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How We Are Attracted To Things: an art seminar from Details on Request

Last week new arts collective Details on Request ran a series of seminars. For this one Andrew Jeremy Houghton-Robinson gave a talk in the Gossip Cafe on Broadway Market about how we are attracted to certain stuff. With live illustrations by our author Kerry Hyndman.

Written by Kerry Hyndman

There’s a real charm to one day festivals: your money doesn’t run out, treatment you don’t have someone peeing on your hammock (thanks Benicassim) or shouting at all the non-Welsh people to go home (thanks Beach Break) whilst you try to sleep. You don’t even have to worry about how to wash your hair, price whether you’ve drunk more than today’s ration of alcohol or if your mum’s trying to ring you on your dead mobile.

Whilst you’re not going to be able to catch as many bands at a one day fest as you would a marathon event like Glastonbury, when they’re organised well, one day festivals still offer fantastic value for money.

Imagine that, for under £35, you can watch Phoenix, The Fall, Caribou, Lightspeed Champion and These New Puritans play at the same festival and on the same day, and you’ve got some idea of how good this year’s Field Day festival will be.

Located in Victoria Park, it’s the fourth year that London’s promoters have joined forces to put on one of the capital’s most unmissable events. I haven’t had the chance to go to Field Day before (thank you recession), but this year I’m rallying the troops and planning to take Victoria Park by storm.

The fact that Anna Calvi, Egyptian Hip Hop, Memory Tapes, Chilly Gonzales, Hudson Mohawke, Gold Panda, Mount Kimbie and Toro Y Moi are all playing means that, for me, this is one of the most exciting festivals of the summer. Even my discovery that it rained last year hasn’t dampened my excitement.

Field Day combines great bands with fantastic dance music, which is always guaranteed to be fun. The Simian Mobile Disco DJ set should be good, even if it is just a DJ set, as will the Blogger’s Delight guys and the very talented Stopmakingme.

I expect sunshine, yummy festival food, drunk dancing and an army of cool kids. With the knowledge that it all ends in time for the last train home, the thought of dragging myself to work with a hangover doesn’t seem like a bad trade-off for a day well spent at one of the best British festivals – even if it does last just one day. At £33.33 it’s almost too cheap to miss.

Field Day takes place on July 31st in Victoria Park, London E3. Tickets can be found here.

There’s a real charm to one day festivals: your money doesn’t run out, mind you don’t have someone peeing on your hammock (thanks Benicassim) or shouting at all the non-Welsh people to go home (thanks Beach Break) whilst you try to sleep. You don’t even have to worry about how to wash your hair, approved whether you’ve drunk more than today’s ration of alcohol or if your mum’s trying to ring you on your dead mobile.

Whilst you’re not going to be able to catch as many bands at a one day fest as you would a marathon event like Glastonbury, price when they’re organised well, one day festivals still offer fantastic value for money.

Imagine that, for under £35, you can watch Phoenix, the Fall, Caribou, Lightspeed Champion and These New Puritans play at the same festival and on the same day, and you’ve got some idea of how good this year’s Field Day festival will be.

Located in Victoria Park, it’s the fourth year that London’s promoters have joined forces to put on one of the capital’s most unmissable events. I haven’t had the chance to go to Field Day before (thank you recession), but this year I’m rallying the troops and planning to take Victoria Park by storm.

The fact that Anna Calvi, Egyptian Hip Hop, Memory Tapes, Chilly Gonzales, Hudson Mohawke, Gold Panda, Mount Kimbie and Toro Y Moi are all playing means that, for me, this is one of the most exciting festivals of the summer. Even my discovery that it rained last year hasn’t dampened my excitement.

Field Day combines great bands with fantastic dance music, which is always guaranteed to be fun. The Simian Mobile Disco DJ set should be good, even if it is just a DJ set, as will the Blogger’s Delight guys and the very talented Stopmakingme.

I expect sunshine, yummy festival food, drunk dancing and an army of cool kids. With the knowledge that it all ends in time for the last train home, the thought of dragging myself to work with a hangover doesn’t seem like a bad trade-off for a day well spent at one of the best British festivals – even if it does last just one day. At £33.33 it’s almost too cheap to miss.

Saturday night saw the end of a series of seminars organised by Details on Request, viagra order a small collective of artists in East London, order on ‘irrelevant learning’. Hosted by ‘creative technician’ Andrew Jeremy Houghton-Robinson, online it was two hours of ‘debate’ that explored the idea of how we are attracted to thing. Sold as a conversation about the effect advertising can have on us, the public, it became a messy exchange of thoughts and the Gossip Café’s charming garden was left resembling a chaotic classroom.

Houghton-Robinson was quick to utter the philosopher’s mantra of “there are no right answers”, but if he’d had one it wouldn’t have been taken seriously anyway. As he sort to outline his theory with a series of basic illustrations and loose metaphors about good and evil you could sense everyone was wishing they were watching the music drifting across from the Little London Fields festival up the road. But on he went.

We must be aware of the dark arts used by advertising, Houghton-Robinson warned before showing us a clip of the eerie child snatcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. “So do you think advertising is a child snatcher then?” Bingo. We’d hit the jackpot. And as the rain began to sneak through the assorted umbrellas gathered above us it seemed as good a time as any to make for the exit. Houghton-Robinson looked a little downbeat as he ended the session but in truth he’d done a valiant job at sparking debate in front of an unforgiving audience.
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All photography and illustration by Kerry Hyndman.

Saturday night saw the end of a series of seminars on ‘irrelevant learning’ organised by Details on Request (which we listed here), visit this site who are a small collective of artists in East London. Hosted by ‘creative technician’ Andrew Jeremy Houghton-Robinson, it was two hours of ‘debate’ that explored the idea of how we are attracted to things. Sold as a conversation about the effect advertising can have on us, the public, it became a messy exchange of thoughts and the Gossip Café’s charming garden was left resembling a chaotic classroom.

details on request attraction seminar kerry hyndman

Houghton-Robinson was quick to utter the philosopher’s mantra of “there are no right answers”, but if he’d had one it wouldn’t have been taken seriously anyway. As he sought to outline his theory with a series of basic illustrations and loose metaphors about good and evil you could sense everyone was wishing they were watching the music drifting across from the Little London Fields festival up the road. But on he went.

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We must be aware of the dark arts used by advertising, Houghton-Robinson warned before showing us a clip of the eerie child snatcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. “So do you think advertising is a child snatcher then?” Bingo. We’d hit the jackpot. And as the rain began to sneak through the assorted umbrellas gathered above us it seemed as good a time as any to make for the exit. Houghton-Robinson looked a little downbeat as he ended the session but in truth he’d done a valiant job at sparking debate in front of an unforgiving audience.

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Details on Request will be running further performance and live art in the park in London Fields on Saturday 28th August. Details here.

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