It might not change your life, but it will certainly change your perspective. Celebrated DJ, producer, musician and artist Justin Robertson has organised a free three-day arts event called The Explorer’s Chronicle.
The kind of get together which will entertain, fascinate and make you wonder all at the same time, The Explorer’s Chronicle will take place from June 15th- June 17th at the Red Gallery in Shoreditch. It will feature an exhibition of Justin’s most recent artworks along with talks and discussions, philosophy and live music from a wide range of bright minds.
The line-up includes celebrated author John Higgs, American writer and musician Gary Lachman (one of the founding members of Blondie), author Nina Lyon and the acclaimed game designer and philosopher Dr Chris Bateman.
There is live music from Circle Sky (featuring Richard Norris and Martin Dubka) and on Friday night a live music showcase curated by Justin and the legendary imprint Skint Records who were behind his 2015 Everything Is Turbulence album - plus a brilliant line up of DJs, including Justin himself.
Entry to The Explorer’s Chronicle is free of charge, which is pretty amazing in itself, but also adds to the character and personality of the whole occasion.
The cornerstone of the exhibition is the first showing of Justin’s new collection of art - presented in a mixture of media. Drawing on the great tradition of botanical sketching, his inspirational work depicts the flora and fauna of this alternate universe, finding inspiration in the patterns of the natural world. Other themes include magik, possession, the supernatural, fantastical creatures, the history of belief, past times and cultures, uncertainty and alien life forms. A dedicated book of illustration and text and a bespoke soundtrack will accompany the exhibition.
The Explorer’s Chronicle is Justin’s second exhibition – his first, Everything is Turbulence, opened to critical acclaim at the Maurice Einhardt Neu Gallery in London in 2015 and has since toured Manchester, Leeds, Ireland and Sweden.
The exhibition will be open to the public every day from midday until 6pm. No tickets needed.
Exhibition opens (free entry) to the public from Wednesday June 15 – Friday June 17
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The Explorer’s Chronicle Line-Up
- Wednesday 14th June: Justin Robertson Presents – a special screening Heavenly Films of Lawrence of Belgravia. see LINK HERE
- Thursday 16th June: Futurism v Fatalism: Is the Internet liberating or imprisoning? An evening of live talks and debate co-hosted by Ransom Note with live music from Circle Sky and Heretic. LINK HERE
- Friday 17th June: Justin Robertson Presents - Ivan Smagghe & The Emperor Machine see LINK HERE
People will need to snap up their tickets quickly and tickets are available from The Ransom Note: LINK HERE
Justin Robertson has been making music for over twenty years under many different guises and has had a huge influence across the musical genres as both an artist and record label owner. From work with his band Lionrock to his recent “Everything is Turbulence” Long Player (Album of the Month in both DJ Magazine and Mixmag), he is renowned for consistently injecting the UK’s music scene with vitality and originality. As well creating his own work, he is much in demand as a remixer with a huge back catalogue of work for both underground and commercial artists, including New Order, Bjork, The Stone Roses and Paul Weller.
Justin studied philosophy at Manchester University. Attracted by the flourishing musical heritage of the town, he soon fell in love with the emerging alien machine funk that would become the Acid House scene.
Working at the legendary Eastern Bloc records in the late 80s, it wasn’t long before he began to make his mark as a DJ, playing at the legendary Haçienda before going on to create and curate two of the UK’s seminal clubs, Spice and Most Excellent (where the young Chemical Brothers discovered their inspiration). To this day he remains one of the most respected and in demand DJs, whether playing at big festivals or cutting edge clubs across the world.
Photo by Lawrence Watson :website HERE
Justin Robertson explains his inspiration for The Explorers Chronicle. “In many ways I think I’m looking back to my childhood where you instinctively knew that the imagination could be as much of a handy guide to reality as the pavement you inevitably fell over on. You can conjure up all manner of possible worlds just by imagining what they might be like - this is one of those possible worlds. It’s about the mystery of science, the joy of exploration and the importance of the imagination.
The sub text connects with some contemporary issues; namely that we find ourselves adrift in a meaningless world, where we believe in neither God or Man. We are being narrowed down and atomised; some areas of modern science, not the type I like, tend to paint humans as nothing more than bit playing, fleshy cyborgs in cold, pitiless universe. This seems to me to be no fun at all. I don’t think we should see ourselves as hopeless spectators in the cosmos, you may disagree, but that’s just the conversation I was hoping to spark.
The show is a collection of pencil drawings which I have scanned and enhanced digitally to bring out certain tones and shades. I think they have the feel of long lost sketches discovered amongst the papers of some eccentric professor! I’ve also created a soundtrack for the show, and written some prose that form part of an exhibition book. These will be accompanied by music and chat, and I’ve asked along some people I admire and find interesting to share their thoughts. Hopefully people will enjoy the pictures and join in the discussion if they fancy or else just have a top knees up, frugging to some cosmic sounds in the midst of this odd world”.