A few words from Curator Granny Ludski, before her happening/ event this week at Rio Cinema in Dalston London E8

July 23, 2013 § 1 Comment

I am a curator
the Mother of the C-generation
Ich bin ein Kurator
I am Granny Ludski
Listen up! As a Curator who sees curating as Art, I have dedicatied, no, devoted myself to curate / programme / produce / fabulate my unique contribution to the International Art World:
‘At Home with the Ludskis’
This is an exhibition/ event / screening / opening / happening /evening made up of between 20-30 Artists work including film, performance, music, installation, plastic art & so much more. The Art and content for my Ludski Nite is different each time creating a unreapetable  experience for the viewer. To this end I have set myself to scour the surface of this planet, looking, listening, seeking, thinking …
     Im looking for the most interesting, experimental work /ideas/ gestures being attempted/ created, past/ present. This includes experimental video (Cory Arcangel), Avant garde film (Merideth Monk, Kenneth Anger), live performance & films of dance (Charlie George, Moreno Solinas, Butoph), Opera (Ernesto Tomasini, Luci Briginshaw), music (Quilla Constance, Winnie the Pouf), fashion (Loulou Reloulou, Hannah Rubin), multi-media (Season Butler), painting (house of o’dwyer), photography (Leland Bobbe), installation (Rorschach), poetry (Ernesto Sarzale, Joelle Taylor), fire breathing… and even mime!
  I am on an unending quest, searching for ANY interesting Art from ANY field, ANYwhere in the world.
I believe Art doesn’t have to be solemn to be serious! Important doesn’t have to be self regarding! Ideas ARE pleasure! Educating don’t need to be didactic! Art is not always the opposite of entertainment!
I dare to mix contemporary with older, and works that may have increasing significance as the cultural dynamic evolves and that people may never have seen on the big screen and with company.
‘from DADA to Grandma the beat goes on…’
On a Ludski nite the viewer may explore the Cinema building before the screening and perfromances or / and during. They can remain seated or not. They can re-explore if my play-list does not appeal. But I try to follow my friend Baldessari’s dictum:
‘No more boring Art’
I aim for the screening / happening / event  to act as a catylist to further exploration of multi-platfrom ideas, mixed media manifestations and cochinielle hot collaborations.
I insist on creating unique Art experiences, where your presence is required to for the happening around you to unfold. You have to be present. It will happen only once!
I desire to break down the barriers between different art disciplines and enhance the experience and production of art.
The last April Ludski night – HippyStan edition:
Come to the Rio CInema in London’s East End (Daslton E8, Kingsland High St.)
Next Ludski night – Voyage & Return edition:

27th July Saturday 11.30pm At home with the Ludskis https://www.facebook.com/events/133199380219479/ screening of Artists film, performance &music

July 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

J’exclaim…. Art Salon! Drinking den! Avant Garde screening! Destination Dalston! Performance art showcase! Installation inspiration! Talent show in a mental institution!… ‘At Home with the Ludskis’ exists to challenge Art world received wisdoms! Curated by me! Globe trotting Ambassador de l’Art! Come and collaborate!

Granny Ludski invites you to ….

July 3, 2013 § 1 Comment


Granny Ludski invites you to:

At Home with the Ludskis  (no.9)  Voyage & Return Edition

Screening of Artists Films & performance & more

> Venue:  RIO Cinema, DALSTON, LONDON, E8 2PB, UK

Saturday 27th JULY 2013

11.30pm  Start – 2.30am finish

Bar till 2.30am


  • Late Night Cross Platform Multi Disciplinary Art ‘Happening’ with focus on moving image and the big screen & Performance
  • ‘Expect a totally surreal, totally bonkers happening across a variety of artistic platforms.  Time Out
  • contact: theludskis@gmail.com

Edition 9 of ‘At Home with the Ludskis’ Avant-Garde, plastic art, installation, live music, popcorn, intervention, painting, Total art, Post-contemporary, exhibition, screening, live performance happening!… curated by Granny Ludski.

Bringing together Artists from all over the world, at all career stages and levels of fame and from as many creative fields as possible to create Avant Garde Art for the Cinema!

‘At Home with the Ludskis’ this July will be Artists:

Doug Aitken

Ryoji Ikeda  / Loulou Reloulou

Cory Archangel / Makiko Watanabe

William Wegman / Kei Ishikawa

Aymeric Ayral /  Joelle Taylor

The House of O’Dwyer /  Pipilotti Rist

Stefan Holderlein /  Shali Liu

Moreno Solinas /  Emie Elg

Meg Mosley /  Yoko Ono

Eleanor Clare & Kam Wan

Sue Frumin

and more…

Curated by Granny Ludski

‘At Home with the Ludskis’ breaks away from exhibition tradition to explore an art gallery / cinema hybrid that aims to at a communal experience of Art that is thought-provoking, visually stimulating and emotionally involving. The pedestrian and mundane is pushed aside to passionately embrace the Post-Contemporary.

‘Your event looks lovely!’ Annie Sprinkle

‘A truly alternative happening at this Dalston cinema space.’  Time Out

Doug Aitken

Widely known for his innovative fine art installations, Doug Aitken is at the frontier of 21st century communication. Utilizing a wide array of media and artistic approaches, Aitken’s eye leads us into a world where time, space, and memory are fluid concepts.

Ryoji Ikeda

Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself and that of visuals as light by means of both mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics. Ikeda has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. He elaborately orchestrates sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations.

Cory Arcangel

is a computer artist whose work is concerned with technology’s relationship to culture and the creative process. He is a founding member of BEIGE, a group of computer programmers and enthusiasts who recycle obsolete computers and video game systems to make art and music, and a member of RSG (Radical Software Group).

William Wegman

By the early 70s, Wegman’s work was being exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. In addition to solo shows with Sonnabend Gallery in Paris and New York, Situation Gallery in London and Konrad Fisher Gallery in Dusseldorf , his work was included in such seminal exhibitions as “When Attitudes Become Form,” and “Documenta V” and regularly featured in Interfunktionen, Artforum and Avalanche.

Pipilotti Rist

As an Artist she’s danced topless to the Beatles, made a chandelier from pants and filmed inside the human body.

Yoko Ono (オノ・ヨーコ )

artist and peace activist, known for her work in avant-garde art, music and filmmaking and for her marriage to John Lennon (1969–1980). Ono brought feminism to the forefront in her music. Lennon called her “the most famous unknown artist in the world.

Stefan Holderlein

is a video and installation artist based in Germany who collects objects, people, sounds and themes. For Hoderlein, the future means loss of things past, and this is part of his motivation for saving items from his life. http://www.warhol.org/edu_additional.aspx?id=7030

Moreno Solinas

has worked as a performer with Bonachela Dance Company (The Land of Yes and The Land of No, apprentice), DV8 Physical Theatre (restaging of To Be Straight With You), Stan Won’t Dance (creation and touring of Babel) and Earthfall (creation and touring of The Factory).Since 2007 he has created dance works in collaboration with Igor Urzelai. Moreno and Igor are amongst the founding members of BLOOM! Dance Collective,

Loulou Reloulou

performer /designer aka Lisiane Brunet is from Paris, lives in London and makes the most incredible garments. They are hard to describe but the idea is a sort of loose garment with different sleeves and neck holes incorporated. You are meant to share them with one or several people.

Kei Ishikawa

Butoh dancer…. crazy about classical ballet from when she was 4 years old until she met Daisuke Yoshimoto, Butoh master, when she was 21. She has performed in Japan and overseas as a solo and part of TENKU YORAN dance company.

Joelle Taylor

began performing as a solo poet after her band lost interest in themselves half way through a song. Never one to be described as observant, Joelle continued speaking over a non-existent backing track – and her spoken word career was born. She was 17 at the time, and by the end of the gig had procured an anarchic manager who quickly set her up to support the Pogues on tour.

Eleanor Clare & Kam Wan

Performer Singer Film-maker:  ‘the Baroque never offers us perfection or fulfilment, or the static calm of being, only the unrest of change and the tension of transience.’ Heinrich Wolffiln


Meg Mosley

Performer film-maker bringing her A-game to a fierce launch of her #partofme lip-sync music video. Megastar’s reality tv show #mylife, is currently showing at Jerwood Visual Arts Project Space. www.megmosley.co.uk

Aymeric Ayral

Film-maker based in France. 2013 MASTER 2 Ecole supérieure d’AudioVisuel – Toulouse

Shali Liu

Sound Artist based in London


The House of O’Dwyer

Artist, Film-maker, Writer & Curator.


Emie Elg

Swedish Artist & Film-maker

Makikio Watanabe

is an Art Event Creator based in Tokyo and London.

Sue Frumin

Performer Writer Film-maker based in London.

‘Brilliant! Such an incredible use of the cinema! Amazing atmosphere, amazing happenings – loved seeing the Rio filled with wildness.’ Charlie Phillips, Sheffield Doc Fest

Is it impossible, Curator Granny Ludski asked herself, to bring together artists working in many different disciplines, into one place, for one moment, to produce a meta-happening? A true cross/multi disciplinary approach to Art and exhibition making is totally absent from the British Art scene. Granny Ludski smashes boundaries and avoids the herd to bring work as varied and complex as the audience and the world itself.

An intriguing event that smashes pigeonholes with risky ideas. If there’s no future for that, there’s no future for anything.     Alex Chappel

‘The saturated landscape of art, installations, performance and even fashion in the East London makes it easy to be dismissive, yet there’s something about the Ludskis that suggests it should be taken a little more seriously than the rest. The avant-garde late night exhibition combines a number of mediums – from screenings to live music – and celebrates the rich history of the Dalston Rio’s roots in Modernism. It might just be something people will be talking about for a while…’         Thrill City London

‘…from dada to grandma the beat goes on…’     Granny Ludski

Supported by Arts Council England

Rio Cinema / Happy Ending Productions / the house of o’dwyer / The Centre of Attention

e: theludskis@gmail.com

t: +44 7425 14472







Notes to Editors

History >>> the Ludskis return to the Beautiful Art Deco, Rio Cinema, in the very beating heart of the London Scene, to produce a unique exhibition/screening/happening in their ongoing tribute to Clara Ludski, a Russian immigrant, who in 1909 founded the KINGSLAND PALACE, the first electric picture house on the site on which the Rio Cinema now stands.

Like traditional hallowed places of worship and communion they impart to us a message about how we once lived and how we might live. This pagan temple is a shrine to our collective Dreams, Fears, Loves, Madness and codes of Honour.

Bored and drained by bogus exhibitions and the banal moving image screenings of cinema and gallery, Granny Ludski wanted something more vital, with quality, depth and imagination. We found ourselves in direct conflict with the academic style and scholastic didacticism of Art Academy, Gallery, Museum and Biennale. This led to the creation of ‘At Home with the Ludskis’ and the production of a late night exhibition/screening/happening with as wide a range of artists from different fields, providing, eerie installation, seductive performance, startling moving image, surreal musicianship. All the Art Forms that Cinema relies on will Be There!

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