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  • There is a screen supported by an aluminium frame standing in the middle of Berlin’s Ashley. It’s on a rectangular white carpet on a black painted floor in a single-room space on Oraniestraße, where the viewer is invited to sit cross-legged in front of a projection with headphones. The carpet is covered in splodgy brown cutouts that at first glance appear irregular and random. The ‘Bird of the year 2022’ video by Max Schmoetzer, for his event of the same name screening January 20 to 23, is already on.
    It’s unclear if it’s at the beginning or near the end when a 3D computer generated dinosaur…

  • Depression might not be the first thing you think while surveying Down in the Dumps, a solo exhibition by Doug Bowen that ran at Liverpool’s Cactus Gallery from August 15 to September 13, 2015. It will be, however, the first thing you feel: slowly at first, but then the quiet slowness is replaced by a solid kind of weightiness, and a sourceless sort of despair.
    The Leeds-based artist who recently joined the Leeds Weirdo Club as its newest member takes a big step out of his comedic comfort zone for Down in the Dumps, using a multimedia approach to fine-tune a more refined approach to the soft…

  • Out of a conversation at LISTE Art Fair in Basel, a group of galleries decided to join forces and start Condo: an initiative led by Carlos/Ishikawa’s director Vanessa Carlos, through which 32 international galleries come together on London ground. The aforementioned art space along with Supplement, The Sunday Painter, Arcadia Missa, Chewday’s, Rodeo, Southard Reid and Project Native Informant –all based in the British capital –host works represented by 24 other galleries from around the world throughout a month, mimicking an annual project by dutch dealer Jeanine Hofland called A Petite Fair.
    Rather than replacing something, Condo is a proposal in order to support the…

  • “I really expected it to kind of drown itself in a while”, says artist Claire Tolan about her ongoing research, interest and interaction with the YouTube-born practice and neologism ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response).
    In the second of two videos exploring the Berlin-based artist’s work –as part of our ongoing video series made in collaboration with Video in Common –aqnb joins Tolan in talking about developing her work, from mixing ASMR sounds live on air for a regular show at Berlin Community Radio called ‘You’re Worth It’ to applying a growing archive to her ringtone database Shush Systems and live ASMR Karaoke events.

    Spending three-months in London last year on the Perlin Noise Residency, Tolan not only developed Shush Systems but teamed…

  • Sometimes when looking at art my thoughts wander outside the white cube. Scenes from grey streets, rough stations and chaotic crowds come to life in my mind. In the case of Alona Rodeh this experience is reversed. As I wander in a city’s streets, whether in our shared homeland city that “never stops” or in any of our new European global residents, Rodeh’s work echoes in my head and in my body. Rodeh is one of those artists whose practice conveys and celebrates the city, the metropolitan space and its materials, sounds and subcultures. Appearing in rhythmic spasms, her work surrounds its viewers (from…

  • ‘Agency’ embodies with near perfection a wide range of the human experience in our contemporary times: the abstract principle that autonomous beings, agents, are capable of acting by themselves. The advanced technologic state experienced by our society, as conceptualized notably by post human(ist) theory, adds a layer of mystery to the term. These things, phenomena and events seem to have acquired a life of their own, as cohabiting systems for autonomous ‘agents’ to ‘cruise’. Garrett Nelson‘s Cruising Objects of Agency at the Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro –a contemporary art museum discretely inhabiting a former colonial monastery in the Centro Historico for 20 years –explores this thesis practically, like…