The Last Supper

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An evening of earthy fragrance and murmuring tones.
 
A springtime gathering in Caroline Garden’s Chapel. Peckham. Permeated with the aroma of incense, infused with dampened stone. An event to celebrate an ambitious sculptural work by Based Upon unveiled for the first time through this unique event.
 
Georgian wine, quaffed from hand thrown terracotta goblets. And a humble feast of flat breads broken and shared amongst those gathered around wooden tables in revered silence.
 
A figurative bronze sculpture, reimagining the Last Supper as it was 2000 years ago. A work based on three-dimensional scans of selected devotees, assembled from around the world. Arranged in a staged approximation of the iconic biblical scene.
 
Inaugurated by sounds courtesy of Stephan Micus and an assortment of world instruments, including a ‘Shakuhachi’, ‘Sho’ and a ‘Zither’, alongside extended chanted sections in ‘made up’ languages. Carefully illuminated by lighting designed by Matt Clark of UVA.
 
Exploring the relevance of sacred art in a contemporary context through advanced technology. 
 
And celebrating a shared moment of sanctity. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Strange and Familiar

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Strange and Familiar at the Barbican, London showcases images of Britain curated by the photographer Martin Parr, where he examines how 23 international photographers from the 1930s to the present day have captured the social and cultural aspects of “Britishness”.

“To see ourselves as others have seen us” is the idea Martin Parr envisions for the exhibition. One of the photographers included in the exhibition is Japanese Akihiko Okamura, who’s series in Northern Ireland shows the trauma and everyday life on the streets of Belfast and Londonderry during 1970.



We also see the effects of the Thatcher era in Raymond Depardon’s series on Glasgow. Depardon’s essay on Glasgow is probably the most bleak and shocking of the exhibition showing extreme poverty and the dramatic decline of a once thriving city. Depardon’s use vivid colour in the series highlights the gloom of the city. The images where originally commissioned for a magazine but where deemed to “bleak”, as a result the images have not been published for 36 years.

In contrast to Raymond Depardon subject matter in Glasgow. The upper classes pose in their comfortable and colourful surroundings for American photographer Tina Barney. The exhibition closes with highly detailed and unnerving portraits by Bruce Gilden.

Slowing Down

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Three weeks ago, in Varkala, India, it was hot.

What a joy to get some film developed. The heat really did slow things down.  It took a week to find time to get to the chemists to drop of the rolls for development; another couple of days before picking them up. The grain, the colours, the excitement; no photoshop in sight.

 

Wild elephants swimming across a lake.

Last week, Impossible Project announced the launch of its new point and shoot polaroid camera; the I-1. This comes 84 years after Edwin Land invented polarised filters for in-camera development and founded the Polaroid Corp.  The original Instagram; 60 seconds and you had an image. 

Moore's Law, the one about the microchips getting faster; well microchip advancements have slowed down, Intel’s advancements are coming roughly every two and a half years. Tech is slowing. The Light Phone is launching; a mobile device that is regressing to the bare essentials of a mobile device. Fashion is protesting; safe production standards. Would slowing down the industry make it safer? Two seasons a year; probably more like 52 micro-seasons a year on the high street.  

Should we all just slow down a little, maybe just a tad?