Blog January 2005 - AndyPryke.com
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Kenny (Parallax View - http://www.parallaxview.nu/ ), Ben (Silent Words Speak Loudest - http://silentwordsspeakloudest.blogspot.com/ ),
Donna (Not Enough Rice Pudding - http://www.livejournal.com/users/wishus/ ) and Phil (Danger! High Postage - http://www.philhux.blogspot.com ).
We visited the Shakespeare (off New St), were serenaded by a fellow pub goer singing "Fly me to the moon" in The Anchor (Digbeth and officially the Best Pub in Brum this year), the Royal George and the Sunflower Lounge.
http://www.steveberridge.com/ ) - very interesting and complex. Steve's site pointed me to the West Midlands based bRAINcELL Artists Collective (http://www.braincellcollective.com/gallery/index1.html ) - which looks to have some other good local artists.
The Electric. Haven't seen the original, but liked this. It's a classic "am I mad or is it real" kind of plot, with it hard for the audience to believe the "it is real" bit. It's a complex film, with lots of particular imagery, references to books etc.
The Rainbow. Great film on Magpies (with some links to http://www.thingsfromhere.co.uk ) by an artist who interviewed people on their superstitions about magpies, the rhymes associated with them, and curated an exhibition of amateur drawings of magpies ( http://sparror.cubecinema.com/here/magpies.htm ). Also a big flash animation section (c.f. wierd internet animations), and a dj set.
the MAC before. Also visited all the current exhibitions at the MAC: Some big photos of auditoria and public spaces in the bar, all empty of people, and looking so spacious; In the "corridor" gallery, some great digital photomontages on the theme of "the dolls house"; Strange, unusable cups and saucers printed with brief phrases of wisdom; and a very stylistically mixed set of pencil/charcoal drawings in the downstairs gallery.
In the evening, visit the refurbished and (fairly) newly re-opened Electric Cinema. It hasn't changed a lot. "Thatcher's Children" disappeared from the front before it closed (returned to the artist or sold?) and it's been re-painted in creamy white with an art-deco design on the front. Inside, there's now a licenced bar, but cakes are still available as are olives, nuts etc.
I saw The Return, a Russian film which is up for a BBC 4 award. It tells the story of 2 boys whose father re-appears after a 12 year absense and takes them on a bizare road-trip. Interesting, with great cinematography.
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=mg18024155.200 - registration required) lists 10 factors which scientists have identified as being important to happiness.
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