READ ABOUT IT: Urban graffiti

Click here for an excellent reminder of the all-pervasive evil of advertising from George Monbiot. Someone, please, clean this ugly, banal and virulent form of urban graffiti off our city streets, buses, cinemas, schools, homes …

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WHAT’S ON? Camp Magnético

To purge its dark soul, through this month and next the plaça Catalunya placed, cultural space of Spanish bank Caja Madrid hosts a series of concerts by weird experimental music artists. It seems that the same light-sensitive sound manipulators that probed our minds with LEM now seek to amass us like iron-filings to a mysterious ‘Magnetic… Read more »

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REVIEW: Robots or Ghosts

For all the talk of ‘collective memory’ and ‘universality of emotions’ on Macba’s notes it is the isolation and the drudgery that for me made Sejla Kameric’s version of the film 1395 Days without Red the more engrossing and haunting of the two films. Created in conjunction with Albanian filmmaker Anri Sala (left), the film project… Read more »

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WHAT’S ON? 1395 Days Without Red

  MACBA MUSEUM UNTIL JANUARY 9, 2012 Two films set in the same city, using the same footage, characters and soundtrack, and screened on floor 1 and 2 of the Macba museum (swing to the left and to the end of the corridor as you come up the stairs) show two dramatic representations of the… Read more »

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BEEN & GONE: LEM end – Institut Fatima nibble the fingers that feed them, Cargo go safari.

  Can music experiment and engage at the same time? Can it remain individual and also reach a public without compromising that? Does it matter? LEM festival uses its experimental tag very liberally, but if there’s one thing that struck me this year it’s that it all depends on the space. La Fontana is a very ‘public’… Read more »

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La last night at LEM

The problem with multi-band experiences is: if bands are similar in genre, they bleed into each other; if they’re not, as Cargo, Graves and Institut Fatima (see photo) definitely weren’t last night, you have to emotionally adjust, which is work for a Saturday night, let’s be honest. Still, the venue La Fontana is cool. It’s enormous, and lies… Read more »

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Purity Imperfect – Carlos Zingaro

For the second LEM concert held in Macba’s chilly auditorium, last night, ZNGR Electroacoustic Ensemble: Carlos Zingaro (in the middle) flanked by an equally serious Emidio Buchino (right) and Carlos Santos (left), met with a smattering of souls and an awestruck silence. A classically-trained violinist, Portuguese Zingaro is a LEM pioneer, having worked with the festival from the… Read more »

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Ballets Russes, the show.

Felia Doubrovska is               The Firebird (1910) In 1909, a troupe of Russian dancers embarked on a whirlwind 20-year tour of Europe that was to sex-up ballet considerably. Hitherto a fluffy thing stuffed between opera acts, dance became a multidisciplinary multi-sensorial extravaganza that shocked the most enlightened of Parisian… Read more »

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