By the time you read this, there shall almost certainly be less than two weeks left that you can totally kick thirty-something shades of hades out of the big C. That is, unless time pauses and we somehow have more time then than we do now which I don’t think is possible? You are very real and I believe in you more than unique horns, the tooth goblin or appetising chickpeas.
It’s a rarity these days when I can actually think of something I really, really want. I mean, stuff arrives here and I’m glad to have it and it’s interesting and all but outside of that, I can’t think of much. Health and happiness should probably be up there and that was the entirety of my thinking this year when someone asked me, “What do you want?” Most people want the people they love and so I decided we should put the boots on and deliver a critical blow en mass for Cancer Research UK, or ‘CRUK’ as it is affectionately known. Hadouken indeed.
While exploring what appears to be a recently abandoned differentiation between ‘column’ and ‘article’ on Waypoint, I came across (the ridiculusly prolific) Increpare Games’ 2015, ‘Subway Adventure’. It’s an exploration game that does little more than ask you to abandon your cares in a place that is dedicated on a daily basis to actioning the rat race at incredible and faltering efficiency. The London Underground is not normally an environment in which most people would allow whimsy to guide their moment to moment decision making. Yet, that is exactly what Stephen Lavelle is about here and I would be more than happy to hop carriages with a column of smoke to Trocadero in search of an always setting sun via the occasionally terrifying stop and/or seizure inducing platform. It is a myriad and changeable creature and you can download it for free with ease, here.
Martin Parr’s exhibition, ‘Only Human’ is out there at The National Portrait Gallery. I was lucky enough to chance across him a week or so back while on a book hunt and he’s an incredibly amiable, thoughtful and tall person. This particular outing is a very people focused affair and also it is a very British thing. That is, it is a body of work that explores the idea of Britishness with a level of satire that is over 8000! The irony of an in depth look at identity in the looming shadow of Brexit isn’t lost on Parr and the Gucci sponsorship might just be the most perfect thing in 2019.
It’s on until the end of May and costs less than a round of drinks.
JD - TACOCAT
[Props to the NPR for the thumbnail image.]