A very small Tangerine Dream exhibition

I was glad to get along to this. I can’t say that I’m a huge fan. In fact, it was really only 2018 when a friend asked me if I wanted to come along and see them live. I went. I was really impressed. It was an amazing night.

Since then I’ve listened to bits and pieces, including, very recently, the entire “In Search of Hades” box set. Which was quite a big thing to listen to. So I thought it would be worth checking this out.

To say that this was a small exhibition would be something of an understatement. It was to be honest, tiny. It is tucked away in the Barbican library music section. Now there’s nothing wrong with that, but I do think that a band of this stature really deserves better. Perhaps something thoughtfully curated. Something that provides a deeper understanding to the music, the ideas behind it, the process itself?

Personally I’d like that. This, at the Barbican, was fine as a taster, but essentially it wasn’t enough. I understand why it was small, but I do think that someone like the Barbican could have done more to make this something to celebrate and show what an enormous contribution this band has made to electronic music specifically, but also to music making and musicians in general.

Troy at the British Museum

This was a good exhibition on the whole. Not entirely successful in my opinion, but overall quite good. I especially liked the 2nd half of the exhibition. Which was more about the impact of Troy on art and culture. That was the most interesting part from my perspective. I found that quite fascinating.

Spending some time at the Art Gallery of Ontario

This is a beautiful place. I was only in Toronto for a few days but this was on the top of my list of my places to go. My visit was back in July and it was really hot and humid, which was another great reason to go to the gallery as it has great air con!

I wasn’t really interested in the European art there, and much keener to see that First Nation art on show. I wasn’t disappointed. There are some stunning pieces there, and the volunteer guide who showed a group of us around was very good and had a lot of information on hand.

The Rebecca Belmore exhibition was stunning, and at times, disturbing. Whilst I can’t say that I enjoyed all of her work, I can say that it gave me more insight into First Nation issues.

The Clangers and Bagpus exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood

I’ve never been to the V&A’s Museum of Childhood before, but decided to drop in and take a look as I was passing the other day. They had an exhibition of the Clangers and also Bagpus, which was brilliant. I love the Clangers and always have done.

It was only a little exhibition, but it was lovely to see and I’m sure to go back to this museum soon.

Science Museum: The Mallard

This was one of those sort of interactive experience things at the Science Museum. It was ok. Like a sort of animated film thing where the cinema seats throw you about a bit. It was fun. Short though.

In fact, the little film about the Mallard (the fastest steam train in the UK) was more interesting than the experience thing itself. Still, never mind.

Science Museum: Churchill’s Scientists

It feels like it was ages ago. This was another little exhibition in the Science Museum that I had a look at a week ago. Very interesting especially as I’ve just been reading Churchill’s history of the second world war. There was quite a lot of information that I didn’t know in there and some very insightful context too.

If you’re interested in going along it’s where the Alan Turing exhibition was a while back. If that makes sense at all.

Science Museum: Ada Lovelace

I was quite surprised that it was actually quite a small exhibition for a character as important as Ada Lovelace. Even so, it was a nice little exhibition with some interesting facts. I’m sure they could’ve found more, I’m sure they could’ve got hold of more stuff about her, but anyway, I’m glad that they at least had an exhibition about her. That’s something.

A visit to the Science Museum: “Cosmonauts, Birth of the Space Age”

I’ve always been interested in space. I’ve always been interested in the history of it and this exhibition reminded me about a lot of the things I’d heard about and lived through in the 70’s. When the space race was at its height, when the USSR was launching Soyuz missions and the Salyut Space Station was being used. There was so much good stuff in there, so many interesting artifacts.

It was exciting. It was amazing, and this exhibition took me back there and reminded me a lot of what it had been like when those events happened. I think it’s also given my interest in space a bit of a nudge too. I’ve always been interested, but I haven’t done much about it for a long time. Perhaps I should now, perhaps I will.