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Tuesday 15 December 2020
Institute of Contemporary Arts
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The radical positivity of Jonathan Richman
Among Jonathan Richman’s many fans were the late David Bowie, Bob Dylan, David Byrne of Talking Heads and Black Francis of the Pixies. Here Nicolas Barber reflects on Richman’s career across five decades for the Beeb, suggesting his positivity may be more radical and daring than any of the bands who influenced and were influenced by him.

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Baesianz
Founded by Sarah Roselle Khan, Sami Kimberley and Roxanne Farahmand, Baesianz comprises a collection of multidisciplinary works by artists of Asian heritage. By producing, curating and exhibiting the art and voices of Asians living in Asia and in the diaspora, they aim to create an evolving library that can be experienced by all.

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MOSS
This is an ongoing archive of artists’ playlists featuring Prem Sahib, Josephine Baker, Mark Leckey, Sung Tieu and Zadie Xa. The latest contribution is by Spaghetti Club – an after school club held in Grasmere Primary School, London. The club, for kids ranging from 6 – 10 years old, features worksheets challenging them to think about complex (and occasionally impossible) problems and goofy nonsense.

Lucid Dreaming
This podcast brings you deep stereo conversations with filmmakers and others working with the moving image from all over the world. Hosted by author and curator Pamela Cohn, recent editions include artists Anouk de Clerq, Zinzi Minott, Shireen Seno, Jasmina Cibic and Filipa César.

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Unreal City 
Acute Art and Dazed Media are collaborating on Unreal City, an outdoor AR experience on London’s Southbank. Download the app and walk along the Thames to see artworks by Lu Yang, Bjarne Melgaard and others until 5 January 2021.

Track of the Day

Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers: Affection (1979)

People all over the world
People all over the world
People all over the world are starving
For affection

And to me, this ain’t funny
To me this is real
So I tell everybody the way I feel
About affection

Check out the ICA Daily playlist here