You Become What You Hate
It’s easy to think the art world is full of happy folk content to pat each other on the back and revel in their collective creativeness. Not so, as Australian agent provocateur Lush has gamely illustrated, staging Banksy’s ‘death’ in response to artists more concerned with sales than creating, and organising a wrestling match between Satan and Jesus. This new exhibition – his first on UK shores – promises “pisstakes, cool ‘urban art’, cutting-edge stencilling, idiotic canvasses of boring celebrities and real dead animals”.
Free | July 5-8, East London Warehouse
117 Wallis Road, E9 5LN
Station | Hackney Wick
East End Film Festival
International premieres, pop-up screenings and live events comprise this event, which has, since its 2000 birth, established itself as an international event. Films in award contention this year include Amy Winhouse – The Day She Came To Dingle; Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry, about the Chinese dissident; and Argentine doc The Last Elvis.
£9+ July 3-8. Times vary
Station | Various
Swingball In The City
You don’t have to get yourself down to SW19 to get involved in some tennis. This City event has all manner of swingball trophies and prizes as the suits (and others) go head to head. There’s also a Swingball summer party on Thursday evening, with live music and free Pimm’s and hot dogs. It’ll be fun. Swing on by.
Free | July 3-5. All day
Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS
Tube | Liverpool Street
This exhibition of the iconic French designer’s shoes features examples of his many classic creations, from stilettos and lace-ups to boots, showing why his sculptures are the most sought-after fashion items in the world. There’s also a three-dimensional holographic ‘performance’ by Dita Von Teese, too.
£10 | Until July 9. Daily. 10am-5.45pm
Design Museum, SE1 2YD
Tube | London Bridge
Sumo Suits Athletics World Champs
All those athletes arriving in London have got it easy – running around the track in tight-fitting lycra outfits is nothing, try doing it in a sumo suit. The fourth annual Sumo Suit Athletics champs hit town, pitching contestants into events including the 100m, long jump, high jump, shot put and a leg-busting 400m. For those who rate their endurance, there’s a pentathlon, encompassing all five events. So get down, run, wobble, laugh, and win a yourself a medal.
£25+ | Mon, July 8. 1pm
Battersea Park | SW11 4NJ
Tube | Battersea Park
The Nazi Games
Politics, the media and the body are the themes of this exhibition about the infamous 1936 Berlin Games. It focuses on propaganda from the time, the Nazis’ skill as exemplary manipulators of public opinion, and those who refuted their idea of ‘the perfect body’. Easy: John Rambo in First Blood Pt II.
Free | daily until Sept 14. 10am-5pm
Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP
Tube | Russell Square
Pop! Design. Culture. Fashion
A great chance to examine the influence of British pop culture on record covers, clothes, furniture and interior design. From studded punk jackets and psychedelia to scooter-riding mods, look back to when Britain was
a globally renowned fashion hub and the focus of the eyes – and envy – of the world.
£7 | July 6-Oct 27. Tues-Sat, 11am-6pm
Fashion and Textile Museum, SE1 3XF
Station | London Bridge