Potential, positivity + grounds for change: a guide to Vienna Biennale 2017


The 2017 Vienna Biennale is taking place at venues across the city opening June 21 and running to October 1.

Curated by Amelie Klein of Vitra Design Museum and Marlies Wirth of MAK, this year’s theme Robots. Work. Our Future brings together architecture, art and design to explore an “environmentally and socially sustainable concept of the digital age that is also committed to a new humanism.” The ambitious four month event, which you can download an app for here, sounds optimistic in its approach to technology, with a strong focus on potential and creating open spaces for “contemplating meaningful living” to bring about positive change. The program is also keen on bringing the fields of art into a wider audience for more interdisciplinary conversation. 

Our recommended events include:

– How Will We Work? group exhibition with Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke, + others at AIL– Jun 21 to Sep 27 
Work it, feel it! group exhibition with Apparatus 22, Hannah Black, Shawn Maximo and Sidsel Meineche Hansen + others at Kunsthalle Wien – Jun 21 – Sep 10
– Artificial Tears group exhibition with Sean Raspet, Cécile B. Evans, Kiki Smith, Jeremy Shaw + others at MAK – June 21 – Oct 1
ich weiß nicht [I don’t know]—Growing Relations between Things group exhibition with Lisa Holzer, Birgit Jürgenssen, Anita Leisz + others at MAK – June 21 – Oct 1
Longing for Labor, a panel discussion by MAK FUTURE LAB with Lisa Holzer, Ágnes Heller + others at MAK – Jul 4
The Care + Repair symposium as well as public talk with the curators and local contributors inCare + Repair – What next?  at Az W Nordbahn-Halle – Jun 3

Visit the Vienna Biennale for details.**



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arebyte and Desearch Repartment present the UK iParty Human Rights party aboard the CensorSHIP on Jun 21


arebyte and Desearch Repartment present the UK iParty for Human Rights aboard the CensorSHIP on June 21.

The participatory art workshop will travel along the Thames River, starting at the Westminster Pier to Trinity Buoy Wharf. The themed party is held by the London-based gallery arebyte and creative think-tank Desearch Repartment, and will present a series of “playful and satirical activities designed to provoke their re-evaluation of human rights and contemporary global politics.”

In addition to the ‘interactive pedagogical’ games, there will also be a guest lecture by Blaise Otium, a ‘post-media savant’ who will speak about the rapid changing political and physical landscape of our world.

Visit the arebyte website for details.**



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Between the rational + the potential: Into pore spaces: An expansive archive about Biosphere 2 at Fluent, Jun 17 – Jun 30

16 June 2017

The Into pore spaces: An expansive archive about Biosphere 2 group exhibition is on at Santander’s Fluent gallery, opening June 17 and running to June 30.

The show weaves together a “fragmented archival display” including works by Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Claire Pentecost, Tim Ivison & Julia Tcharfas and Sarah Abu Abdallah. The project begins with archival material from a scientific research facility in the Arizona desert relating to water cycles or agricultural biomes. The invited artists have then been asked to sample from “online videos, scientific drawings and diagrams” to explore the boundary between “the rational and the potential.”

Fluent is a non-profit organization that hosts projects “based on hybrid forms of production, exhibition, publication, debate and exchange.”

Visit the Fluent website for details.**

Sarah Abu Abdallah, ‘The Salad Zone’ (2013). Video still. Courtesy the artist.
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Democratising the future narrative: an artist talk with Sitraka Rakotoniaina ‘On New Cultural Fictions’ at StudioRCA

15 June 2017

Sitraka Rakotoniaina will give an artist talk ‘On New Cultural Fictions’ at London’s StudioRCA on June 15.

The London-based artist and designer will speak about recent public research project Very Very Very Far Away made in collaboration with Andrew Friend and Jasmin Blasco that looks at “democratising future narratives and the dissemination of new cultural fictions.”

Looking at the relationship between people and technology, Rakotoniaina will expand on “the creation of machines, devices and installations” that inform his practice, and “the values and ideas that may pertain to future societies.”

The talk is held in relation to the London Festival of Architecture which runs June 1 to 30.

Visit the StudioRCA website for details.**

Sitraka Rakotoniaina. Courtesy the artist + StudioRCA, London.


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Beyond the limits of statements + conversation: A short guide to Art Basel, Liste, Dream Fair

14 June 2017

Art Basel, a contemporary art fair that also takes place in Miami Beach and Hong Kong during other parts of the year, brings together over 290 international galleries, showing work by over 4,000 artists. The huge project, opening June 15 to 18, is teeming with exhibitions and events, as well as fringe fairs LISTE and Dream Fair (see below) running alongside.

The main fair is split into sections; booth exhibitions in Galleries, solo presentations in Feature, artists up for the Baloise Art Prize in Statements, rare publications in Edition, large scale projects and performances in Unlimited, site specific works in Parcours, experimental screenings in Film, as well as a range of artists talks and panel discussions in Conversations.

Here are our recommendations:

Art Basel


Do Artists Need to Leave Africa to be Successful? Artist talk with Candice Breitz, Zanele Muholi, and Valerie Kabov, Jun 15
– Oh the Humanity! Artist talk with Cécile B. Evans and Susanne Pfeffer, Jun 17
– Archives and the Digital Dark Age. Curator talk with Glenn R. Phillips, Sabih Ahmed, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jun 17


– ‘The Stuart Hall Project‘ (2013) by John Akomfrah, Jun 15


Concerned by the ghost without being bothered (2017) by Flaka Haliti
– City Lights (Dead Horse Bay)‘ (2016) by Lena Henke


Antenna Space presents work by Guan Xiao


– Peres Projects presents Donna Huanca‘s performance ‘Bliss (Reality Check)


Running since 1996, Liste introduces young and emerging galleries and artists, as well as a number of performance events and talks. As a special guest of this year’s programme, HeK presents a selection of artists “who utilise 3D modelling and 3D printing to explore the convoluted dialogue between the real and the virtual world,” including Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke, Lou Cantor and Tabita Rezaire, among others.

Some of the participating galleries include:

Arcadia Missa (London) featuring Maja Cule, Hannah Perry, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, Hannah Black and Amalia Ulman.
Carlos/Ishikawa (London) featuring Vanessa Carlos
Emalin (London) featuring Nicholas Cheveldave
Aoyama/Meguro (Tokyo) featuring Tatsumi Orimoto + Koki Tanaka
VI, VII (Oslo) featuring Eloise Hawser
Jenny’s (Los Angeles) featuring Julien Ceccaldi, Mathieu Malouf, Eirik Sæther
LambdaLambdaLambda (Prishtina) featuring Tatjana Danneberg, Hanne Lippard, Dardan Zhegrova
MadeIn (Shanghai) featuring Shen Xin, Miao Ying + WANG NEWONE
mother’s tankstation limited (Dublin) featuring Cui Jie
Project Native Informant (London) featuring Juliana Huxtable and Morag Keil
Sandy Brown (Berlin) featuring Grace Anderson, Kamilla Bischof, Quintessa Matranga + Aude Pariset

Curated by Eva Birkenstock, Liste’s 2017 Performance Project Rehearsing Intra-Activity presents a mix of artists and dancers to explore “an expanded understanding of the concept of choreography” including work by:

– New Noveta Abject Majetek, Jun 12
Dana Michel Mercurial George, Jun 14
– Sophie Jung Death Warmed Up, Jun 16
– Isabel Lewis Strange Action, Jun 15
– Jérôme Bel Cédric Andrieux, Jun 13

Dream Basel

The online art fair Dream, which opens June 13 to 18, runs concurrently with international established fairs, where the ‘booths’ hold digital files of work by artists, featuring up to 12 galleries with this one, including Berlin’s Exile featuring Pakui Hardware, Mexico City’s Lodos gallery featuring Elsa-Louise Manceaux
Lewis Teague Wright, and London’s Supplement featuring Sophie Jung
Ben Cain and Marianne Spurr, among other galleries and artists.**

Sophie Jung, ‘The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful’ (2016) HD Video screenshot. Courtesy the artist + Supplement Gallery, London.

Header image: Lewis Teague Wright, ‘Oa4s, ‘Bunnypot’,(2017) Inkjet print on transparent film. Courtesy the artist, Lodos Gallery + Dream Basel.

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The New Museum + Rhizome present ‘First Look: Jordan Wolfson’ in conversation with Aria Dean, Jun 15

13 June 2017

The New Museum and Rhizome present the First Look: Jordan Wolfson screening and in-conversation at New York’s New Museum Theatre on June 15. 

The evening will present three works by Jordan Wolfson, followed by an in-conversation between the artist and Rhizome’s Assistant Curator of Net Art and Digital Culture Aria Dean where they will discuss his relationship to “technology, masculinity, and the spectacularization and banalization of violence in his work and in contemporary culture.”

 Wolfson, whose work explores “technology, gender, sexuality, and violence with a darkly humorous approach” is currently showing Riverboat Song (2017) at London’s Sadie Coles HQ  running April 27 to June 17 and recently had critics divided for his VR work Real violence (2017) at New York’s Whitney Bienniale 2017.

Visit the Rhizome website for details.**

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“Part rage part grace.” Hyperlocal presents odwalla1221, uv ac + xname at Cafe OTO, Jun 11

9 June 2017

Festival Hyperlocal presents odwalla1221, uv ac and xname at London’s Cafe OTO on June 11.

The event is the third of a series of monthly events, and features three performances. Los Angeles-based duo ODWALLA 1221 (Chloe Maratta and Flannery Silva), who describe themselves as “part rage and part grace,” build their sounds through looping vocals, electronic drums and samples and they recently released Fawns Are Dirty / Purr Hi (2016) on Thunderzone.

uv ac self-described “crimson clown expiring soon” will also play, along with London-based xname (Eleonora Oreggia) who is a conceptual elecontronic artist who creates live compositions that “transform light and other electromagnetic frequencies in sound waves through self built synthesizers.”

Read a recent interview with Odwalla1221 + visit Festival Hyperlocal website for details.**

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Featuring artists without a degree in Fine Art: The White Pube presents Nanny Cam at The White Building, Jun 10

9 June 2017

The White Pube presents film screening Nanny Cam at London’s The White Building on June 10.

The screening features work by artists who don’t hold a degree in Fine Art and includes Aaqib Hussain, Amartey Golding, Amelia Shivani Hassard, Anisa Jackson, Benjie Cluness, Damo Mac, Deborah Findlater, Freya E. Morris, GIANT BOMB, Golden Harvest Industries – Mineshaft Cruise Dept., Herb Shellenberger, James St.Findlay, linze_911, Odira Morewabone, Oliver Matich, Ross Hunter, Sharon Lam, Stephanie Sant and Victoria Harrell.

The event was first shown at Edinburgh’s Basic Mountain and will also be shown as part of the Antiuniversity Festival at Liverpool’s The Bluecoat.

The White Pube is Zarina Muhammad and Gabrielle de la Puente who run an art criticism website at

Visit the White Pube website for details.**

Courtesy Aaqib Hussain + The White Pube.
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The Center for Experimental Lectures presents Devin Kenny and Jason Hirata at Interstate Projects, Jun 11

7 June 2017

The Center for Experimental Lectures presents Devin Kenny and Jason Hirata at New York’s Interstate Projects on June 11. 

Both artists will present new lecture based-performances; Kenny’s will focus  on “Black/American culture before and after telecommunication technologies in connection with legacies of the African diaspora” and Hirata’s will look at the “spectacle of the war machine through their manifestations in nutritional and culinary bureaucracies and material histories”

The Center for Experimental Lectures was set up in 2011 by Gordon Hall to provide a platform dedicated solely to the medium of the lecture.

Visit the The Center for Experimental Lectures website for details.**


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Fattened, suppressed + squeezed out in AT THIS STAGE at Château Shatto, Jun 10 – Aug 12

7 June 2017

The AT THIS STAGE group exhibition at Los Angeles’ Château Shatto opens June 10 and is running to August 12.

The show includes work by Aria DeanChris KrausBunny Rogers, Sturtevant, Martine SymsBody by BodyGardar Eide EinarssonHamishi FarahParker Ito and Jordan Wolfson

The press release includes a question posed by manuel abreau: “how can we consider the power of these images when we’re already under their influence?” (I don’t know).” The works brought together are assembled as a way to disrupt and consider “the violent intrusion of images and the assault of narrative structures on consciousness.” 

Looking at contamination, cognitive immunity, studios films and other forms of media, the “narratives that have been fattened, suppressed, squeezed out, swelled, merged, overlaid, edited, hacked” will be addressed.

Visit Château Shatto website for details.**


Header image: Gardar Eide Einarsson, Flag Waste (Stars and Stripes) (2016) Courtesy the artist and Team Gallery, New York. 


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A collective stream: performances by Brian Fuata, Latai Taumoepeau + Get To Work Splashback 2 at 55 Sydenham Rd, Jun 10 -24

6 June 2017

The Splashback 2 performance exhibition at Sydney’s 55 Sydenham Rd opens June 10 and is running to June 24.

Over the course of three weeks, the performance schedule will feature Brian FuataLatai Taumoepeau and collective Get To Work. Curated by Anna John, Splashback 2 is the second performance program to take place, and brings together artists who invested in the “fluidity of authorship across the events as objects, texts and materials are absorbed into a collective stream of dialog and action.”

The space will remain open during the scheduled events, where viewers can looks at the “detritus, props, texts and research materials” that lay dormant in the space until they are activated each Saturday by the performers. 

Visit the 55 Sydenham Rd website for details.**

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Project your own obsessions inThe fiction of the fix at Tenderpixel, Jun 10

6 June 2017

The fiction of the fix event at London’s Tenderpixel is taking place on June 10 running from 3 pm to 7.

Curated by Brenda Guesnet, the one day event features work by Lynne Kouassi, Shana Moulton, Diana Policarpo, Theo Turpin and Holly White. At 6 pm there will be a performance by Diana Policarpo with Marina Elderton.

we are craving a certain unattainable density in emotions
subtle gestures that suggest something complex and vague
I will kiss you everywhere and recklessly

The event will dive into the rituals of the everyday, mixing language, myth and their power to attract. Devoted to what we can’t quite grasp, the works as us to ‘project our own obsessions’ and give into “superstition, exaggeration, and the cliché.”

Visit the Tenderpixel website for details.**

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In relation to the election: StudioRCA Riverlight presents Politickle action /// GIF it a rest mate… online + at Battersea Barge Jun 7 – 15

5 June 2017

StudioRCA Riverlight presents Politickle action /// GIF it a rest mate at London’s Battersea Barge running June 7 to 15.

Twelve artists have been invited to make a GIF “in relation to the forthcoming election” and includes contributions by Magdalena Blasinska, Yuting Cai, Joel Chan, Alasdair Doyle, Sadie Edginton, Louise Long, Qian Ma, George Rae, Victor Seaward, Russell Terry, Lewk Wilmshurst and George Yarker

The opening night will be host to a number of performances at the Battersea Barge, and the website which will host the GIFS available for share and download at will be released.

Showreels of the works will run continuously in the space until June 15. 

Visit the FB event page for details.**

Courtesy Sadie Edginton


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Flights of fancy in Hrefna Hörn Leifsdóttir’s Single Slap at LA’s Galerie La Croix, June 3 -5

3 June 2017

Hrefna Hörn Leifsdóttir is presenting Single Slap at Los Angeles’ Galerie La Croix, opening June 3 and running by appointment to June 5.

Featuring video installation and sculpture, the show builds on the previous Amazonian All-Day, presented in the same ArtCenter building, referencing Tekken computer game character and Irish professional killer Nina Williams.

The theme of fantasy role play, Single Slap explores the people, their idealisation and the ultimate disappointment of those ideals not being met:

“She did not have those nails no, they are my invention. If she would have had them they would have been hidden, tugged into her high leather gloves. She was all tugged in you see, even her neck. She had one of those faces I did not start to recognise until I moved to California. One of those emotionless faces that are frozen in time, when you have to do the work yourself of interpreting emotions. Look away and place them in yourself.” 

See the FB event page for details.**

Hrefna Hörn Leifsdóttir, Amazonian All-Day (2017). Installation view. Courtesy the artist.
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Dreams, trauma and desire in Meshes of the Afternoon at Roman Road, Jun 6 – Aug 20

31 May 2017

The Meshes of the Afternoon group exhibition at London’s Roman Road opens June 6 and is running to August 20.

The show is guest curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini, and includes work by Nils Alix-Tabeling, Chelsea Culprit, Maria Gorodeckaya, Hanne Lippard and Gina Pane, with a performance on the opening night by Emily Jones

The show takes its inspiration from Maya Deren’s film Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) and asks the invited artists to reflect and reinterpret the work and its “associative power to reflect on femininity, dream state, trauma and desire.” The film wanders in a circular narrative, getting lost within the trance-like soundtrack that creates a surreal and dream-like vibe.

Visit the Roman Road website for details.**


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Holding space for inner speech with Beth Collar + Hannah Still at Kunstraum, Jun 5 – 11

31 May 2017

Beth Collar and Hannah Still present two person exhibition at London’s Kunstraum opening June 5 and running to the 11.

The exhibition will present a screening and performance, where the gallery will become a “holding space for silence, apathy, antagonism and affection” and where the artists will work alongside each other rather than in strict collaboration.

The week long event will take the form of a conversation,  where “ways of feeling, thinking through and thinking about the stomach brain, brain stem, inner speech and free speech” can be explored. The work will sit side by side, inviting the viewer to become part of the discussion.

Visit the Kunstraum website for details.**

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An echo of here and now: Nora Turato presents Pissed Walking at LambdaLambdaLambda, Jun 3 – Jul 2

31 May 2017

Nora Turato presents solo exhibition Pissed Walking at Prishtina’s LambdaLambdaLambda opening June 3 and running to July 2.

The performance and spoken word artist, who is currently a resident at Rijksakademie Amsterdam, will present a series of video and sound recordings, and a performance on the opening night. Using speech as medium, she “accentuates the urgency of her sociocultural themes, echoing the here and now.”

Using her live appearances as content to create, remix and edit new works, Turato explores process and the “essential dichotomy of performance and documentation.”

Visit the LambdaLambdaLambda website for details.**

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Loiter inside the game: OMSK Social Club presents Deep Intimacy at Gold and Beton, Jun 2 – 25

30 May 2017

OMSK Social Club presents Deep Intimacy at Cologne’s Gold and Beton, opening June 3 and running to June 25.

Curated by Meryem Erkus, the event asks “Can you Deep Learn Desire?” The press release uses the metaphor of a leech appropriating human life to stay alive where we “enter into another mode of existence.” 

The exhibition is formulated around a game played over digital and live platforms in October and ending in February, where digital dialogue on FB messenger which became the trace element which will be re-enacted live for the show. The audience will be asked to ‘loiter inside the game’ and eavesdrop on the 28 minute archival audio work.** 


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Looking back to the Goddess with Morehshin Allahyari in She Who Sees The Unknown at Upfor Gallery, Jun 1 – 24

30 May 2017

Morehshin Allahyari presents solo exhibition She Who Sees The Unknown at Portland’s Upfor Gallery opening June 1 to the 24.

The installation will include sculpture (3D printed), text, moving image as well as a research archive within the public reading room and will “re-figure dark goddesses from Middle Eastern mythology.” The New York-based artist is currently a Research Fellow at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center.

The exhibition was first presented at New York’s Transfer Gallery, and is the result of two years of research into “the effects of digital colonialism and other forms of contemporary oppression,” placing her work between art and activism.

Visit the Upfor Gallery website for details.**

Morehshin Allahyari, ‘Unknown King of Hatra’ (2015). Courtesy, Portland.


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Moving with the artist in APPARAT at Kunstverein Braunschweig, Jun 3 – Aug 13

30 May 2017

The APPARAT group exhibition at Kunstverein Braunschweig opens June 3 and is running to August 13. 

Curated by Christina Lehnert, the show will explore “shift of perspectives and the alliance of humans and machines” and includes work by Aleksandra Domanović, Andreas Fischer, Pakui Hardware, Alexander Kluge, Daria Martin, Sandra Mujinga, Wyatt Nihaus, Margaret Raspé, Raphaela Vogel and Jan Vorisek.

 Inspired by Margaret Raspé (*1933), a filmmaker from the 1970’s who mounted the camera on her head to record her daily activities, the artists respond on what it means to ‘move’ with the artist. Focusing on a younger generations relationship to this idea and our relationship to recording now, the exhibition examines the apparatus as a way to approach the subject of “producing art, expanding human capabilities in the sense of a posthuman man-machine, and as an independent system, that creates its own narratives and immersive spaces.”

Visit the Kunstverein Braunschweig website for details.**

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