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The Strand - Saturday 16th October 2010

55 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 16 October 2010

The best of this week's global arts, film, literature and music brought to you every day. Presented by Harriett Gilbert...

...including the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and his new installation at London's Tate Modern; carpeting the floor of the Turbine Hall with 100 million sunflower seeds made of porcelain.

  • James Ellroy

    James Ellroy

    Harriett talks to James Ellroy, the American author of such books as The Black Dahlia and L.A. Confidential. He discusses his latest, The Hilliker Curse, a memoir exploring his relationship with women, in particular his mother who was murdered when the writer was ten years old.

  • Israel Orchestra to play Wagner in Germany

    Next summer in Bayreuth the Israel Chamber Orchestra will play Wagner for the first time in Germany - a decision which has evoked hostile reaction in the Israeli press. The composer remains largely taboo in Israel since anti-semitic in life, he later became a nazi totem and Hitler favourite. Mat Heywood talks to the orchestra about their ground-breaking decision.

  • Ai Weiwei

    Ai Weiwei

    Anna talks to Chinese artist Ai Weiwei about his new installation at London's Tate Modern, where he's carpeted the floor of the Turbine Hall with 100 million sunflower seeds made of porcelain.

    Ai Weiwei at the Tate Modern


    They're billing it as the film that cost $20 trillion. "Inside Job", narrated by Matt Damon, is a new documentary that some say provides the most comprehensive narrative of the causes of the financial crisis. Gillian Tett, of the Financial Times newspaper, is one of those featured in the film and joins us from New York.

  • Berlin's Tacheles art centre under threat

    Berlin's Tacheles art centre under threat

    A large building in the former communist east side of Berlin, the Tacheles arts centre started off as a squat for artists. Over the years, it has become one of Berlin's most famous cultural icons and is visited by thousands of visitors every year. But as Alexa Dvorson reports, if developers and the banks get their way the centre could soon be sold off at auction.

  • Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

    Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

    Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is a Mexican-Canadian artist, best known for creating theatrical interactive installations in public spaces across Europe, Asia and America. He deliberately misuses some of the most advanced technologies available, particularly in surveillance, and in doing so, seeks to interrupt people's daily lives by providing platforms for critical participation. He tells Harriett Gilbert about his new exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery.

  • Nick Gold

    Nick Gold

    In 1996, he planned to make a CD bringing together Malian and Cuban musicians, but due to visa problems, he had to wrangle a group of ageing local Cubans into the studio and almost by fortunate accident, created the best- selling world music album of all time - Buena Vista Social Club. Now, it's all come together at last and his original line-up have recorded "Afro-Cubism", a gorgeous mix of African and Caribbean traditions. He talks to Mark about the problems and delights of working with a studio full of virtuosi.


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