The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, West London. Tuesday night I watched a performance by Ludovico Einaudi, a contemporary composer and pianist. The concert focused around Einaudi’s new album ‘The Nightbook’ which was released at the end of last year. I haven’t been to the Hall since I was young (believe it or not I was there to perform with the school choir!) and had forgotten the overwhelming size and beauty of the place. The performance itself was completely amazing. His music is ambient, meditative and simply a pleasure to listen to.
The Photographers Gallery, Oxford Street. Currently showing at the gallery is the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2010 presenting work from what are considered the most significant contributors to photography in Europe between October 2008 and September 2009. The short list includes work from Zoe Leonard, Sophie Ristelhueber and Anna Fox (above).
London Style. This is Sophie and I spotted her looking top notch early on in the week. She wears a roll-neck and leggings from American Apparel, shoes ‘Absolute Vintage’, socks and jacket were both found for less than 5 pounds at an east end charity shop and her bracelet was picked up at ‘Primark’…Bargain!
Market Estate Project. North Road. This 1960s-built estate was transformed into a work of art before its demolition, planned for early next week. The last remaining residents moved out literally days before the event on the 6th of March. The Southern Housing Group teamed up with the Arts Regeneration Practice ‘Tall Tales’ to transform the building into a creative celebration, a colourful and rich last memory of the estate. 75 artists, all of different disciplines, developed their work in 21 vacant flats. Their work is inspired by the site’s history, architecture and the memories of the people who inhabited it for the past 43 years.
The Wellcome Collection, Euston Road, presents ‘Identity’ an exhibition of 8 rooms and 9 lives. Presented is an array of historical and contemporary ideas about the self and personal identity. Each topic is is introduced by a figurehead-a person whose ‘identity’ has opened up an area of debate. ‘While identity is currently a controversial topic, it is always a human story’. The rooms look at stories about androgynous identity, classification, identical twins, DNA profiling, personal diaries, acting and gender reassignment (above).