In this week’s Current Distractions – street art, a dressed up dad, a matchstick Hogwarts, mind music, a lady singing in a lake and much, much more.
Actually, no, that’s pretty much everything.Read More
This week’s Current Distractions is a special Friday edition. That means it has a special Friday message at the bottom, not that I didn’t get time to do it yesterday.Read More
In the first Current Distractions of 2014 – we look at creating new worlds using water and how to make music using bikes and leaves.Read More
In this week’s Current Distractions, when love and classical music meet the modern world. Plus, top five conversation starters for awkward Christmas dinners.Read More
My ex-housemate has always liked Philip Glass, so I got us a couple of tickets to see him perform Music in Twelve Parts at Southbank Centre the other night.Read More
In this week’s Current Distractions, some amazing visuals from director Andrew Thomas Huang and the Noah of the art world falls back to earth.Read More
This week’s Current Distractions focuses on the amazing…Read More
It’s half term, meaning the trains are slightly emptier, the roads are marginally clearer and everywhere else is packed with loud and irritating children. So the theme for this week’s Current Distractions is childhood.Read More
In this week’s edition of Current Distractions, a very famous violin, a quiz on Modern Art, a study into success and some very old cars. While some of the things you see might be fake, the people are all real, although some of what they do has been set up purely for your entertainment.Read More
In this week’s edition of Current Distractions I’m looking at the darker side of art, advertising and animals, starting with the dark brilliance of Jeremy Enecio who demonstrates what not to do when cuddling a baboon.Read More
If you think you’re a good musician, don’t watch the video of the girl playing Vivaldi, apart from that, here’s our latest list of things that have caught our attention in the arts world. But first…Read More
It’s nearly the weekend so we’ve put together a list of interesting things for you to stare at, including a breakdancing child genius, a pink Congo, and a serene woodland scene inside a toilet roll. You’re welcome.Read More
It’s lovely and sunny in London today, but in case you’re at work and not out enjoying it, here’s a list of things that’ll fill you with more warmth than a thousand suns.Read More
Marshmallow Laser Feast. Just think, if you hadn’t stumbled across this arts blog, you could have gone the rest of your life without knowing what that means..but don’t worry, within the next two minutes you’ll be as informed as I am.Read More
A Viola player using the latest technology to create a musical composition, an artist based in Singapore that can create life-like images with just paint and resin – there’s so much to see here and all so culturally nourishing. Plus, if you can make it to the bottom, there’s a picture of Haydn in hair curlers.Read More
IT’S THE LAST WEEK OF HALF TERM, which to many of us all over the world means: absolutely nothing!Read More
Anyone who’s seen Spiderman 1, 2, 3 and the new one (basically Spiderman 1 again) will know that there’s only so far CGI can get you. Titanic looks really dated now but Labyrinth still looks great. There’s a lot of things CGI will never be able to do. Look at this picture:
CGI will never be able to do that. This week’s Current Distractions celebrates simple special effects and the art of the old school.
The Paper Cinema have taken on Homer’s epic poem. Condensing Odysseus’s ten year journey into 75 minutes is no mean feat but with the use of stunning illustration and puppetry combined with cinematic projection and live music, these cut-out paper puppets seem to evoke the kind of magic adopted in late-eighties story telling, when imagination was favoured over CGI. Showing at the Battersea Arts Centre now.
Anything is possible…
If you want to know what Moby would look like throwing ninja stars at a melancholic badger, whilst eating a Papa John’s Pizza in Lidl in Shrewsbury – now you can. ‘ It’s Nice That’ have found possibly the most unique tumblr going. You name it, Jim will paint it. ‘I am here to make your wildest dreams a reality using nothing but Microsoft Paint (no tablets, no touch ups). Ask me to paint anything you wish and I will try no matter how specific or surreal your demands’. Like Mr. Bingo, this kind of art on demand is irresistible, so get your requests in fast before Jim gets fed up.
Director Keith Schofield seems to have colourful ideas bursting out of every orifice. His latest music video sees Darwin Deez superimposed throughout an assortment of stock footage clips.
Probably the best thing I’ve seen this week, James’ Face is the work of Oli, a man who slightly photoshopped every photo of his friend’s facebook page.
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It might snow apparently, which has got everyone feeling a bit excited. Here’s lots of nice things for you to enjoy whilst you’re unable to leave the house and forced to stay in drinking tea.
2012; the year the world ended and Tom Cruise finally rose up to reign as supreme Lord of Earth. Here’s my list of things I liked from the year. And what a year…so much happened, it’s hard to remember it all; Strictly Come Dancing was on again and who could forget -the Royal Wedding! Oh wait, that was last year. Well, this was a kind of wedding and way better because it has trapeze artists:
The Wedding Circus
On 3 November, Brighton Early Music Festival put on two performances of the 1589 Florentine Intermedi. Music originally performed as part of the wedding celebrations of Ferdinando de Medici (who looked almost exactly like Blackadder) and Christine of Lorraine in 1589. Back in the day, the original production was spectacular and would have cost millions of pounds in today’s money. However, in these more austere times, BREMF used lighting effects and aerial dancers from Brighton-based Zu Aerial to give a sense of grandeur. Top early music singers and instrumentalists from around the country came together to take the audience on a journey into the classical world of sirens and muses, serpents and gods, demons, shipwrecks, and finally “The Descent of Apollo and Bacchus with Gifts of Rhythm and Harmony”.
The Eagleman Stag
This stop motion animation earned itself a Bafta for Best Short Animation last year (but was only available to watch this year, so it still counts). Thought provoking, visually stunning and with a dark humour care of Jam’s legendary David Cann, if you haven’t already watched it, do so now.
Love him or hate him, Beck’s full of ideas, like having his band recreated in the form of Muppet replicants and playing simultaneously at his concerts: that’s great by anyone’s standards. His latest project rejects the rising figures in illegal downloading and hails back to the early 20th century, by producing an album in the form of a book, consisting of illustrated sheet music and with no recordings whatsoever. Beck argues the ‘Song Reader’ is a way of acknowledging the interaction and inspiration that playing music yourself provides. Plus it features the work of Kyle Pellet and Jessica Hische and a bunch of other artists.
One argument might be that if Beck was keen enough on the songs he wouldn’t be able to resist recording them himself. Therefore you can’t help but think the album itself is bound to consist of mostly b-sides. However, you can hear the results and judge for yourself by listening to the various versions recorded and uploaded on Beck’s page.
Nicholas Cage’s Face On Things
There is nothing on earth more worthy of your attention than Nicholas Cage’s face being stuck on things. This was proven to spectacular effect with the Facebook page Nicholas Cage’s Face On Things. If you’re going to click on this link though, you might as well give up on getting anything else done today.
Big Apple Hot Dogs
I had one of these in August and have been pretty much obsessed with them since. Hot Dogs have seen a huge revival this year and there’s a lot of competition, but this is pretty much the closest you’ll get to eating the cartoon food Taz imagines. A moveable [...]