Thursday, 27 March 2014

Pilot For A 22nd Century Sitcom in Liverpool


WHERE: FACT (Atrium), 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ
WHEN: 27th March to 22nd June, 2014
COST: Free
NOTES: "Explore how our relationship with technology has blurred the lines between the real and the virtual; making our everyday lives feel increasingly like science fiction. Artists including James Bridle, Jon Rafman, Mark Leckey, Larissa Sansour and Ryan Trecartin, plus award-winning science fiction author China Miéville will present works which explore how technology is creating new ways of living (and dying), of fashioning identities and the growth of cult-like communities. Presented as part of the FutureEverything Festival"


Saturday, 8 February 2014

Snapshots from an alienated revolutionary

As regular readers of this blog will know, if there's a riot going on - I'm usually not far away

While I do not feel qualified to participate in the Bosnian revolution (despite a local associate's rousing call to "occu-fucking-py!" as he drove us drunkenly through the winding roads of Republica Srpska at 80mph last night), I was certainly able to fulfil my duties as a wide-eyed westerner with a camera-phone as Sarajevo enjoyed its collective hangover today, and to reflect on a city reflecting on itself.

Ladies discussing the burned-out cars.
 Ladies discussing the burned-out cars.
A police man poses for a snapshot.
 A police man poses for a snapshot.
The same lady photographing the gutted Presidency building.
 The same lady photographing the gutted Presidency building.
Video interview for TV probably. Everybody is taking photos or videos today.
 Video interview for TV probably. Everybody is taking photos or videos today.
This man favours an iPad.
 This man favours an iPad.
I bet he's glad he rides a bike. In the background, more people take photos.
 I bet he's glad he rides a bike. In the background, more people take photos.
Lady photographing a fire engine.
 Lady photographing a fire engine.
The rioters' comment on state-owned cars and interiors.
 The rioters' comment on state-owned cars and interiors.
This man is taking a photo of a woman taking a photo. What a vulture!
 This man is taking a photo of a woman taking a photo. What a vulture!
Man.
 Man.
This was a popular spot for taking photos.
 This was a popular spot for taking photos.
Two eager photographers.
Two eager photographers.
An intrepid photographer holds back til iPhone Lady can get her shot.
An intrepid photographer holds back til iPhone Lady can get her shot.
A policeman returns from his lunch-break as a cyclist stops for a snap.
 A policeman returns from his lunch-break as a cyclist stops for a snap.
This dog was the only one brave enough to go down to the river. I saw him trying to eat some paperwork that had fallen out of the burned car.
 This dog was the only one brave enough to go down to the river. I saw him trying to eat some paperwork that had fallen out of the burned car.
The dog drew a crowd.
The dog drew a crowd.
Policeman trailing a ribbon.
 Policeman trailing a ribbon.
Moments later he was cordoning off an area.
 Moments later he was cordoning off an area.
This photographer is certain they'll publish his photo.
 This photographer is certain they'll publish his photo.
Getting a better angle.
 Getting a better angle.
Man taking a photo while his friend waits.
 Man taking a photo while his friend waits.
Hipster taking a photo.
 Hipster taking a photo.
The hipster makes way so this lady can get her photo.
 The hipster makes way so this lady can get her photo.
Low angle.
 Low angle.
This photographer has got himself in a tangle. Also, he is missing the obvious pun on the vending machine.
This photographer has got himself in a tangle. Also, he is missing the obvious pun on the vending machine.
One for the family album.
 One for the family album.
I wonder what he's thinking now!
I wonder what he's thinking now!

As I finished this post, news broke of a letter of demands published by the protesters.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Away In A Sand Dune: free UNIVERSAL EAR ebook

"Hour for hour, I spend more time on the brink of death than I do on the toilet."

The script of the UNIVERSAL EAR Christmas special Away In A Sand Dune is now available to download as a free ebook.

In this stage adaptation of a classic chapter from Harley Byrne’s memoirs, our hero takes a holiday from work but crash-lands on a tropical island on Christmas Eve. The natives’ carols sound oddly familiar, but when Byrne interferes, the island’s corrupt king condemns him to be eaten to death.

Of interest, perhaps, to those looking for a 'comedy' play to produce next Christmas. Do get in touch.

Below, the trailer, and Elly Strigner's fine cover art.


Elly Strigner Away In A Sand Dune cover

Monday, 18 November 2013

untitled (Yma Sumac waiting) screening in Manchester

Mr Cole's video untitled (Yma Sumac waiting) will play at Blank Media Collective's Title Art Prize 2013 Awards and Video Jam Event this Friday.

EVENT: Video Jam
WHERE: BLANKSPACE, 43 Hulme Street, Manchester M15 6AW
WHEN: 22nd November 2013, 18.00
COST: Free
NOTES: Live musical accompaniment by an undisclosed act. A blind collaboration. Wine, mulled cider and art.



Wednesday, 12 June 2013

A Flea Orchestra In Your Ear in Moston



WHERE: A Small Cinema, Miners Community Arts and Music Centre, Teddington Road, Moston, M40 0DJ

WHEN: Thursday 13th June 2013, 18.30

COST: £10 (SOLD OUT)


NOTES: "Stuart Maconie invites you to a special one-off night of words, music, film and dancing, with musician Jesca Hoop and The Smiths' Mike Joyce also on the bill.

Stuart Maconie is a journalist, author, raconteur, and BBC Radio 6 Music presenter. He will be reading from his all of his books, including recent publications "The People's Songs" and "Hope & Glory", and generally being quite witty about music and modern Britain.

Jesca Hoop is a Californian, Manchester-based singer-songwriter who counts Elbow, Tom Waits and Peter Gabriel as her fans. She will be performing an acoustic set of tracks from her back catalogue.

Mike Joyce was the drummer in the Smiths. That's all you need to know. He will be DJ-ing through the evening, filling all the awkward silences with indie classics.

In the other room, the beautiful volunteer-built Small Cinema, enjoy a handpicked selection of art-house shorts and local films - perhaps with a beer or hot toddy.

This will be a very special night inside an amazing venue. The Old Moston Colliery Bath House became a social club for local ex-miners and families after the pit shut. Closed for several years, it was brought back to life by enthusiastic volunteers without grants or funding. It now is home to the Miners Community Arts and Music Centre and the Moston Small Cinema project with Gallery Room, Café, Function Room and a 90 seat cinema.

All proceeds from the night will go to a much needed heating system for the venue.

So come and join us for the evening, it promises to be a great evening and anything goes on the night!

Food and Licensed Bar available."