Somehow, it’s December?! And what a year of Nicer Tuesdays it’s been so far. But before we start reflecting on what has happened over the previous 11 events, we’ve got one more, very very exciting Nicer Tuesdays for you which is sure to end your creative year on a high. Taking to the stage to round off 2019 will be Mona Chalabi, Mother’s Hermeti Balarin, Anna Ridler and Martin Parr. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this one.
Check out some more information on December’s speakers below after you’ve grabbed your ticket and make sure you make a note: December’s event will be happening during the third week of the month on 17 December, instead of the usual last Tuesday. Doors open at 6:30 PM as always, and the evening kicks off at 7:15 PM.
Mona Chalabi is a British data journalist, currently working as The Guardian US’ data editor. Mona’s work sees her turning complex data and statistics into readable illustrations, often communicating issues related to inequality, mental health, politics and society. At Nicer Tuesdays, she will be giving us a brief run-through of how she found herself in this unique career; how she turns a fact or a question into an illustration; as well as opening up about difficult situations she’s found herself in with clients, and how you can avoid the same thing happening.
Originally from Brazil, Hermeti Balarin is the executive creative director at Mother London, the juggernaut independent creative agency with offices across the globe. Last month, the agency released its work with Ikea, a Christmas ad “for the realists” which sees ornaments taunting their owners about their falling-apart furniture and messy ways – all in the form of a rap diss voiced by grime MC D Double E. At Nicer Tuesdays, Hermeti will be taking us behind the scenes of the making of this ad, giving insight into how he and his team created something different for the festive season which “cut[s] through all sentimental, heart-warming Christmas noise.”
Anna Ridler is an artist based in London and a graduate from the Royal College of Art. She uses technology, in particular, machine learning, investigating the connotations associated with it and asking questions about how technology will integrate into our lives in future, while reminding us of the human behind every piece of tech. For her talk, Anna will be delving into her ongoing research around tulips and the “tulip mania” that swept the Netherlands and much of Europe in the 1630s and her resulting works Mosaic Virus, Myriad (Tulips) and Bloemenveiling. These see her comparing creating her own data set by photographing 10,000 tulips and creating video works where the appearance of the tulip is controlled by the price of bitcoin.
Finally, a photographer who needs little introduction, Martin Parr will be taking to the stage to share some of his distinctive photographs of contemporary culture. Having recently held a major solo show at the National Portrait Gallery titled Only Human, Martin’s recent work depicts a divided Britain, showing those who exist at either end of the Brexit debate. After Martin’s talk, our editor Matt Alagiah will be hosting an on-stage conversation with the photographer to find out more about his practice.
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