Shoe fetishists and fashionistas: step into your Manolo Blahniks and march your way towards the V&A! You've got till 31 January 2016 to see their special fashion exhibition 'Shoes: Pleasure and Pain' and admire some rare gems. Unlike most women (or men) I have no special interest in shoes. I mostly want them to be [...]
With the exception of DJs such as Armin van Buuren and DJ Tiësto, hardly any Dutch music acts/bands are known internationally. This is a real shame as there are lots of bands out there that deserve international recognition. Therefore I'm sharing with you in this post four Dutch bands you should know!
808 State, who take their name after the Roland TR-808 drum machine, are regarded as pioneers of acid house. They have been touring with their defining album 'Ninety' for the last year and last June I happened to be in the Netherlands when they played a show at W2 in Den Bosch. Before they were about to play an exciting live show, band member Graham Massey kindly agreed to do an interview with me. Here is part 1 of my interview with Graham!
Zombies, vampires, the undead: these are all creatures that make up for successful franchise films, and all were originally born from gothic literature. The first ever Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto (1764), was written by British author Horace Walpole who found the inspiration for the novel in his gothic castle in west London. After an elaborate restoration, it is now possible to visit this extraordinary and eccentric historical house.
One of the must see exhibitions right now is the Ai Weiwei retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts in London (till 13 December). This exhibition shows a great selection of installations, videos, photographs, furniture and even wallpaper by this great Chinese contemporary artist and political activist. The show is definitely thought-provoking and will give you [...]
Last week I was briefly Dutch Girl in the Netherlands (not that an exciting name, I know). Before I jetted off back to the UK again, I made a stopover at EYE Film Museum in Amsterdam. I'm such a fan of this museum: the building itself looks like an alien spaceship freshly landed from an extrasolar [...]
StolenSpace Gallery in London and Thinkspace Gallery in LA have teamed up and co-curated a group show in London: LAX/LHR.
Here's a photo report of this vast and entertaining exhibition which is spread between the two gallery spaces. You can go see the artworks in real life till 4 October 2015 at StolenSpace Gallery in London.
Until Sunday 13 September 2015 you can see the fantastic free exhibition of hyper-realistic sculptures by American artist Duane Hanson (1925-1996) at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. The retrospective showcases a selection of works from Hanson’s 40-year long career with pieces from 1979 till 1995. It's a definite must-see!
Shoreditch-based StolenSpace Gallery is one of my regular go-to destinations during my street art walks. Featured artists all come from or are inspired by 'underground' culture such as graffiti writing and street art. The same goes for their current show 'The New Pollution' by Australian artist Ben Frost, which criticises the amount of urban refuse and unwanted advertising (pollution) that forces its way into our private lives on a daily basis.
‘Where is New Amsterdam then?’ I hear you think. Alas, New Amsterdam no longer exists. Nowadays you might know this place better by the name of New York City. Not everybody knows this, but the Dutch ruled the area for over 40 years till they lost it to the English in the 17th century. Just imagine that [...]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvoouVTNk7Y Plot Meet Viago, Deacon, Vladislav and Petyr, four flatmates in Wellington, New Zealand. The mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows shows their daily mundane struggles such as paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, getting into vampire-friendly nightclubs and not to drink the blood of their flatmates’ human friends. Synopsis The opening credits [...]
When Harriet Horton invited me for a taxidermy class I was intrigued, but I can't deny I also felt a bit queasy at the same time. Taxidermy workshops have been very popular in the UK in recent years and as I figured such an invitation wouldn’t come around any time soon again, I decided to cowboy up, act [...]
With Halloween around the corner, what could be more fitting than an interview with Kim Newman, an expert on fantasy and horror cinema? Being an acclaimed film critic, writer and broadcaster, Kim writes for magazines such as Empire and Sight & Sound, published a series of novels for which he's been awarded several literary prizes and has written non-fiction books on [...]
A Dutch girl walks into a bar and joins a Yorkshireman, an Essexer and a Midlander... Not the beginning of a joke, but actually the start of an animated interview between fellow blogger Inspiring City, artists Sam Peacock, Roy’s People and myself. The setting was a trendy bar in a popular East London hotel and the [...]