Weighted Words

This new exhibition at The Zabludowicz Collection examines the power of words, picking apart the language of racism to the rhetoric of international affairs. Every exhibit seeks to elicit an emotive response from the viewer, including both recordings for your listening pleasure as well as visual pieces.

Until 10th June
Zabludowicz Collection, 176 Prince of Wales Road – London NW5 3PT

Gillian Wearing

Gillian Wearing, winner of the 1997 Turner Prize and Damien Hirst‘s fellow sailor in the so-called ‘Young British Artists’ posse is an English conceptual artist who explores the private lives of ordinary people, modern media and human nature. One of her most prominent works is the project “Signs that Say What You Want Them to Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You to Say”, a series of photographs for which she stopped random people in the street in order to persuade them to write a true personal thought on a piece of paper. Fascinated by how people react in front of the camera, Wearing also works with moving pictures, like documenting the behaviour of partying teenagers. The exhibition also includes a number of private viewing booths with confessional videos of people describing childhood traumas whilst wearing masks. Highly personal.

Until 17th June
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street – London E1 7QX

Jackmaster X Oneman

Two of the UK’s finest DJs are toe-to-toe this weekend in the cosy setting of Dalston’s Nest club. If you’ve never been, The Nest is a 500-or-so capacity venue where the intimate environment is spot on. Jackmaster and Oneman have been propelled into the limelight thanks to their skills on the decks, so it should be a worthy night out.

27th April
The Nest, 36 Stoke Newington Road – London N16 7XJ

Big Sir, Holy Esque and Scatter Brain

Big Sir is the Los Angeles-based project of vocalist Lisa Papineau and The Mars Volta bassist Juan Alderete. It’s their debut appearance at Vice Magazine-owned pub The Old Blue Last, and they’re there to promote a third album, Before Gardens After Gardens. Another intimate setting for a great act. Support by Holy Esque and Scatter Brain.

28th April
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern St – Shoreditch EC2A 3ES