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The Lacey Ritual, London

Inventor, performer, prop-maker, junk collector and all-round great British eccentric, Bruce Lacey has been so active on the underground scene that he's a difficult man to pin down. In the 1960s you'd have found him on The Goon Show, in the Beatles' Help! movie, at live countercultural "happenings", playing the spokes of a penny farthing in a documentary by Ken Russell and also exhibiting his robots in art galleries. But Lacey also made films, and moved in avant garde film-making circles, so as well as collecting together his diverse body of work, this retrospective puts it in context with the work of others. Opening the proceedings is Jeremy Deller and Nick Abrahams's new documentary The Bruce Lacey Experience, followed by a Q&A with all three.

BFI Southbank, SE1, Thu to 31 Jul

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