1. Cut, Copy Remix II

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    Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Vivid Projects collaborate for a second iteration of Cut, Copy, Remix. 

    Cut Copy Remix connects members of Black Hole Club with artists at significant development stages to make new work in response to Birmingham Museums Trust Digital Image Resource; the first collection in the UK to make all out-of-copyright artworks available for free under a Creative Commons Zero Licence. 

    Emily Mulenga is an artist who explores the aesthetics, consumption and production of digital media from the high polish of MTV and the jagged polygons of early PlayStation. Mulenga has considered the real and digital hybrid existence of the Birmingham collections and the emotional legacies present in archived telecommunication devices. Her work explores nostalgia, (over)familiarity and the unexpected overlap in a piece of live coded music that delves into the soundtrack that mobile phones have provided us over recent decades. 

    Birmingham based artist, performance-maker, and plus-sized provocateur Fatt Butcher. The Pageant of Birmingham explores the camp, chaotic, and downright baffling history of ’The Pageant of Birmingham 1938’. An enormously expensive city wide performance pageant featuring a fire breathing paper mâché dinosaur and the formation of the city of Birmingham – this timely and satirical response considers the lengths the cultural sector will go to in search of ‘civic pride’.

    Watch the The Pageant of Birmingham online from 9 June here

    Black Hole Club members Courtenay Welcome, Sophie Huckfield & Polly Brant will use time and space at Vivid Projects & online to test and develop work for Cut Copy Remix

    The project launched  3 June for Digbeth First Friday with a performance by Emily Mulenga and a Collage Workshop with Black Hole Club member Polly Brant  2-4pm on Saturday 4 June.

    Work made for Cut Copy Remix will culminate with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in October 2022, expect events, online content and new works to emerge.  

  2. Down The Cake Hole

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    Join Beverley Riviera and friends for a performative evening of cake!

    Down The Cake Hole is an exhibition about cake – its origins, its evolution and its cultural significance. Originally (and in some areas still) a term for a portion of bread, cake has become a glorious item of indulgence that is with us at almost every significant point in our lives.

    Try a quintet of baked goods including ancient Greek recipes once sacred to the gods, cakes designed to save souls from damnation and concoctions created to ensure that even in the bleakest of times cake will still be with us. Discover how ‘Everything is cake’ had its origins in political power plays, ostentatious feasts and literal seventeenth century Hunger Games. And join Beverly Riviera, an amalgam of celebrity chefs, in a live baking demonstration accompanied by a helper channelling the resentment of a thousand put-upon assistants. Plus, one lucky visitor will be crowned the Monarch of Misrule!