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  • Overlooking the canal and gas towers, tucked in between trendy Broadway Market and Mare Street, Matt Ager’s Suzuki Montage was on at London’s Space in Between, running November 21 to December 13. In his last year at the Royal Academy Schools (itself a barometer of standard, with its 17 students-per-year, its second year show rather shamelessly called Premium) the artist’s remit lies in the “subtle interactions between people and objects”.
    ‘The Cashier’ (2014) sees a big, slightly shaky, letterman-style O centered over a screen-printed motif. The prints themselves are like pages torn from the sketchbook of a charcoal obsessive; the rough and ready clashes with…

  • Artist, writer and performer Alexis Penney introduces a “new queer embodiment of deity” Dea Nova with 19 videos recorded during a three-hour performance showcase and a letter:
     
    The past few years have been marked by my very public journeys and transitions through what felt like several lifetimes, onto a path that for me finally feels holistic and entire, via music, writing and image-making, often through social media, and performance creating, often within the folds of several interlocking communities and ritual forms. By leaving behind homes and communities, I found a true sense of home, and community, that transcends place. By facing and living with death,…

  • John Cage was apparently into mushrooms. Not only a composer and pioneer of indeterminate music, he was also a keen amateur mycologist, a branch of biology with its focus on fungi. London-based artists Anne de Boer and Eloïse Bonneviot have found a fascination in the field too, not only cultivating The Mycological Twist installation at London’s Jupiter Woods where the artists are growing their own mushrooms, but composing their own ‘Shroom Music & Myco_educational_VJ-set’ extolling on its benefits. Performing the audiovisual performance-installation from one of the “storage islands” in the “co-working archipelago” of  Apophenia, the duo set a lo-fi projection of saturated images, words…

  • “I like an exhibition that reads as a first person shooter”, says the press release for Quake II, curated by Holly Childs, running at London’s Arcadia Missa and featuring the work of two Australian-based artists Marian Tubbs and André Piguet. Taking its name from the 1997 video game, which in turn takes its title from the 1996 original, Quake, the show was conceived as a “non-linear curve” against  Childs’ upcoming book Danklands, published by the aforementioned London gallery and launching across Europe and Australia through mid-December.
    The exhibition very much reads as an interactive video game. Boarded off from the outside by white exhibition walling, there’s…

  • Happening a while back but one not to be overlooked, Camden’s Rowing in London presented a nine-strong exhibition of artists inspired by the 1988 teen cult-classic and would-be mass murder movie, Heathers, running September 19 to October 25. Curated by New York’s Alex Ross and crossing generations born before and beyond the 80s, the exhibition rides on the inescapable cycle of contemporary art co-option in popular culture via its “impulse to vampirise levity as a cipher for criticality and de-subjectivisation”.
    Heathers (2014). Installation view. Courtesy Rowing, London.
    It takes the Michael Lehmann film’s quiet nods to artworks – obtusely referred to in a list of timings…

  • Earlier this year Ulijona Odišarija sent us what was the first YouTube mix we’d come across from her then-base of Vilnius in Lithuania; a screen recording of a live performance of her ASMR-inspired ‘Browser Windows‘. A makeshift VDJ set of sorts, the artist-photographer mixed music played from YouTube, Soundcloud and her own iTunes to produce an unsettling mash-up of mainstream popular culture, tourist videos and self-made social media celebrities to create an unsettling though intriguing pastiche of a fragmented world view through the eyes of the voyeur.
    Now based in London, Odišarija performed a new installment from within the walls of the Slade studio space, where…