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IKARIE XB-1 @ Fashion in Film Festival
Ikarie XB-1 is an ambitious science fiction space opera, possibly best known for prefiguring many visual and thematic motifs of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Made in the midst of the Cold War, this ‘Space Marienbad’, as one critic called it, epitomises the era’s raging space race and cultural competition between the East and the West. The film portrays an idealised communist civilisation circa 2163, as it embarks on a voyage beyond our solar system. Its real protagonist is a monumental discovery spaceship, a self-contained world in miniature designed to impress the world with its vision of a highly advanced lifestyle, as imagined by a small socialist country. Its 22nd century costumes are no less steeped in the ideology of utopianism, something that is especially driven home when ‘ancient people’ of the 20th century are discovered deep in space.
Federico Díaz @ Ambika P3
Ambika P3 and the Casebooks Project at the University of Cambridge present CASEBOOKS, a major exhibition engaging with one of the largest surviving sets of medical records in history. International contemporary artists Jasmina Cibic, Federico Díaz, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Rémy Markowitsch, Lindsay Seers and Tunga bring a diverse and radical range of practices to bear on the work of the Casebooks Project, which is editing the manuscripts of two seventeenth-century English astrologer-physicians Simon Forman and his protégé Richard Napier. The manuscripts document some 80,000 medical consultations, and are testament to the preoccupations of patients with questions of health, disease, fertility, stability and their place within wider natural and supernatural schemes.
Lenka Dusilová - Solo
Having won several awards in the Czech Republic, charismatic singer-songwriter Lenka Dusilová brings her own style of brave, innovative pop to the UK. Lenka is not used to stagnation and repeating herself. She became an extraordinary phenomenon of the Czech music scene, moving from the position of a rock star to peculiar expression, freely receiving impulses from various styles as well as extra musical experiences.
Pavla and Lucia Sceranková @ Pump House Gallery
Pump House Gallery presents an exhibition of new and existing work by Pavla and Lucia Sceranková. The artists’ first major UK exhibition brings together a body of work reflecting the constellations of visual, material and conceptual references that inform their practices. Highly responsive to context, sisters Pavla and Lucia Sceranková have developed the show in response to the unique architecture of the gallery and its setting in Battersea Park.
Living Room Theatre - Call for participation
Václav Havel's The Vaněk Trilogy is being made into a fully interactive and immersive performance in an exciting collaboration between the Czech Centre and award-winning theatre company ONEOHONE. This project is inspired by living room theatre, the cultural platform developed by Czech dissidents from Charter 77 to share their work with each other in private apartments. In the spirit of living room theatre, we are looking for volunteers anywhere in London willing to share for one evening only their private homes with up to 25 theatre loving strangers between March and September 2017. A living/dining open space is necessary, but not the seating - we'll do the rest!
5 - 30 November 2016, London
5 - 7 November 2016, Greenwood Theatre, London
Architects reimagine bathing - from guerilla saunas to pop-up bath houses, 11 October 2016, Roca Gallery London
27 September 2016, The Forge, London