Berlin is possibly one of the most important art havens of Europe. It’s unconventional, often underground, and ever-changing art & music scene has been a hothouse for the progressive and interesting artists who have given birth to the collaborative event Unhinged, a multi-disciplinary arts festival. This cult travelling-festival comes to London this Friday, November 23, to take up residency for one night at the legendary Electric Brixton, Brixton’s 1800 capacity converted theatre nightclub and music venue. Whilst the claim that Unhinged is the first major event to showcase both household names and breaking artists from across the music, film, fashion, visual & performing arts worlds all under one roof may be questionable, what is not is that the billed line up of artísts is guaranteed to flood the Electric Brixton with a creative tsunami for the senses.
Eclectic culture vultures will not want to miss this event and nor will they, I suspect, be disappointed as organisers plan to suspend 70 pieces of homegrown art ranging from installations, canvases, photography and sculptures over the dance floor.
For the music fans, Ben Ottewell of Gomez will be opening the stage with an acoustic set of songs from his solo album project Shapes and Shadows and Gomez classics. Also performing are Ghostpoet (dj set), beatboxer Shlomo, and breakthrough artists; Lazarus & the Planecrash; pop diva Ysan Roche and blues trash rockers Quixote who once lived and recorded their first EP’s onboard the boat of a former spy underneath London’s Battersea Power Station.
Aside from the giant chandelier installation of art, legendary London street artist Blam will be present, creating a piece of artwork that will be projected live across the venue for all to see as he works.
There will also be a screening of critically acclaimed short film Yellow by Ryan Haysom and Jon Britt, a neo-Giallo piece in which a recluse hunts down a vicious serial killer through the neon-drenched streets of Berlin.
The event promises to assault the senses with such a vast curation of visual and aural arts that even Brian Sewell might find something of interest here. If you hanker for the days when establishments like Studio 54 brought creative souls of differing artistic disciplines together in a loud, celebratory sweaty mash-up of music, dance and art, then Unhinged is where you want to be this Friday!
For more information visit: Unhinged Festival