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A look at multi-species entanglements in site-specific works by nabbteeri, Ane Graff & Ingela Ihrman at the 58th Venice Biennale’s Nordic Pavilion

8 May 2019

The Nordic Pavilion for the 58th Venice Biennale opens this week, with an exhibition titled Weather Report: Forecasting Future that will run from May 11 to November 24. 

Ane Graff, States of Inflammation (2019). Detail of a work in progress. Image courtesy the artist.

Responding to themes of human and non-human relations in a time of climate crisis, the exhibition considers how “humans face the responsibility of acknowledging multispecies entanglements and the need to renegotiate existing interspecies relations.” The show features work by Finnish duo nabbteeri, whose installations incorporate compost and organic waste from the Biennale, as well as a sanctuary for birds among the swarming tourist hub. Norwegian artist Ane Graff creates mineral-like new materialist sculptures that draw from research into scientific disciplines of microbiology and chemistry. Swedish artist Ingela Ihrman uses craft, costume and performance traditions to playfully and “critically analyse culture-nature divisions and to open up the prevailing male and scientific gaze to queer horizons.”

nabbteeri, Blackout (2018). Installation view. Image courtesy the artists + Titanik, Turku.

The Nordic Pavilion is a space for collaboration between Finland, Norway and Sweden, with commissioning duties alternating between the three countries with each Biennale. This year’s iteration is commissioned by Kiasma, Finland. The artists will work with the interior and exterior surrounds of the exhibition space, playing with the show’s theme and the way in which the pavilion itself — constructed around large indoor trees and susceptible to external weather factors — is at stake with future climates.**

Weather Report: Forecasting Future is on view at the Nordic Pavilion for the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale Di Venezia from May 11 to November 24, 2019. See Kiasma’s website for more details.

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Club initiatives Eastern Margins & UNITI join for a spring equinox party in London, Apr 18

16 April 2019

London club collectives Eastern Margins and UNITI have teamed up for a night at The Yard on Thursday April 18. 

As part of UNITI’s PLUR (Peace Love UNITI Rave) event series, this spring equinox party will feature live sets from Vancouver’s x/o, Mun Sing (aka Giant Swan’s Harry Wright), UNITI founder Englesia, as well as DJ sets from Eastern Margins Allstars and DJ Pussiephuss. The event is a pairing of two forward-thinking London club initiatives: Eastern Margins, who provide space for East and South-East Asian club musicians, along with UNITI, a platform that foregrounds LGBTQ+, womxn as well as non-binary DJs and producers.

Eastern Margins have compiled a Spotify playlist of some their favourite tracks by the artists performing at the event. Listen to a 2018 track from x/o called ‘Orchid Dream’ below.**

Eastern Margins x UNITI featuring x/o, Mun Sing, Englesia, DJ Pussiephuss is on at London’s The Yard, April 18, 2019.

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Montez Press Radio takes its broadcast experiment to the west coast for Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair, Apr 12 – 14

12 April 2019

Montez Press Radio is taking up residency for this year’s Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair at Los Angeles’ Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, running April 12 to 14.

Described as “an experiment in radio broadcasting which plays in the boundaries of conversation, performance, distribution, and access through the lens of contemporary art,” the project is headed by New York, London, and Hamburg-based publisher Montez Press. Their first summer residency program ran July 19 to August 19, 2018, and included the likes of Hard to ReadNYC Trans Oral History Project, Triple Canopy and Berlin Community Radio, as well as AQNB’s own Content Prole: A journey into the depths of the online gig economy collaboration with Matthew O’Shannessy.

Montez Press Radio has since broadcast from an RV at the New York Art Book Fair, done a takeover on Food Radio and returned to their original location in NYC’s Chinatown. This will be their first time in California, featuring shows with Amalia Ulman, X-TRA, Shevaun Wright, Lila de Magalhaes, Ana Iwataki and many more.

See the Montez Press Radio website for details.**

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Perth’s Cool Change reflects on sharing & receiving knowledge in book form at the Folding Together group exhibition, Mar 1 – 23

27 February 2019

The Folding Together group exhibition is on at Perth’s Cool Change Contemporary, opening March 1 and running to March 23.

Featuring work by the likes of Dan Bourke & Clare WohlnickAnna Dunnill, Gabby Loo, Ben Rodin and Connor Xia, among others, the show is a celebration of the diverse independent publishing pursuits of artists who share a connection to Perth and Western Australia. The temporary library and reading space in Gallery 1 (Gallery 2 will feature Marisa Georgiou‘s solo exhibition) gives visitors the chance to encounter books by Leonie BrialeySophie Durand and Janet Carter, as part of the “reflexive retrospective on the act of sharing and receiving knowledge.”

AQNB editor Steph Kretowicz also contributes her novel, Somewhere I’ve Never Been, whose accompanying seven-part radio series — produced with artist and sound designer Kimmo Modig — is now available to hear in full (below).

See the Cool Change Contemporary website for details.**

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Angel-Ho unveils her global neo-pop with the lead single from her upcoming ‘Death Becomes Her’ album, Mar 1

6 December 2018

Angel-Ho announces new album Death Becomes Her, released via London’s Hyperdub on March 1, with lead single ‘Like A Girl’ featuring Brooklyn-based emcee K Rizz.  

The Capetown-based performer, producer and DJ released her Ascension EP via Halcyon Veil in 2015, followed by an EP and Red Devil album debut on the NON Worldwide label, which she co-founded with Nkisi and Chino Amobi.

Inspired by Lady Gaga, Missy Elliot, Bjork and Kanye West among others, Death Becomes Her features transatlantic collaborations with the likes of Nunu, Baby Caramel, Asmara Maroof of Nguzunguzu, Bon and Gaika

 See the Hyperdub website for details.**

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The Young London 2018 & its Friday Lates series at v22 Silvertown Studios presents the city’s emerging talent, Sep 21 – Nov 4

5 October 2018

The Young London 2018 group exhibition is on at London’s v22 Silvertown Studios, running September 21 to November 4. 

Curated by Rowan Geddis, the show is the fourth edition of an ongoing large-scale exhibition series featuring recent works by the city’s emerging artists. There are 19 taking part this year, including Sebastian Jefford, Benjamin Orlow, Luke Overin, Harriet Rickard, Eleanor Sikorski,  Mathew ParkinFreddy Tuppen and more, as well as Carl Gent, whom AQNB interviewed recently in conjunction with their ‘fals tru luvvers a’shore an H’agiographic dysphonia’ contribution.

Along with the exhibition — that also includes commissioned and site-specific works — there is a weekly series of after-hours events, called Friday Lates, where artists are encouraged to elaborate on and exchange ideas around their work with visitors in a more intimate setting.**

See the V22 collection for details.**

Carl Gent, ‘fals tru luvvers a’shore an H’agiographic dysphonia’ (2018). Installation view. Courtesy the artist + V22, London.

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Evoking legends and gods on the peripheries of reality in Sister said to Satan: my diary is too hot for you at London’s Auto Italia, Jul 15 – Sep 9

12 July 2018

Josefin Arnell and Margaret Haines are presenting a collaborative exhibition Sister said to Satan: my diary is too hot for you at London’s Auto Italia, opening July 15 and running to September 9.

A first-time show in the UK for both artists, Sister said to Satan will gather together a number of moving image works by Haines and Arnell alongside texts and posters to explore their shared interests in ‘ideas of destiny, collective experience and mysticism’. 

In the press release, the curators tackle the common philosophical nature of the works on display, hinting that through a complex layering the exhibition will configure the ripple effect of myth and legend across time. We will be presented with characters – such as Apollo or Cassandra in Haines’ ‘The Stars Down to Earth’ or the hyped up puking teenagers in Arnell’s ‘Gag reflex’ – that ‘occupy the position of actors in a wider plan’, one that they seem almost incapable of working against. They will appear as intermittent images that ‘slip between screens and display systems scattered across the exhibition space’ evoking the sense of the characters’ continual drift on the ‘peripheries of reality’. However, in presenting these perverted prophecies, these fatalities, it comes across like the intentions of collective perception are being questioned, in some ways lamented through tragedy and we’re left wondering where we stand and what for.

You can watch the trailer for Haines’ The Stars Down to Earth below or read more about the piece in an interview with AQNB’s Editor, Jean Kay. 

To formally launch the exhibition, Arnell and Haines will give a public reading at the gallery on July 15 and there will be a number of other public events over the coming months. See Auto Italia’s website for forthcoming announcements**

 

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East meets west in the middle for Tallin Music Week’s week-long art, music + technology festival, Apr 2-8

26 March 2018

Tallin Music Week is on in various venues across the Estonian capital, running April 2 to 8. 

A weeklong “celebration of talent, curiosity, creativity, freedom and equality,” the event is in its 10th year and features art, music, design and more from Eastern, Western and Central European communities. There will be a number of things going on around the city, including screenings and exhibitions at Positiiv, Okapi, Temnikova & Kasela and Vaal, as well Anna Slama and Marek Delong’s Sticky Moment at EAA Gallery, with a talk by gallerist Keiu Krikmann on the Tallin Tuesday, April 3.

The vast music schedule includes sets by GNUČČI, Regret, Samuel Kerridge, Kate NV, Hatis Noit, ZRN and myspace01, as well as Aleksei Taruts and Maria Minerva, and there will be a series of talks and panels, which includes AQNB editor Steph Kretowicz (aka Jean Kay).

See the Tallin Music Week website for details.**

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What’s on? AQNB’s weekly list of events + openings around London, Feb 27 – Mar 5

27 February 2018

Every week we trawl through our emails so you don’t have to. Special shout out goes to Leicester’s Two Queens who will open their new show on 3 March with artist Claire Davies, The Valley of Lost Things alongside Liam Proudman in the project space

 

 
Events

Going Turkish in Bethnal Green: UK premiere of Benim Varoş Hikayem’s My Suburban Story  @ The Hamlet’s Pop-Up Cinema in Oxford House on 27 Feb

Service No 5,  a series of performances by Adam Linder at South London Gallery at selected dates from 28 Feb to 11 Mar

The Future is a Collective Project with Suzanne Treister at SPACE on 28 Feb

Novara IRL: MeToo, Now What? at CLF Art Cafe, Bussey Building on 28 Feb

VAT Notice 702: Works of Art with Frederique Pisuisse at changing room on 2 Mar

A Farewell to Progress talk with Rose-Anne Gush, Dorine van Meel, Naomi Tattum and Wail Qasim at South London Gallery on 2 Mar

Rye Wax presents DJ Haram (Discwoman) on 2 Mar

Cuntemporary presents, New Systems: queer and feminist curatorial practice roundtable at the Royal Academy of Arts on 3 Mar

PS/Y Projects: Fiona James and Jessica Wiesner, You Are That Technicality at Flat Time House on 3 Mar

No Symbols #11 w/ LG vs Covco, TSVI vs Wallwork, Beneath and Chloe Frieda at Ormside Projects on 3 Mar

Tenderpixel present, 3049 Clubnight with Scratcha DVA, Logos, Cõvco, patten and Moonbow (SIREN DJs) at Five Miles on 4 Mar

 

Openings

Rob Chavasse, The gallerist at The Sunday Painter, opening 1 Mar and running to 29 Mar

Sophia al-maria, ilysm at Project Native Informant, opening on 1 Mar and running to 21 Apr

Gaby Sahhar and Rosie Grace Ward, Totally Different Animals at Arcadia Missa. opening 2 Mar and running to 29 Mar

Ian Cheng and Sondra Perry at Serpentine Galleries, opening 5 Mar and running to 3 Jun. 

 

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What’s on? AQNB’s weekly list of events + openings around London: Feb 14 – Feb 20

15 February 2018

Reflection, refraction + self-examination for Gian Manik’s Internal Audit at Melbourne’s The Honeymoon Suite, Feb 10 – Mar 17

9 February 2018

Gian Manik is presenting solo exhibition Internal Audit at Melbourne’s The Honeymoon Suite, opening February 10 and running to March 17.

The Melbourne-based artist’s paintings and fabric compositions consider the passage of time as a “way to progress that is not necessarily pre-determined; instead the direction to take is gradually revealed along the way.” A wall-length piece, produced in collaboration with students from Hedlands Senior High School in the Pilbara region of Western Australia early last year, responds to the landscape in a work that is described as “between a contemporary painting and a cumulative palimpsest.”

Manik has in the past been preoccupied with creating liminal space that skews a singular reference point and creates unpredictable compositions distorting perception, while seeming to “oscillate between reality and abstraction.” With Internal Audit, he moves toward “positive and negative space, posterity and erasure, and excess and restraint.”

See The Honeymoon Suite website for details.**

Gian Manik, ‘Untitled’ (2017-2018). Detail. Courtesy FORM, Perth + The Honeymoon Suite, Melbourne.

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home school Field Day connects art + education for an afternoon at MoMA PS1’s Sunday Sessions, Feb 4

3 February 2018

The home school Field Day programme is on at New York’s MoMA PS1 on February 4. 

The pop-up art school, facilitated by Victoria Anne Reis and manuel arturo abreu, based in Portland, Oregon, will present a multimedia curriculum of talks, exhibitions, poetry, physical education, and more, in order to create “welcoming contexts for critical engagement with contemporary art.” Applying the concept of a school field trip to the programme, the event references the MoMA PS1 building’s history as a neighborhood public school, offering opportunities “to question and reimagine the methods, purposes, and dynamics that connect art and education.”

The day, running from 2pm to 6pm, will include a radio show broadcast by Diamond Stingily via Know Wave, a screening of audiovisual work created by and for the African diaspora, an artist talk by The Black School, as well as performances by RAFiA, Abdu Ali, and Fuck U Pay Us, among other things. 

See the MoMA PS1 website for details.**

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Rewriting reality for an alternate tomorrow at Décalé’s first event of sound + visual performances at DIY Space, Feb 2

1 February 2018

Décalé presents their first event Décalé  #1 at London’s DIY Space on February 2.

Organised by Chooc Ly Tan and A—Z (Anne Duffau), Décalé is a new platform that puts on evenings of “experimental, collapsing and flawless sounds/visuals” and means: ‘Being displaced in space and time.’

The first night will feature performances by Chooc Ly, Sami BahaTERRIBILIS, XANA, ALPHA, and videos by Zinzi Minott and Victoria Sin with a collective aim to “re-write reality for an alternate tomorrow.”

Visit the FB event page for details.**

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The various, the contradiction + the interpretation in on my island none of this would be true group show at Arebyte, Feb 1 – Mar 17

29 January 2018

The on my island none of this would be true at London’s Arebyte opens February 1 and is running to March 17.

Curated by Chris Rawcliffe, the featured artists include Naama Arad, Guy Ben-Ner, Verity Birt in collaboration with Holly Graham and Richard-Forbes Hamilton, Edgar–Walker, Gery Georgieva, Joan Jonas, Terence McCormack, Hannah Regel and Mike Seaborne.

The first show of Arebyte’s 2018 programme, which will focus on the theme of ‘Islands’ through a number of shows and residencies, presents a multimedia installation explores “the various interpretations and contradictions that islands summon in our minds” from freedom, holidays and Brexit to forge empires and forgotten lands.**

Visit the Arebyte website for details.**

 

 

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manuel arturo abreu meditates on opacity, limb + recirculation with Transit at Open Signal, Jan 30 – Feb 26

29 January 2018

manuel arturo abreu presents solo exhibition Transit at Portland’s Open Signal opening January 30 and running to February 26.

The exhibition follows abreu’s time spent as New Media Fellow during the fall of 2017, and includes four new video works, sound, sculpture as well as a publication “meditating on opacity, limbo, and recirculation.”

Using the process of what the artist describes as ‘upcycling’ (repurposing previous work), abreu will piece together and pick apart “the tension between commercialism and community inherent to a digital practice today.”**

Visit the Open Signal website for details.**

Courtesy manuel arturo abreu + Open Signal, Portland

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Topical Cream presents an afternoon of performance, readings + installations with Anti Bodies at MoMa PS1, Jan 28

25 January 2018

Topical Cream presents Anti Bodies at New York’s MoMa PS1 on January 28.

The afternoon will be host to a series of performance, readings and installations that feature a number of artists who’s work explores “how gestures of resistance can be choreographed through performance and communal action.” 

There will be performance by Analisa Teachworth and Jonas Wendelin, Redeem Pettaway will present video screenings, a contribution from Julia Scher and live music from Zsela and Deli Girls. Happening alongside is an additional program of performance and installation in the museum including work by Sara HornbacherSarah ZapataMaya Martinez, Rin Johnson, Sophia Le Fraga and others.

Topical Cream (Lyndsy Welgos, Whitney Mallett, and Ara Anjargolian) is “a platform for female-identifying and gender non-conforming persons working at the intersection of contemporary art and technology.”

Visit the MoMa Ps1 website for details.**

 

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Julian-Jakob Kneer presents Jugend ist Trunkenheit ohne Wein with others + a New Noveta performance at Bikini Space, Jan 26

25 January 2018

Julian-Jakob Kneer presents exhibition Jugend ist Trunkenheit ohne Wein at Basel’s Bikini Space opening January 26 and running to February 10. 

There will be a New Noveta performance on the opening night, and the show will include work by over 20 artists including Bora Akinciturk, Kamilla Bischof and Laura Welker, Adam Cruces and Louisa GagliardiYves SchererAmalia Ulman and Marie Lea Lund among others.

Kneer is a Berlin-based artist who recently had a solo show Room E-10 27 at Berlin’s Center and took part in gruppe residency with Nina Kettiger.

Visit the Bikini Space FB page for details.**

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“A precarious force somewhere between marked resilience and physical decline.” Jesse Darling’s Support Level at Chapter NY, Jan 26 – Mar 11

25 January 2018

Jesse Darling presents solo exhibition Support Level at New York’s Chapter NY opening January 26 and running to March 11.

Showing new paintings and sculptures, the works will draw from ‘the clinical as a structural and social form of abjection.” Mobility aids, hygiene curtains, health posters and chairs to name a few embody a form of uncertainty and vulnerability that sit as a “precarious force somewhere between marked resilience and physical decline.”

Visit the Chapter NY website for details.**

Jesse Darling, ‘Armes Blanches’ (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Sultana, Paris.

 
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Myriam Ben Salah curates The Pain Of Others at Ghebaly Gallery, Jan 26 – Mar 3

25 January 2018

The The Pain Of Others group exhibition at Los Angeles’ Ghebaly Gallery opens January 26 and is running to March 3.

Curated by Myriam Ben Salah, the show includes work by Julien Ceccaldi, Aria Dean, Dan Finsel, Dan Herschlein, Elizabeth Jaeger, Arthur Jafa, Dala Nasser, Lydia Ourahmane, Diamond Stingily and Andra Ursuta.

Salah is a Paris-based curator and writer who has worked with the cultural programming at the Paris’ Palais de Tokyo from 2009 and recent exhibitions include I Heard You Laughing at Kunsthall Stavanger, and We Dance, We Smoke, We Kiss at Flax Foundation LA.

Visit the Ghebaly Gallery website for details.**

Lydia Ourahmane, HARAGA – ‘The Burning’ (2014) Wireless video transmission. Courtesy the artist + Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles.

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