things I have faved, #2

I went to the Ceremony of the Keys a few weeks ago. It’s short but pretty interesting, although you have to book over a year in advance at the moment. Better in the summer, I guess, when it’s lighter and less cold – it has happened every night, in some form, since the 13th or 14th century but has standardised on 10pm since 1826.

It’s “Netflix attempts to stop you from doing anything apart from watching TV” season. The new series of Bojack Horseman feels better than the last (the stand up episode “Free Churro” in particular is great) but the last few episodes always feel rushed to try and resolve the series. Looking forward to Maniac and the slow drip of the new series of The Good Place.

The Mighty Redcar is a stylised documentary that’s unusual because it features a Northern town and the working class almost unjudgementally.

It’s also “all the art money is in London for Frieze” season, so the big hitter shows of all the galleries are starting to open. Elmgreen and Dragset at the Whitechapel feels like a wasted opportunity. Space Shifters at the Hayward is mainly very slight – much of the work falls down the moment there’s a slight scratch or inevitable fingerprint, and the outdoor sculpture courts are woefully underused – but it’s great to see 20:50 back in London. The Health & Safety is overdone, but with reason, it’s the most unsettling feeling in there. Just don’t grab the sides.

I don’t think I’m going to be able to get to Paris this autumn (unless there’s an [e word]), but the Tomas Saraceno takeover of the Palais de Tokyo and the Tadao Ando exhibition at the Pompidou sound great.

Love this post by Lyft on colour, accessibility and naming.

That’s enough of last week. To the future!

things I have faved, #1

As people are doing week notes, telling you what I’ve enjoyed this week seems like a nice method of low energy blogging. I was going to do it last week but kinda forgot. Which means I have a bumper list of things I’ve faved.

The Guardian have a nice photo story of the Impossible Project taking over Polaroid’s last film factory and getting it working again (and renaming to Polaroid Original).

John Luke Roberts was one of the favourite shows I saw in Edinburgh, and he’s here talking on a podcast about comedy. Some of the references fly over the interviewer’s head a bit, which is a shame. I particularly liked the idea of making something funny then putting a joke on top.

Yue Yuen and Li & Fung are not household names, but probably should be – and will be if they follow the trajectory of their tech counterparts Foxconn and Huawei. A good long read about how clothes happen and why most company’s social responsibility work doesn’t.

Another company you should have heard of – JD.com – is profiled in the New Yorker.

There’s going to be a lot of comedy in these after Edinburgh. Daniel Sloss has two hour long shows on Netflix. They’re good, and funny, only occasionally straying into a 20something straight white guy telling you things. He was keeping a count on Twitter of how many couples he’d split up with the second show, Jigsaw.

More on comedy, sorry. An interview with James Acaster about his 4 Netflix shows. Basically he had to make them for the price of 1.

It’s Nice That feature Dia, a graphics in motion design studio.

BBC’s new documentary about dance music is excellent. I worry the next two episodes will not be as good (Pete Tong and Paul Oakenfold have already popped up (rightly in this case, but still)). Man, the music. Goosebumps for the entire hour.

Sky Arts showed a documentary about New Order’s latest gigs that I saw MIF last year. So much work! Looking forward to 2019.

Open House London was great again. Thanks to all the companies that opened up their buildings (and people opening their houses) and to all the volunteers. Given how badly some people treat the opportunity, and how much grief the organisers get, I’m surprised it continues. But it’s a very good thing. If you don’t like an aspect of it, volunteer.

If you book one thing this week, it should probably be the extended run of Rose Matafeo’s Edinburgh show at the Soho Theatre.