Holding a discarded object in a junk shop, exploring its contours, feeling the patina it has acquired over time and use, one feels that the object could tell a story. Imagining that story is fanciful, yet tempting and inevitable.
In an increasingly digital world, we crave the ‘real’ or ‘analogue’: wooden floors, vinyl records, purposely-misaligned print registration, photo apps that imitate light leaks and vignetting… Simultaneously, the love of imperfection and transience, whether through the notions of wabi sabi or Kintsugi, or their superficial borrowing in the West – through current trends like ‘upcycling’ and ‘shabby chic’ – has become ubiquitous. Such is the extent that it has become a desirable look: furniture and other objects in our daily lives are ‘distressed’ with fake patina in an attempt to imply some kind of back story.
The works in this show stem from an urge to commemorate the real, to celebrate the sometimes innocuous objects that can carry so many personal stories and memories within them, as if they had lives, souls or at least some form of spiritual essence of their own – a belief known as Animism, which is still practised in certain cultures today. The objects depicted in these works are of personal significance to the artist. The most personal can be the most universal.
Animist is a collection of 40 works, mostly consisting of acrylic paintings on board by Belfast-based artist Jonathan Brennan. The number of works corresponds to the number of years the artist reached in 2018. Each object is painted using three primary colours (cyan, magenta and yellow) and black and white, mostly in a single sitting. Some of the pieces include collage, linocut, screenprint and cyanotype. The subject matter covers both natural and manmade objects.: from rhubarb, plums and oranges to ornaments, souvenirs and items of clothing. Most works are painted from life from a similar viewpoint – some are painted from memory, where real life examples can no longer be found.
Each object is painted on a black background. Extraneous detail is removed, thereby presenting the object centre stage to the viewer and lending it a heightened sense of presence. This isolation of the object in this way probably is influenced by Spanish 17th century still lifes by Sanchez Cotán and Zurbarán.
The black hole that future historians will encounter when endeavouring to document our age will be a significant obstacle: photos that are never printed, digital correspondence in deleted email accounts, entire lives stored on hard drives that will eventually perish, many within our lifetimes. When the living cease to live, what is left behind? Objects and memories. In Beckett’s short play Breath a life is reduced to 25 seconds, the vagitus cry of birth followed by a single inhalation and exhalation over a stage ‘littered with miscellaneous rubbish’. Among that rubbish there will be pieces worth retrieving, worth holding; objects imbued with life.
“Belfast’s best improv comedy group serves up an hour of hot, fresh, off-the-cuff comedy. Using only audience suggestions, Wonder Frog come up with comic scenes that have never been seen before and will never be seen again.
Our show is completely made up on the spot, on the night – and we can’t do it without you!
Comments from previous Wonder Frog shows:
“It was very good, I was very impressed at what they came up with and how fast. I loved ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ and I loved this even more.”
“I think the show was great! It was very entertaining, spontaneous, interactive and witty. I enjoyed it very much!”
“Very creative improvising and very funny performances. I will definitely be coming to see this again!”
Doors: 8pm/Show: 8:30pm
Show duration roughly one hour (enough time after the show for a drink and the bus home!)”
Escape the relentless agora in a night of recorded music and live drawing. DJs Jeff Doherty and Stuart Watson develop an aural envelope each evening, whilst illustrator Duncan Ross strives to capture the consciousness of the moment through the inky medium of illustration. Adventurous clientèle may submit suggestions to Ross for realisation on the eve or, if feeling particularly exploratory, can contribute with the fruits of their own ductus (materials provided).
The Green Room Sessions
Low lit, down-tempo DJ evenings in The Green Room where you can enjoy a continuous stream of well-curated music.
In sounds from around the globe, representing what is musically innovative and intriguing be it; Afrobeat, New Wave, Bosa Nova, Ambient House, Hip-Hop, Spiritual Jazz, Disco, Post Punk, Electronica, Soul, Kosmische Music.
The Green Room Sessions are an opportunity to catch one-off performances from guest artists as well as regular slots from an esteemed cast of local selectors.
All the fun and craic of Black Moon but this time for the wee ones!
If you have a young child with any kind of disability why not join us for an afternoon boogie?
The music will be low, there are coloured lights & moving visuals, soft cushions, sensory toys, bubble machines, and lots of dancing and enjoying ourselves.
The Green Room will be open to grab tea, coffee or juice or if you just need a chill out from all the dancing!
Mini Moon is a free, monthly event and supported by Children In Need.
KILL YOUR DARLINGS
£3 adm (pay on door)
“In writing, you must kill your darlings.” – William Faulkner
A Saturday afternoon comedy show that forces the very best in local comedy to craft sets of entirely brand new material, thus killing their darlings in the most brutal fashion possible. Your hosts will be Ronan Linskey and Alan Irwin, who will also be trying to kill their darlings without killing each other.
Doors: 3.00pm / Show: 3.30pm
TIME TO BE PROUD’S 10TH ANNUAL TRIBUTE NIGHT TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF LUX INTERIOR (1946-2009) & THE CRAMPS ★ ★ ★
The Cramps were a wonderfully wild ‘n’ wacky punk alternative psychobilly rock ‘n’ roll band. The group was first formed by lead singer Lux Interior and guitarist Poison Ivy Rorschach in 1976 in New York City along with drummer Miriam Linna and guitarist Bryan Gregory. They distinguished themselves from the rest of the pack by their deliciously campy ‘n’ crazy sensibility, wholehearted passion for both old-fashioned straight ‘n’ simple retro 50s rock music and entertainingly trashy grade B movies, and an appropriately raw ‘n’ bluesy full-throttle raucous rollicking sound. They continued to record and play live until Lux Interior died at the age of 62 from a heart condition on February 4, 2009.
★ Ryan Fitzsimmons will be playing the music that inspired Lux and The Cramps and their psycho garage punk contemporaries. Not to mention a whole B-movie sci-fi rocket ship load of Cramps Cramps Cramps!!!
★ Expect, 50s Raging Rockabilly, The Cramps, Rhythm & Blues & RnR, The Cramps, 60’s Sci-Fi Surf, The Cramps, Odd Ball Weirdo Delights, The Cramps, 70s New York Punk Rock n Roll and oh yeah, did we mention – THE CRAMPS!!!
★ Plus! Live music by Cramps lovin’ humanoid bands as they trash it up with renditions of some of their favourite Cramps songs!!!
The Sabrejets (Rock’n’Roll as it was intended to be)
Madhouse (Frantic Psychobilly)
and introducing The Chil Tones (Prime evil Cramps no more no less)
★ And! Tons of Cramps footage and videos beamed in glorious psycho-vision all night long!!!
£5 admission from 8.30pm. The first 100 admitted will receive a free copy of the newly recorded Cramps tribute EP featuring a Cramps Cover from each of the bands performing.
A chance to buy all sorts of baby/child bargains from toys and books to buggies and shoes. Great clothes and also local classes and general yummy treats! Bring the whole family, great music and a relaxed environment for all to enjoy.. free entry.
START TIME: 12 NOON, (2HR), FINISHING AT BLACK BOX
Belfast is famous for its Street Art and there are hundreds of tours that will show you the murals of the conflict. But what about now? Where has this tradition of painting on our walls led us?
Like Berlin and Bethlehem, also famous for their walls, Belfast has become a place where street art has flourished, were artists from around the world have come to paint.
Devised and led by the local artists who have driven the scene in the last few years this 2 hours long, gently paced guide to the ever changing face of street art in the Cathedral Quarter.
For more information email [email protected]
Cost £10 pp