Defrag presents an in conversation with Werkflow + The White Pube at Somerset House Studios, Oct 31

30 October 2017

Defrag presents The White Pube and Werkflow in conversation at London’s Somerset House Studios on October 31. 

Defrag is a new event series curated by Jake Charles Rees in collaboration with Somerset House Studios that explores the role “technology plays in the development, production and consumption of art and culture.” The series will invite current Somerset residents as well as invited guests to discuss and unpick the contemporary human experience seeped in “confusion, control, creativity, appropriation and resilience.”

The first talk will be an in conversation between The White Pube (artist, critic and curator duo) and Werkflow, who are currently residents at the Studios where they will discuss the creation and consumption of art through the lens of social media and other commercial technologies. 

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Sonic histories + black sociality: bart fitzgerald discusses music for the ‘Framing the Trap’ artist talk at Portland’s home school, Oct 27

26 October 2017

home school is hosting artist talk ‘Framing the Trap: Postmodern Aesthetics, Themes and Theories from the Trap’ by bart fitzgerald at Portland’s Reed College Chapel on October 27.

Organised in collaboration with Cooley Gallery director Stephanie Synder, the event will also be live streamed as the artist/curator/writer and lecturer discusses his recent work and the relationship it has to trap music. 

Looking at the genre’s “sonic histories, relation to the black church and spirituality, and postmodern aesthetic practices,” fitzgerald will frame and explore this tradition within his own practice, which looks at ‘black sociality, religion and queerness.’

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Wandering through the ‘path of progress’ in group show Our House of Common Weeds at RES, Oct 27 – Nov 24

26 October 2017

The Our House of Common Weeds group exhibition is on at London’s Res, opening October 27 and running to November 24.

Curated by Nathalie Boobis, the show includes work by Verity BirtFourthlandCarl GentAnna FC Smith and Andrea Williamson. The opening night will feature a performance by Alys North and a DJ set by Bizarro World. The closing night will feature a performance by Carl Gent.

The exhibition is the culmination of a collaborative research project that has taken place over the last 18 months exploring “knowledge and ideas ravaged in the path of progress but still latent within stories, rituals, our bodies and the landscape.”

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Getting around copyright through cardboard: Merlin Carpenter’s Do Not Open Until 2081 at Simon Lee Gallery, Oct 26 – Nov 25

25 October 2017

Merlin Carpenter presents solo exhibition Do Not Open Until 2081 at London’s Simon Lee Gallery opening October 26 and running to November 25.

The solo show is “an exhibition of wrapped paintings” which re-interprets work by painter John Hoyland (1934-2011). Permission was not granted for the project, so the works remain in layers of cardboard to skirt around the issue of copyright.

Drawn to his series for their engagement with large-scale US paintings, the cardboard wrappings become monochromes and readymades, “complete with packing tape and transport labels” and will also require anyone who purchases one to keep it wrapped until the year 2081.

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Merlin Carpenter, Poor Leatherette (2015). Installation view. Courtesy MD 72, Berlin.
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Clémence de La Tour du Pin opens up a fortress for the first time since 1705 to explore fetish + impurity, Oct 26 -Nov 29

25 October 2017

Clémence de La Tour du Pin is presenting solo exhibition sept préludes at Torino’s Pastiss Underground Fortress, opening October 26 and running to November 29.

Curated by Treti Galaxie in collaboration with Museo Pietro Micca, the work will be displayed underground in the tunnels and combat rooms of the old space. Described by La Tour du Pin as a “labyrinthine network of tunnels as intrauterine architecture, [comparable] to the unconscious side of the city of Torino – with its forgotten souls, desires and hidden phobias,” it will be open to the public for the first time since 1705.

Through a non-linear narrative tour that includes sensory and fictional elements to immerse the audience in a psychogeographical exploration, the artist will explore fetishism and the concept of shadows and impurities through the preservation of the space.

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Clemence de La Tour du Pin + Antoine Renard, ‘I am you, Jun. I’m all you’ll ever need’ (2015) Install view. Courtesy L’Atelier-ksr, Berlin.
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Sifting through the terrain of illness + sound and healing in David Hoyle’s RESPONSE at Studio Voltaire, Oct 25

24 October 2017

David Hoyle presents performance RESPONSE at London’s Studio Voltaire on October 25.

The cabaret/performance artist will perform a new work which responds to Putti’s Pudding (1989), a project and book by Cookie Mueller and Vittorio Scarpati who both died from AIDS related health problems, and David McDiarmid’s series of public text works Rainbow Aphorisms (1993-95) placed around London.

Creating a ‘beyond–verbal space,’ the performance will explore “the terrain of illness through healing, sound and ritual” to engage in the realities of body politics as they related to marginilsation and loss. The event is being described as a rare opportunity for the public to see Hoyle’s work first hand.

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Cool For You + Pharmakon present a night of bodily warmth and violence in audiovisual performance at Studio 672

23 October 2017

Sounds Wrong Feels Right presents solo performances by Cool For You and Pharmakon at Cologne’s Studio 672 on October 24. 

Both artists, Cool For You (aka Vika Kirchenbauer) and Pharmakon (Margaret Chardiet) will present an audio-visual performance dealing with the body in ‘an extreme approach.’ Both producers explore boundaries and physicality, deconstructing sound and intimacy to access both a place of violence and warmth.

Cool For You recently released EP Mood Management via Creamcake, with an interview about the project on aqnb here. She has also recently released an essay Aesthetics of Exploitation: The Artist as Employer which can be read on her website.

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Sweet air excreting all night in ‘Plastic Loaves Makes You…Spring’ at Melbourne’s The Substation, Oct 20

20 October 2017

Plastic Loaves presents ‘Plastic Loaves Makes You…Spring’ at Melbourne’s The Substation on October 20.

The evening is is described as a space where “sweet air will excrete all night with a long stem of budding performers, vocals, sounds, visuals and alluring beverages, emerging from every gap” and features performances and contributions from András, Lucy Cliche, Matthew Brown, Nite Fleit, Magic Steven, Gian Manik, Ruby Jeppe, Beanies, Didvid.S, PractiseStudioPractise and Waterfall Person among others.

The Substation is a non-profit arts centre located in an old industrial building, with a curated program of residencies, exhibitions, events and more. Plastic Loaves works collaboratively to realise events, working in “Art direction, Graphic Design, Fashion, long distance running, orchids, rapping and making kimchi.”

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Picking apart family histories + the American South in Aria Dean’s Baby is a Cool Machine at American Medium, Oct 19 – Nov 25

19 October 2017

Aria Dean is presenting solo exhibition Baby is a Cool Machine at New York’s American Medium, opening October 19 and running to November 25. 

Picking apart both her own family history and the mythologies of the American South, the Los Angeles-based artist, writer and curator presents a new series of works that becomes “an interrogation of objects-for-themselves.”

In an accompanying text written by Hanna Girma, she poses the question, “How do you begin to unburden an object bound to nothing when you too are tethered to nothingness? No body. No history. No landscape. How do you release it from the clamor of its own form?” The exhibition is an exploration into these questions, and the complexities that entangle an art object and ‘blackness.’

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Aria Dean, ‘Dead Zone (1)’ (2017). Detail. Photo by Elon Schoenholz. Courtesy the artist + Château Shatto, Los Angeles.
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World banks + hidden zones in Manipulate the World – Connecting Öyvind Fahlström group show, Oct 19 – Jan 21

19 October 2017
The Manipulate the World – Connecting Öyvind Fahlström group exhibition is on at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet, opening October 19 and running to January 21.
Curated by Fredrik Liew with Goldin + Senneby, the show includes work by 28 artists including Lawrence Abu HamdanHarun FarockiCandice LinJonas Staal, Hito Steyerl, Öyvind FahlströmSondra Perry and Pratchaya Phinthong, among others.
Over two floors of the large museum, works that both “explore and challenge Öyvind Fahlström’s ideas on manipulation and theatricality” will fill the space and be in conversation with each other. This also includes four pieces by Fahlström including a series of paintings Is the world a playing field? (1960’s)large installation The theatrical in motion (1964-66) video ‘Actions in public space between the levels’ (1966) and large sculpture ‘World Bank as the centre of a hidden zone’ (1971).
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Öyvind Fahlström, ‘World Bank’ (1971) Installation view. courtesy the artist + Sidney Janis Gallery, New York.
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How to transmit without giving everything away: Krzysztof Honowski’s multitude if voices in Walking Through Clear Water

19 October 2017

Krzysztof Honowski is presenting solo exhibition Walking Through Clear Water at Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, opening October 19 and running to October 22.

The installation, which the artist describes as a sequel to the performance ‘A Pool Painted Black,’ as well as being his Postgraduate Diploma show, will present a series of photo, sculpture and sound-based works. It will explore the intersection of heteroglossia and opacity, which he interprets as, “how to transmit and memorialise a multitude of voices, without giving everything away.”

Alongside the exhibition, there will be a lecture by Prof. Phil Collins on the opening night, as well as the release of Misunderstandings; Honowski’s first issue of new publication which includes contributions by Harold Offeh, Peter Cant, Melissa E. Logan, Clare Molloy, Mi You, and Felicita.

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Re-purposing the flag: Ben Buswell’s The Story is Not the Story opens at Upfor, Oct 18 – Dec 2

18 October 2017

Ben Buswell is presenting solo exhibition The Story is Not the Story at Portland’s Upfor Gallery opening October 18 and running to December 2. 

The Portland-based artist will give a talk on November 4 at 4pm to discuss his new series of glass and photo based sculptures which have been made using scratching and melting techniques to explore the material quality of process.

Zoning in on micro images of the naturally occurring volcanic glass Obsidian which were taken at Orgeon’s Newberry National Volcanic Monument, the photographs go through a number of processes to become sculptural and something new, for example he “carefully pressed a flag of the United States into a bed of white frit (silica granules), then heat fused the frit, resulting in a crystalline debossment.”

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Ben Buswell, ‘I Do Not Belong to the Sky (Horizon)’ (2015) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + UpFor Gallery, Portland.
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Tracing the presence of a body through emotional dis/orientation in Heike-Karin Foell Ma line at Tonus, Oct 16 – Nov 5

18 October 2017

Heike-Karin Foell presents solo exhibition Ma line at Paris’ Tonus opening October 16 and running to November 5. 

Curated by Maurin Dietrich and Cathrin Mayer, the show will open during the week of major Paris-based art fair FIAC and it’s smaller fringe event Paris Internationale. The Berlin-based artist will present new work which reflects on “the boundaries of legibility, accessibility and (re)presentation modes that relate to the impermanence of messages we read continually.”

The installation will trickle out of the space and into the surrounding area, expanding onto the nearby street, a subway station and a commercial storefront. Looking at ’emotional dis/orientation,’ the works ask how to ‘trace the presence of a body’ through leftovers, borders and things that merge and are on the verge.

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Heike-Karin Foell, metal (2016) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Mathew, New York
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Double y/our money: the 2017 Banner Repeater Fundraiser begins Oct 17

17 October 2017

The Double y/our Money fundraiser at London’s Banner Repeater begins October 17 on the Local Giving Foundation website.

Each donation will receive a raffle ticket for a prize draw at London’s Somerset House Studios on November 8. The event will include work by Yuri Pattison, Jenna Sutela, Melanie Jackson, Zarina Muhammad and Anne de Boer among others, and will also feature live performances from Benedict Drew and Chooc Ly Tan.

Opened in 2009 by Ami Clarke, the artist-led space is a non-profit experimental project space with an ethos of how these spaces  “play an essential role in the vitality and economy of the art world, offering alternative opportunities for emerging and established artists alike, to produce work that might struggle to appear elsewhere.”

The fundraiser will support Banner Repeater’s upcoming year in the commission of new work, publishing and performance, as well as talks and discussions.

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win: special edition of Orgs, by Jenna Sutela (ed of 30) wrapped in silver foil with a piece of slime mould sclerotium inside


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Moving through parasitic systems in Diaspore’s five part project AESTHETICS OF DISHONESTY Oct 7 – Nov 2

12 October 2017

The AESTHETICS OF DISHONESTY group project is on at London’s Diaspore, opened October 7 and running to November 2.

Happening in five parts, the project brings together a series of events, performances and installations that explore “genetic transfer, parasitic systems and the technique of camouflage,” with the schedule as follows:

Gabriel Stones presents site-specific installation exploring “fitting in, copying, structures and relationships,” Oct 7 

– Jolien van Schagen + Sinead O’Dwyer explore the relationship they have with their body “through food, object, garments & performance” in ‘Wandering Wombs,’  Oct 15

– Pop-up online radio station VVFA will feature a “series of conversations performed live between fictional characters,” Oct 21

– An evening of screenings in OPEN SOURCE, featuring Milo CreeseTom Kobialka, Alistair Small and Puck Verkade, Oct 25

– A night of live music and performances with a line up chosen by A_____Z (Anne Duffau) with Patchfinder and others at DIY Space for London, Nov 2

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Staying afloat. Shanaynay benefit show 2017 brings together over 24 international artists’ work, Oct 13 – 29

12 October 2017

The Shanaynay benefit show 2017 is on at Paris’ Shanaynay, opening October 13 and running to October 29.

Now in its fourth year running, the annual fundraiser will feature over 24 works by artists including  Steve Bishop, Vittorio Brodmann, Keren Cytter, Thomas Hirschhorn, Flora Klein, Karl Larsson, Ann Lislegaard and Christophe de Rohan Chabot.

The works on sale will support the future program of the gallery. Some of their recent projects have included Karl Larsson’s solo exhibition Camilla and group exhibition A Sieve Itself May Sieve with work by Kelly AkashiTalia ChetritWilliam King, and Tori Wrånes.

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Keren Cytter, ‘Object’ (2016). Video still. Courtesy the artist.
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Larry Achiampong explores a narrative of colonial hysteria through claustrophobic poetics in Relic 1 at The Chapel, Oct 13 -15

10 October 2017

Larry Achiampong is presenting solo project Relic 1 at London’s The Chapel, Kings College, running October 13 to October 15.

Part of the King’s College Arts and Humanities Festival 2017 and PS/Y’s Hysteria programme, the new moving image installation will follow a child-protagonist through a landscape that uncovers clues to a forgotten Empire. Narrative of the boy, migration and technology are interwoven to create a journey that is “simultaneously claustrophobic, traumatic, poetic and sublime.”

The opening evening will include an in-conversation with Jessica Taylor, as well as a reading by Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf. The film is part of Achiampong’s multi-disciplinary project Relic Traveller.

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Home to the half rendered. Denying the Inflammability of the Twigs Found in the Copse… at 3236RLS

10 October 2017

The Denying the Inflammability of the Twigs Found in the Copse this Morning group exhibition is on at London’s 3236RLS, opening October 13 and running to October 22. 

Organised by Felix Riemann, the installation and screenings will include video works by Luzie Meyer, Nikhil Vettukattil, Shaun Motsi and Cornelia Herfurtner. The opening night will feature live sound by Patchfinder, and DJ sets by Calder Gillie, Matilda Tjäder and Zoe Williams.

The press release leaves little to be revealed, but instead includes an open-ended narrative that takes place “in a courtyard, on a mythical stage, understandable home-zone, home to the half rendered.” 

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Mutual support + surviving the game of real life with R U Still There? at House of Egorn, Oct 13 – Nov 25

9 October 2017

The R U Still There? group exhibition is on at Berlin’s House of Egorn, opening October 13 and running to November 25. 

Curated by Annika Kuhlmann and The Mycological Twist, the show includes work by Anne de Boer, Eloise Bonneviot, Viktor Timofeev, Joey Holder, Gaile Pranckunaite, Dorota Gaweda & Egle KulbokaiteAnna Mikkola, Christopher Kulendran Thomas and The Mycological Twist.

The press release does not reveal what the show will bring, but rather sounds like promotional material for a video game, with survival tips like “the environment is not kind,” and, “How you survive is up to you.” It echoes themes of online survival game called ‘Rust‘ by The Mycological — with contributions from Kulbokaite & Gaweda’s recently ended Agatha Valkyrie Ice project, as well as Mikkola — focused on how social and physical networks support each other.    

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‘R U Still There?’ (2017) Exhibition image. Courtesy House of Egorn, Berlin.
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!Mediengruppe Bitnik will explore the world of online affairs and intimacy in Are You Online Now?  at Annka Kultys, Oct 11 – Nov 11

9 October 2017

!Mediengruppe Bitnik is presenting solo exhibition Are You Online Now? at London’s Annka Kultys Gallery, opening October 11 and running to November 11.

Carmen Weisskopf and Domagoj Smolj of the artist collective show a five-channel video installation, touching upon their area of research into “notions of surveillance, social interaction and internet consumerism.”

The work, ‘Ashley Madison Angels At Work in London’ (2017) , will look at the online dating site Ashley Madison, which functions to set up married people looking to have an affair. A continuation of their research since 2015, !Mediengruppe Bitnik will explore internet intimacy and the blurring of physical and virtual boundaries on these platforms.

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