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  • How my mom got hacked, which ran at Kortrijik’s DASH gallery from October 17 to November 14, 2015, brought together four artists including Aline Bouvy, Adam Cruces, Tilman Hornig and Nicolas Pelzer. Rather than providing context and overview of the exhibitions’ aim and premise,  the press release spelt out a list of Plot Keywords:
    Increased productivity and efficiency, Gender, Cyberpunk, Computer, Prehistory, We’re all white on the inside (meme), Users, Foreplay, Hands, Technological body, Slow motion, Hacker, Time(d), Foreplay, Devices, Virtual Reality, To break up the surface, The Poetics of Information Overload

    Nicolas Pelzer, ‘Evolving Masters’ (2015) Install view. Courtesy DASH, Kortrijk.
    Unsure as to whether or not the group are critiquing or investing themselves in these buzzwords, we are asked to draw our own ties…

  • We’re all sat around dinner; Charlemagne Palestine, his wife, Aude Stoclet, Middelburg’s Vleeshal director Roos Gortzak and assistant curator Julia Mullié. Without saying too much beforehand, influential performance artist Simone Forti, at the head of the table, asks if we could tell everyone a little bit about our necklaces. Mine is a silver one a friend made me with a bird about to take flight. Palestine and Stoclet’s are matching gold ones they’d picked up on a walk together with pendants resembling an animal of a kind, also with wings. It’s a special military badge, Palestine tells me —as though he’s told the story many times before,…

  • The Recommended for you group weekend event was held at whiskey bar venue Ali Baba Bar from October 1 to 4, 2015, as part of Art Licks Weekend. Featuring artists like @gaybar‘s Hannah Quinlan Anderson and Rosie Hastings, Ilja Karilampi, and Eva Papamargariti; Hannah Perry, Jala Wahid and Oskar Proctor; Josh Bitelli, Tami Tamaki and Evan Ifekoya, the exhibition created a space that curator Leo Liccini refers to as “something between an IRL video playlist and a mass-cultural group show.”
    The launch party included performances by Zoë Marden and Dylan Spencer-Davidson followed by a line-up of musician on the Saturday night by artist V. Tereshkova, songwriter Vïsta, rapper Leo Luchini and Klein.
    Recommended for you (2015). Exhibition view. Photo by Oskar Proctor. Courtesy Ali Baba Juice, London.
    The video…

  • The enactment of Emily Sundblad and Juliana Huxtable’s ongoing collaboration, Dichterliebe/Divine Bitches Part Two at London’s Serpentine Sackler Gallery on April 18 is a contemporary song-cycle. In the sequel to their Dichterliebe and all that jazz performance-work-in-progress presented at New York’s The Kitchen last year, Sundblad and Huxtable perform an operetta composed of gathered materials, ranging from 17th century German composer Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe (‘Songs of Love’), extracts from porn sites, contemporary pop songs, original anecdotes of the everyday.
    Presented as part of the Serpentine Galleries’ The Magazine Sessions performance programme, the Zaha Hadid-designed extension of the Serpentine Sackler space is saturated in an eerie green…

  • Vorrei non vederti oggi per vederti tutti gli altri giorni, a group show organised by a collective of young Italian artists and curators that took place from September 26 to October 11, 2015 at second-hand shopping complex Mercatino Franchising at Milano Centrale, featured works by 20 artists, including Beatrice Marchi, Pietro Agostoni, Marco Gobbi, Rebecca Di Berardino,  Andrea Magnani, Cristiano Menchini, and more.
    The focus of the exhibition is location; rather than placing the works in a traditional gallery space, the group applied to use the empty space on Zuretti road (a brand new used goods franchise). As the show progressed, the display area became more crowded day after day with new items for sale. Placed in the context of an…

  • The storefront window of American Medium showcases an exhibition text. It’s more of a text piece composed by artist Brian Khek for his solo show, Poorly Planned Honor Racks describing how he comes to receive his news, gesturing towards issues of accessibility of information, based on physical location and class. “The paper,” the speaker states, “hasn’t always been equally available to everyone.” The text cites a Supreme Court decision that effectively attempted to reverse this but then goes into how one can still be personally granted/denied psychological access to textual culture based on mode of delivery, even font choice.
    Running March 25 to April 30,…