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1 November 2013

EXHIBITION: TORONTO

David Cronenberg: Evolution

The organisers of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) host a show celebrating Canadian film director David Cronenberg this weekend. David Cronenberg: Evolution documents the pioneer of the venereal horror genre’s work in three sections, featuring more than 60 original artefacts, designs and never-before-seen footage. A few minutes away, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), is holding a related exhibition about where Cronenberg draws his inspiration from. This includes works from French artist Louise Bourgeois and American graphic illustrator Charles Burns.

TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West. Open Tuesday and Wednesday, 12.00-20.00; Thursday to Saturday, 12.00-22.00; Sunday 12.00-18.00. Until 19 January.
tiff.net

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 952 Queen Street West. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11.00-18.00. Until 19 January.
mocca.ca

FILM: UK

Child’s Pose

Romanian filmmaker Călin Peter Netzer’s Child's Pose is all about a mother’s smothering love. Actress Luminița Gheorghiu, a fellow Romanian, best known for her role in The Death of Mr Lazarescu (winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes 2005), plays 60-year-old upper-class Cornelia who is locking horns with her 34-year-old son. When he gets in trouble with the law after a fatal car crash, Cornelia does all she can to get him out, including consorting with shady figures. An honest critique of contemporary Romania, Child’s Pose won the Golden Bear award at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival and is Romania’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film award at the Oscars next year.

Child’s Pose is out now in cinemas across the UK.
studiocanal.co.uk

EXHIBITION: HONG KONG

Lyota Yagi & Takehiro Iikawa: Once Was Now, Now Is Over, Yet Will Come

Japanese artists Takehiro Iikawa and Lyota Yagi’s latest joint exhibition, Once Was Now, Now Is Over, Yet Will Come, explores the meaning of time through different mediums. Yagi physically distorts time-based objects such as CDs, vinyl records and music tapes to create new images, drawing our attention to what he calls “the invisible” – the things we are unaware of in our everyday lives. Similarly, Iikawa makes video art that challenges viewers’ senses of sight and perception. Those heading to Hong Kong’s Platform Gallery this weekend may well end up seeing whatever they want to see.

Platform China, Unit 601, Phase 1, Chaiwan Industrial City, 60 Wing Tai Road Chai Wan. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11.00-18.00. Until 16 November.
platformchina.org 



DESIGN: TOKYO

Toward a Design Museum Japan

21_21 Design Sight gallery in Tokyo is showcasing Toward a Design Museum Japan – an assembly of 23 key design exhibitions from the past – in an attempt to pave the way, somewhat surprisingly, for the foundation of the nation’s first design museum. The current show includes progressive designs such as Issei Miyake’s “Mendori”, an intricate mathematically designed paper lamp, and Ikko Tanaka’s historic poster designs such as those created to promote traditional Nihon Buyo dance performances. This Sunday, check out the design discussion with journalist Akiko Moriyama, product designer Naoto Fukasawa and graphic designer Taku Satoh.

21_21 Design Sight, 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku. Open daily 11.00-20.00, closed on Tuesdays. Until 9 February.
2121designsight.jp/en

MUSIC: EUROPE

The Dodos

San Francisco band the Dodos, consisting of songwriters Meric Long and Logan Kroeber, have been steeped in accolades since releasing their first record back in 2006. They play a handful of dates across France, Belgium, the UK, Spain, Switzerland and beyond from this weekend onwards, so be sure to catch their contemplative take on pop that’s all gentle melodies and thoughtful lyrics set among the occasional mad fit of percussive chaos for good measure. Recent album Carrier continues a rich run of form, so unlike their namesakes, hopefully the Dodos will be around for a good while longer.

The Dodos are on tour at Noumatrouff in Mulhouse, France on Saturday; Botanique in Brussels, Belgium on Sunday, and continue to the UK, Spain and Switzerland. See website for details.
dodosmusic.net

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