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Heman Chong

This Week 7th - 13th December

7 December 2015 Ryan Ormonde

There is no room for complacency this week. A new play looks at important issues facing Londoners, a couple of exhibitions question the accuracy of memory, an animation festival reminds us that there’s more to cartoons than Family Guy and even a big old Hackney knees-up raises funds for asylum seekers.

#haters at Rich Mix

On Friday a bold and lyrical tale comes to the Rich Mix. Written and directed by Emilia Teglia with music by Barbara Diana, #haters is inspired by real events in London and looks at the effects of social media mobs and gentrification on its two young protagonists. Odd Eyes Theatre approaches the hot subject matter with irony and compassion. This is the last London date for the play before it sets off on tour in 2016.

For more information and to book tickets, see website.


Heman Chong at South London Gallery

An intriguing project by Heman Chong takes over the South London Gallery from Thursday evening. For An Arm, A Leg and Other Stories, a million blacked out business cards cover the gallery floor, sixty paintings referencing spam emails and the front covers of novels adorn the walls and two writers in residence quietly work away on their own ideas. Every Wednesday there will be a performance in which a memorised story is transmitted by word of mouth, Chong has also selected three films to coincide with the exhibition to be screened in January 2016 and in February those two writers will present the fruits of their labour. Things should unfold nicely over the next three months, so it might be a good idea to be there from the start.

For more information, see website.


Fabio Mauri at Hauser and Wirth

From this Thursday evening, central London gallery Hauser and Wirth unpack parts of the legacy of Italian artist and writer Fabio Mauri in exhibition Oscuramento: The Wars of Fabio Mauri. Impacted by early experiences of fascism and war, Mauri’s work was a continual reassessment of those memories. A close childhood friend of Pasolini, Mauri (who died in 2009) also counted Umberto Eco and Italo Calvino among his circle. Focusing on his series ‘Picnic or the Good Soldier’ this is Mauri’s first London solo show in over 20 years following presentations of his work at this year’s Venice and Istanbul Biennials. There will be special performances connected with the work on Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon, offering chances to witness the practice of an important documenter of 20th century conflict-scarred experience.

For more information, see website.


London International Animation Festival

In the last few decades, animation for adults has entered mainstream consciousness thanks to American television shows, one or two of them hugely popular. Somehow, grown up and interesting cinematic work is more or less sidelined, but festivals like the LIAF offer a great chance to get on board. To go straight to the weird, head to the Horse Hospital on Sunday night for animated visions of ‘Andy Warhol, death and lust, exploding balloon people, dead cats, alcoholic centaurs and the most terrifying ambulance ride you have ever been on’. The festival is already underway but there is still a lot to see every day this week at venues including the Barbican Centre, not all of it based around alcoholic centaurs. Wait - weren’t there alcoholic centaurs in Fantasia?

For more information and to book tickets, see website.


Lips Choir

Comedians Josie Long and Felicity Ward are guest stars at a festive end of year extravaganza from London’s very own Lips Choir this Friday and Saturday nights in Hackney. Last year’s Step into LIPSmas was a sell-out, but pun-wise 2015 has already gone one better: prepare yourself for Total EcLIPSe of the Year. The all-woman Lips have performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Bestival, and with Goldfrapp at the Royal Albert Hall. With their original arrangements of pop classic, riot grrrl, garage and dance anthems, Lips promise dancing in the aisles, sing-a-long entertainment. The aforementioned comedy turns, hot food, games and a photobooth add to the merriment. Needless to say there is also a bar. Audience members will be able to vote in the inaugural Lips Woman of the Year award and all profits go to WAST: Women Asylum Seekers Together London.

For more information and to book tickets, see website.

 

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