
30th || Wednesday
Close-Up and Rattis Books pay tribute to the visionary artist Peter Hutton, one year on from his passing. Presenting the first substantial screening of Hutton’s works in London in a decade, this two-night programme focuses on a cross-section the filmmaker’s intimate and lush portraits of urban, rural and marine environments. Booking is required.
Amy E. Brown