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Events / October / 'Vapor City: LuckyMe Arts dreamscapes for Machinedrum'

Exhibitions

29 July - 17 September

People. Places. Things - an exhibition of photographs by Laura Lewis

' People. Places. Things .' is an exhibition of images from the book of the same title by photographer Laura Lewis. The images are shot mostly on 35mm film with a camera that has accompanied Laura everywhere on her travels. Some of the imagery documents socio-political situations - the images taken in her home of London are from pro-choice demonstrations, whilst the Glasgow images were taken ..
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4 September - 29 September

Broken Hands: Victor Jara - 40 Years On by Otto Schade

Commemorating 40 years since the military coup which overthrew the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende on the 11th September 1973. Thousands of people were killed, tortured, disappeared and exiled under the 17 year fascist dictatorship which followed. Victor Jara, folk musician and theatre director, one of the top 15 Rock N'Roll rebels as defined by Rolling Stone Magazine..
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October

 
Forthcoming in-store performances, events and signings at Rough Trade East, Rough Trade West and Rough Trade New York.

East

'Vapor City: LuckyMe Arts dreamscapes for Machinedrum'

Tuesday
October 1, 12:00pm

Find Rough Trade East

'VAPOR CITY: LUCKYME ARTS DREAMSCAPES FOR MACHINEDRUM'

To celebrate the release of Travis Stewart AKA Machinedrum's new LP 'Vapor City", LuckyMe Arts have put together a series of original prints representing the conceptual nature of the record.

"Having worked closely with Travis as a creative director since his return to releasing music in 2010 we maintain a certain synergy for how his music 'looks'. He's continued to be my favourite artist to work with - approaching each project with a formed concept and palette. For his last release Room(s) I took the approach of finishing a sketch in the time it took him to finish a song - for Vapor City, it feels like a more invested project spanning different moods and medium. Travis wrote us these long notes about a recurring dream he'd had - a city of different districts each intimately tied into him. The album was a soundtrack to this space. This is exactly the sort of brief I love. The idea is there, it's formed, and my job is to make some aesthetic decisions. Nothing more. My role in this is to merely convey his vision of the work.

I feel like we've made as many attempts to get this right as Travis, who originally sent me over 60 tracks to be whittled down to the final album. We've mapped a city, taken suitable photography to evoke each place and then screenprinted the images. We then asked Eclair Fifi to hand render pointillized and japanese brush illustrations of them to try break down any solid lines - make the work feel more dream like. Our final step was to screen print again. Then I derived type from a fusion of Berlin & New York's underground signage - Travis two home cities. Our final step was to design a single Vapor City 'seal' that would carry across all the work. There's a lot of process behind a finished work that I'm not sure people will unravel on first impression - but again I stress the point that all our work comes from the music and the writer. Ultimately to understand the artwork, one should listen to the album."

'Vapor City: LuckyMe Arts dreamscapes for Machinedrum'  will run from Monday 30th September until Monday 7th October.