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Arab pop culture: Whose Gaze Is It Anyway?

A history of Arab pop culture through printed matter – posters, notebooks, diaries and book covers, as well as through film and video.
from ICA on Jul 13, 2014.

Objects that help change the world

Want some tips on how to protest? Drop in to the free 'Disobedient Objects' exhibition at the V&A.
from Daniel Nelson on Jul 29, 2014.

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From the editor


* There are few talks and discussions in August, so it's a good time to catch up on those exhibitions you've been meaning to see. The V&A has three interesting shows about protest: Disobedient Objects, featuring objects from around the world created by grassroots movements as tools of social change; the small but innovative Rapid Response Collecting, in which objects such as Indonesian-made false eyelashes and a pair of Bangladesh-made trousers tell us something about our world today; and  A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution, from the votes for women campaigns of the esrly 20th century to the Occupy movements,

The Rubbish Collection at the nearby Science Museum is now in its second phase.Having captured every item thrown out by museum staff and visitors over the previous month, artist Joshua Sofaer showcases the value and beauty that can be found in the mountain of waste.


*  Two fascinating theatre productions are promised at the National Theatre for later this year. Beyond the Beautiful Forevers by David Hare is based on Katherine Boo's book about a group of Indians in a shantytown. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, 12 and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate. But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighbourhood.

The other is Here Lies Love, a musical that traces the astonishing journey of Imelda Marcos, former First Lady of the Philippines, from her meteoric rise to power to descent into infamy and disgrace. The theatre "will be transformed into a pulsating club for an immersive theatrical event which combines heart-pounding beats with adrenaline-fuelled choreography and 360-degree staging." Audiences are advised to dress comfortably and those in the pit performance area will stand and dance with the actors. 


* Below, right: The ' Liberator' gun made on a 3D printer: part of a small exhibit of new acqusitions at the Victoria & Albert Museum. For details, see Events Covered by OneWorld

The Liberator 3D-printed gun, 2013


Daniel Nelson







Tuesday 29 July 

* Palestrine Solidarity Campaign, vigil and protest, 5-7pm, opposite Downing Street. Info: 7700 6192 

* Tiananmen Revisited, Louisa Lim, James Miles, 7pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, Norfolk Place, W2. Info: Info: 7479 8950   


Wednesday 30 July

* Are we getting things done? Rethinking operational leadership, Steve Goudswaard, David Kaatrud, Paul Knox Clarke, 2-3.30pm, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 030.


Friday 1 August 

* Palestrine Solidarity Campaign, 5.30-7.30pm, call for sanctions against Israel and an immediate arms embargo, outside the Israeli Embassy, High Street Kensington. Info: 7700 6192


Sunday 3 August

* Syria – How did we get here and what does the future hold?, John McHugo, 8pm, £5 suggested inc refreshments, Hashomer House, 37a Broadhurst Gardens, NW6. Info:


Wednesday 6 August

* Incredible Budgets - budget credibility in theory and practice, Philipp Krause, Bryn Welham, Nicola Smithers, 2-4pm, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300


Thursday 7 August

* Man's Inhumanity to Man: Famine and Starvation in Warfare, seminar with Andrew Prentice, 5:45-6:45pm, London School of Hygiene and Triopical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1. Info:  Event details


Saturday 9 August

* Demonstration outside Harmondsworth detention centre, John McDonnell MP, 1pm, Colnbrook By-Pass, West Drayton, Middlesex UB7 0HB. Info: Surround Harmondsworth


Wednesday 13 August

* A Return to Pre-Modernity, film programme and lecture that seeks to investigate the engagement between post-colonial globalisation and the current worldwide ecological crisis. The programme features work by Yto Barrada, Rodrigo Braga and Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, followed by a response by Wallace Hei 6:30pm, £7/£11, ICA, The Mall, SW1. Info:


Thursday 14 August

* Climate-KIC UK Venture Competition, eight innovative start-up companies aiming to tackle climate change give five-minute presentations for a chance to win €20,000, 3.30-7pm, Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road. Info:  Booking


Tuesday 19 August 

* Violence against aid workers on the frontline, launch of 'Aid in Danger: The Perils and Promise of Humanitarianism' by Larissa Fast, 2-3.30pm, Overseas Decvelopment Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300/ Registration


Tuesday 26-Friday 29 August

* Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, RGS, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7 and Imperial College London,  Exhibition Road, SW7. Info:  7591 3000





Disobedient Objects, exhibition that looks at the role of objects in movements for social change, including banners, changing designs for barricades, political video games, experimental activist bicycles and textiles bearing witness to political murders,  V&A Museum, South Kensington, until 1 February

Objects that help change the world

Friday 29 August, artists and designers in an exhibition-related programme of performance, film, installations, debates, guests and DJs, with bars, food, and late-night exhibition openings, 6.30pm, free


A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution, a century of posters agitating for political change drawn from the V&A collection, including acquisitions gathered from recent outbursts of protest, free, Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington, until 2 November. Info: 7942 2000


Rapid Response Collecting, small, stimulating display of 11 contemporary objects collected in response to major moments in history that touch the worlds of design and manufacturing, Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington, until 15 January.

Printed guns, nude shoes and Indonesian eyelashes


My Sister Who Travels, contemporary women photographers - Corinne Silva’s Moroccan-within-Spanish wastelands, Paola Yacoub’s invisible remnants of the Lebanese Civil War, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg’s photographs of Syria, Esther Van Deman’s photos of bricks, walls and aqueducts in Tunisia, Algeria and Italy,  stills from Jananne Al Ani’s aerial film 'Shadow Sites II' and video works by Noor Abed and Halida Boughriet, The Mosaic Rooms, A.M. Qattan Foundation, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5, until 30 August. Info: 7370 9990


* The Rubbish Collection, waste generated by visitors and staff has been scrutinised by artist Joshua Sofaer - with the help of visitors - before it's recycled  or converted to electricity; after 15 July some of the waste will be brought back and you will be able to see hos it's being processed; part of the museum's climate change programme, Science Museum, Exhibition Road, SW7, until 14 September. Info: Museum

+ This exhibition is rubbish

+ What does one month of rubbish look like?


* Unearthed, work by Syrian-born, UK-based artist Issam Kourbaj, inspired by three years of the Syrian conflict, Tuesday- Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 12-4pm, Wednesdays til 8pm, P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, NW1, until 16 August. Info: 7121 6190/ 


* Travel Photographer of the Year, from landscapes and cityscapes to the minutiae of an ant colony and close-up detail of lions on the hunt, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7, until 17 August. Info: 7591 3000

+ judge Chris Coe talks through some of the images, 6-9pm, plus glass of wine, £6: Friday 1 August; Wednesday 6 August; Wednesday 13 August. Info:


* Omer Fast, using carefully edited video footage, Fast examines the conventions of media reportage, storytelling and historical representation, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1, until 30 November. Info: 7887 8888/ 


Batoul S'Himi: World Under Pressure, sculptures inspired by a world under increasing presssure, free, Rose ISSA Projects, W1, until 15 August. Info: 7602 7700

London, Sugar & Slavery , permanent gallery at the Museum in Docklands, with new display that gives a snapshot of those who received compensation when slavery was abolished in the 1830s, No 1 Warehouse, E14. Info: 0870 444 3852/ 0870 444 3851/


* Mark Veville's Afghanistan photographs, slow motion films and large photographic portraits of young Afghan children and British soldiers, free, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1 until 25 September. Info: 7416 5000/ 


* Empire, Faith and Wire: The Sikhs and World War One, Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC2, until 28 September. Info: 7898 4259/ 


* atmosphere: exploring climate science, free, Science Museum, South Kensington. Info: Museum


Atlantic Worlds, transatlantic slave trade gallery, National Maritime Museum, Park Row, SE1. Info: 8858 4422/ 8312 656


Eco Zone Gallery, small gallery devoted to sustainable building products and materials, The Building Centre, Store Street, WC1. Info: 7692 4000/




Image:   Discover the beauty, value and volume of rubbish  produced by visitors and staff at the Science Museum, with artist Joshua Sofaer.    

The Rubbish Collection






Friday 1 August

* Michael Moore presents…, Johanna Hamilton's documentary, 1971about a Vietnam war-era break-in of the FBI that unearthed a civilian surveillance programme, followed by a live link-up Q&A with Michael Moore and audiences around the world, 8pm, Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, E8. Info: 0871 902 5734


Tuesday 5 August 

* Araya, remastered 1959 film that captured the life of an isolated community in north-eastern Venezuela who have worked the salt marshes since the 1500s, 6.45pm, £3/£6, ICA, The Mall, SW1. Info:


Tursday 5, Wednesday 6 August

* Boat People, brutal and beautiful film about a Japanese photojournalist returning to Vietnam, 6.10/ 8.30pm, BFI, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1. Info: 7928 3232


Tuesday 5, Sunday 10 August

* Caramel, romantic film about the lives of five Lebanese women in a beauty salon, 8:40pm/ 4.10pm, BFI, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1. Info: 7928 3232


9, 11 August

* The Horse Thief, epic about a Tibetan, man struggling to support his family, 8.30pm/ 6.10pm, BFI, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1. Info: 7928 3232


Tuesday 12 August

* The Notorious Mr Bout, documentary about internationally known arms smuggler Viktor Bout plus discussion with Matt Potter, and former UN weapons expert Brian Johnson Thomas, 6.30pm, Curzon Soho, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1


Tuesday 12, Saturday 16 August

* West Beirut, a war-torn city becomes a playground for a group of teens in this coming of age tale, 8.40pm/ 6.30pm, BFI, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1. Info: 7928 3232/





* Holy Warriors, Jerusalem and 2,000 years or religious strife, Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Bank Walk, Bankside, SE21, until 24 August. Info; 7401 9919


* Perseverance Drive, an epic family story that stretches from the sunny shores of Barbados to the grey skies of Leytonstone, Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 until 16 August. Info: 8743 5050


* Whistleblower - the story of Edward Snowden, £17/£15/ £12/ pay-what-you-can night 10 July, Waterloo East Theatre, Brad Street, SE1, until 3 August. Info:  7928 0060


* The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes, Salim, an Iraqi refugee, takes on a new identity In London after fleeing persecution in Baghdad. He is picked up, and marries a wealthy older woman, who enthusiastically coaches him in the bedroom for his forthcoming citizenship test. But Carlos Fuentes finds that knowing the names of all six of Henry VIII’s wives can neither satisfy his new wife nor turn him into a “Britishman”, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8, until 16 August. Info: 7503 1646/

+ Comedy of terrors

+ Post-show talks:

31 July, Immigrants, detention centres and forcible deportation, Celia Clarke and Theresa Schleicher 

7 August, Attitudes towards refugees and deportation, Lisa Doyle and Deborah Coles 

14 August, New writing fron the Middle East and further east,  Rashid Razaq





Monday 28 July

* Children of Syria, documentary report, 9pm, BBC2

* Shared Planet: zoos in the wild, 9pm, R4

* Plants: From Roots to Riches - Taming the Exotic, 1.45pm, R4


Tuesday 29 July

* Children of Syria, documentary report, 11.20pm, BBC2

* Shared Planet: national parks, 11am, R4

* Roots, Reggae and Rebellion, 11.30am, R4

* Plants: From Roots to Riches - Tapping into Rubber, 1.45pm, R4


Wednesday 30 July

* Art of China, fascinating new series, 9pm, BBC4

* Indian Hill Railways, 8pm, BBC4

* Wild China, 10pm, BBC4

* Plants: From Roots to Riches, 1.45pm, R4


Thursday 31 July

* Nick & Margaret: Too Many Immigrants?, midnight20, BBC2

* Plants: From Roots to Riches, 1.45pm, R4


Friday 1 August

* Plants: From Roots to Riches, 1.45pm, R4