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BARBICAN LIFE


INSIGHTExhibition Review Kate West quarterly review of the local Arts Scene


Barbican Art Gallery Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark


Pioneers of the Downtown Scene New York 1970s Until 22nd May


Trisha Brown Roof Piece, 1973 Black and white photograph


by Babette Mangolte Courtesy Broadway 1602, New York © Babette Mangolte


he now fashionable and sanitized Downtown of New York City is far removed from the dangerous, dirty and downtrodden district it was in the 1970s. A place where musicians, artists and political activists mixed with trannies, pimps and gangs. And the huge lofts that now make luxury homes for stockbrokers and lawyers were then derelict factories and warehouses that made cheap live/work spaces for young artists. In the 1970s against this backdrop of urban decay, economic gloom and seedy sleaze emerged the creative triumvirate of Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown and Gordon Matta-Clark - these friends, collaborators and artists became leading figures in the New York arts scene. Breaking down the barriers of what could be considered ‘art’, the three created performance art in both music and dance as well as sculpture, drawing, and photography. Their stages were the lofts, streets and rooftops of Downtown New York. In this excellent exhibition 160 works by Anderson, Brown and Matta- Clark are gathered in the Barbican Art Gallery with posters, films and documents that together explore and examine this extraordinarily experimental, subversive and irreverent artistic community.


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These daily performances begin at 11.30am and one work will be performed every hour.


A series of events, talks, performances and films accompany the exhibition - see the website for details.


Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre Daily 11am - 8pm,Wednesday 11am to 6pm Thursdays until 10pm Admission: £8 online/ £10 on the door www. barbican.org.uk


The Curve Cory Arcangel Beat the Champ Until 22nd May


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Every day of the show dancers will be performing three groundbreaking works by choreographer Trisha Brown. Most excitingly, Walking The Wall (1971) in which the dancers are harnessed to the ceiling and walk on the wall, will be performed for the first time outside New York.


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rooklyn-based Cory Arcangel is one of the world’s leading digital media artists, first coming to prominence with his Super Mario Clouds, a Super Mario Brothers game cartridge from which everything but the scrolling clouds had been erased. In this project, a co-commisssion by The Curve together with the Whitney Museum of American Art, Arcangel has created an installation of 14 different video bowling games playing on a loop and projected onto the wall of the Curve space. The video bowling games range from the early primitive games of the 1970s Atari to the 21st century’s Playstation and Nintendo consoles


with their visual and auditory complexity, but in all the games Arcangel has manipulated the software to make the player miss the pins every time. The sound of these failed shots and gutter balls, from the growling static noise produced by the Atari to the groans of the virtual audience in the more sophisticated modern games, repeats over and over again merging with each other to create a monotonous cacophony. In this work Arcangel seems to question the value of home entertainment and our expectations of it, at the same time exploring larger issues about the social impact of technology and concepts of failure.


The Curve, Barbican Centre Daily 11am - 8pm, Thursday until 10pm Admission: FREE www.barbican.org.uk


Imperial War Museum Once Upon A Wartime: Classic War Stories for Children Until 30th October


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charming and family- friendly new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum


that takes a fresh look at five enduring and much-loved children’s books - War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, Carrie’s War by Nina


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