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Some things for the weekend (23-25 March)

One for conceptual art fans; one for Illuminatus! fans. Plus, the first was the worst

Written by . Published on March 23rd 2012.

Some things for the weekend (23-25 March)

Illuminatus! and stuff
For all those who loved the work of Ken Campbell, there's a special event at 7pm this evening.

Join us for an evening of conversation and merriment as Roger Hill talks to author Jeff Merrifield about his book "Seeker! - Ken Campbell, Five Amazing Lives". See the piece he wrote exclusively for Liverpool Confidential here.


Theatre director, writer, actor and general maverick Ken Campbell played a huge part in the creative output of the Everyman theatre in particulair and is still much loved and missed in this city. Jeff will be signing copies of his book afterwards - no ticket required, just come along.

Jeff  conducted many interviews with Ken (so you get stuff quoted from the horse's mouth, as it were), and he was also there for much of it. He puts Ken's work into theatrical context, and goes into greater detail about the major shows.

All the unusual suspects will be there.

*An evening with Ken Campbell author Jeff Merrifield, Mello Mello, Slater St, Friday March 23, 7pm.


One Week this weekend
AS Liverpool Confidential has ponted out already recently, Static on Roscoe Lane is about much more than some band or other upsetting the neighbours.

It is about interesting art happenings, which you will not read about in many places or need double glazing for.

The work of Frederic Pradeau, Professor of Sculpture at the University of Marseille School of Art, will be familiar to avid LC readers and for the past two years he has been working with another French artist, Diane Guyot, at the gallery as part of an international residency programme.

Now the fruits of their Liverpool labours go on show with One Week,  a range of video, drawing, painting and sculpture, opening this weekend. A bit of closure.

This includes Guyot’s Make a Gift, pictured, top.

A road sign, no? A red rag to a bull in a student city like Liverpool?

Well, yes, but: “The work starts with the observation that the road sign is somewhere between instruction and information," Guyot explains.

"The work is also about the religion of recycling, to do the right thing.

"However, faced with global warming we are still obsessed with keeping things cold in refrigerators, making ice cubes. The work also highlights the fact that you don’t argue with what road signs are saying yet as autonomous reflective objects they need car lights to make them work”.

You'll Never Walk AloneYou'll Never Walk AloneWhile you are digesting that, you may take in Pradeau's work Heap. The work examines both the philosophical and physical threshold of when a pile becomes a heap and the auditory threshold of the Tritone Paradox, an auditory illusion in which a sequentially played pair of shepard tones is heard as ascending by some people and as descending by others.

Heap also references earlier works such as the You’ll Never Walk Alone Installation 2006 (Static Gallery/Liverpool) thus bringing a sense of closure to the Liverpool experience.

Pradeau explains, “Heap is a response to Make a Gift. I have made an equivalent paradox to the absurdity in Guyot’s piece and created a formal version, a conceptual piece”.

*One Week, Static Gallery, 23 Roscoe Lane, Liverpool 1. Exhibition open daily 11am – 6pm from Sunday 25 March – Saturday 31 March 2012.

The fighter in you
Are you a member of one of those genes reunited sites?

This weekend the Museum of Liverpool hosts the First World War family history event to help people in their search for relatives who served in the war.

He's Got Your NoseHe's Got Your NoseExperts and historians from a number of local societies will be on hand to assist with family history research, and visitors can gain access to a research database, which contains the biographical details of over 76,000 men who served in the King’s Regiment during the First World War.

And it’s not just for the adults, either. There will be a range of family friendly activities as well, including Meet the Experts, talks from First World War historical experts, performances and roleplayers (no, not the geeky kind that hide away in the cellar with their boards and little figurines), and arts and crafts for the younger visitors.

*First World War family history day, Museum of Liverpool, Saturday 24 March, free entry.



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