Amsterdam: Cardboard or Coffeeshop?

Animation, Art, Artist, Arts, Events, Performance, Performance art, sculpture, Street Art, Theatre, Workshop

For two weeks now I haven’t been able to look at a discarded heap of cardboard without seeing some kind of lusus naturae piece itself together from the rubble and emerge as an animated being.


rifeWhen: Wed 18th of June 2014

Time: 5:45pm – 8pm

Where: Watershed – 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, BS1 5TX Bristol, United Kingdom


Since February I’ve been part of Talent Lab, a Bristol-based group of 23 creatives formed by the collaboration of Watershed and award-winning creative agency, Latimer. We were commissioned by Bristol Youth Links in partnership with Bristol City Council to shape an online platform for Bristol’s youth with an eagerness to create content for the youth by the youth. Thankfully this meant goodbye to all things stereotypically appeasing to us, the youth, like the horrid cliché that was the Go Places Do Things graffiti font. Bless their souls, they kind of tried.

Bristol Talent Lab

So where did we go from there? Rife, baby. Well, a nameless Rife magazine. We knew exactly what we wanted but it took much longer to finally figure out a name. How does ‘rife’ feel on your tongue? Kind of funny? It takes a few attempts getting used to it but it’s a grower. After months of hard work building up content by the core Rife team, as a digital phoenix our baby has risen out of the cliché ashes with some stories going viral and over 10,000 unique site views in less than a month …and we are not even officially launched yet!

With just over 24 hours to go before the Rife Live Launch excitement and anxiety seems to have dangerously merged.

But that’s not stopping us because Rife is yours – all you bloggers, vloggers, photographers, writers, budding journalists, aspiring editors, ranters, reviewers, tweeters, Facebook fanatics, Tumblr scrollers, filmmakers, comedians, storytellers, cartoonists, graphic designers or simply good at generating good ideas. With so much to offer on the night; from making your own gifs, telling us what Grinds Your Gears, pitching ideas for Rife to our team, networking with industry professionals (LatimerClockwise Media amongst others) and listening to acclaimed creator of The Hip Hop Shakespeare CompanyAkala; all we ask is that you RSVP to to confirm your place*.

AND if that’s still not exciting enough, through getting involved you can get media training, mentoring, access to equipment, industry links and profile. So even if you can’t make the 18th Rife magazine still wants you! Check out to find out how you can still get involved.

I hope I’ll be seeing you there – look out for the girl with the R-shaped earrings!


*doors open at 5:45 to those who have RSVP’d and by 5:50/55pm any unclaimed RSVP’d spaces are then opened up to the public with a first come first serve system.

Animation, Art, Article, Artist, Arts, Books/Comics, Bristol, Cinema, Drawing, Events, Fashion, Games, Illustrator, Inspirational, Launch, Literature, Music, Origami, Painting, Performace, Performance art, Photography, Poetry, Printing, Theatre, Uncategorized, Video, Watershed, Workshop

‘Curating Performance’ workshop at the Arnolfini

Bristol, Performace, Performance art, Theatre, Video, Workshop

Thursday 12th – Friday 13th September 2013

This two-day workshop on curating performance at the Arnolfini comprised of lectures and artists’ talks considering themes such as the relationship between social spaces, aesthetic experience and the audience, as well as similarities between curator and dramaturge. The opportunities and limitations associated with contextualising time-conscious work and live art were also considered. Additionally, notions of staging, movement, image and body were pertinent tropes throughout.

Jamie Eastman, the Arnolfini’s curator of performance, introduced the workshop and set the scene by asking the burning and complex question of what is a curator. He suggested a curator was a mediator of live moments, someone who is concerned with the production and presentation of narratives, and whose role links to theatre. Another memorable moment from the introduction was Eastman’s suggestion that the context for live performances is highly important as each event is made up of narratives told in social spaces.

Anja Dorn, a curator and guest professor for curatorial theory and dramaturgy at the University of Design Karlsruhe, began the first session with her workshop entitled ‘Curating the Audience’. She offered the notion that the increasing numbers of performance programmes were largely due to consumer culture and attempts to engage with, and even be dictated by, a wider consumer audience. Due to this, performance art takes place in what is called social spaces. (This breakdown of boundaries between art and the public dates back to the 1960s where de-bordering art was taken into new accessible places). From this observation, Dorn was keen for us to discuss how far these social spaces enable aesthetic experience and what implications this powerful consumer culture has for curatorial decisions. 

Would you rather hear the truth or a story? – An interview with Emma Callander

Bristol, Performance, Theatre

The first production of The Sum, the new Bristol based theatre company, Banksy: The Room in the Elephant is set to return to Bristol over the weekend, with tickets free for under 21s on Friday.

Inspired by real events, the play is centred around Titus Coventry, an eccentric character made homeless after Banksy stencilled ‘THIS LOOKS A BIT LIKE AN ELEPHANT’ onto a water cooler, which served as a home for Titus, near L.A. Despite being in the limelight of the media, public, playwrights and a dubious firm which seized the property, Titus is finally telling his story.

Young Arnolfini spoke to the director, Emma Callander.

Sunday Roundup – Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize Workshop

Bristol, Photography, Roundup, Theatre

As part of two spread out workshops involving young artists across Bristol, several members of Young Arnolfini are working with MShed to assist in curating the Taylor Wessing Portrait exhibition, opening to the public from 20th July to 3rd November.

Margarita Teichroeb
by Jordi Ruiz Cirera, 2011 © Jordi Ruiz Cirera


When tasked with arranging small print outs of the shortlisted portraits, it soon dawned on me how similar in nature film editing and curating are. Unless done arbitrarily, both involve the arrangement of images to create an additional meaning within the order. Both exploit the impulses of an audience’s natural eye, by trying to manipulate one’s attention to certain ideas, themes, stories or even colours, but at the same time rely on the audience to make their own choices and thus create their own personal interpretation. Both can be within a nonlinear space, whereby – as in the case at MShed – a zig-zagging wall divider can provide the possibility of unconventional ways of experiencing an exhibition, plus there is the chance to experiment with symmetry by presenting two contrasting images on either side of a wall. All of this surmounts to preparing signals which can potentially trigger an unconscious response from the audience, that will hopefully make them feel something and not leave them cold.

Here is my favourite of the photos on display. It was taken by Spencer Murphy and features the actor Mark Rylance who has lately had a play of his own shown at the Guthrie Theater. He’s won two Olivier Awards and two Tonys; here’s one of his bizarre acceptance speeches, in which he recites Walking Through A Wall by Louis Jenkins. Rylance doesn’t appear to be playing for laughs, but he gets them from an audience that sounds genuinely unsure how to act. He is an anti-Stratfordian and supposedly did a killer Hamlet.


Mark Rylance
by Spencer Murphy, 2012

Charlie CT:

I’m not going to say much about the workshop apart from that I can’t wait for the next one. I really enjoyed it and had loads of fun thinking about creative, fun and/or thought provoking ways to order and hang the photos in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. I have some photos from the workshop to give you an idea of what it was like.

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Sunday Roundup

Books/Comics, Bristol, Music, Performance, Poetry, Roundup, Theatre


It’s time to meet your hosts for this week’s sunday roundup… DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince!


Charlie CT:

Went to go see The Rememberers at Arnolfini yesterday which was part of the poetry festival. It was a really cool mix of graphic novel, Hip Hop, storytelling and live music. check it out (ignore the date at the beginning it’s an old video).


Bristol, Literature, Performace, Performance, Roundup, Theatre

A roundup of our reactions to Guilty Party’s Conviction, the one act play presented by Made in Bristol. Based on real life events, four young convicts escape from prison and take refuge in a small English town by the sea.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre

Bristol, Performance, Theatre

Though lacking in an understanding of William Shakespeare that could be considered greater than minimal (a sonnet here, a Welles film there), my appreciation of his beguiling works has only fostered following compulsory education which, if anything, worked to the contrary. In an elated state following a viewing of Roman Polanski’s marvellous 1970 film of Macbeth, I went into Pericles at the Redgrave Theatre knowing nothing besides its authors and the rearranged state of its structure.