Regular readers will no doubt have gathered that I get around a lot. I love London and all of the incredible opportunities it offers for self-education and adventure. Nowhere else in the country have I found such a mixed bag of events, seminars and exhibitions, some free and most pretty cheap. As a cultural theorist I get off on interdisciplinary explorations of my hobbies and interests – I just love finding new ways of exploring familiar and favourite subject matter, inevitably discovering so much new information along the way, and I love experiencing other people’s approaches and understanding of a shared passion. A publisher once told me that the ‘interdisciplinary’ will soon go out of fashion in the academic world, but not only do I think that is bullshit, I also think it is impossible. In a world, where the sharing of knowledge and experience is so frequent, so easy and, thanks to the internet, so normal, culture is fragmenting and being redistributed through the manufacture of new ideas and new artefacts, making our world not only accessible to more of us than ever before but also authored by so many more of us.
Sharing is such a beautiful thing, right? That publisher must be getting pretty lonely up there in her ivory tower…
In the spirit of sharing, I would like to share with you all an incredible sounding event that is coming up at the Victoria and Albert museum in London called Eat, Ride, Sleep, Repeat. The event seeks to explore one of my greatest loves in life – cycling – in history and in contemporary culture, including a secret history of the bicycle, an exhibition of abandoned bicycle artwork, an opportunity to take part in a bicycle-inspired screen printing workshop (did someone say “hipster-tote-tastic”?), and screenings of short films and documentaries.
This event will surely be a wonderful opportunity to explore one of my passions from several new perspectives.
Eat, Ride, Sleep, Repeat is one of the V&A’s Last Friday of the Month events, where the museum stays open late once a month for music and themed exhibitions, seminars and workshops.
I am so freakin’ excited.