MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 48

HULL CITY OF CULTURE 2017 WEEK 48 IS ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE WHEN I AM HALF IN HULL AND OTHER HALF AWAY. THIS TIME IN LANZAROTE, SPAIN.

TUESDAY WAS MY ONLY DAY TO INDULGE IN CULTURE. I STARTED OFF WITH A SNEAK PEAK INTO A DEMOLITION SITE ON THE BACK AT THE FRUIT MARKET. MAKES ME VERY EXCITED OF WHAT THEY WILL BUILD THERE IN THE FUTURE.

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LIMITLESS

THIS WORKSHOP SPACE HAS BEEN ON MY RADAR FOR THE PAST WEEK. AND I WAS VERY EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE SPACE IN EARLY STAGES. AS SPEAKING TO VOLUNTEERS THE SPACE WILL CHANGE IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. SO I’LL BE ABLE TO SEE THE CHANGE IN LATER STAGES.

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THIS IS MY KIND OF CULTURE, BECAUSE IT FOLLOWS YEAR LONG CELEBRATION THROUGH WORKSHOPS/CHALLENGES WITH HULL SCHOOLS AND CHILDREN. LIMITLESS IS SIMILAR TO MY JOURNEY AND THE VISIT MADE ME RALLY HAPPY.

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A FESTIVAL WITHOUT RULES. CURATED BY AN UNSTOPPABLE GENERATION. 

THE SPACE EXPLORES DIFFERENT  WAYS OF LEARNING – THE WORLD IS CHANGING AND WE NEED TO CHANGE THE WAY WE EDUCATE.

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I LOOK FORWARD TO COME BACK TO THIS IN DECEMBER.

 

HULL INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2017

I HAVE A SWEET SPOT FOR CREATIVE&CULTURAL COMPANY AND HIP PHOTO FESTIVAL AND I PURPOSELY LEFT THE VISIT TO 2017 FESTIVAL TO LAST MINUTE.

FIRST OF ALL ALL GALLERIES ARE RUN BY VOLUNTEERS AND THEY NEED A BIG HAPPY SHOUT OUT. TODAY I WAS CHATTING WITH ONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS AND HE HAD A  BROWNIE BOX CAMERA AND I HAD THE HONOURS TO HOLD IT FOR A BIT.

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I ALSO FOUND MY NEXT MUST-HAVE – LOMOGRAPHY FISHEYE FILM CAMERA.

JUST TO NOTE – HULL HAS BECOME THE LOMOGRAPHY EMBASSY BECAUSE THERE WAS A FEW VERY PASSIONATE PEOPLE [LIKE ALAN RAW] WHO SHARED THE LOVE FOR FILM AND ANOLOG PHOTOGRAPHY.

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THROUGH OUT ALL EXHIBITION SPACES THE WORK IS PRETTY EXCELLENT. MY FAVOURITE OF COURSE WAS PETER DENCH. I HAVE HAD SOME INCREDIBLE SURPRISES WITH HIM AS A PHOTOGRAPHER AND I HAVE SO MUCH RESPECT AND ADMIRATION FOR HIS BRAVE CONTENT.

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THIS YEAR PETER DENCH EXHIBITS HIS SERIES DENCH DOES DALLAS. 

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90% OF THE WORK IS EXCELLENT, 10% IS WITH TOO MUCH TO TAKE IN – TOO MANY SIGNALS FOR A BRAIN SWEEP OF CURRENT POLITICS, ECONOMICS, SOCIAL ISSUES. CAN’T HAVE THE BRAIN SPACE FOR THAT.

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ALL THE OTHER EXHIBITIONS ARE INTERESTING AND BOLD. SOME OF THEM MORE THAN OTHERS, BUT OVERALL – GREAT FESTIVAL THIS YEAR!

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THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH WAS MY FAVOURITE PART OF THE VISIT. MARGARET THATCHER WAS SUCH A WELL KNOWN FIGURE BACK IN THE DAY – LOVED OR HATED. AND THE HER PORTRAIT IN THE GALLERY JUST REMINDED ME OF HER AND I SUDDENLY HAD QUESTION – IS SHE STILL ALIVE? AND THE ANSWER IS NO, SHE DIED 8th APRIL 2013. OH WELL…

 

EXCITED OF COURSE FOR THE WHOLE OF DECEMBER, ARE YOU? AND NOT BECAUSE OF CHRISTMAS AND EXCESSIVE EATING? THE YEAR OF GREAT MOMENTS, LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCES IS COMING TO AN END…..

 

HAPPY CULTURE.

 

P.S. I AM GOING TO CONTINUE TO EXPLORE THE LAND OF LANZAROTE IN THE MEANTIME.

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 2

Week 2 started with a positive feedback and urge to get something  “Hull 2017” in the blog each week.

Week 2 started with The Blade. Art installation as part of the  Look Up, a programme of temporary artworks created for the city’s public spaces and places.
The artist Nayan Kulkarni took the very first wind turbine blade made in the newly built Siemens factory in Hull and installed it in Queen Victoria Square. He took it out of context and turned it into an abstract object that we feel empowered by.

And it actually does make you feel small. The need to touch it is so strong, you can’t help it.

Anyway, throughout the week I was thinking about the blade, and on Saturday I visited the “monster”.

I don’t think that any of the photos I took does justice to the installation.  So many people wanting to be part of the experience is certainly something that I need to avoid.

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In the week three I am planning to get there bright and early on a weekday and possibly try to get 4 feet above ground to capture the blade fully [might start to fly].

On the same day I went to the re-opened Ferens Art Gallery to see the Pietro Lorenzetti “SIENA TO HULL, A MASTERPIECE REVEALED” exhibition and Ferens Open Exhibition.

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I actually did not realise that I am part of Hull 2017 this year, because I have two artworks/photographs in the exhibition this year.

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Great.

The last stop was Hull Maritime Museum and BOWHEAD installation.
I am not a big fan of  museums and to my disappointment we missed the last show of the day, so to my unfortunate luck, I had a little stroll around the museum. Again, I was very much interested in things that people are not seeing [like a “bumhole” as part of the whale hunting display or something].

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The museum is great, it is worth having a look, it’s just that I am not very “history appreciative”.

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I know that not every week will be full of stunning photos, unforgettable visits, but getting involved, or even thinking about and planning to be part of the Hull 2017, is healthy and we shall all embrace it.

If I can’t soak up any culture myself, I will take photographs of people who do, or volunteers.

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See you next week, Hull.