Desert Island Life
This is not a post about the desert island you must think I’ve been living on since February…
Over the next month, in a rare occasion that Birmingham is included in such national campaigns, fashion label Diesel
host a series of events as part of the Diesel School of Island Life
, a ‘series of lessons, field trips, screenings & parties featuring inspiring industry experts and pioneers from creative and cultural fields’.
Birmingham events kick off this Saturday with ‘How To Launch An Island Postal Service With Pigeons
‘ with Project Pigeon
at their new loft on Milk Street
. Co-curators Alex and Ian will show you how to build a pigeon loft and train pigeons to be messengers. You will also be able to write messages that will then be attached to the pigeons for a live pigeon release.
If you are able to pick your way through the rubble and armed mercenaries, Thursday 12 May brings a ‘Post-Apocalyptic Walk-in Movie
‘ curated by Flatpack Festival
. The evening will feature a talk on foraging in the city and tasting session with Tom Baker
community bakery. Last August I went on a wonderfully fun and informative foraging course with Tom, and I look forward to some tips on Spring city pickings.
There will be lots of dystopian fun to be had with informative shorts from the atomic age and complementary moonshine. A classic post-apocalyptic movie will be showing outdoors – acid rain permitting of course. I’ve been debating what could be screened. Watching ‘Wandering through the Future
‘ by Marjolijn Dijkman
at Spike Island
last weekend gave much food for thought, but I’m still hoping for Mad Max 3 – Beyond Thunderdome
After a successful show at the Pick Me Up Contemporary Graphic Art Fair at Somerset House, Birmingham-based collective Them Lot present ‘Their City‘ later in the month, featuring a cardboard city precariously built in the shadow of a volcano. In a series of workshops, participating groups of Islanders will be able to add to the city and leave their mark on the landscape, learn stop frame animation processes, and make a film on the island with members of the collective.
To round off the series, the illusive musician and producer Mr Hudson
will give a talk at the Custard Factory
All events are free, but in order to attend you need to grab an Island passport from your local Diesel
outlet, in Birmingham on Lower Temple Street here
or their concessions in Rackhams
(a.k.a House of Fraser
) or Selfridges