Thursday, 15 September 2011

Weekend adventures - films, art, burgers and more!

Hello everyone, I hope you're all having a lovely week so far!  This weekend just gone I went on a bit of an adventure about town with Jo Cheung and June Chanpoomidole, catching a couple of shows before they closed.  The first was the Watch Me Move exhibition at the Barbican, which was a very expansive and broad-reaching exhibition of animation.  It covered not only animations in different mediums and from different countries/cultures, but began with reels of some of the very first animations ever recorded.  I'd seen bits and pieces of some of the most famous ones (including Gertie the Dinosaur, Little Nemo and animations by the Fleischer brothers) so it was very interesting to see these early works in full.  If you watched everything all the way through I reckon you could literally spend hours in there!  As it was, we got too hungry to manage that and decided to go hit up a Gourmet Burger Kitchen.  Yummy!

Afterwards Jo and I ventured further north to Walthamstow to catch an exhibition by Carne Griffiths at a lovely, cosy little pub called The Castle.  Having exhibited alongside Carne at Sorted London I knew his work would be excellent (which it indeed was) though for these works he'd taken a more sinister route, exploring the dualism of beauty and brutality in nature.  The artist himself was there celebrating the final night of the show, and we discovered that his exhibition at the pub was part of a wider network of events in the E17 Art Trail.  We actually hadn't heard of this particular trail before (though apparently it is the largest of a number of such events springing up all over the East end of London) so we were very excited to hear that there were so many creative things going on.  I await to next year's trail with much anticipation!

Heading back we noticed these blue plaques in the windows of the homes lining the street, all of which commemorated people that lived there in the 19th century.  Rather than celebrating famous writers, poets, and so on as the 'official' blue plaques usually do, these ones instead mentioned everyone from neck-tie makers to teachers and, as captured here, 'commercial artists'!  This was another artwork on the E17 Art Trail, devised by Danny Cope.  I imagine that for the local residents, discovering who used to live in your home before you must have been fascinating.  If we all started looking into the social history of our homes and neighbourhoods, I wonder what we might discover...?

That's all for now this time folks, I hope you've enjoyed reading.  Thank you!

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