By Felix and Théo
So! This month we’ve been hunting for three things you lot can go out and see. We’ve kept it cheap. And we’ve kept it local. Enjoy.
1. Ann Veronica Janssens’ ‘States of Mind’. The Wellcome Collection.
If there’s one thing you see this month. See this.
The easiest thing to liken this piece to is a happy take on the Hollywood vision of ‘Limbo’, a space with no existing point of focus or perspective, where people stumble about aimlessly, as surprised to see you as you are to see them.
Coloured mist limits your eyesight to no more than a meter in front of you so it takes a little while to work out the shape of the room. I nearly fell over when I walked in. Then I kicked a child. I didn't care too much but then neither did the kid. The space Janssens has created is far, far more interesting.
Get there for 10 to avoid queue rage and give yourself a good 15 minutes/half an hour to wander. If you can’t get there early take headphones as it’s worth spending a moment hearing as little as possible from the other visitors and running away from whoever you go with.
It’s on until January 3rd. So make time. Get there. Do it. Go now.
The Wellcome Collection.
Ann Veronica Janssens, 1956 UK. Working in Brussels.
2 .Wet Sounds. Underwater concerts come to Kentish Town.
Here’s something to look at that hasn’t happened yet. The event isn't until Nov 29th so you, me or anyone else has until then to decide whether this is a great idea or pure novelty. Then have one too many drinks and book tickets anyway.
Here’s what’s up for the people out there into this kind of thing. The idea comes from sound artist Joel Cahen and features three different audio spaces. One from a soundsystem above water, another from a set of speakers submerged in the pool itself and a third mix created when listeners float on the surface. Which in itself sounds pretty incredible... let’s just hope for an equally impressive DJ.
3. Bompass & Parr. The British Museum of Food.
Sadly Bompass & Parr’s latest escapade hasn’t left us hungry for more. My hopes were high with expectations of a stupefying venture into English food, flavour and culture. But instead I found a limited collection of work and information about them and who they are as creatives. Which is impressive. But not what I visited for.
The best part was sitting in a massage chair that squeezed you like a piece of food passing through the human gut. But even then there was no anus at the end! For me that sums up the whole exhibition, ingenuity delivered without the usual playfulness and confidence we’ve come to expect from the culinary twosome.
What lured me into attendance in the first place is the museum's striking branding, which is excellent. Here’s a link to the photographers portfolio (which is well worth investigating).
It was all interesting to look at, so if you have time and are in the area stick your neck in. But this isn’t one to go out of your way to get to. If their aim is to build a museum that’s granted permanent residence participants will need to be left with a clearer view on what exactly Bompass & Parr’s take on British food is, and what the Museum itself stands for.