Still, Le Mépris, Jean-Luc Goddard, 2023
Another weekend of brilliant ways to have fun and distract yourself from humanity’s impending doom. Enjoy!
Ode to Piccoli
In celebration of the late Michel Piccoli, BFI Southbank has dedicated the month of June to the French actor’s incredible oeuvre. This weekend we’ve picked out Jean-Luc Goddard’s seminal Le Mépris, starring Piccoli and Bridget Bardot – a work of stylish, 60s brilliance. Telling the story of Alberto Moravia’s 1954 novel Il disprezzo, Godard’s masterpiece documents a marriage on the rocks against the stunning backdrop of Rome and Capri. It’s the cinematic world we all want to live in.
Le Mépris is showing at BFI Southbank this weekend, more info here.
In search of some interdimensional live music to pull you out of orbit for a few hours? Float over to Moth Club on Friday eve riding the cosmic noodlings of So-Cal band Triptides, accompanied by Oxford nine-piece (yes, nine) Mandrake Handshake. Pull on your flares and prepare for a hypnotic night of groovy, swirling sonics.
Triptides play at Moth Club on Friday 9th.
All about design
Welcoming exhibitors from over 40 countries, this year’s London Design Biennale at Somerset House is one of the biggest yet. Titled The Global Game: Remapping Collaborations, contributors are set to showcase concepts offering solutions for global challenges of today, highlighting how design can foster international co-operation. Expect to see a village square made out of fabric, a mixed reality traditional Korean garden, and window installations from Poland in reference to the country’s donation of windows to Ukraine.
London’s Design Biennale will run at Somerset House until June 25th, more info here.
Riley Keogh and Gina Gammell’s directorial debut War Pony is a stunning ode to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, made in collaboration with the community over a period of several years. Shining a light on the Native voice and painting a portrait of the reality of growing up on a Reservation in modern-day America, newcomers Jojo Bapteise Whiting and LaDainian Crazy Thunder star as two Oglala Lakota men coming of age in a world obsessed with the American Dream.
War Pony is out in cinemas now.
TV is my religion
For Larry Achiampong’s second solo exhibition at Copperfield Gallery, the contemporary artist is exploring the unlikely relationship between HBO TV, video games and Christianity. As the cast of faces presented in computer games and church have almost always been predominantly white, Achiampong is challenging the problematic status quo. Displaying striking collage paintings alongside installations of archive video games for visitors to experience, human interaction and playable artwork is at the core of Achiampong’s practice.
Larry Achiampong: And I saw a new heaven runs at Copperfield Gallery until June 17th, more info here.
Larry Achiampong, Detestatio Sacrorum, 2023. Photo credit: Reece Straw
Opened earlier this year on Golborne Road, The Counter is the first London restaurant from Turkish-born chef Kemal Demirasal. Offering a contemporary take on a traditional ocakbasi (aka an open charcoal grill) joint, Demirasal has put together a menu inspired by the cuisine of Anatolia in south-east Turkey with signature twists. Get stuck into dishes such as medjool date hummus, chocolate babaganoush aubergine, lamb tartare and (obviously) an array of classic kebabs and skewers. Sweeten things up with pistachio and walnut baklava and Diren Mahelp dessert wine.
The Counter is located at 108 Golborne Rd, W10 5PS, more info here.