A daily bulletin of news & opinion

1 September 2012

Highlights this weekend include a David Bowie film retrospective in London, a San Francisco design exhibit, ceramics in Copenhagen, music from Detroit and dining out on hot dogs and champagne.


—Bowiefest at the ICA

This weekend sees the thin white duke get his own fit-to-burst film retrospective at London’s ICA. The renowned arts centre is taking a nostalgic trip through David Bowie’s silver screen appearances from commercial fun like Labyrinth to less known gritty features such as Christiane F. Sometimes celebrated, often ridiculed, yet never less than unusual, Bowie’s magnetic aura yet slightly camp onscreen presence is a must for those wanting a bit of harmless escapism. We recommend catching recently passed away director Tony Scott’s The Hunger on Saturday.

Institute of Contemporary Arts, 12 Carlton House Terrace. Bowiefest is running from 13.00 daily until Sunday 2 September


—Field Conditions

Taking its title from a 1996 essay by architect Stan Allen, the Field Conditions exhibit opens this weekend at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Around 30 design works are on display drawing on the perception of space and the way we interact with it. It is curated by SFMoMA’s Joseph Becker and features art by local artist Tauba Auerbach, and architects Daniel Libeskind and Lebbeus Wood, to name just a few.

SFMoMA, 151 Third Street. Open daily except Wednesday 11.00-17.45, Thursday 11.00-20.45. Until 6 January



James Knappett and Sandia Chang’s exciting new venue Bubbledogs opened earlier this week on London’s Charlotte Street. Why exciting? The restaurant offers the unorthodox combo of hot dogs and champagne. Sip a glass of bubbly while enjoying one the 10 types of hot dogs on offer – served with bacon, salsa, jalapenos and caramelized lettuce. We didn’t think it could work. How wrong we were.

70 Charlotte Street. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11.30-16.00 and 17.30-23.00


—Louise Hindsgavl and Gitte Jungersen; Setting the Stage

Established this year, Copenhagen Ceramics is an exhibition space in Frederiksberg showcasing the latest of 10 exhibitions over 12 months this weekend. Artists Louise Hindsgavl and Gitte Jungersen are reviving and renewing the figurative tradition of ceramics by drawing inspiration from the animal and human form. Having exhibited work in museum collections throughout Scandinavia and western Europe, Copenhagen Ceramics should be something of a homecoming.

Smallegade 46, Baghuset 2. Open 13.00-18.00, Wednesday to Friday, 12.00-16.00 Saturday. Until 22 September


—Matthew Dear: Beams

Born in Texas, Matthew Dear decamped to techno and house music hub Detroit seemingly as soon as he was old enough to crank a crossfader. It was there he co-founded record label Ghostly International in 1999 to help put a sophisticated slant on dance music. Dear’s wayward and wandering approach channels the likes of previous pop misfits David Byrne and Arthur Russell through his immaculately-honed funk, house and post-punk filters. Clever dance music then, for those who like thinking about dancing.

Beams is available to buy now


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