by Rosie PopeLes Biggs – Trace Pitt Rivers Museum, 20th October 2007-29th June 2008 High-street homogeneity and disposable culture are intrinsically hateable, yet, as any Primark-goer will testify, they are also a persistent part of student life. For those who appreciate craft, who believe in looking after things, the Pitt Rivers Museum is the ultimate eye-feast. Even if you have frequented the legendary building tucked behind the Natural History Museum before, there is now the chance to peep at Les Biggs’ installation Trace, and extend that inter-essay musing. The artist has reacted to the museum’s extensive collection, much of which is not on show to the public, but is kept in storage, carefully labelled and boxed. It is this neat and meticulous system of ordering behind the scenes that was the main inspiration for Trace. A homage to orderliness, the artwork is comprised of over a hundred ceramic boxes with delicate quotes and fictitious artefacts fired-on underneath their glaze. The little doodleish watercolour images could be taken for actual objects considering the sheer quirky range of things housed in the museum. However, they are merely products of the artist’s imagination. The quotes beside them are seemingly whimsical but are factual, dictionary definitions of words, quotes and references to cultural eccentricity. The porcelain boxes’ interiors are open to imagination. Their labels are suggestive and at times comic. The installation is almost magnetic as it is presented in a museum-like cabinet, encouraging passers-by to peer in. Yet passers-by are all who look. Modesty is the name of the game here. Tucked away in a remote corner of the museum and barely advertised (the security guard didn’t know where it was!), the piece tries to, and succeeds in, simultaneously blending into and standing out from the museum’s dense displays. The installation is even more entwined with the collection than meets the eye, as 96 of the boxes are dotted around the rest of the cabinets, sitting next to masks, knives, shrunken heads and voodoo dolls. Trace is an antidote for those tired of clinical white-box artwork and of factory produce. The close relationship with the thousands of beautiful, curious, unique objects housed within the glass cabinets and labeled boxes is palpable. Biggs has succeeded in creating a self-effacing display which instead turns the viewer back to the curious around him.
In West Philadelphia….DJ Jazzy Jeff recently performed a fire set for Boiler Room. The online music broadcasting platform came to Philadelphia for the first time, and who better than one of the city’s best known turntablists to grace the program? The two-hour set featured a heavy session of mixing between hits from hip-hop, R&B, and house genres, among others.Some cuts that made the session include War‘s “Low Rider,” Aaliyah‘s “Are You That Somebody,” Outkast tracks like “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” and “So Fresh So Clean,” as well as some Lionel Richie, A Tribe Called Quest, Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, Eminem, Ludacris, Talib Kweli, TLC, Toto, Tears for Fears, Will Smith (of course!), and much much more. It’s the perfect set for a house party. Take a listen to the full set below:[via Okayplayer]
RelatedPosts Ivory Coast FA elections: Asamoah Gyan backs Didier Drogba Tags: Borrussia DortmundBorussia Dortmund PSGNeymarPSG Source: BBC Sports Rare Neymar set-piece header sends PSG on their wayLike Valencia’s match against Atalanta at the Mestalla on Tuesday, this match was contested without the presence of supporters because of the country’s concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.However, that edict did not deter hundreds who gathered outside the Parc des Princes – some wearing masks synonymous with the pandemic – chanting and setting off fireworks that were visible from within the confines of the stadium.Dortmund had the benefit of their ‘yellow wall’ of supporters inside their Westfalenstadion three weeks ago, the question was how would PSG cope with trying to overturn their deficit without their 12th man.Coach Thomas Tuchel had them on the front foot from the kick-off. They controlled possession for the first 25 minutes without making Roman Burki work before the Swiss keeper pulled off a brilliant save with his foot to turn behind Edinson Cavani’s angled strike.Neymar celebrating after seeing off Borussia DortmundThen came the breakthrough, as Neymar manoeuvered into the six-yard area to meet Angel Di Maria’s peach of a corner with a diving header. The Brazilian had writhed around in pain the previous three times he had hit the turf, this time he wheeled away in delight to celebrate with his bench – throwing caution to the wind regarding any coronavirus advice.His eighth goal in nine Champions League games put PSG ahead on away goals before they took the outright aggregate lead just before half-time thanks to Sarabia. The former Getafe and Sevilla player surged down the right and delivered a low angled ball into the area which was deflected in by Bernat.France forward Kylian Mbappe, who had not trained with his team-mates for two days because of a sore throat, was brought on after the break but made little impact as keeping Dortmund at bay took precedence. But despite conceding more possession to the visitors their Costa Rican keeper Navas did not have to stretch to make a save.There was one sour note for Tuchel’s side after Di Maria picked up a yellow from the bench having got involved in a late fracas with some Dortmund players.Under-par Dortmund finish with 10 menPARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 11: (FREE FOR EDITORIAL USE) In this handout image provided by UEFA, Emre Can of Borussia Dortmund pushes Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain and is later sent off during the UEFA Champions League round of 16-second leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund at Parc des Princes on March 11, 2020, in Paris, France. The match is played behind closed doors as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). (Photo by UEFA – Handout/UEFA via Getty Images)Lucien Favre’s Dortmund signaled their intent by playing a high line, but they rarely pushed PSG defense back.Norwegian striker Erling Braut Haaland scored two of his 12 goals since signing in January in his side’s win in the first leg. But, except for narrowly failing to connect with a low ball from the right in the first half, he never got close to adding to his tally.After the final whistle, several PSG players trolled the 19-year-old by recreating his yoga goal-celebration pose.English winger Jadon Sancho, Dortmund’s top scorer with 19, stung the palms of Navas with two efforts but they were routine saves.Paris Saint Germain’s fans celebrate the victory after the Champions League round of 16-second leg soccer match between PSG and Borussia Dortmund, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Paris. The match is being played in an empty stadium because of the coronavirus outbreak. (UEFA via AP)Dortmund’s day was compounded by the late red card for midfielder Can, who received yellow for a foul on Neymar before getting a second yellow from referee Anthony Taylor for his reaction.Watch the highlights of the game here: Paris St-Germain rid themselves of their Champions League curse as they overturned a 2-1 deficit against Borussia Dortmund inside an empty Parc des Princes to reach the last eight.Concerns over the coronavirus meant fans were barred, but many gathered outside the stadium and celebrated when Neymar headed PSG into the lead. ‘I’m happy at Crystal Palace’ – Jordan Ayew says amid transfer speculation ‘We want to play in big competitions’ – Jordan Ayew targets European spot with Crystal Palace Juan Bernat made it 3-2 on aggregate when he turned in Pablo Sarabia’s ball.Dortmund’s Emre Can saw red late on after two bookings in quick succession.PSG’s players celebrated wildly at full-time before greeting the hundreds of supporters who remained outside the Parc des Princes.