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Sep
29
Thu
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX
Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX

In collaboration with Open City Documentary Festival, LUX presents a new exhibition by Chinese artist, filmmaker and researcher Bo Wang. Now based in Amsterdam, Wang’s critical spatial practice incorporates film and video, new media, and installation. Hong Kong is a key site of interest, Wang explores how the city operates as a liminal space situated between the legacy of British colonialism and its contemporary connection with mainland China. Through his carefully observed studies in architectural design, and the organisation of urban space, he reveals latent systems of power. He uses a range of archival and contemporary found footage, setting visual systems against each other to pose questions surrounding the production and consumption of images. Through a series of recent essay films, made in collaboration with artist and researcher Pan Lu, his work examines colonial histories, trade and commerce, and systems of categorisation.

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned is a new work from Wang as he extends his practice into a careful study of the shopping mall, politicising this otherwise intentionally neutralised space. At this exhibition at LUX, Bo Wang’s work is situated within the context of Waterlow Park. Rare and exotic botanical species populate the gardens with views across to the City of London, the centre of the British colonial project.


 

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned | 27min | 2022

The title of this work was borrowed from social media comments in the midst of the 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition protest, which originally references Black civil rights activist Gil Scott-Heron’s iconic 1971 poem “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. The images of clashes between protestors and police in Hong Kong have constituted the most sensational memories of global turmoils in the last phase of pre-Covid age, which occurred, peculiarly, often against the backdrop of air-conditioned shopping malls.

Taking this phenomenon as its point of departure, the work traces the architectural evolution of these retail complexes. Drawing from a range of historical references—including the Crystal Palace, built for the 1851 Great Exhibition in London; 19th-century terrarium prototypes used in the British Empire’s botanical trade; and 20th-century corporate salesforce training videos—the work reflects on how the mall as a spatial form evolved from its colonial root of conquest, to a machine of consumerism and social control. Yet, The Revolution Will Not Be Air-Conditioned also pays close attention to how the intended outcomes of spatial design can be subverted, turning such insulated and sanitized spaces into a ground for political action and dissent. ­- Bo Wang

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned was commissioned by Junni Chen, for the exhibition Lustrous Like Plastic, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard College, NY.

This exhibition is presented as part of the 12th edition of Open City Documentary Festival (7 – 13 September 2022).

Anne McNeill Pulati Allegories and Metaphors @ Highgate Gallery
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Anne McNeill Pulati – Allegories and Metaphors

16-29 September 2022

Anne McNeill Pulati uses the figure as a vehicle, metaphorically and pictorially, in her creative practice. These images are her personal reflections of human experience and spirituality.

Inspiration and research for the work includes ancient and modern belief systems, myths and legends, and cultural variations from around the world, particularly regarding the journey of the soul.  For many years she has been interested in metaphor and often incorporates motifs and symbols, ignoring compositional perspectives and using metaphysical landscapes.

Symbols which are commonly understood, such as figures, angels, flowers, rivers, and shadows appear frequently. Anne states that she is principally a colourist. The medium of paint offers her the freedom to tell a narrative through colours, textures and surfaces and allows an immediacy that encourages her imagination.

Art-making has enabled Anne to develop an understanding of the journey in life which she follows.  The essence of Quakerism sits in her life’s journey.  The making of a painting has come, for her, from a place which at that point is a “story beginning to unfold.”

Through the act of creativity, I enter a process which delivers something that usually surprises me and also is not consciously designed.  In this process, I receive insights and a fulfillment only by entering this activity.”

She believes that we all have gifts that are not our own, but are to share, and which may possibly benefit others.  The fact that we should share our gifts is the point, and it is usually fear of failure that stops us.  She says: “It doesn’t matter what you share, it’s the intention behind it that people will see.” In showing her work she hopes that those who see it, will be able to ponder on their own responses.

For more information contact the artist: info@annemcneillPulati.com

View the website: https://www.singulart.com/en/artist/anne-mcneill-pulati-10683

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Contact Co-ordinator for Highgate Gallery: bethrobertson@blueyonder.co.uk

Gallery open Wed-Fri 13:00-17:00, Sat 11:00-16:00, Sun 11:00-17:00

Black Sheep @ Jacksons Lane
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

After moving from Germany to London over ten years ago to live and work in a more diverse community, renowned sword swallower, circus artist and dazzling burlesque artist Livia Kojo Alour learned that life-long feelings of self-hatred and otherness are part internalised racism and part survival techniques. With a successful career under her stage name MisSa, but tiring of playing someone else full-time, Black Sheep has been long in the making, serving as a candid autobiographical work and a euphoric reclamation of Livia’s identity and ongoing fortitude.

Black Sheep is a story about a Black woman finding love and a testament of personal strength, developed through transcending the white gaze, overcoming institutional racism and leaning into radical vulnerability. Securing her place as a pivotal UK Queer Black voice while telling her story via a heady mix of physical theatre, spoken word, song and sword swallowing, Black Sheep is timely, unsettling and deeply personal.

Suitable for ages 14+

Sep
30
Fri
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX
Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX

In collaboration with Open City Documentary Festival, LUX presents a new exhibition by Chinese artist, filmmaker and researcher Bo Wang. Now based in Amsterdam, Wang’s critical spatial practice incorporates film and video, new media, and installation. Hong Kong is a key site of interest, Wang explores how the city operates as a liminal space situated between the legacy of British colonialism and its contemporary connection with mainland China. Through his carefully observed studies in architectural design, and the organisation of urban space, he reveals latent systems of power. He uses a range of archival and contemporary found footage, setting visual systems against each other to pose questions surrounding the production and consumption of images. Through a series of recent essay films, made in collaboration with artist and researcher Pan Lu, his work examines colonial histories, trade and commerce, and systems of categorisation.

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned is a new work from Wang as he extends his practice into a careful study of the shopping mall, politicising this otherwise intentionally neutralised space. At this exhibition at LUX, Bo Wang’s work is situated within the context of Waterlow Park. Rare and exotic botanical species populate the gardens with views across to the City of London, the centre of the British colonial project.


 

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned | 27min | 2022

The title of this work was borrowed from social media comments in the midst of the 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition protest, which originally references Black civil rights activist Gil Scott-Heron’s iconic 1971 poem “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. The images of clashes between protestors and police in Hong Kong have constituted the most sensational memories of global turmoils in the last phase of pre-Covid age, which occurred, peculiarly, often against the backdrop of air-conditioned shopping malls.

Taking this phenomenon as its point of departure, the work traces the architectural evolution of these retail complexes. Drawing from a range of historical references—including the Crystal Palace, built for the 1851 Great Exhibition in London; 19th-century terrarium prototypes used in the British Empire’s botanical trade; and 20th-century corporate salesforce training videos—the work reflects on how the mall as a spatial form evolved from its colonial root of conquest, to a machine of consumerism and social control. Yet, The Revolution Will Not Be Air-Conditioned also pays close attention to how the intended outcomes of spatial design can be subverted, turning such insulated and sanitized spaces into a ground for political action and dissent. ­- Bo Wang

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned was commissioned by Junni Chen, for the exhibition Lustrous Like Plastic, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard College, NY.

This exhibition is presented as part of the 12th edition of Open City Documentary Festival (7 – 13 September 2022).

Black Sheep @ Jacksons Lane
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

After moving from Germany to London over ten years ago to live and work in a more diverse community, renowned sword swallower, circus artist and dazzling burlesque artist Livia Kojo Alour learned that life-long feelings of self-hatred and otherness are part internalised racism and part survival techniques. With a successful career under her stage name MisSa, but tiring of playing someone else full-time, Black Sheep has been long in the making, serving as a candid autobiographical work and a euphoric reclamation of Livia’s identity and ongoing fortitude.

Black Sheep is a story about a Black woman finding love and a testament of personal strength, developed through transcending the white gaze, overcoming institutional racism and leaning into radical vulnerability. Securing her place as a pivotal UK Queer Black voice while telling her story via a heady mix of physical theatre, spoken word, song and sword swallowing, Black Sheep is timely, unsettling and deeply personal.

Suitable for ages 14+

Oct
1
Sat
Coffee AM at the Highgate Society @ Highgate Society
Oct 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Do come along to meet your neighbours, enjoy a good cup of coffee and find out what is happening in Highgate.

The planning committee often have someone on hand to answer planning queries.

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX
Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX

In collaboration with Open City Documentary Festival, LUX presents a new exhibition by Chinese artist, filmmaker and researcher Bo Wang. Now based in Amsterdam, Wang’s critical spatial practice incorporates film and video, new media, and installation. Hong Kong is a key site of interest, Wang explores how the city operates as a liminal space situated between the legacy of British colonialism and its contemporary connection with mainland China. Through his carefully observed studies in architectural design, and the organisation of urban space, he reveals latent systems of power. He uses a range of archival and contemporary found footage, setting visual systems against each other to pose questions surrounding the production and consumption of images. Through a series of recent essay films, made in collaboration with artist and researcher Pan Lu, his work examines colonial histories, trade and commerce, and systems of categorisation.

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned is a new work from Wang as he extends his practice into a careful study of the shopping mall, politicising this otherwise intentionally neutralised space. At this exhibition at LUX, Bo Wang’s work is situated within the context of Waterlow Park. Rare and exotic botanical species populate the gardens with views across to the City of London, the centre of the British colonial project.


 

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned | 27min | 2022

The title of this work was borrowed from social media comments in the midst of the 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition protest, which originally references Black civil rights activist Gil Scott-Heron’s iconic 1971 poem “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. The images of clashes between protestors and police in Hong Kong have constituted the most sensational memories of global turmoils in the last phase of pre-Covid age, which occurred, peculiarly, often against the backdrop of air-conditioned shopping malls.

Taking this phenomenon as its point of departure, the work traces the architectural evolution of these retail complexes. Drawing from a range of historical references—including the Crystal Palace, built for the 1851 Great Exhibition in London; 19th-century terrarium prototypes used in the British Empire’s botanical trade; and 20th-century corporate salesforce training videos—the work reflects on how the mall as a spatial form evolved from its colonial root of conquest, to a machine of consumerism and social control. Yet, The Revolution Will Not Be Air-Conditioned also pays close attention to how the intended outcomes of spatial design can be subverted, turning such insulated and sanitized spaces into a ground for political action and dissent. ­- Bo Wang

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned was commissioned by Junni Chen, for the exhibition Lustrous Like Plastic, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard College, NY.

This exhibition is presented as part of the 12th edition of Open City Documentary Festival (7 – 13 September 2022).

Black Sheep @ Jacksons Lane
Oct 1 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

After moving from Germany to London over ten years ago to live and work in a more diverse community, renowned sword swallower, circus artist and dazzling burlesque artist Livia Kojo Alour learned that life-long feelings of self-hatred and otherness are part internalised racism and part survival techniques. With a successful career under her stage name MisSa, but tiring of playing someone else full-time, Black Sheep has been long in the making, serving as a candid autobiographical work and a euphoric reclamation of Livia’s identity and ongoing fortitude.

Black Sheep is a story about a Black woman finding love and a testament of personal strength, developed through transcending the white gaze, overcoming institutional racism and leaning into radical vulnerability. Securing her place as a pivotal UK Queer Black voice while telling her story via a heady mix of physical theatre, spoken word, song and sword swallowing, Black Sheep is timely, unsettling and deeply personal.

Suitable for ages 14+

Oct
2
Sun
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX
Oct 2 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX

In collaboration with Open City Documentary Festival, LUX presents a new exhibition by Chinese artist, filmmaker and researcher Bo Wang. Now based in Amsterdam, Wang’s critical spatial practice incorporates film and video, new media, and installation. Hong Kong is a key site of interest, Wang explores how the city operates as a liminal space situated between the legacy of British colonialism and its contemporary connection with mainland China. Through his carefully observed studies in architectural design, and the organisation of urban space, he reveals latent systems of power. He uses a range of archival and contemporary found footage, setting visual systems against each other to pose questions surrounding the production and consumption of images. Through a series of recent essay films, made in collaboration with artist and researcher Pan Lu, his work examines colonial histories, trade and commerce, and systems of categorisation.

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned is a new work from Wang as he extends his practice into a careful study of the shopping mall, politicising this otherwise intentionally neutralised space. At this exhibition at LUX, Bo Wang’s work is situated within the context of Waterlow Park. Rare and exotic botanical species populate the gardens with views across to the City of London, the centre of the British colonial project.


 

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned | 27min | 2022

The title of this work was borrowed from social media comments in the midst of the 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition protest, which originally references Black civil rights activist Gil Scott-Heron’s iconic 1971 poem “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. The images of clashes between protestors and police in Hong Kong have constituted the most sensational memories of global turmoils in the last phase of pre-Covid age, which occurred, peculiarly, often against the backdrop of air-conditioned shopping malls.

Taking this phenomenon as its point of departure, the work traces the architectural evolution of these retail complexes. Drawing from a range of historical references—including the Crystal Palace, built for the 1851 Great Exhibition in London; 19th-century terrarium prototypes used in the British Empire’s botanical trade; and 20th-century corporate salesforce training videos—the work reflects on how the mall as a spatial form evolved from its colonial root of conquest, to a machine of consumerism and social control. Yet, The Revolution Will Not Be Air-Conditioned also pays close attention to how the intended outcomes of spatial design can be subverted, turning such insulated and sanitized spaces into a ground for political action and dissent. ­- Bo Wang

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned was commissioned by Junni Chen, for the exhibition Lustrous Like Plastic, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard College, NY.

This exhibition is presented as part of the 12th edition of Open City Documentary Festival (7 – 13 September 2022).

Book Launch: slow emergency siren, ongoing: Accessing Handsworth Songs @ LUX
Oct 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Book Launch: slow emergency siren, ongoing: Accessing Handsworth Songs @ LUX

Screening and discussion to launch the new LUX publication slow emergency siren, ongoing: Accessing Handsworth Songs which documents a project to make Black Audio Film Collective’s seminal 1986 film Handsworth Songs more, and differently, accessible. Edited by Sarah Hayden, it presents a newly commissioned annotated audio description script from Elaine Lillian Joseph and new creative captions commissioned from the Care-fuffle Working Group alongside new essays by Clive Nwonka and Sarah Hayden. The publication was produced as part of a research project called Voices in the Gallery, with financial support from the AHRC.

slow emergency siren, ongoing has been produced in website and large-print book formats, both of which were developed with the support and advice of the UK Association for Accessible Formats. Design is by Daly & Lyon and web development is by An Endless Supply. The website publication is now available at slowemergencysiren.org.uk

Screening of Handsworth Songs (1986) with audio description and captions, followed by a live captioned discussion with Sarah Hayden, Elaine Lillian Joseph and Anita Wolska-Kaslow of the Care-fuffle Working Group. This is an in person event at LUX, Waterlow Park Centre.

The book will be available to purchase at the event with all proceeds from sales going directly to making more works in the LUX collection accessible. The book can also be purchased online from the LUX Shop here

An audio documentary about slow emergency siren, ongoing is being made by Hannah Kemp-Welch. This will be launched on the LUX website later this year.

[image description: A still from Handsworth Songs in which four white police officers with helmets and shields are shoving someone down while three black people sitting and watching in the background. The caption reads, muddy distortion ripples beneath mournful, howling notes.]

Oct
3
Mon
Children’s Drawing & Painting Classes @ Lauderdale House
Oct 3 @ 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

Children’s Drawing & Painting Classes

Our children’s art classes run on a termly basis, providing children aged 5-8 with an introduction to the basics of drawing and painting.

Each week children will build on their skills learnt in previous weeks, developing their confidence and ability.

Taught by experienced, supportive, and friendly teacher Aynur Erdal, this class is the perfect opportunity to introduce your child to the world of art.

We welcome any students wishing to join after the beginning of the term and charge a pro rata rate of £17.50 per class until the end of the term. Please contact the office on 020 8348 8716 to book or if you have any queries about the class.

You are also welcome to book an initial trial class at £17.50 ahead of booking the whole term- please call on 020 8348 8716, and we will be happy to help.

Kung Fu Classes for Children (5.45) and Adults (6.30) @ Highgate Society
Oct 3 @ 5:45 pm – 7:30 pm

               

               LEARN TRADITIONAL KUNG FU & TAI CHI

                  from  Three-Time International Gold Medallist

                                DANIEL SHAW-ABULAFIA

             at The Highgate Society, 10A South Grove, London N6 6BS
         Children:  Mondays weekly, 17.45 to 18.30 from September 26th
         Adults:      Mondays weekly, 18.30 to 19.30 from September 26th

                            COME TO A FREE TRIAL CLASS!

                           daniel@tigercranekungfu.com

          https://tigercranekungfu.com/kung-fu-club/instructor-danil-shaw-abulafia/
Adult Weaving Class @ Lauderdale House
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

It promotes well-being, reduces stress, develop motor skills and creativity… weaving! If you’ve ever wanted to learn to weave, but never had the opportunity, then join our five-week course!

Tutored by experienced textile artist Zsofia-Hajdu, you will learn to mix and match different yarns to create beautiful shapes and textures.

Check out our website for more details and booking!

Oct
4
Tue
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX
Oct 4 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX

In collaboration with Open City Documentary Festival, LUX presents a new exhibition by Chinese artist, filmmaker and researcher Bo Wang. Now based in Amsterdam, Wang’s critical spatial practice incorporates film and video, new media, and installation. Hong Kong is a key site of interest, Wang explores how the city operates as a liminal space situated between the legacy of British colonialism and its contemporary connection with mainland China. Through his carefully observed studies in architectural design, and the organisation of urban space, he reveals latent systems of power. He uses a range of archival and contemporary found footage, setting visual systems against each other to pose questions surrounding the production and consumption of images. Through a series of recent essay films, made in collaboration with artist and researcher Pan Lu, his work examines colonial histories, trade and commerce, and systems of categorisation.

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned is a new work from Wang as he extends his practice into a careful study of the shopping mall, politicising this otherwise intentionally neutralised space. At this exhibition at LUX, Bo Wang’s work is situated within the context of Waterlow Park. Rare and exotic botanical species populate the gardens with views across to the City of London, the centre of the British colonial project.


 

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned | 27min | 2022

The title of this work was borrowed from social media comments in the midst of the 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition protest, which originally references Black civil rights activist Gil Scott-Heron’s iconic 1971 poem “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. The images of clashes between protestors and police in Hong Kong have constituted the most sensational memories of global turmoils in the last phase of pre-Covid age, which occurred, peculiarly, often against the backdrop of air-conditioned shopping malls.

Taking this phenomenon as its point of departure, the work traces the architectural evolution of these retail complexes. Drawing from a range of historical references—including the Crystal Palace, built for the 1851 Great Exhibition in London; 19th-century terrarium prototypes used in the British Empire’s botanical trade; and 20th-century corporate salesforce training videos—the work reflects on how the mall as a spatial form evolved from its colonial root of conquest, to a machine of consumerism and social control. Yet, The Revolution Will Not Be Air-Conditioned also pays close attention to how the intended outcomes of spatial design can be subverted, turning such insulated and sanitized spaces into a ground for political action and dissent. ­- Bo Wang

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned was commissioned by Junni Chen, for the exhibition Lustrous Like Plastic, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard College, NY.

This exhibition is presented as part of the 12th edition of Open City Documentary Festival (7 – 13 September 2022).

Annie’s Yoga in Highgate @ Highgate United Reformed Church
Oct 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The class is suitable for beginners and is friendly and inclusive. Style is Hatha yoga with various influences – gentle, but still delivering strength and flexibility.   Come and try a class to enhance your sense of wellbeing, release stress and tension and to experience deep relaxation. Mats provided, free parking (for now, but check signs!) no need to book – just turn up. The class is in the beautiful church – it’s set back a bit and has big blue doors. The class is mixed level/mixed ability/mixed age. I am a registered BWY teacher and fully insured. For more info about me/my yoga, have a look at my website 

Oct
5
Wed
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX
Oct 5 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX

In collaboration with Open City Documentary Festival, LUX presents a new exhibition by Chinese artist, filmmaker and researcher Bo Wang. Now based in Amsterdam, Wang’s critical spatial practice incorporates film and video, new media, and installation. Hong Kong is a key site of interest, Wang explores how the city operates as a liminal space situated between the legacy of British colonialism and its contemporary connection with mainland China. Through his carefully observed studies in architectural design, and the organisation of urban space, he reveals latent systems of power. He uses a range of archival and contemporary found footage, setting visual systems against each other to pose questions surrounding the production and consumption of images. Through a series of recent essay films, made in collaboration with artist and researcher Pan Lu, his work examines colonial histories, trade and commerce, and systems of categorisation.

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned is a new work from Wang as he extends his practice into a careful study of the shopping mall, politicising this otherwise intentionally neutralised space. At this exhibition at LUX, Bo Wang’s work is situated within the context of Waterlow Park. Rare and exotic botanical species populate the gardens with views across to the City of London, the centre of the British colonial project.


 

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned | 27min | 2022

The title of this work was borrowed from social media comments in the midst of the 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition protest, which originally references Black civil rights activist Gil Scott-Heron’s iconic 1971 poem “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. The images of clashes between protestors and police in Hong Kong have constituted the most sensational memories of global turmoils in the last phase of pre-Covid age, which occurred, peculiarly, often against the backdrop of air-conditioned shopping malls.

Taking this phenomenon as its point of departure, the work traces the architectural evolution of these retail complexes. Drawing from a range of historical references—including the Crystal Palace, built for the 1851 Great Exhibition in London; 19th-century terrarium prototypes used in the British Empire’s botanical trade; and 20th-century corporate salesforce training videos—the work reflects on how the mall as a spatial form evolved from its colonial root of conquest, to a machine of consumerism and social control. Yet, The Revolution Will Not Be Air-Conditioned also pays close attention to how the intended outcomes of spatial design can be subverted, turning such insulated and sanitized spaces into a ground for political action and dissent. ­- Bo Wang

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned was commissioned by Junni Chen, for the exhibition Lustrous Like Plastic, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard College, NY.

This exhibition is presented as part of the 12th edition of Open City Documentary Festival (7 – 13 September 2022).

Holm @ Jacksons Lane
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

After falling asleep on the last train, the long journey home will be something he never forgets…

Temper Theatre return to Jacksons Lane with their signature mix of fluid muscular movement, soul-shaking soundscapes and fragmented imagery.

★★★★ “Vehement but cogently delivered” The Herald

Quiz sur des expressions françaises @ Highgate Society
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Oct
6
Thu
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX
Oct 6 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX

In collaboration with Open City Documentary Festival, LUX presents a new exhibition by Chinese artist, filmmaker and researcher Bo Wang. Now based in Amsterdam, Wang’s critical spatial practice incorporates film and video, new media, and installation. Hong Kong is a key site of interest, Wang explores how the city operates as a liminal space situated between the legacy of British colonialism and its contemporary connection with mainland China. Through his carefully observed studies in architectural design, and the organisation of urban space, he reveals latent systems of power. He uses a range of archival and contemporary found footage, setting visual systems against each other to pose questions surrounding the production and consumption of images. Through a series of recent essay films, made in collaboration with artist and researcher Pan Lu, his work examines colonial histories, trade and commerce, and systems of categorisation.

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned is a new work from Wang as he extends his practice into a careful study of the shopping mall, politicising this otherwise intentionally neutralised space. At this exhibition at LUX, Bo Wang’s work is situated within the context of Waterlow Park. Rare and exotic botanical species populate the gardens with views across to the City of London, the centre of the British colonial project.


 

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned | 27min | 2022

The title of this work was borrowed from social media comments in the midst of the 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition protest, which originally references Black civil rights activist Gil Scott-Heron’s iconic 1971 poem “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. The images of clashes between protestors and police in Hong Kong have constituted the most sensational memories of global turmoils in the last phase of pre-Covid age, which occurred, peculiarly, often against the backdrop of air-conditioned shopping malls.

Taking this phenomenon as its point of departure, the work traces the architectural evolution of these retail complexes. Drawing from a range of historical references—including the Crystal Palace, built for the 1851 Great Exhibition in London; 19th-century terrarium prototypes used in the British Empire’s botanical trade; and 20th-century corporate salesforce training videos—the work reflects on how the mall as a spatial form evolved from its colonial root of conquest, to a machine of consumerism and social control. Yet, The Revolution Will Not Be Air-Conditioned also pays close attention to how the intended outcomes of spatial design can be subverted, turning such insulated and sanitized spaces into a ground for political action and dissent. ­- Bo Wang

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned was commissioned by Junni Chen, for the exhibition Lustrous Like Plastic, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard College, NY.

This exhibition is presented as part of the 12th edition of Open City Documentary Festival (7 – 13 September 2022).

Holm @ Jacksons Lane
Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

After falling asleep on the last train, the long journey home will be something he never forgets…

Temper Theatre return to Jacksons Lane with their signature mix of fluid muscular movement, soul-shaking soundscapes and fragmented imagery.

★★★★ “Vehement but cogently delivered” The Herald

Jazz in the House 2022: Carol Grimes & Friends @ Lauderdale House
Oct 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Carol Grimes performs excerpts from her autobiography ‘The Singer’s Tale’ alongside a talented band of musicians: Alison Rayner (bass), Deirdre Cartwright (guitar), Steve Lodder (piano) and Winston Clifford (drums).

‘The Singer’s Tale’ depicts Carol’s life as a musician, following her days as a busking musician to performing at some of London’s best-known venues. The singer’s Tale is an emotional roller coaster that is challenging and inspirational.

Carol Grimes is a British singer, songwriter, poet and author, a towering presence in the UK music scene; from busking in the streets as a teenager to touring internationally with the contemporary classical group The Shout and her two solo albums in Memphis, it is safe to say Carol is a truly genre-busting artist. Having turned to jazz and blues, her music embraces drama and love.

 

Oct
7
Fri
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX
Oct 7 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX

In collaboration with Open City Documentary Festival, LUX presents a new exhibition by Chinese artist, filmmaker and researcher Bo Wang. Now based in Amsterdam, Wang’s critical spatial practice incorporates film and video, new media, and installation. Hong Kong is a key site of interest, Wang explores how the city operates as a liminal space situated between the legacy of British colonialism and its contemporary connection with mainland China. Through his carefully observed studies in architectural design, and the organisation of urban space, he reveals latent systems of power. He uses a range of archival and contemporary found footage, setting visual systems against each other to pose questions surrounding the production and consumption of images. Through a series of recent essay films, made in collaboration with artist and researcher Pan Lu, his work examines colonial histories, trade and commerce, and systems of categorisation.

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned is a new work from Wang as he extends his practice into a careful study of the shopping mall, politicising this otherwise intentionally neutralised space. At this exhibition at LUX, Bo Wang’s work is situated within the context of Waterlow Park. Rare and exotic botanical species populate the gardens with views across to the City of London, the centre of the British colonial project.


 

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned | 27min | 2022

The title of this work was borrowed from social media comments in the midst of the 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition protest, which originally references Black civil rights activist Gil Scott-Heron’s iconic 1971 poem “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. The images of clashes between protestors and police in Hong Kong have constituted the most sensational memories of global turmoils in the last phase of pre-Covid age, which occurred, peculiarly, often against the backdrop of air-conditioned shopping malls.

Taking this phenomenon as its point of departure, the work traces the architectural evolution of these retail complexes. Drawing from a range of historical references—including the Crystal Palace, built for the 1851 Great Exhibition in London; 19th-century terrarium prototypes used in the British Empire’s botanical trade; and 20th-century corporate salesforce training videos—the work reflects on how the mall as a spatial form evolved from its colonial root of conquest, to a machine of consumerism and social control. Yet, The Revolution Will Not Be Air-Conditioned also pays close attention to how the intended outcomes of spatial design can be subverted, turning such insulated and sanitized spaces into a ground for political action and dissent. ­- Bo Wang

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned was commissioned by Junni Chen, for the exhibition Lustrous Like Plastic, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard College, NY.

This exhibition is presented as part of the 12th edition of Open City Documentary Festival (7 – 13 September 2022).

Holm @ Jacksons Lane
Oct 7 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

After falling asleep on the last train, the long journey home will be something he never forgets…

Temper Theatre return to Jacksons Lane with their signature mix of fluid muscular movement, soul-shaking soundscapes and fragmented imagery.

★★★★ “Vehement but cogently delivered” The Herald

Oct
8
Sat
Coffee AM at the Highgate Society @ Highgate Society
Oct 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Do come along to meet your neighbours, enjoy a good cup of coffee and find out what is happening in Highgate.

The planning committee often have someone on hand to answer planning queries.

Little Red Riding Hood @ Jacksons Lane
Oct 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
(c) Alex Brenner

Suitable for ages 3 – 8

A wardrobe can take you to magical spaces, to all sorts of stories and wonderful places. Lyngo’s is a portal to the wild wood where something is roaming the forest, animals are mysteriously going missing and a little girl has just received a beautiful red cloak from her granny. Open the doors and it all comes alive through puppetry, songs and music from hidden hatches and secret compartments.

All the better to thrill you with!

“50 minutes of pure childhood joy!” number9reviews

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX
Oct 8 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX

In collaboration with Open City Documentary Festival, LUX presents a new exhibition by Chinese artist, filmmaker and researcher Bo Wang. Now based in Amsterdam, Wang’s critical spatial practice incorporates film and video, new media, and installation. Hong Kong is a key site of interest, Wang explores how the city operates as a liminal space situated between the legacy of British colonialism and its contemporary connection with mainland China. Through his carefully observed studies in architectural design, and the organisation of urban space, he reveals latent systems of power. He uses a range of archival and contemporary found footage, setting visual systems against each other to pose questions surrounding the production and consumption of images. Through a series of recent essay films, made in collaboration with artist and researcher Pan Lu, his work examines colonial histories, trade and commerce, and systems of categorisation.

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned is a new work from Wang as he extends his practice into a careful study of the shopping mall, politicising this otherwise intentionally neutralised space. At this exhibition at LUX, Bo Wang’s work is situated within the context of Waterlow Park. Rare and exotic botanical species populate the gardens with views across to the City of London, the centre of the British colonial project.


 

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned | 27min | 2022

The title of this work was borrowed from social media comments in the midst of the 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition protest, which originally references Black civil rights activist Gil Scott-Heron’s iconic 1971 poem “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. The images of clashes between protestors and police in Hong Kong have constituted the most sensational memories of global turmoils in the last phase of pre-Covid age, which occurred, peculiarly, often against the backdrop of air-conditioned shopping malls.

Taking this phenomenon as its point of departure, the work traces the architectural evolution of these retail complexes. Drawing from a range of historical references—including the Crystal Palace, built for the 1851 Great Exhibition in London; 19th-century terrarium prototypes used in the British Empire’s botanical trade; and 20th-century corporate salesforce training videos—the work reflects on how the mall as a spatial form evolved from its colonial root of conquest, to a machine of consumerism and social control. Yet, The Revolution Will Not Be Air-Conditioned also pays close attention to how the intended outcomes of spatial design can be subverted, turning such insulated and sanitized spaces into a ground for political action and dissent. ­- Bo Wang

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned was commissioned by Junni Chen, for the exhibition Lustrous Like Plastic, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard College, NY.

This exhibition is presented as part of the 12th edition of Open City Documentary Festival (7 – 13 September 2022).

Little Red Riding Hood @ Jacksons Lane
Oct 8 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
(c) Alex Brenner

Suitable for ages 3 – 8

A wardrobe can take you to magical spaces, to all sorts of stories and wonderful places. Lyngo’s is a portal to the wild wood where something is roaming the forest, animals are mysteriously going missing and a little girl has just received a beautiful red cloak from her granny. Open the doors and it all comes alive through puppetry, songs and music from hidden hatches and secret compartments.

All the better to thrill you with!

“50 minutes of pure childhood joy!” number9reviews

Oct
9
Sun
Little Red Riding Hood @ Jacksons Lane
Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
(c) Alex Brenner

Suitable for ages 3 – 8

A wardrobe can take you to magical spaces, to all sorts of stories and wonderful places. Lyngo’s is a portal to the wild wood where something is roaming the forest, animals are mysteriously going missing and a little girl has just received a beautiful red cloak from her granny. Open the doors and it all comes alive through puppetry, songs and music from hidden hatches and secret compartments.

All the better to thrill you with!

“50 minutes of pure childhood joy!” number9reviews

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX
Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX

In collaboration with Open City Documentary Festival, LUX presents a new exhibition by Chinese artist, filmmaker and researcher Bo Wang. Now based in Amsterdam, Wang’s critical spatial practice incorporates film and video, new media, and installation. Hong Kong is a key site of interest, Wang explores how the city operates as a liminal space situated between the legacy of British colonialism and its contemporary connection with mainland China. Through his carefully observed studies in architectural design, and the organisation of urban space, he reveals latent systems of power. He uses a range of archival and contemporary found footage, setting visual systems against each other to pose questions surrounding the production and consumption of images. Through a series of recent essay films, made in collaboration with artist and researcher Pan Lu, his work examines colonial histories, trade and commerce, and systems of categorisation.

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned is a new work from Wang as he extends his practice into a careful study of the shopping mall, politicising this otherwise intentionally neutralised space. At this exhibition at LUX, Bo Wang’s work is situated within the context of Waterlow Park. Rare and exotic botanical species populate the gardens with views across to the City of London, the centre of the British colonial project.


 

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned | 27min | 2022

The title of this work was borrowed from social media comments in the midst of the 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition protest, which originally references Black civil rights activist Gil Scott-Heron’s iconic 1971 poem “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. The images of clashes between protestors and police in Hong Kong have constituted the most sensational memories of global turmoils in the last phase of pre-Covid age, which occurred, peculiarly, often against the backdrop of air-conditioned shopping malls.

Taking this phenomenon as its point of departure, the work traces the architectural evolution of these retail complexes. Drawing from a range of historical references—including the Crystal Palace, built for the 1851 Great Exhibition in London; 19th-century terrarium prototypes used in the British Empire’s botanical trade; and 20th-century corporate salesforce training videos—the work reflects on how the mall as a spatial form evolved from its colonial root of conquest, to a machine of consumerism and social control. Yet, The Revolution Will Not Be Air-Conditioned also pays close attention to how the intended outcomes of spatial design can be subverted, turning such insulated and sanitized spaces into a ground for political action and dissent. ­- Bo Wang

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned was commissioned by Junni Chen, for the exhibition Lustrous Like Plastic, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard College, NY.

This exhibition is presented as part of the 12th edition of Open City Documentary Festival (7 – 13 September 2022).

Little Red Riding Hood @ Jacksons Lane
Oct 9 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
(c) Alex Brenner

Suitable for ages 3 – 8

A wardrobe can take you to magical spaces, to all sorts of stories and wonderful places. Lyngo’s is a portal to the wild wood where something is roaming the forest, animals are mysteriously going missing and a little girl has just received a beautiful red cloak from her granny. Open the doors and it all comes alive through puppetry, songs and music from hidden hatches and secret compartments.

All the better to thrill you with!

“50 minutes of pure childhood joy!” number9reviews

Oct
10
Mon
Children’s Drawing & Painting Classes @ Lauderdale House
Oct 10 @ 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

Children’s Drawing & Painting Classes

Our children’s art classes run on a termly basis, providing children aged 5-8 with an introduction to the basics of drawing and painting.

Each week children will build on their skills learnt in previous weeks, developing their confidence and ability.

Taught by experienced, supportive, and friendly teacher Aynur Erdal, this class is the perfect opportunity to introduce your child to the world of art.

We welcome any students wishing to join after the beginning of the term and charge a pro rata rate of £17.50 per class until the end of the term. Please contact the office on 020 8348 8716 to book or if you have any queries about the class.

You are also welcome to book an initial trial class at £17.50 ahead of booking the whole term- please call on 020 8348 8716, and we will be happy to help.

Kung Fu Classes for Children (5.45) and Adults (6.30) @ Highgate Society
Oct 10 @ 5:45 pm – 7:30 pm

               

               LEARN TRADITIONAL KUNG FU & TAI CHI

                  from  Three-Time International Gold Medallist

                                DANIEL SHAW-ABULAFIA

             at The Highgate Society, 10A South Grove, London N6 6BS
         Children:  Mondays weekly, 17.45 to 18.30 from September 26th
         Adults:      Mondays weekly, 18.30 to 19.30 from September 26th

                            COME TO A FREE TRIAL CLASS!

                           daniel@tigercranekungfu.com

          https://tigercranekungfu.com/kung-fu-club/instructor-danil-shaw-abulafia/
Adult Weaving Class @ Lauderdale House
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

It promotes well-being, reduces stress, develop motor skills and creativity… weaving! If you’ve ever wanted to learn to weave, but never had the opportunity, then join our five-week course!

Tutored by experienced textile artist Zsofia-Hajdu, you will learn to mix and match different yarns to create beautiful shapes and textures.

Check out our website for more details and booking!

Oct
11
Tue
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX
Oct 11 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX

In collaboration with Open City Documentary Festival, LUX presents a new exhibition by Chinese artist, filmmaker and researcher Bo Wang. Now based in Amsterdam, Wang’s critical spatial practice incorporates film and video, new media, and installation. Hong Kong is a key site of interest, Wang explores how the city operates as a liminal space situated between the legacy of British colonialism and its contemporary connection with mainland China. Through his carefully observed studies in architectural design, and the organisation of urban space, he reveals latent systems of power. He uses a range of archival and contemporary found footage, setting visual systems against each other to pose questions surrounding the production and consumption of images. Through a series of recent essay films, made in collaboration with artist and researcher Pan Lu, his work examines colonial histories, trade and commerce, and systems of categorisation.

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned is a new work from Wang as he extends his practice into a careful study of the shopping mall, politicising this otherwise intentionally neutralised space. At this exhibition at LUX, Bo Wang’s work is situated within the context of Waterlow Park. Rare and exotic botanical species populate the gardens with views across to the City of London, the centre of the British colonial project.


 

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned | 27min | 2022

The title of this work was borrowed from social media comments in the midst of the 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition protest, which originally references Black civil rights activist Gil Scott-Heron’s iconic 1971 poem “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. The images of clashes between protestors and police in Hong Kong have constituted the most sensational memories of global turmoils in the last phase of pre-Covid age, which occurred, peculiarly, often against the backdrop of air-conditioned shopping malls.

Taking this phenomenon as its point of departure, the work traces the architectural evolution of these retail complexes. Drawing from a range of historical references—including the Crystal Palace, built for the 1851 Great Exhibition in London; 19th-century terrarium prototypes used in the British Empire’s botanical trade; and 20th-century corporate salesforce training videos—the work reflects on how the mall as a spatial form evolved from its colonial root of conquest, to a machine of consumerism and social control. Yet, The Revolution Will Not Be Air-Conditioned also pays close attention to how the intended outcomes of spatial design can be subverted, turning such insulated and sanitized spaces into a ground for political action and dissent. ­- Bo Wang

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned was commissioned by Junni Chen, for the exhibition Lustrous Like Plastic, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard College, NY.

This exhibition is presented as part of the 12th edition of Open City Documentary Festival (7 – 13 September 2022).

Annie’s Yoga in Highgate @ Highgate United Reformed Church
Oct 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The class is suitable for beginners and is friendly and inclusive. Style is Hatha yoga with various influences – gentle, but still delivering strength and flexibility.   Come and try a class to enhance your sense of wellbeing, release stress and tension and to experience deep relaxation. Mats provided, free parking (for now, but check signs!) no need to book – just turn up. The class is in the beautiful church – it’s set back a bit and has big blue doors. The class is mixed level/mixed ability/mixed age. I am a registered BWY teacher and fully insured. For more info about me/my yoga, have a look at my website 

Free lunchtime concert with Stephen Hose @ LAUDERDALE HOUSE
Oct 11 @ 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Take a break on a Tuesday lunchtime and enjoy 45 minutes of gorgeous classical music performed live by our resident pianist Stephen Hose upstairs in the beautiful Long Gallery overlooking Waterlow Park.

Stephen trained at the Royal Academy of Music where he held a Vaughan Williams scholarship, and has worked extensively as a Musical Director, conductor and pianist in London and regional theatre. He has played at most of the London concert halls and has performed in France and Germany. He is currently Pianist in Residence at Lauderdale House, Highgate.

Projects abroad have ranged from the English Theater of Frankfurt to The Lost Colony at the 2,000 seat outdoor theatre on Roanoke Island, USA. TV work has included being the pianist on Channel 4 ‘s Titanic, The Mission, accompanist for The Choir, and 5 years as Musical Associate/Director for TV productions of Christmas Glory. He was Chorus Master for Jessye Norman’s Ellington’s Sacred Songs at the Barbican Theatre and Epidavros, Greece.

His work as Music Director for OperaUK has included Barber of Seville, Cosi fan Tutte, La Traviata, the Merry Widow, Olé and El Amore Brujo. For Merry Opera work includes La Traviata, The Magic Flute, Kiss Me, Figaro!, The Barber of Seville and La Belle Hélène (aka Troy Boy). He has also conducted over 50 performances of their unique staged Messiah.

Oct
12
Wed
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX
Oct 12 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX

In collaboration with Open City Documentary Festival, LUX presents a new exhibition by Chinese artist, filmmaker and researcher Bo Wang. Now based in Amsterdam, Wang’s critical spatial practice incorporates film and video, new media, and installation. Hong Kong is a key site of interest, Wang explores how the city operates as a liminal space situated between the legacy of British colonialism and its contemporary connection with mainland China. Through his carefully observed studies in architectural design, and the organisation of urban space, he reveals latent systems of power. He uses a range of archival and contemporary found footage, setting visual systems against each other to pose questions surrounding the production and consumption of images. Through a series of recent essay films, made in collaboration with artist and researcher Pan Lu, his work examines colonial histories, trade and commerce, and systems of categorisation.

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned is a new work from Wang as he extends his practice into a careful study of the shopping mall, politicising this otherwise intentionally neutralised space. At this exhibition at LUX, Bo Wang’s work is situated within the context of Waterlow Park. Rare and exotic botanical species populate the gardens with views across to the City of London, the centre of the British colonial project.


 

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned | 27min | 2022

The title of this work was borrowed from social media comments in the midst of the 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition protest, which originally references Black civil rights activist Gil Scott-Heron’s iconic 1971 poem “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. The images of clashes between protestors and police in Hong Kong have constituted the most sensational memories of global turmoils in the last phase of pre-Covid age, which occurred, peculiarly, often against the backdrop of air-conditioned shopping malls.

Taking this phenomenon as its point of departure, the work traces the architectural evolution of these retail complexes. Drawing from a range of historical references—including the Crystal Palace, built for the 1851 Great Exhibition in London; 19th-century terrarium prototypes used in the British Empire’s botanical trade; and 20th-century corporate salesforce training videos—the work reflects on how the mall as a spatial form evolved from its colonial root of conquest, to a machine of consumerism and social control. Yet, The Revolution Will Not Be Air-Conditioned also pays close attention to how the intended outcomes of spatial design can be subverted, turning such insulated and sanitized spaces into a ground for political action and dissent. ­- Bo Wang

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned was commissioned by Junni Chen, for the exhibition Lustrous Like Plastic, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard College, NY.

This exhibition is presented as part of the 12th edition of Open City Documentary Festival (7 – 13 September 2022).

Oct
13
Thu
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX
Oct 13 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned, Bo Wang @ LUX

In collaboration with Open City Documentary Festival, LUX presents a new exhibition by Chinese artist, filmmaker and researcher Bo Wang. Now based in Amsterdam, Wang’s critical spatial practice incorporates film and video, new media, and installation. Hong Kong is a key site of interest, Wang explores how the city operates as a liminal space situated between the legacy of British colonialism and its contemporary connection with mainland China. Through his carefully observed studies in architectural design, and the organisation of urban space, he reveals latent systems of power. He uses a range of archival and contemporary found footage, setting visual systems against each other to pose questions surrounding the production and consumption of images. Through a series of recent essay films, made in collaboration with artist and researcher Pan Lu, his work examines colonial histories, trade and commerce, and systems of categorisation.

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned is a new work from Wang as he extends his practice into a careful study of the shopping mall, politicising this otherwise intentionally neutralised space. At this exhibition at LUX, Bo Wang’s work is situated within the context of Waterlow Park. Rare and exotic botanical species populate the gardens with views across to the City of London, the centre of the British colonial project.


 

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned | 27min | 2022

The title of this work was borrowed from social media comments in the midst of the 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition protest, which originally references Black civil rights activist Gil Scott-Heron’s iconic 1971 poem “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. The images of clashes between protestors and police in Hong Kong have constituted the most sensational memories of global turmoils in the last phase of pre-Covid age, which occurred, peculiarly, often against the backdrop of air-conditioned shopping malls.

Taking this phenomenon as its point of departure, the work traces the architectural evolution of these retail complexes. Drawing from a range of historical references—including the Crystal Palace, built for the 1851 Great Exhibition in London; 19th-century terrarium prototypes used in the British Empire’s botanical trade; and 20th-century corporate salesforce training videos—the work reflects on how the mall as a spatial form evolved from its colonial root of conquest, to a machine of consumerism and social control. Yet, The Revolution Will Not Be Air-Conditioned also pays close attention to how the intended outcomes of spatial design can be subverted, turning such insulated and sanitized spaces into a ground for political action and dissent. ­- Bo Wang

The Revolution Will Not Be Air-conditioned was commissioned by Junni Chen, for the exhibition Lustrous Like Plastic, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard College, NY.

This exhibition is presented as part of the 12th edition of Open City Documentary Festival (7 – 13 September 2022).