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1936: The Buenos Aires Affair
THE BUENOS AIRES AFFAIR: Could you be the most beautiful room in the world? Why Jean-Michel Frank’s interiors for the Kavanagh Building in Buenos Aires bring tears to the modernist aesthete’s eyes. READ MORE
Exuviae Beauty & Skin
Primavera, Spring Beauty
Cherry blossoms explode upon a deserted boulevard as tufts of green sheathe the trees to announce a brand new season, just like clockwork. READ MORE
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La Nouvelle Bourgeoise
Feline and fickle, she’s on the prowl—up and down the bougie boulevards and in and out of the boîtes de nuit. She playfully types Cinéma Gaumont, Champs Elysées, 1973 into her Uber’s destination box, but it protests with null results. Paris never really changes, and neither must you, Françoise. READ MORE
The Discerning Wo/man Menswear
Gangs of Seoul
Episodes of corruption and dark morality, starring hard-boiled mobsters straight outta Watanabe Katsumi’s records of lowlife Tokyo, or classic Hong Kong cop flicks of the 1980s. It’s the chaos of cool, as Seijun Suzuki evangelised. READ MORE
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Claroscuro
When darkside games meet classical purity, we’re betting on forbidden fruits for the win. Up the ante, play your ace and observe, come morning, that pearly beauty and perfection come hand in hand with corruption. READ MORE
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Blow Up
What do we Quant?The experimental shapes and hopeful colours of 1960s fashion! When do we Quant it? Now! Postwar yet pre-hippie, the radical elegance of miniskirted mods is a pendulum that just keeps swinging… READ MORE
Hero/Heroine Cover Story
Comme Un Garçon
You say Cary Grant, I say Fran Lebowitz. You say Arthur Miller, I say Inès de la Fressange. When boundaries between man and woman dissolve, the modern epicene flourishes. Binaries, opposites and a whole load of contradictions map out the wo/man. READ MORE
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La Pause
Theatrical fantasy and inimitable glamour are offset by blasé nonchalance, and the mood is louche. In an unexpected landscape backdropped by seas of dunes, the essence of an indefatigable iconoclast is restored sporting anything but neutral. READ MORE
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CIAK!
Filmed after World War II, Federico Fellini’s acclaimed satire, La Dolce Vita, hints at an exasperated offspring of repressed female expression. Her contemporary: all about contrasts—sharp and soft, playful but pragmatic, blasé and quick-witted at the same time. READ MORE
Less is more Shopping
Compulsory Lessons Get some clarity about the pervasiveness of racism in our collective thinking, as well as our institutions. We’re starting with this dynamic dozen. Read More
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Fall-Winter 2020/21 Haute Couture
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CHANEL unveils the Fall-Winter 2020/21 Haute Couture collection by Virginie Viard, captured by Mikael Jansson at the Studio at 31 rue Cambon, Paris. Featuring models Adut Akech and Rianne Von Rompaey in some of the finest CHANEL jewels, the Fall-Winter 2020-21 collection radiates scintillating opulence and is said to be inspired by the eccentric ladies (‘a punk princess’ as Viard notes) that would accompany Karl Lagerfeld to ‘Le Palace’.

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Schama on Shakespeare
Intelligence Squared

In a panel hosted by broadcaster Razia Iqbal, prominent TV historian Simon Schama will be returning to some of his favourite passages from the dramatic works of William Shakespeare. In thinking about the Bard’s uniquely eternal power to move audiences, both to laughter and tears, Schama will be joined by actors David Harewood and Olivia Williams, who will be offering their own perspectives as performers of Shakespeare’s work.

 

 

Wednesday 8 July
General admission £9.99
Intelligencesquared.com
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The best typography resources
Typewolf

Founder and designer Jeremiah Shoaf’s flair for fonts makes Typewolf one of the best resources on the web for typography research. With monthly blogs like The Fonts in Popular Things Identified Vol. 1, you’ll be able to dissect some of pop culture’s best-loved designs, as well as finding your perfect type combination using the Type Pairing lookbook best suited to you.

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Peter Schuyff IRL
White Cube Gallery

After months of digital exhibitions and virtual art shows, some of our beloved art spaces are finally opening their doors to the public. Why not re-engage with physical art by immersing yourself in one of Peter Schuyff’s complex psychedelic abstractions at the White Cube gallery, Mason’s Yard. Curated by Katharine Kostyál, the exhibition includes a number of Schuyff’s most playful pieces, with a particular focus on the parallels between music and art.

Available until Saturday 8 August
Free admission; book your ticket here
More info at WhiteCube.com
White Cube, 25-26 Mason’s Yard, London, SW1Y 6BU

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National Theatre at home
National Theatre UK

The National Theatre brings its stage to our screens, streaming some of the institution’s most iconic plays, free of charge. The next instalment of the National Theatre at Home is Andrea Levy’s critically acclaimed novel Small Island. First premiered at the NT in 2019, Small Island portrays Jamaica and the United Kingdom in the 1940s, seeing the two cultures meeting in a postwar London for the first time, as well as the arrival of the Windrush Generation into Britain.

Available until Thursday 26 June
Watch on National Theatre YouTube
Watch on Nationaltheatre.org.uk

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Develop and scan
Nathan Scott

Photographers have been feeling the pinch more than most in 2020, but that doesn’t mean that we have to put our passions aside. One man doing his bit to keep the community alive and kicking is London-based photographer and CUBICLE’s own lighting technician, Nathan Scott. With photo labs closed for the meantime, Nathan offers 35mm dev-and-scan from his home. As a bonus, anyone who recommends his service to a fellow analogue shooter using #DEVandSCANJune, gets a free roll of film for themselves and a friend! It’s not all doom and gloom, after all.

DM or email @NATHAN.O.SCOTT to enquire
Tag #devandscanjune to spread the word

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YEARBOOK 2020
Shutter Hub

With 2020 cancelling all graduate shows, Shutter Hub is calling entries for its YEARBOOK 2020 photography competition. One hundred images will be selected by a panel of judges and printed in an industry level publication, before being sent to agencies and potential employers. So if you’re a graduate in despair, or a retired photographer whose university days seem like a lifetime ago, YEARBOOK wants to see your photography.

Free to enter
SHUTTERHUB.ORG.UK | @shutter_hub
Apply here

2020 VISION BOARD
Dior Bediako

It’s safe to say 2020 has not gone exactly as planned. But, as Dior Bediako, founder of fashion industry careers service Pepper Your Talk, points out, there’s no reason why lemons can’t be turned into lemonade. In the spirit of this, Bediako is inviting all those who aren’t prepared to put their dreams on hold this year to join her in a digital workshop aimed at reframing personal goals and reclaiming control. #2020isnotcancelled

Sunday 28 June; 3pm BST
A Zoom event. PURCHASE TICKETS
@PEPPERYOURTALK
#2020isnotcancelled

Black Panthers, 1968
Black Panthers
Directed by Agnès Varda

Filmed in 1968 Oakland, California, Agnès Varda’s Black Panthers documents the Black power movement and the efforts made to free incarcerated political activist Huey Newton. As a non-POC director, Varda demonstrates an awareness of her relative privilege by taking a back seat, and allowing the story to be told by uncut interviews and poignant speeches. Educating its viewers on one of Black history’s most significant moments, Black Panthers is a beautiful film.

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Sounds of nature
Field Recordings

Producer Eleanor McDowall presents her ode to the outside world, Field Recordings – a series of podcasts giving nature aficionados the opportunity to share their favourite sounds from the natural world. From heavy forest footsteps and chiming church bells to Scotland’s finest choir of seals, this compilation of audio is a city dweller’s escape to the country.

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CHANEL

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Art & design—Founder and designer Jeremiah Shoaf’s flair for fonts makes Typewolf one of the best resources on the web for typography research.

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Peter Schuyff IRL
White Cube Gallery

Art & design—After months of digital exhibitions and virtual art shows, some of our beloved art spaces are finally opening their doors to the public.

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National Theatre at home
National Theatre UK

Music & performance—The National Theatre brings its stage to our screens, streaming some of the institution’s most iconic plays, free of charge.

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London, England
Develop and scan
Nathan Scott

Photography—One man doing his bit to keep the community alive and kicking is London-based photographer and lighting technician Nathan Scott.

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YEARBOOK 2020
Shutter Hub

Photography—With 2020 cancelling all graduate shows, Shutter Hub is calling entries for its YEARBOOK 2020 photography competition.

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June 28, 2020 Online
2020 VISION BOARD
Dior Bediako

Education—Dior Bediako is inviting all those who aren’t prepared to put their dreams on hold this year to join her in a digital workshop.

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Black Panthers
Directed by Agnès Varda

Cinema—Filmed in 1968 Oakland, California, Agnès Varda’s Black Panthers documents the Black power movement and the efforts made to free incarcerated political activist Huey Newton.

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Online
Sounds of nature
Field Recordings

Nature & environment—Producer Eleanor McDowall presents her ode to the outside world, Field Recordings, a series of podcasts sharing sounds from the natural world.

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