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  • I’m underdressed. The realisation sets in as two door men dutifully pull open the heavy glass of the Howick Place entrance in London’s Victoria where Paddles ON! is holding its second “digital art” auction. The white walls of the reception area set the ominously neutral tone for what is more of the same upstairs, except for the Warhols and Basquiats that line them, while some appropriately attired people are cradling glasses of wine, eyeing up a Lucien Smith. I don’t think I’m alone in feeling weird as artists and onlookers, clearly not there to bid, wait outside for the 7pm start. It’s an evening…

  • Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler is located on the fourth floor of the Pressehaus, an office building which houses several German media conglomerates and a journalism school. Amid the commercial sprawl of Alexanderplatz, it’s a bizarre place for a gallery: especially one with the kind of audience KTZ attracts.
    John Seal’s latest show in the space, look to the void with expectation, oh precious and pregnant hope, has the aesthetic of a seaside art gallery your parents might check out on holiday: oil paintings of pastel waves crashing against the beach; an oversized velvet bow tie; thick clownish, colourful brushstrokes on canvas; a cabinet with repeated cup and…

  • “We got there (late)”, says one of the alt-text boxes in Harm van den Dorpel’s ‘Deeptis.su’. It’s a durational online work running over an eerily upbeat and repetitive soundtrack, as disjointed images develop and diffuse across a slideshow of equally contrasting and transient wallpapers. There’s a sketch of a Victorian Lady stood next to a pair of computer speakers, the words “some things that work in one decade” emerging over gloomy-hued brushstrokes before slowly vanishing to white: “just don’t work in the next”. Gestural streaks of complementary colours, a lorem ipsum site template and evaporating beads of water grow out of, and melt into each…

  • Ed Atkins is a multimedia artist whose primary means of expression is high-definition 3D animation. His strange, psychedelic and almost psychotic eponymous solo exhibition at the Serpentine uses a CGI avatar, ‘Dave’, as a performing protagonist who appears across multiple screens across the gallery. Dave, or dismembered parts of his body, is/are scattered throughout the show: a surprisingly bloodless head dropping down stairs, a piece of a torso mounted MDF board accompanied by poetry, a drunk resting on a table with a glass of booze and never-ending cigarette in hand – Dave is everywhere. His naked body appears with scrawled black marks that verge between poorly…

  • Can technology connect us to the metaphysical world? Many have thought so, and the concept itself is as old as the discovery of electricity, deemed by Benjamin Franklin “a proof of God’s existence”. According to anecdote (later proven untrue), Thomas Edison intended to work on a “telephone to the dead”, yet Edison actually said in an interview that if spirits exist, they would be capable of communicating via advanced technologies. Since the 19th century, technology and media have been perceived as facilitators of linking to ‘the other side’, and equally as tools for rationalism and the discrediting of myth. The contemporary quest for the…

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