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
In this week’s Current Distractions, clothes swapping and inter-species collaborative art.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
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
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
I’ve decided to theme this week’s Current Distractions arts blog around that old journalistic favourite: Going Up / Going Down.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
A mixture of silly and serious in this weeks Current Distractions. So let’s start with the slightly silly. Anyone fancy cutlery made from rope? Here’s a collection or surreal takes on everyday objects.
Talking of surreal, many of you may remember when artist Rachel Whiteread came to prominence with her cast of the inside of a terraced house. In this article, the artist talks about what it feels like to create a masterpiece – though of course you may not necessarily agree with that assessment of her work… (contains strong language).
What’s more important – painting or people? This is the dilemma that the city of Detroit is currently facing. Having recently declared bankruptcy the city is considering selling off its art collection. Should a city’s cultural assets be sold off to help fund services? That’s what’s being vigorously debated in this New York Times piece.
And lastly…music, with the news that the music of Benjamin Britten isn’t perhaps wholly loved in his home town. A celebratory concert in his birth place, Lowestoft, has apparently rather failed to capture the locals enthusiasm, with less than 20% of tickets sold…
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
This week, Communications Intern Pep Gorgori tells us his Current Distractions. Pep is a musicologist and journalist from Barcelona who, after working some years in Spain, is now studying an MA at Goldsmiths College, to improve his knowledge in Arts Administration and Cultural Policies.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
This week, we asked Jodie Gilliam (OAE Development Administrator) to write our Current Distractions blog.
Here’s what’s taken her fancy recently…Read More
The strangest thing I ever saw when walking home at night, was a plastic bag full of severed pig’s trotters, and it freaked me out big time. Finding horrible things on the internet isn’t quite as rare, most of the time they find you, then once that bell’s been rung, it can’t be un-rung. What follows, however, is some of the more inspiring/less worrying things I’ve seen of late.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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