London just got slammed with its heaviest snowfall in 18 years, getting 20cm (8in). And while flinty Mid-western Americans may scoff at any amount less than a foot or so, the English seem to have been driven barmy by it. But several Twitter feeds and mashups showing real-time information about the storm sprouted up. One mashup from Ben Marsh uses postal codes to show location and intensity of the storm in a blizzard of tweets live on a Google Map of the UK.
A few weeks ago in London Banksy’s Cans Festival took over an old train platform near Waterloo Station (with the approval of the manager of the site, Eurostar) and invited people to come down, look and add their own stencils. Check out these photos of the walls and the huge crowds of Londoners who went. And videos of the fest.
You’ll be surprised at what English photographer Nicholas Hughes can do with just trees and water. More of his painterly ghost trees are on view at The Photographers’ Gallery in London through Nov. 3.
To mark the twentieth anniversary of the death of Andy Warhol, the Tate Modern hosted The Long Weekend May 25-28. Museum goers were encouraged to bring sleeping bags to a 19-hour screening of Warhol’s film Sleep accompanied by a performance of Erik Satie’s Vexations played by 10 pianists (including composers Michael Nyman and Gavin Bryars)– repeated 840 times. And all this while visitors drifted in and out of sleep on the Tate’s cold, concrete floor. The Guardian’s Samuel Wigley has a first hand account of the Tate’s mass sleepover.