Went to see the UK premiere of Wu Tsang’s documentary at the Tate Modern last night. It was wonderful, I urge you to go see it if you can.
Haven’t blogged in an age because I decided to get offline and make some stuff with my hands. Here are some things I made -
Also got a pinterest – which is good for storing my craft ideas! Really hard to escape how horrifyingly twee about 99.9% of other users are though…
Oh and I have got a new bike which I’ve been riding everyday. It’s pretty hot!
I love Nathalie Du Pasquier‘s designs. They remind me a little bit of the geometric prints I see on the African batik textiles that adorn the shop windows of Peckham but more 80s and more candy coloured. Nathalie Du Pasquier was part of the post-modern design and architecture group Memphis which was started by Ettore Sottsass in the early 1980s.
Home of the ‘Peckham Experiment’, built by engineer Sir Owen Williams in 1935
Yesterday I went on a tour of the Pioneer Health Centre in Peckham as part of Open House weekend. It’s only a 5 minute walk from where I live and the building has always intrigued me. It’s been made into private flats now but the building has a very interesting past. Set up in 1935 by Drs Scott Williamson and Innes Pearse as an experiment to improve public health through preventative medicine, education and community care, it was opened in 1936 to the public who could pay 1 Shilling a week to become a member and use facilities such as a kindergarten, cafeteria, pool, gymnasium, theatre, and take part in physical excercise classes and other workshops. The project finished in the 1950s with the introduction of the NHS.
You can watch a film about the centre here
HOW IT LOOKS NOW…
Rayday, 1968 – 1976
Last night I went to see a live performance of Jeff Keen’s films at the Tate Modern Tanks. I particularly enjoyed the large cylindrical screen that you could sit inside of and see multiple films playing at once. Good stuff.
You may or may not know that sometimes I like to dj under the name sevenovertwelve with my buddy Amy Alsop. We’ve just made a facebook group and it’s really quite interesting if you’re a fan of the smaller record. Check it out here!