EastCast is coming out of the studio for our 2nd live Listening Lounge where radio, podcast and sound art makers, movers and shakers get to showcase their work to a captive audience. This best way to describe it? – A curated open mic for radio.
We’ve received an incredible range of submissions from London and beyond, so expect an evening of audio gems in a cosy setting. Also live ‘radio’ performances from Hannah White and Stephen Shiel with their ‘dream machine’ and an audio essay by Mike Brooks.
Wednesday 20th June, 7pm-late, £3 on the door. Set, 27a Dalston Lane
More info here
As the V&A prepares to open it’s East London outpost in the Olympic Park, they’ve actually taken over a small space in Poplar called the Lansbury Micro Museum. Their current exhibition ‘Seeing Red’ is a collection of posters from the women’s printing workshop See Red who where very active members of London’s feminist movement in the 70s and 80’s.
Museum In A Box
I went to meet George Oats and Charlie Cattel-Killeck at their studio in Hoxton, I worked with them on the Seeing Red project we’ll hear about later but I was intrigued to find out more about this rather nifty idea of taking exhibits out of the museum, using sound to bring them life called Museum in a Box
Interview with Jorge Lopes Ramos from ZU-UK Interview with Jorge Lopes Ramos from interactive theatre and digital arts organisation ZU-UK about their upcoming project and crowdfunding campaign; Pick me up (and hold me tight) that tackles the difficult topic of suicide.
This month Pearl Wise and Jessie Lawson speak to Jorge Lopes Ramos from theatre and digital art company ZU-UK about their ambitious upcoming interactive audio event, Pearl discovers how Museum in a Box are combining the internet of things and museum handling collections and plays some sounds from Seeing Red an exhibition of consciousness raising posters by the feminist women’s screen print workshop See Red, Jessie introduces Eva from her Now Then podcast – giving voice to people over 80, plus live music from singer/songwriter Morgan Lorelle.
The Tommy Flowers Community Pub Lucia Scazzocchio went to the launch of a new community pub in Poplar conceived by arts collective Fitzrovia Noir and dedicated to a local personality (and soon to be national hero?) computer engineer Tommy Flowers. Tommy Flowers Pub
The Great Diary Project Hear about a unique archive of peoples’ history that anyone can add to – telling the stories of Londoner’s lives for future generations. East Cast contributor Celia Robbins met Irving Finkel and Stef Dickers to find out about the Great Diary Project at The Bishopsgate Institute.
Studio interview with Simon Milner
Pearl Wise talks to artist Simon Milner about his upcoming show The Night Is Over, Applaud! at Doomed Gallery in Dalston. Doomed Gallery 65 Ridley Road Private view 27th July 6pm – 9pm Open 29th & 30th July 11am – 7pm
Art Night with Fatos Ustek
Curator Fatos Ustek explains why the free East London wide contemporary art event ‘Art Night‘ on Saturday 1st July is an absolute must, taking art out of galleries and into extraordinary locations.
This month Pearl Wise and Jonny Virgo are joined by Fatos Ustek curator of Art Night, an exciting new contemporary free art event in July and filmmaker Gavin Boyter explaining why he decided to run from John O’Groats to Land’s End and then write the book Downhill From Here. Jonny reports on ‘The Queen of Carnival’ Claudia Jones activist, journalist instigator of the Notting Hill Carnival in 1959, Jess Lawson investigates the pitfalls of ‘Right to Rent’ and Hip Hop/spoken word artist Shay D brings a taste of her unique sound live in the studio.
Game Plan What’s more festive than a good ol’ boardgame? In the run up to Christmas, Katie Haylor caught up with the curator of Game Plan – the board games exhibition at the V&A museum of childhood in Bethnal Green.
London is facing increasing pressure from a changing and globalising world, our communities struggling to accommodate the flux associated with population growth, migration and economic uncertainty. Yet as a society we continue to view the Western city as the model of development – at the forefront of modernisation and progress. In March 2016 we travelled to Accra in Ghana, looking to this rapidly growing African city for an ex-centric study of contemporary responses to 21st century pressures. The exhibition presents a collection of personal stories from across Ghana’s capital, which heard together; tell broader narratives about the city, its diverse and distinct communities and idiosyncratic inhabitants. Despite its challenges, we found communities within Accra that remain resilient and expectant. Characteristics that manifest themselves in a highly social urban landscape able to integrate strangers, accommodate change and above all adapt. Using interviews, sound, imagery, drawings and ephemera we present a series of part real, part imagined walks through the city.