KnowVember, Oatly, Extinction Rebellion, Grayson Perry & American Art Exhibits (B+A Bulletin #164)

KnowVember, Oatly, Extinction Rebellion, Grayson Perry & American Art Exhibits (B+A Bulletin #164)

B+A Breaking

aaaand relax (kinda).

The B+A travel budget is breathing a much-needed sigh of relief right now, as across the world we’ve got the rare pleasure of being home-based for the next couple of weeks. We’re utilising the opportunity by flexing our fieldwork muscles, through “KnowVember” – studying a bunch of different “native” cultures in London, Portland and Shanghai to refine our skills as anthropologists.

So brb, just heading to the bingo hall. Leaving you with Kelly’s Eye, Tom Mix, Knock at the Door

B+A Brilliance

After yet another overheard remark about “those f*cking passive aggressive Oatly adverts”, it’s clear that polarised reactions to this brilliant and controversial billboard campaign are – much like the dairy alternative industry itself – here to stay. And the UK’s not alone in successfully getting their feathers ruffled; back in 2015 the same campaign ended up getting the brand sued by the Swedish dairy industry.

So, props to Oatly for staying true and rolling with the punches on this one – and reaping the rewards of some nice anti-publicity while they’re at it.

B+A Books etc. I

From our New York correspondent, Adesuwa:
On Sunday I visited Bodys Isek Kingelez’ City Dreams exhibition at MoMA. Kingelez is a Congolese artist whose dreams and aspirations for his country Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) led him to create intricately sculptured buildings he had imagined, using everyday materials from cola bottles to toothpicks. Kingelez unfortunately passed away before he got a chance to witness his art being celebrated by the world. If you’re in NYC before January 1st, make sure to stop by because pictures don’t do it justice.

B+A Books etc. II

From our Chicago correspondent, Tamika:
The first black designer in Chicago was likely a sign painter or hairdresser, tailor, barber, typographer or bricklayer. When African Americans began to enter the city in significant numbers at the turn of the 20th Century, many brought artistic and practical talents. This exhibition helps shine a light on their contributions to a vibrant, bustling city.

African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race, is on now at the Chicago Cultural Center. Featuring more that 50 design works, it highlights prominent black figures who worked between 1900 and 1980 in graphic design, editorial and product design, billboard ads, and created the first black-founded ad agency (big up Burrell Communications one time).

B+A Books etc. III

And one for luck: if you’re in Washington on 8 December, check this out at the Kennedy Center.

Don’t say we don’t spoil you.

B+A Big Up

Inspiring activism ain’t easy. And even harder when your cause is hidden from mainstream press. So the work of Extinction Rebellion is pretty impressive. Through their message of the urgent need for clear communication from governments and media about the state of our environment, they’ve managed to recruit serious numbers of protesters, from veteran to total newbie, for a week of escalating nonviolent events, culminating in a large scale Rebellion Day this Saturday in London.

With 22 peaceful arrests already and counting, they mean business. If you’re curious about what’s going down on Saturday, hit reply – we may know a guy who knows a guy…

B+A Babble

On Sunday night Jenny went to see Grayson Perry perform at the London Palladium in the last night of his UK tour. The show was called Them and Us and in it Grayson explored the insidious judgements that we all hold about ‘others’.

Perry was able to cleverly and hilariously hold a mirror up to the audience with electronic voting throughout the show, on a number of aspects of British culture – such as which city was disliked the most (Birmingham!?) and the ever-divisive dogs or cats debate. Grayson’s acerbic yet warm wait and pugnacious spirit is as well suited to the large stage as the small screen, and the show ended on a poignant note about the bluntness of asking people to decide complex cultural questions with a binary question.

B+A Bye…

A little longer than usual this time, but with so much juicy content I know you’ll forgive us. After all, it’s a big world out there, with a lot teach us – and on that note, so commences KnowVember 2018…

Team B+A