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Culture Tip: PJ Harvey's 'Recording in Progress'

Culture Tip: PJ Harvey's 'Recording in Progress'

PJ Harvey’s collaboration with Artangel and Somerset House, Recording in Progress, is an extraordinary insight not just into the recording of music but the making of it too. It is probably one of the most absorbing cultural experiences in London right now. An ‘architectural installation’ by Something & Son with one-way glazing allows groups of up to 45 people a 45 minute session watching PJ Harvey, her musicians, engineers and producers record her ninth album. The slight figure of Harvey stands beneath a bespoke coat of arms engrossed in her work. Her...
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Culture Tip: Birdman

Culture Tip: Birdman

In a blackly comic satire targeting Broadway, Hollywood, and the anxieties of the acting profession, Alejandro Innarittu has imagined a manic creative take on narcissism in an actor's paranoia as he heads towards meltdown.   Film star Riggin Thompson (Michael Keaton), made famous in the blockbuster franchise Birdman, aims for prestige through a theatre adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story, 'What We Talk About When We Talk About Love'. The grimy dressing rooms contrast the magic of Hollywood.  “We don't belong in this shithole!", Riggin’s Birdman...
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Culture Tip: Electricity

Culture Tip: Electricity

In Bryn Higgin’s film Electricity, Agyness Deyn gives a star turn as Lily, an inspiring fearless young woman, working in a faded northern seaside arcade, taking the audience with her on the inner journey of her epilepsy. The creative camera work explores the otherworldly visual hallucinations, aural distortions, and ellipses in time, and the physical toll she suffers in her electric storms. Based on the novel Electricity by Ray Robinson, Lily’s unique voiceover captures her experience of an epileptic seizure, ‘Here’s the breath, and I’m Alice falling down the rabbit...
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The UK's First Paleo Restaurant

The UK's First Paleo Restaurant

The UK’s first Paleo restaurant has recently opened in Notting Hill, London and is already pretty much booked out until January. Welldoing popped down to have a chat with co-owner Adib Bamieh, sample some food, and see what all the buzz is about. Pure Taste is a fine dining establishment (£15 - £32 for a main), located in Notting Hill specifically to cater for people who have decided that eating a Paleo diet will benefit their health. That doesn’t mean others won’t enjoy it though;  Adib told us that it’s a  50-50 split between Paleos and curious foodies. Adib...
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Culture Tip: The Homesman

Culture Tip: The Homesman

Tommy Lee Jones writes, directs and stars in this western set in mid nineteenth century Nebraska, which highlights the story of women, and the hard lives they endured, encapsulated in Hilary Swank’s powerful performance as Mary Bee Cuddy.   She is a resourceful hard working single woman in her early thirties, running from heavy field work, to a quick wash and brush up, as she prepares a meal for Bob, her slim prospect for change. Having fed and entertained him, she proposes marriage, in an effort to make both their lives easier, but he tells her she’s bossy and too...
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Culture Tip: Grayson Perry's Who Are You?

Culture Tip: Grayson Perry's Who Are You?

The Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry talking recently about Who Are You?, his display of new works at the National Portrait Gallery in London, commented that, “identity is one of those words that gets used a lot particularly in political terms and it always seems a slippery term to me”. In this diverse collection of 14 portraits shown in the Gallery’s nineteenth and twentieth century rooms Perry uses his fierce intelligence and particularly winning aesthetic to try to pin that term down. The works have all been made in response to meeting...
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Culture Tip: All in the Mind

Culture Tip: All in the Mind

I had to stop the car when I was driving home from the Tavistock clinic recently. There was nothing wrong with me, or the car, I just needed to focus on what was happening on the radio. A young woman, Sally, suffering from long-term depression and what she described as a ‘constant state of disassociation’ was telling presenter Claudia Hammond why she was nominating her friend, George, in the individual category for the BBC All in the Mind 25th Anniversary Awards. She read out part of the email she had sent to the programme in support of her nomination. Anyone who...
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Culture Tip: To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Culture Tip: To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

This week's Culture Tip is the first, and may possibly be the last, to incite in me an urgent need to increase dental flossing. Joshua Ferris’s new novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour follows anti-hero, Paul O’Rourke, who is a Red Sox fan, an avowed atheist and an acclaimed New York dentist with a thriving practice. He is a man who cares deeply about oral hygiene and his pain at his patients’ dental deterioration is palpable. He is impotent in the face of a prolific alter ego who, it seems, might just be a kinder, nicer and far from agnostic him. Paul...
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Therapy and Cultural Difference

Therapy and Cultural Difference

London is a very multi-cultural place and so cultural identity is an important consideration when choosing a therapist. But what is culture? Some people think that cultural difference is about coming from a faraway country or belonging to an ethnic minority group. In reality, culture is so ubiquitous that even therapy has its own culture; in fact one that, for many people new to it, is shocking to start with. For example, sitting in a room with a stranger, sometimes in silence, sometimes talking about some very difficult feelings, is an alien culture for somebody who...
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Culture Tip: The Pale Fox at Chisenhale Gallery

Culture Tip: The Pale Fox at Chisenhale Gallery

The Pale Fox, the first UK solo exhibition of the French, New York-based artist Camille Henrot, is currently on show at Chisenhale Gallery a publicly funded space that garners awards and frequently punches above it’s weight in terms of its programming and outreach work with local communities. On the day I saw the show there had already been a visit by members of the East End Women’s Institute and the gallery was filled with comprehensively tall-haired students from Wimbledon College of Arts. Henrot was awarded the Silver Lion for most promising artist at the Venice...
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