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Ladies of the Press at Sluice Biennial

SEEN headed up to Hackney recently, there to peruse this year’s Sluice Biennial. A large and airy building at Morning Lane housed fascinating creative projects by artists and creators who have come together under the Sluice banner. What SEEN particularly liked was the variety of work on display and the informal atmosphere in which it all took place. At no time were we directed to appreciate the artwork in a didactic way. On the contrary, the audience seemed to be doing as SEEN did, making connections for themselves as to the narratives and ideas on show.

SEEN got chatting to the Ladies of the Press, resplendent in pink, who were there with a pink backdrop and a welter of instagram hashtags to encourage the public to make human collages of themselves, with oversized cutouts from magazines of all our favourite brands. We got talking about the semantics of pink as a colour, wondering why it’s such a contested hue. Personally SEEN only has to be told to stop wearing something before she rushes out and buys a new outfit in exactly that colour. The Ladies make a good point about women who are targeted by advertising, but in the tradition of all good subversionary tactics do so in a fun way, encouraging us to examine our own desires for branded goods and self-expression but not in a fashion that makes us defensive. We’ll be following the Ladies’ progress. Watch this space.

Seen this week

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Super Sharp: The First Instalment of ‘RTRN II JUNGLE’

Regular readers of SEEN will know what fans we are of the Fashion Space Gallery at the London College of Fashion in John Prince’s Street. It’s a place where it is possible to gauge current cultural attitudes as they happen. ‘Super Sharp’ is the first in a series of exhibitions and events exploring the style, sound and Rave Culture in the nineties. It starts on Thursday 1st February and runs until Saturday 21st April 2018.

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Burns Night: Whisky 101 at The Gallery 

Celebrating Burns Night without whisky is nothing short of sacrilege. Where better then to honour Scotland’s greatest poet than at The Gallery in West Hampstead, which has become renowned for its dual fascinations – whisky and beer. Here’s a Short Epigram on Parting with a Kind Host in the Highlands penned by Burns himself: When death’s …

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David Ramirez Releases ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere’ and Plays St Pancras Old Church

David Ramirez has announced details of his new album We’re Not Going Anywhere, set for UK commercial release via Thirty Tigers on January 12th, 2018. Produced by Sam Kassirer, the album finds Ramirez painting a vividly imagined picture of contemporary America through the songwriter’s own perspective of having dual American and Mexican heritage. It follows …