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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

chairlift

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

Thu 20 Feb 2014

OAE

In this week’s Current Distractions, clothes swapping and inter-species collaborative art.

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Current Distractions

Fri 31 Jan 2014

OAE

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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Struggling with Sound

Fri 29 Nov 2013

OAE

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 14 Nov 2013

Current Distractions

This week’s Current Distractions focuses on the amazing…

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Current Distractions

Fri 1 Nov 2013

Current Distractions - OAE

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

turtle-burger

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

Fri 5 Jul 2013

UTT1

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

AWB1

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 14 Mar 2013

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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.

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Current Distractions

Thu 31 Jan 2013

red-carpet

As the world is once again stung by the giant glittery jelly fish of Hollywood, it seems only fitting to dedicate this list of distractions to the award ceremonies that dictate the difference between good and bad pretending. 

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Current Distractions

Thu 17 Jan 2013

David-Vintiner

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. 

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Current Distractions

Thu 3 Jan 2013

Nicholas Cages face on things

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.

Period Recordings
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 [...]

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Current Distractions

Thu 4 Oct 2012

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With so much going on this week, we felt it fitting to show you some of the things that caught our eye in the OAE office.  Here’s a lovely picture of some puppies hanging in baby clothes to start things off.

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