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Massive Attack: ‘The Spoils’ with Cate Blanchett

The Famed Bristolian rockers are playing London’s O2 arena next February, heralding the dates with a startlingly beautiful video of ‘The Spoils’, directed by John Hillcoat and featuring the iconic face of Cate Blanchett. All’s fair in love and war, as the saying goes. What do we walk away with when love ends?

The Famed Bristolian rockers are playing London’s O2 arena next February, heralding the dates with a startlingly beautiful video of ‘The Spoils’, directed by John Hillcoat and featuring the iconic face of Cate Blanchett. All’s fair in love and war, as the saying goes. What do we walk away with when love ends?

As the haunting track plays, Blanchett’s face is revealed to us in all its mystery and beauty; without make-up; in blue and red; with a wig and a mask – almost skeletal; in weathered stone; in a coral-like substance; worn away to smoothness. At some moments, she looks like the heroine in Fritz Lang’s Metroplis. This is an oddly affecting and poignant set of transformations. The camera pans round and round, transfixing the viewer. Blanchett’s face belongs at once to us and the ages, confirming the actor’s iconic status. John Hillcoat, collaborator with Nick Cave and director of ‘The Road’ and ‘Lawless’ among others, has directed videos for musicians as diverse as Suede, Depeche Mode, Muse and Grinderman. He has chosen such a devastatingly simple image and concept for ‘The Spoils’.

There’s always been something very fifties about Cate Blanchett. She’s a little bit unreachable, making her metamorphoses here seem all the more resonant. The music is simultaneously sorrowful and entreating; the notion of ‘spoils’ going back millennia, as does the actor’s face in the video. SEEN can’t wait to see Massive Attack’s performances on the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th of February 2017. They’ve always been a cut above, in terms of keeping it real and maintaining a real connection with their fans.

Massive Attack – ‘The Spoils’ from Stink on Vimeo.

Seen this week

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Sculpture in the City, Art for Everyone

SEEN thoroughly enjoyed a preview of the 18 new artworks around the financial district’s square mile. Set up by The City of London in 2010, this excellent initiative expands its footprint every year, improving the area and proving that when people are happy, they work better.

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Alex Evans at the Foundry Gallery, Chelsea Quarter: LDF17

The astute reader will have noticed that SEEN loves art about London. There are many artists in this city who draw (pun intended) their inspiration from it, none more so than Alex Evans whose fractal renderings hint at the entropic nature of urban life and perhaps also our anxieties and isolation in the 21st century. His latest exhibition ‘Invisible Systems’ can be seen at the Foundry Gallery, tucked away off the King’s Road until 26th October.