On Friday, Article 31.1 kicked off the the London Festival of Architecture with an exhibition in Workshop 44, a converted shop on The Regents Estate (Catch the flicks soon). This coming Sunday, Article 31.1 will be moving to Weavers Field in Bethnal Green.
The playground, with a brand new 7-a-side 3G football pitch and two giant trampolines will be host to an array of events, workshops and games.
You may do a back-flip then move up to jumping off the structures with the guys from Parkour Generations, design and fly a kite, high, (in both senses) with Community Kite Project. You could bring a team to take man on on the pitch, refine that serve over the table tennis tables or choose to chill out on the swings all day. Whatever you feel doing, you can do. This is our city and our playground.
Music will be played loud, courtesy of Smokey and Timzed, so expect the soundtrack to the day to be composed of bangers.
You never know, their might be a little drink there too.
The nicknames of English football
clubs have a wide range of origins; the most striking have been taken from
local industries embedded within their respective communities; providing a
perfect localised identity to be adopted. However, these nicknames have become arcane and
outdated in comparison with the more contemporary names used by other clubs,
paralleled by an economical decline within the localised industries.Despite the
continuing flux within both of these institutions, a few individuals remain
loyal to both club and craft that belongs to their hometown. These namesakes
link the two traditions and provide an insight into the club's history, whilst
making connections between their own workbench and the substitution bench.
This project, by
our friend Oliver Heard, archives and documents declining industries and crafts
as well as the memories and experiences of the workers, both on and off the
pitch. Some clubs related industries have already completely collapsed,
highlighting the potential fate for the the remaining industries.
The publication was part of the Camberwell College of Arts
degree show and got a nice write up on Creative Review.
For more examples of Oliver's work visit his site - HERE.
If you haven't taken the time to watch one of VICE's online documentaries, I highly recommend you do. They easily make some of the most interesting documentaries you'll find on youtube. In their latest one they track the life of a New York City drug dealer who makes upwards of $60,000 a week selling every kind of drug you can imagine.
"Ever wonder how to sell $100,000 worth of drugs in a week? We learned
the secrets of a drug dealer in NYC - a man who will deliver any
substance you want, 24/7. He told us everything - from where he gets his
drugs to how his crew operates. Come with us as we take a rare look
into the dangerous life of a NYC drug delivery-man"
Finally got round to downloading Dom Kennedy's latest mixtape, The Yellow Album. And I must say after listening to it four times in a row, you should download it to.
Easy on the ear Hip Hop at its finest.
1. So Elastic (Prod. by THC) 2. Been Thuggin (Prod. by Fly.Union) 3. We Ball (feat. Kendrick Lamar) (Prod. by Chase N. Cashe) 4. My Type Of Party (Prod. by DJ Dahi) 5. Girls On Stage (Prod. by THC) 6. Don’t Call Me (feat. Too $Hort) (Prod. by THC) 7. 5.0 | Conversations (Prod. by THC / Poly3st3r) 8. Gold Alpinas (feat. Rick Ross) (Prod. by Drewbyrd) 9. PG Click (feat. Niko G4) (Prod. by J.LBS) 10. Lately (Prod. by Troy NoKa) 11. Hangin’ (feat. Freddie Gibbs) (Prod. by Poly3st3r) 12. 1:25 (Prod. by Drewbyrd) 13. P + H (Prod. by DJ Dahi)
Check out the latest musical offering from Thai Matic titled, End Of The Weak. Shouts out to the original "dan daarg" Kevin Lanre. As always with Thai, there's good visuals and good music. You just can't go wrong.
While in the process of moving house I've been digging through the book collection in recent weeks. I came across this absolute gem that I'd forgotten about - 'Memoirs of a Sword Swallower'. First published in the 1950s this book takes a look at the alternative society that formed around the outcasts and freaks who went on the road with the carny. Daniel Mannix accounts his time as first a Fire Eater and then a Sword Swallower. The book includes a great number of photographs from his collection and includes some fantastic anecdotes and tales from his experiences as The Great Zadma. Sailor Jerry tats, side-show iconography all seem to be a staple amongst the inked crowd in recent years but probably most have little clue about the tattooed "freaks" and outcasts that provided a staple of entertainment for many.