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Creamcake announces full line-up for their 3hd Festival program, called “Fluid Wor(l)ds” & inspired by the art of storytelling

10 October 2019

The fifth edition of 3hd Festival is happening across venues in Berlin, running October 22 to 27.

Organized by interdisciplinary platform Creamcake, the program has been presenting artists working at the interface of visual art, music, performance and digital culture since 2015. This year’s theme is called “Fluid Wor(l)ds”, where participants are invited to share how they “navigate, renegotiate and adapt to the shifting realities of networked communication through language, text and narration.”

Artists and projects already announced include Alpha Maid, CURL / Akinola Davies Jr, Ruth Angel Edwards, Josefin Arnell & Max Göran as HellFun, Yen Tech, x/o, Julian-Jakob Kneer, and Malibu. Some of the new additions are Roxman Gatt, Laurel Halo, Hyph11E, Vika Kirchenbauer, mobilegirl, Qualiatik, Erica Scourti, Geo Wyeth, umru and many more from the almost 50-strong lineup. The event is taking place at Trauma Bar und Kino, Postscheckamt & HAU Hebbel Am Ufer, as well as online, along with a cross-platform anthology edited by AQNB editor Steph Kretowicz, and featuring contributions from Margaret Haines, Sarah M. Harrison, manuel arturo abreu and others.

See the 3hd Festival website for details.**

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Stacy Skolnik launches erotic poetry collection mrsblueeyes123.com exploring consent & censorship at New York’s MX Gallery, Sep 19

17 September 2019

Stacy Skolnik is launching mrsblueeyes123.com, with additional performances by Vanessa Place and Abby Lloyd at New York’s MX Gallery on September 19.

The New York-based artist, writer and Montez Press Radio crew member self-published the titular full-length collection of poems online on September 16, after the material on a corresponding Instagram account of the same name was banned by the social-networking service. Exploring consent, objectification, censorship, and the erotic, the poems often read carnal with some webspeak and come accompanied by provocative selfies of the artist:

“29 year old mouth 5’4 busty and who
are you? horny with a tongue? online? drive?”

The launch will include performances by artist-clown Lloyd and writer-lawyer Place, while flanked by Corey Presha’s Jackie Robinson, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, What’s Happening exhibition, which runs to October 24.

See the MX Gallery website for details.**

Stacy Skolnik, mrsblueeyes123.com (2019). Online publication launch flyer. Courtesy the artist.
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Power & paradise: Anne Imhof’s Golden Lion award-winning Faust performance gets an album release on Berlin’s PAN, Sep 13

3 September 2019

Anne Imhof is releasing an album accompaniment to performance and exhibition Faust via Berlin’s PAN off-shoot soundtrack series, Entopia, on September 13.

Described by the press release as “part documentation and part elaboration”, the piece expands on the several-hour long live event and Golden Lion Award winner, presented as part of the 57th Venice Biennale. In an AQNB review of the show in 2017, Hadden Manhattan asked, “Can the latent allusions to fascism implicit within Imhof’s work maintain criticality, or do they encourage a dark public fascination with the totalitarian theatrics of power?”

Imhof’s album collaboration with Eliza Douglas, Billy Bultheel and Franziska Aigner continues the conversation, with one of three anchoring tracks, ‘Queen Song’, premiering through PAN already, which you can listen to below:

See the PAN website for details.**

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Creamcake’s third & final ‘Paradise Found’ concert ends with a ‘pop’ by featuring Dorian Electra, Shygirl & more, Aug 17

13 August 2019

Creamcake’s third & final ‘Paradise Found‘ music & performance series event is on at Berlin’s Klosterruine on August 17.

This closing concert brings together a spectrum of experimental and progressive sonic and cross-genre live acts to explore its themes of intense transmission between bodies of all kinds, in the tranquil ruins of an inner city monastery. Following the more contemplative and eccentric earlier events, ‘Paradise Found 3’ dials up on its pop inclinations, with Los Angeles-based rising pop star Dorian Electra presenting their futuristic sound and queer satire, along with the wit and humour of London lyricist and DJ Shygirl. Multidisciplinary artist and Quantum Natives artist i.Ruuu, as well DJ and curator of “post-gender avatar” Agatha Valkyrie Ice‘s mixtape series Brooklyn Bridge also take part.

See the Creamcake FB event for more details.**

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Sound and bodies in wordless dialogue with Last Yearz Interesting Negro & Rowdy SS for DEMO – Deptford Moving Image Festival, June 21

20 June 2019

A performance by Last Yearz Interesting Negro & Rowdy SS as well as a screening by Invernomuto will be presented in a live event at the inaugural DEMO – Deptford Moving Image Festival on Friday 21 June.

Taking place at the Deptford Church Hall, this event titled Sonic Bodies, Broken Lines, Reversible Time sees Jamila Johnson-Small aka Last Yearz Interesting Negro & Rowdy SS present their work Fury1. The piece features movement and sonic performance, which the artists describe as “Sound and bodies in wordless dialog like light that refracts in the prism of the moving crowd.” The event will also present a screening of Italian artist duo Invernomuto’s filmNegus (2016).

See the DEMO – Deptford Moving Image Festival website for more details.**

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The potential for political organisation and direct action in Creamcake’s Euromall at Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis, June 15 & 16

12 June 2019

Berlin-based music platform Creamcake will be in Minneapolis this weekend to present  Euromall with Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis at the city’s Skyways Center & Honey Club running June 15 & 16, 2019.

The premise of the event lies in a “belief in the possibilities of political organisation and direct action” and takes inspiration from Creamcake’s previous Europool series, developed in response to the socio-political upheaval occurring within the European Union of late. With Euromall, Creamcake will place a similar emphasis on progressive action coming out of arts and music communities, “spotlighting grass-roots initiatives, cultural collaborations, and artistic practices” and within that reflect upon the ties that exist between Europe and the United States today.

Through talks and performances, the two-day event will draw together musicians, artists and researchers from the fields of art, law, sociology, politics and media. Euromall will open with a discussion led by sociologist Aleksandra Lakić on recent EU parliamentary elections. Producer FAUNA will provide insight into the “right-wing populist movement of Austria’s FPÖ party and the “Ibiza scandal.”” and AQNB’s Steph Kretowicz will give a specially developed performance exploring “the personal effects of fear, fake-news and new technologies across continents.” Media artist and founder of Centre for Emotional Materiality, Surabhi Saraf will give a sound performance, followed by a night of music at Honey Club, along with Alobhe and DJ Larry.  

Image credit: Salim Bayri’s ‘Road to Schengen’. Video still. Image courtesy the artist and Creamcake, Berlin.

Creamcake’s Euromail will be presented by Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis at the city’s Skyways Center & Honey Club running June 15 & 16, 2019.

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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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