The To-Do List: w/c 19th November
Life can get busy, and it's all too easy to watch the weeks slip by without having done much apart from watch Friends re-runs and, inexplicably, Season 2 of Love Island (this is not in reference to myself at all nope definitely not). With that in mind, The Tung team want to make it as easy as possible for you to stay on top of what's going on in the world of arts and culture without totally overloading you with information. Whether you're staying in this week, or hankering for an evening out, we reckon there'll be something for you here.
IF YOU’RE STAYING IN…
WATCH: Caleb Femi ‘Wishbone’
The former Young People’s Laureate for London Caleb Femi has released a new film entitled ‘Wishbone’. As writer and director, Femi incorporates music, dance and spoken word to create a piece whose atmosphere and depth of feeling lasts long after the credits have rolled.
Watch the film and get the full list of credits here.
READ: ‘i literally hate the art world’ on thewhitepube.co.uk
The good people at The White Pube (hi, Gabrielle de la Puente + Zarina Muhammad) are on quite the roll at the moment (/ all the time). After publishing a super-thoughtful, rich piece called ‘The problem with diaspora art’ little over a week ago, they’ve come in strong again with another, this time entitled ‘I literally hate the art world’. In the piece they lament that, even at the age of 24, they already feel ‘knee-deep in a mudslide of art bullshit’ but they don’t stop there. Criticising a system is one (very important) thing, but TWP also take the time to lay out some solutions because they’re nothing if not extremely proactive people. As they say - ‘we can all do better.’
Read the piece here.
LISTEN: Kelsey Lu ‘Due West’
I fell in love with Kelsey Lu around the time of the release of her sparse, melancholic debut EP Church back in 2016 and have been on tenterhooks for new music ever since. I loved ‘Shades of Blue’, released earlier this year and featured in these very webpages, but ‘Due West’ has caught my attention in a whole new way. I can’t say that I saw a production collab with Skrillex coming but, thanks to an uncharacteristic lightness of touch from him and Kelsey Lu’s strength of vision, ‘Due West’ feels like a natural step in the development of her sound.
Watch the video here.
IF YOU’RE GOING OUT…
What: Skin Deep Movements Launch
When: Saturday 24th November
This Saturday, head over to Goldsmiths University to celebrate the launch of the 8th Skin Deep print edition, MOVEMENTS. This issue goes deep into the lesser-known histories of black and brown activism in the UK and beyond. Featuring work by Shailja Patel, Akasha Rabut, Joshua Idehen, Patrisse Khan Cullors, Anna Himali Howard, Afua Hirsch, the Indigenous Environmental Network and Gary Younge. Skip Deep are creating the issue as a tribute to those who came before, and a guide for those who will come after. The line up is to be announced but you can expect music, performance, readings, and dope 360 degree projection...
Grab your tickets here.
What: Becoming: gal-dem storytelling event
Where: The Green Shop
When: Sunday 25th November
gal-dem are having quite the year, aren’t they? We’re forever inspired by the steps they’re taking to reshape our journalistic landscape. This weekend they’re setting up a very special gal-dem x Becoming bookshop, which is stocked entirely by women of colour and non-binary people of colour authors – in celebration of Michelle Obama’s new memoir, Becoming. From 6-8pm this Saturday, Nussaibah Younis, the founder and director of the Iraq Leadership Fellows Program, will host a storytelling event which creates a space for women and non-binary people to be seen and heard. We will bear witness to each others’ experiences: raw, funny, sad and anything in between. Come armed with a five-minute story about your “becoming”.
Grab your tickets here.
What: John Berger - A Writer of Our Time: Joshua Sperling and Leo Hollis
Where: Thursday 22nd November
Where: London Review Bookshop
John Berger was one of the most various of writers and men: art critic, essayist, novelist, poet and much-missed friend of the shop. In A Writer of Our Time (Verso), Berger’s first full biographical study, Joshua Sperling traces Berger’s development from his roots as a postwar arts student and cultural journalist amid the Cold War battles of 1950s London, through the heady days of the 1960s when the revolutions were not only political but sexual and artistic, to the long hangover after the New Left and Berger’s reinvention as a rural storyteller. Sperling will be in conversation with Leo Hollis, editor at Verso, whose most recent book is Cities are Good for You.
Grab your tickets here.