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Current Distractions

Thu 3 Apr 2014

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In this week’s Current Distractions – sexism, crime, nudity and wild animals. Plus, classical music.

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Current Distractions

Thu 20 Mar 2014

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In this week’s Current Distractions, a new opera house and what rich people should be spending their money on.

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Current Distractions

Thu 6 Mar 2014

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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.

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Current Distractions

Fri 31 Jan 2014

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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.

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Current Distractions

Thu 16 Jan 2014

Susanna-Majuri

In the first Current Distractions of 2014 – we look at creating new worlds using water and how to make music using bikes and leaves.

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Current Distractions

Thu 12 Dec 2013

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In this week’s Current Distractions, when love and classical music meet the modern world.  Plus, top five conversation starters for awkward Christmas dinners.

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Struggling with Sound

Fri 29 Nov 2013

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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.

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Current Distractions

Thu 28 Nov 2013

Current Distractions

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.

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Current Distractions

Thu 14 Nov 2013

Current Distractions

This week’s Current Distractions focuses on the amazing…

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Current Distractions

Fri 1 Nov 2013

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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.

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Current Distractions

Thu 17 Oct 2013

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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.

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Current Distractions

Thu 12 Sep 2013

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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.

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Current Distractions

Thu 8 Aug 2013

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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…

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Current Distractions

Thu 25 Jul 2013

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This week the thing that everyone’s talking about is, of course, Kate and William’s lovely new baby!  Soon he’ll be able to wave and then he’ll be unleashed into the wild for his initiaton to the throne.  Still, not as impressive as this -

Pixel Pensioner
What’s the opposite of babys?  That’s right- old people.  And this really old person has done something almost as amazing as being born; not only is he a great artist, he achieves his images using the spectacularly frustrating Microsoft Paint.  Bit unnecessary to say he does it with his eyes closed though…

The World’s most cheerful instrument?
Ukeleles divide people – fun and cute/irritating and sickening, but these creative and fun designs by Paul Celentano have to be the most cheerful instruments in the world, don’t they?  A cupcake ukelele…come on….where’s that smile!?

Terrying and Brilliant
And what’s the oppostie of the world’s most cheerful instrument?  That’s right – the most horrifying.  And this wins hands down.  Not only does it look alarming , it’s the perfect way to terrify friends and neighbours.

Matthew Grindon
Marketing and Press Assistant

 

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Current Distractions

Fri 5 Jul 2013

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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.

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Current Distractions

Thu 6 Jun 2013

EI-Blondie

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.

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Current Distractions

Thu 9 May 2013

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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.

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Current Distractions

Thu 25 Apr 2013

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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.

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Current Distractions

Thu 11 Apr 2013

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IT’S THE LAST WEEK OF HALF TERM, which to many of us all over the world means: absolutely nothing! 

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Current Distractions

Thu 28 Feb 2013

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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.

A4 Odyssey
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.

Super Imposer
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.

BFF
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.

 

Matthew Grindon
Press and Marketing Assistant

 

 

 

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