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.
Phil Collins explores music’s universal + transformative potential in my heart’s in my hand, and my hand is pierced… at MOCA, Oct 7 – Jan 28
6 October 2017
Phil Collins is presenting solo exhibition my heart’s in my hand, and my hand is pierced, and my hand’s in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught at Cleveland’s MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), opening October 7 and running to January 28.
Curated by Andria Hickey with A. Will Brown, Collins will present an “intimate collaborative installation” featuring six listening booths that will play original recordings of Collins’ music he made in collaboration with various artists, including Planningtorock, David Sylvian, Scritti Politti, Lætitia Sadier, Maria Minerva and Damon & Naomi, and others, as well as guests of a homeless shelter in Cologne.
Exploring “the universal transformative potential of music” as well as “the city’s deep struggle with poverty and the prevalence of homelessness,” the work will address important issues related to division and bridging gaps that are moving further apart.
The artist and composer will show two ‘visual and auditory works’ made in reference/response to Alexander Calder‘s works ‘Hypermobility‘ and ‘Calder’s Circus.’ As an accompaniment to the current exhibition Calder: Hypermobility, Yeh will present a sequel video (the first of which he made in 2015 documenting the life of ‘Circus’).
Performing through electronics and objects, Yeh explores movement in Calder’s works and how visitors also navigate and interact with the installations. The event will pay close attention to space in particular, taking consideration of the architecture.
Both happening in the evening at sunset, the audience will sit and watch from the bottom of a dry swimming pool as Lind performs from the diving boards, where she will elaborate and muse on the question, “what is a human being?”
Performing alongside four other actors, including Ines Høysæter Asserson, Torbjørn Martin Davidsen and Marius Kolbenstvedt, as well as sculptures by Anna Daniell and sound work by Kyrre Bjørkås, the work places itself within the debate around biotechnology and the fight against ‘pain, birth, disease and ageing experiences.’ Approaching the subject through vulnerability, Lind explores what is at stake for the ‘new human.’
How do we grow to understand and view ourselves amidst the socialisation of our bodies? Re-presenting CUNT at The Laundry, Oct 4 – Oct 28
4 October 2017
The CUNT group exhibition at London’s The Laundry opens October 4 and is running to October 28.
Exploring and “re-presenting the word ‘cunt,’ its histories, contests and associated themes,” the show features work by Ahaad Alamoudi, Dafy Hagai, Jameson, Georgina Johnson, Giulia Tomasello and Sophie Rawlingson.
The exhibition aims to open up a progressive discussion that “critically examines the way women have grown to understand and view themselves amidst the socialisation of their bodies.” The Laundry is an arts curation space run collaboratively by and for women and BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) artists.
The title, meaning ‘small gaps or spaces between objects,’ is a fitting name for multi-media installation which will investigate “the spaces between genders, sexual orientations, and other identity constructs.” Thaemlitz (aka DJ Sprinkles) is an artist, producer, public speaker, educator, writer, DJ and also runs record label Comatonse Recordings.
The electroacoustic audio video installation will be the first exhibited in the UK, where the artist will adapt previous made sound and images from CD ‘Interstices.’ Using a compositional technique called systolic composition (with systole also referring to the rhythmic contraction of heart), Thaemlitz will present “sonic peripheries and moments between dominant melodic contents.”
Between heavenly observation + pervasive sensing in Hayley Silverman’s The Living Watch Over the Living at VEDA, Sep 29 – Dec 1
28 September 2017
HayleySilverman presents solo exhibitionThe LivingWatchOver the Living at Florence’s VEDA gallery opening September 29 and running to December 1.
Developed especially for the architecture of the space, the New York-based artist will create a ‘mythic tableau in glass’ where two marionettes made of translucent material will hang beside a suspended bird and in front of an abstract landscape painted onto the wall.
Made of blown-glass, the installation brings together Silverman’s research of the technological and spiritual to “draw parallels between heavenly observation and pervasive sensing, otherwise known as big data.”
Through the mediums of painting and techno, the exhibition will bring together work that explores abstraction through the concept of YOLO. The press release, a text musing on these ideas and written by Rafferty, notes the exhibition “by its very nature is temporary and queer, much like gossip, thus it remains a functional proposition. Be it a colour field or a re-verb the process of abstraction is ultimately an extension of the customary room with a view, a suicide of the now, a stage-death that just stood up for the encore. #YOLO.”
Lu Yang synthesizes personal mythology + neuroscience in upcoming solo show at Beijing’s M Woods
27 September 2017
Lu Yang presents solo exhibition at Beijing’s M Woods opening in October and running to February, 2018.
Showing three new commissions as well as a selection of earlier works, the artist will install a body of sculpture and video that brings together her “inter-disciplinary research into neuroscience and cross-cultural religious iconography.”
Influenced by the language of Japanese video games, she uses personal mythology to transcend conceptions of gender and nationality. In an aqnb feature on Beijing-based artists, Anna-Viktoria Eschbach describes her practice as “boundary-pushing multimedia works that explore neuroscience, mortality and religion.”
The evening will revolve around a performance and reading by the author on her conversational novel Talk (1968). Rosenkrantz will also be in conversation with three performers; Beau Rice (author of Tex), actress Dasha Nekrasova who will be playing character ‘Emily,’ and Sarah Nicole Prickett who is founding editor of Adult Magazine.
Hosted by Fiona Alison Duncan, Hard to Read is a lit series taking place at Hollywood’s Standard Hotel. This event will look at “friendship, art, and gossip, but mostly gossip.”
Superflux: The Future(s) of Power kicks off first event with ‘Power, Politicians and the People’ at Somerset House Studios, Sep 26
26 September 2017
New series Superflux: The Future(s) of Power at London’s Somerset House Studios will take place on September 26.
The first event ‘Power, Politicians and the People’ will look at “how we can work towards a different politics in a world where lobbying, a highly partisan media, and poor voter turnout plague our democracy,” and features speakers Aviah Day of Sisters Uncut, Dr Catherine Haddon from the Institute for Government, Indy Johar from Project 00 and Dark Matter Labs and journalist Jacques Peretti.
The second event, Bcc: Hard John Poetics on September 27, aims to “critically unpack hard transdisciplinary Prose and remixed Poetics that both forfeit and rejoice in Aesthetic discourse today” by an open discussion, open platform format.
gr_und is a nonprofit space dedicated to hosting exhibitions, workshops, live web radio and other formats to re-adjust the “status quo of the commercial art world.”**
Displacement, dislocation + anarchy at this year’s ‘Platform’-themed Deptford X Festival, Sep 22 – Oct 1
22 September 2017
The Deptford X Festival is on at venues across South London, opening September 22 and running to October 1.
The theme of the 10-day program is titled ‘Platform,’ featuring five emerging artists who this year include Evan Ifekoya, Project O, Sam Austen, Sisters From Another Mister and Tom Ireland. Nominated by a panel of artists, curators and writers, each participant will produce new work for an outdoor installation at sites around the English capital’s district of Deptford. There will also be a special project by D.A.T.A. (Deptford Anarchist Tapestry Association), where they will confront displacement and dislocation through the famous Deptford symbol of the anchor.
Slime moulds, submarine creatures + migrating birds in Ambient Intelligence at Enclave, Sep 21 – Oct 1
21 September 2017
The Ambient Intelligence group exhibition is on at London’s Enclave, opening September 21 and running to October 1.
Bringing together slime moulds, submarine creatures and migrating birds, the show looks at “processes of emergence of non-neuronal and expanded forms of intelligence, both in nature and technology” and features work by Joey Holder, Anna Mikkola and Jenna Sutela.
There will also be accompanying events, including a performance by Rachel Cheung ‘Corporeal Computation’ on September 28 and 29, as well as ‘New Ecological Paradigms’ lectures by Aslak Aamot Kjærulff, Alexandra Anikina and Inigo Wilkins, and a screening of Air Kiss (a film by Karina Golubenko, Egor Kraft, Alina Kvirkveliya and Pekka Tynkkynen).
Zach Blas confronts the growing hegemony of the internet with a new queer science fiction film at Gasworks, Sep 21 – Dec 10
21 September 2017
ZachBlas is presenting solo exhibition Contra-Internet at London’s Gasworks, opening September 21 and running to December 10.
A newly commissioned queer science fiction film installation ‘Jubilee 2033’will be premiered, as well as works in animation, vinyl text and other moving image and “confronts the growing hegemony of the internet.” The opening night will also feature a talk/tour by Blas.
The exhibition dives into the “accelerated capitalism, surveillance and control” that moves throughout the contemporary internet, and approaches science fiction and technology through a queer and feminist lens to sift through the past, present and future. Set in Silicon Valley in 2033, the work (and title) is a play off of Derek Jarman’s seminal queer film Jubilee (1973).
The London iteration of the project is the final stage, with previous episodes shown in Zagreb, each contradicting and reinforcing the others. Bringing together “geographically and poetically heterogeneous artist practices,” the exhibition attempts to “punctuate standardized presentations and interpretations of works that have dominated international art circuits over the last few decades” with disorder and progressive re-imaginings.
The tour follows on to Berlin, Basel, Milan, Lisbon, Porto and Madrid, and features the “loose performance collective” who is Tomislav Feller, Nils Amadeus Lange, Maria Metsalu, Ofelia Jarl Ortega, Vincent Riebeek, Nicolas Roses and Manuel Scheiwiller.
Each show changes depending on the venue and improvisation, but explores scenes that address contemporary “sexuality, authorship, institutionalisation, digital age, fetishes, contemporary dance and visual culture.”
What is A Good Neighbor? Levels of distance + intimacy in the 15th Istanbul Biennial, Sep 16 – Nov 12
15 September 2017
The 15th Istanbul BiennialA Good Neighbour is taking place at venues across the Turkish city, opening September 16 and running to November 12.
Curated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset (Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset), the curatorial premise poses a series of questions asking if a good neighbor is, “a stranger you don’t fear,” “from a neighboring country,” and “leaving you alone,” to name a few. Levels of intimacy and distance are are explored through the concept of the acquaintance.
Peanut butter + dried up markers smeared across Sophie Serber’s messy interests in Gravity Sucks Again at CAVE3000, Sep 16 -19
15 September 2017
Sophie Serber is presenting Gravity Sucks Again at Berlin’s Cave3000,opening September 16 and running to September 19.
The press release includes only an abstract written excerpt credited to Chris Viaggio, referring to the Amsterdam-based artist’s often crude aesthetic interests. It reads, “Sucking is pulling, Delivering too, to a cocked-locked-and-loaded organ—what I would do,” while imagining a space where “peanut butter coats the walls; it’s the stuff, it stays stuck and remembers where it’s been—the scribbled marks of a marker drying out.”
Cave3000 is run by Natasja Loutchko in her apartment, where performances and exhibitions take place, which encourages dialogue between public and private, and is described as a “place for play and elaborative social structures.”
The Berlin/Izmir-based artist, writer and performer often works in painting and performance exploring the relationship between humour and fear.
The upcoming show will look at language through fiction, theatre and painting to “perform conflicting narratives and traverse the tension found in irreconcilable difference.” On September 24 Saydam will also have a ‘Studio Sunday’ where she will present Virginia Woolf’s ‘StreetEssay’ (1930) with an accompanying group discussion.