Weekly dıgest by chılla knıght
There are still plenty of fun things to do and see in London during Lockdown 2.0.
Nestled between Oxford Street and Soho, The Photographers’ Gallery is one of my favourite places, ordinarily, to see some great photography and visit their lovely café and bookshop. Once it reopens in December, I would highly recommend the Sunil Gupta retrospective ‘From Here to Eternity’. For now, however, the gallery is running fun digital events. On Wednesday 18th November, swiss-based artist Salvatore Vitale will be conducting an interactive live online exploration into narratives of surveillance and power, as a part of the gallery’s ‘Screen Walks’ series. On Thursday 19th November, ‘The Social Online: Lockdown Working’ will offer insights, advice, and networking opportunities for those interested in photographic practice. This talk will be led by Natasha Caruna, a London-based artist, and Emma Thatcher, an art therapist with a background in photography.
When it comes to food, Quality Wines Farringdon is doing an ‘At Home for 2’ menu from Thursdays to Saturdays. This week’s menu features duck confit and dauphinoise potatoes alongside a range of starters, a side, and a dessert. They also do some great take-home pasta sauces, cookies, and, of course, wine seven days a week. Tottenham’s Nigerian tapas restaurant, Chuku’s, is also doing takeaways for the duration of lockdown. From Thursdays to Sundays you can order a ‘Chop, Chat, Chill Kit’, and build your own Nigerian-inspired wrap. Finally, for a delicious dessert to finish off the meal, Oddono’s is the place to go. Their gelato is amongst the best that London has to offer—all their flavours are good, but I would specifically recommend the Nocciola.
If you want something like Netflix, but more curated, MUBI has a brilliant selection, showcasing great cinema from around the world. At any one moment there is a choice of 30 films, with a new one debuting each day. There are currently a number of great collections showing—including ‘Isabelle Huppert: The Incontestable Queen’ and ‘The Uncanny Universe of Kiyoshi Kirosawa’—but there are also plenty of fun and interesting standalone features. Even better: they offer cheap student memberships, as well as a free first month. The Palestine Film Festival is also currently running at The Barbican. Presenting contemporary feature films and documentaries from Palestinian filmmakers, the festival will continue until the 26th November.
Finally, a great recent discovery is Camden Arts Centre’s The Botanical Mind Online. This multimedia project examines the impact and significance of the plant kingdom on both the human and non-human. I’m yet to explore the project fully, but so far I have really enjoyed ecologist Dr Stephan Harding’s podcast on ‘Gaia Alchemy’.