Chris and Rifa return with a second season of Refigure, our weekly bitesize culture wig-out.
This week we binge-watched Netflix show Russian Doll, co-created by Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler.
Meanwhile Chris went to an actual cinema to watch National Geographic's BAFTA-winning climbing documentary Free Solo and Rifa fell in love with indie/hip hop/soul singer Lizzo, especially her current single 'Juice'.
In What You Reading For? Rifa is deep into University of Houston Professor Brené Brown's 'Daring Greatly', while Chris is reading the new collected writings of Mark Fisher, published in one huge volume as 'K-Punk'. Chris also finally made his start on Proust's 'In Search Of Lost Time' and recommended the article Amazon boss Jeff Bezos wrote on Medium, exposing the National Enquirer attempts to blackmail him. (Jeff that is, not Chris)
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Chris and Rifa's week in the arts, culture, diversity and tech.
Episode #15 – last in the current series.
We argue about the latest TV version of a John Le Carré novel, Park Chan-Wook's adaptation of The Little Drummer Girl, starring Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon and Alexander Skarsgard.
We also binged on Netflix comedy Great News and compared it to the crop of similar shows like 30 Rock and The Good Place.
In What You Reading For? Chris has just finished lost children's classic 'The Tree That Sat Down' by Beverley Nichols. Meanwhile Rifa is ploughing through Michelle Obama's much hyped memoir 'Becoming'.
Thank you very much for listening to season one of Refigure. We'll drop a few one-off specials over the Christmas season and then be back in spring 2019 with season two.
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Rifa and Christopher's weekly misadventures in the arts, culture, tech and diversity. Episode #14 – our penultimate episode of Season One.
This week we went to the cinema to check out Steve McQueen's intense new heist thriller Widows, starring Viola Davis. We also took another trip up to Tate Modern to look at Christian Marclay's wonderful 2010 piece Clock, built from cut up clips from throughout cinema history.
Rifa watched John Leguizamo's acclaimed one-man Broadway show Latin History For Moron's, which is now up on Netflix.
In What You Reading For? Rifa highlights Ayoola Solarin's Dazed Digital article 'Frida Kahlo Is Not Your Symbol' about the commercial commodification of a communist art icon. http://www.dazeddigital.com/art-photography/article/40259/1/frida-kahlo-is-not-your-symbol
Chris also read a magazine article this week; April Ryan's essay in the Washington Post, 'I'm A Black Woman, Trump loves insulting people like me.'
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Christopher and Rifa slowly open a creaky door onto the arts, culture, tech and diversity.
Episode #13. Unlucky for some.
Rifa manages to get a ticket for Bristol's hottest righteous rock band Idles at the Concorde 2. Meanwhile, still avoiding live bands, Chris checks out Truestory Theatre's imaginative production of Dracula at The Spire.
We also binge the new Netflix reboot of Sabrina The Teenage Witch, now called The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina.
In What You Reading For? Rifa gets annoyed with Gavin Strange's Do Lectures self-help book 'Do Fly' and much prefers Nikki Gattenby's book 'SuperEngaged'.
Chris is re-reading for the second time in two years Lewis Hyde's classic 'Trickster Makes This World', trying to think about it in the context of the rise of the trolling alt-right.
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Rifa and Chris scrabble through the detritus of the week's arts, culture, tech and diversity. Episode #12 is meant to be a Netflix special but our fearsome pair stupidly ate a load of intense Thai takeout during taping, so the second half goes a bit loopy in a chilli-high haze.
Anyway, they watch the new Derren Brown special Sacrifice, in which Derren tries to solve racism by attempting to 'persuade' a (friendly) bigot to take a bullet for an illegal immigrant.
They also binge psychedelic multi-reality drama series Maniac, starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
Chris is reading Robin Ince's new non-fiction book about psychology, I'm A Joke And So Are You.
Rifa is still reading Arundhati Roy's The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness and feels differently about it now.
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Rifa and Chris waffle on about their week in the arts, culture, tech and inclusivity.
Episode #11 is a bit more highfalutin than usual. Rifa gets invited to the Woman Of The Year Awards and brings home a bulging goodie bag, while Chris stays in with new Netflix' new Paul Greengrass film 22 July.
Then they also go to Convivial Tools one-day symposium, inspired by Ivan Illich, which takes place at the Design Museum.
In What You Reading For? Chris has gone back to Ivan Illich's classic 1970s books, in particular Tools For Conviviality. Rifa is reading The Kindness Method by Shahroo Izadi.
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Rifa and Chris trample through the wreckage of their week in the arts, culture, tech and diversity.
Safe home from Scotland, in episode #10 our fearless pair dive into mainstream zeitgeist telly to watch the smash hit opening episode of the new series of the BBC's Doctor Who *SHOW INCLUDES MILD SPOILERS*. They also visit TomTech's VR Lab at The Old Market in Hove and watch Jacques Tati's full-length animated film The Illusionist (from 2010) on YouTube.
Rifa is reading Bored Panda articles online and the November issue of Harper's Bazaar, which is a 'women in art' special. She also had a quick look around our nearest (and still quite new) community-run arts space, The Rose Hill in Brighton.
Chris is reading J. A. Baker's 1960s nature writing classic The Peregrine.
It's a big, messy episode, with opinions likely to offend at least some. Let us know what you think about what we think (any and all questions, comments and suggestions for future topics welcome):
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Chris and Rifa dig through their week in the arts, culture, tech and diversity.
Episode #9 is our Scottish Art Trip Special: we visited the freshly opened V&A Dundee to check out the Scottish Design Galleries permanent collection. The next day we went to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, where we were blown away by Rip It Up – The Story Of Scottish Pop. Along the way we ate at Dundee's Flame Tree Café and tried the Sicilian theme menu at Six By Nico in Edinburgh.
Also, Rifa is on a diversity course and has re-discovered a love for noisy boy bands, thanks to Idles and Youngfathers.
In WHAT YOU READING FOR? Rifa read The Medium Is The Massage by Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore, while Chris planned to start J.A. Baker's The Peregrine but instead found himself ploughing through a proof copy of Jim Bob's new memoir Jim Bob From Carter: In The Shadow Of My Former Self.
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Chris and Rifa dig into their week in culture. This week we taped the show on an iPhone internal microphone, in a hotel room in central Edinburgh, so forgive us if the sound is a bit off.
We went to the V&A in London to check out the Video Games exhibition but got distracted by the even better Future Starts Now exhibition about how technology is reshaping all our lives.
We also checked out Danish company Makropol's intense, immersive (mixed reality) theatre production Doom Room at The Old Market in Hove.
Rifa is reading articles about how the UK Government is mistreating the Windrush Generation and Chris is digging into the new Haruki Murakami short story collection Men Without Women.
We're in Scotland because we're on our way up to Dundee to check out the new Victoria & Albert Design Museum that just opened. So next week's episode will feature this gorgeous new V&A and our short Scottish mini-adventure.
Welcome to Refigure, in which Chris and Rifa talk about their week in culture with their mouths full of Japanese food.
In episode #7 our team binges BBC America thriller series Killing Eve, as well as getting unnecessarily upset about the first episode of Hugo Blick's overwrought drama Black Earth Rising. Rifa chats about her latest She Says Brighton event and Chris recommends Saatchi in-house composer Alex Ball's YouTube channel. Rifa has also just dived into Arundhati Roy's second novel, The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness.
Rifa and Christopher unpack a week of culture, tech, reading and general nonsense.
In episode 06 Chris spends the week on a storytelling and virtual reality training course, while Rifa catches up with Netflix doc series Wild Wild Country and shows her cousin around Brighton. Rifa is thinking about an opinion piece in the Tate magazine, while Chris recommends a longread in The Daily Beast about the man who stole millions from McDonald's Monopoly.
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"When you buried us you didn't realise we were seeds."
Chris and Rifa binged HBO miniseries Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams and talk about inclusion and diversity advocate David McQueen. Rifa is reading Maya Angelou and Chris is reading David Grann's 'Killers Of The Flower Moon'.
Episode #4 – "It's not Adventure Time!"
This week Rifa and Chris watch Reading Festival livestreams on the BBC iPlayer and compare two high-production podcast series, Slow Burn (Slate Plus) and Folk On Foot (Matthew Bannister). In 'What You Reading For' (yeah our book bit has a proper name now – and its own jingle) Rifa got through Dave Eggers' Monk Of Mokha (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin) in one day and she's bingeing Matt Groening's Disenchantment on Netflix, while Chris is ploughing through Zeynep Tufekci's book Twitter & Teargas (Yale University Press) and got emotional watching Michaela Coel's MacTaggart Lecture.
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"James Brown's in it!"
Rifa and Christopher recap their week in culture, including a day out to Tate Modern, the legacy of Aretha Franklin and whether The Blues Brothers film is any good.
Chris recommends N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy and (sticking like glue to the art theme) Rifa is reading the exhibition book of last year's Soul Of A Nation show, which was also at the Tate.
"So who would Frida Kahlo choose as a pepper pot, if she was a salt shaker?"
Welcome to Refigure episode #01, in which Chris and Rifa sit in their brand new bed and recap their week in culture and silliness.