It’s the first weekend of Lockdown Part II, and unlike last time the weather’s pretty grim and no-one wants to go out for a stroll. So here’s our pick of the digital experiences you can curl up with this coming week:
Our film team carefully curate the programme for our big screens – and they’ve been working with some of our film distributor friends to do the same for the small screen, too. Part of your rental fee for all these films will come back to HOME, while the other part will go to the distributor – meaning you can still support independent cinemas and independent filmmaking during the lockdown.
Jason Wood, our Creative Director: Film and Culture, particularly recommends Luxor, saying: “Andrea Riseborough stars as a war-zone medic going through a low-key mid-life crisis as she tries to recover by visiting the famous archaeological site in Writer-director Zeina Durra’s second feature. It’s an engrossing, intelligent work that also offers a wider meditation on place and history.”
As you’ll have seen from our announcement earlier this week, we’ve switched all the shows that would have been cancelled due to lockdown to livestreams so you don’t have to miss out! But one show that was always going to be both live and streamed – and aptly so given its subject matter – was Javaad Alipoor’s exploration of online radicalisation, The Believers Are But Brothers. The show will be available online for one night only, tonight (Fri 6 Nov), and you can still buy tickets here.
Then the first of our three pay-what-you-decide streams, Bert & Nasi’s The End will take place from next Thursday (12 Nov). In this new piece, Bert and Nasi dance the end of their relationship, imagining what a future without each other might look like. Their dance is a reminder and a celebration of our own mortality, and that of everything around us.
And speaking of dance, the University of Salford will be premiering a brand new piece for their annual Watch US Dance show – this year via YouTube! It’s a poignant and stunning work and we highly recommend it. You’ll need to book in advance and a ticket will be sent to you – which you can do by clicking here.
We’re currently working hard to bring you a digital version of our three reopening exhibitions – Joy Yamusangie’s Blue Glass Fortunes, Nick Burton’s Our Plague Year, and MSR FCJ’ Bubbling Pitch (plus we have some very exciting Our Plague Year news coming up next week!).
However, before then we highly recommend you spend some time immersing yourself in the world of our Future 20 artists, with The Last Place on Earth. Last Place On Earth is a 360 degree film which means you can look around using the trackpad or cursors on your computer, by moving your phone, or by looking around through the headset.
Working with artist Ivan Morison, Future 20 have created a virtual reality (VR) environment that invites you to imagine the last place on earth. A utopian place, not to feel alone in but where you can consider reconnecting with mother nature and planting seeds for change.
Do you have a recommendation for an online cultural experience you think will help people get through lockdown? Why not tell us about it in the comments below?