7 Oct 2007
Mass Forms for Private Consumption 
Richard Clayton in The Times reports on the forthcoming highlights of the Frieze Art Fair which takes place in London's Regent's Park from 11-14 October 2007.

Amongst the delicacies on offer is a discussion entitled 'The Expanded Gallery - Mass Forms for Private Consumption' chaired by Alice Rawsthorn examining "how bespoke forms of industrial design, graphics and film have recently moved into the traditional preserves of art." and asking "What cultural value do they bring to the spaces of the gallery and the museum?"

Peter Saville will be on the panel which also includes Marc Newson, "the surfer-dude industrial designer".

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A Certain Ratio

"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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