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15 May 2015

ART: That Which Cannot Be Repaired by Tonico Lemos Auad at Pivô, São Paulo

“If you are going to visit just one gallery in São Paulo, for my money it would definitely be Pivô”

Clare Rigby, arts writer

Brazilian artists Tonico Lemos Auad is also a qualified architect and an awareness of space and surroundings informs his work. The pieces on show at São Paulo’s Pivô gallery, housed in architectural legend Oscar Niemeyer’s Copan building, include works especially commissioned for the space that are designed to evoke both a sense of ritual and demonstrate humankind’s technical prowess. Through forms ranging from woodcutting to knitting, Auad aims to remind us of industry’s potential to create beautiful objects.

FILM: Mad Max: Fury Road

“You feel every crunch and every piece of metal that’s being thrown off every vehicle – it’s so intense. That might put some people off but it worked for me

Cassam Looch, film and entertainment journalist

Nobody foresaw a remake of post-apocalyptic 1980s action blockbuster Mad Max as being the critical success that it has arrived as. British actor Tom Hardy has replaced Mel Gibson as the road warrior in the new version and though it would be naive to describe Mad Max: Fury Road is anything more than a popcorn-burning cinematic juggernaut (with all the subtlety of a car crash), the level of carnage on screen makes it one with a particularly memorable impact.

MUSIC: DJ Shark

“He’s been really instrumental in the whole development of turntables and DJ mixers”

Nick Luscombe, broadcaster, DJ and music specialist

Regular Monocle voice Nick Luscombe has been on a Japanese hip-hop odyssey of late – not long ago we were enjoying the sounds of rapping monk Tatsumi on The Monocle Arts Review, and this week Nick came back to spin some DJ Shark, a veteran of the Japanese scene. Shark has not only made beats and raps to remember but has also had a major hand in developing some of the essential tools of the genre, such as the Technics SH-DJ1200 mixer.

TV: Catastrophe

“I thought it was incredibly fresh; it has a remarkable energy to it – it’s very, very funny”

John Doyle, television critic for ‘The Globe and Mail’

The TV critic for Canada’s The Globe and Mail, John Doyle, was raving about a British TV series The Monocle Arts Review this week. Catastrophe is the dark comedy story of a couple brought together by an unplanned pregnancy and stars US funnyman Rob Delaney and Irish actress and comedian Sharon Horgan. The series is full of close-to-the-bone humour and Delaney’s trademark bad language but at its heart is the age-old tale of two people simply trying to make things work.

BOOK: Kate Atkinson, A God in Ruins

“One of the fascinating things about it is that you feel it’s really playing with the notion of what exists within a book and what exists outside of its covers”

Cathy Rentzenbrink, books editor at ‘The Bookseller’

British author Kate Atkinson returns to the saga of Ursula Todd, heroine of previous novel Life After Life, but this time the writer focuses on Ursula’s younger brother Teddy. The story unfolds over many years as the RAF pilot and sometime poet encounters the 20th-century’s major hurdles – both historically and within his own life – in a narrative that is told inspiringly and thoughtfully by a storytelling master.

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