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Germany's Sascha Dive, owner of the Deep Vibes Recordings label, is one of the main reasons for the resurgence of deep house in his home country.
The electro-lesbian collective is back at Nitsa just in time for Easter. At the decks you'll find Vicky Groovy, Rosario and Elektroduenda. The girls are warriors and in fluorescent colours.
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Jens Moelle and Ismail Tüfekçi can boast of having given birth to one of the strongest debuts of the last decade, their killer 'Idealistic' (2004). Then came a their mind-blowing 'Zdarlight' (2005), which launched them straight to the top of the game. The Germans are noted for their skill with the turntables and dance-til-you-drop sessions. Their 2013 EP for Kitsuné, 'Lift' is a firework for the dancefloor that makes it clear that the duo is in top form. Tonight they're back again at The Loft, and this time with Jerry Bouthier, who's part of the duo JBAG and Kitsuné's official DJ.
Rodolfo Matos, Pedro Afonso, Leonel Soares and Manuel Simões are Norton, and they've come from Portugal to play in the big hall at Razz featuring tracks from their new album, indie pop with lots of guitars and synthesizers.
- Rated as: 4/5
'Iceberg. Invisible Reality' offers a journey through a world of appearances that invite visitors to reflect on the images and their partial and selective condition of reality. Nineteen works by Jeff Wall, Tacita Dean, Rodney Graham, Douglas Gordon, Pierre Huyghe, Ignasi Aballí, Stan Douglas, and Dora García, among others, present the paradox, so common in the world today, of confusing reality and appearances.
- Rated as: 4/5
I work the street. Joan Colom, photographs 1957-2010. 'I work street. With my photographs I try to be a kind of notary of an era.' With this statement the nonagenarian Joan Colom (Barcelona, 1921) defines his penchant for flashing into the history of Catalan creativity: the photo essay.Colom began his career in photography soon after he married in 1957, and left it in 1964. In the 1980s, with the return of Catalan self-government and its own cultural base, Colom was made into an institution and filed in the drawer of the generation of 'new art', along with with Ricard Terre, Xavier Miserachs and Ramon Masats.Colom took up photography again in the 1990s, but we knew almost nothing about this period of his work. In 2012 he gave his archives to the MNAC, and now this museum that preserves thousand years of Catalan artistic heritage, after processing and studying over a thousand pieces, brings us a major retrospective exhibition that unveils all of Colom's work for the first time, including unpublished images and historical and contextual interpretations of his work.That said, we have to say that the exhibition is perhaps too extensive. There are too many photos, some too similar to others, while it's one thing in a publication – we're waiting for the catalogue – it can be detrimental if all the photos are crowded onto walls and jammed into corridors. Will we appreciate Colom's work more if we see 500 good photos instead of 200? It's taking things to an extreme if, instead of the
- Rated as: 4/5
At the age of 77, Le Corbusier went for a swim in the Mediterranean and was swallowed by the sea. It was the summer of 1965, and he'd already spent more than six decades fighting with the landscape. Although he was born in Switzerland, or perhaps because he was born in the geographic centre of Swiss timing, he became a poetic machinist who produced housing accommodation (houses and flats), he conceived enormous cities redrawing the landscape from an airplane, and he transformed reinforced concrete into the dominant material of the modern age.You can see this, and much more, in the CaixaForum, itself a modernist building apparently far removed from the theories drawn by the man born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris (La Chaux-de-Fonds, 1887 – Roquebrune-Cap- Martin, 1965) and widely known by the pseudonym Le Corbusier. 'An Atlas of Modern Landscapes', the subtitle of the exhibition, is the most comprehensive ever seen, and will explain the intention of the curator, Jean-Louis Cohen: architecture, which was less appreciated when engineering got in touch with its creative side, searches for a new space in the urban universe and ends up rooting itself in line with the saying taken from the Goya painting, 'the sleep of reason produces monsters'.Le Corbusier, as can be seen through objects, models, photographs, drawings, installations and various documents, was a multifaceted creator. His ideology was above the mainstream: he worked for Soviet communists, Italian fascists, South Ameri