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Between home, body + psyche: Alpina Huus exhibition, performance festival + scientific symposium, Dec 16 -Jan 14

Friday

The Alpina Huus project at Geneva’s Le Commun and Lausanne’s Arsenic begins December 16 and is running to January 14, 2018.

The “thinking performance and domestic space” will host two festivals; an opening one at Le Commun running December 16 and 17, and a closing one at Arsenic on January 13, an exhibition at Le Commun running December 16 to January 12, and a scientific symposium at Le Commun on January 12.

Curated by Elise Lammer and Denis Pernet, the project was first initiated in March 2015 at Berlin’s Schinkel Pavillon and explores the “many analogies between the house, and the body and psyche.” This event features over 30 participants including BonaventureGina Folly, Lou Forster, Balz IslerHanne LippardGarrett NelsonRamaya Tegegne and many more.

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Rewind forward: Narratives of a Near Future conference looks at the past, present + future at Genève’s HEAD, Dec 14 – 15

Thursday

The Narratives of a Near Future international conference is on at Genève’s HEAD on December 14 and 15.

Bringing together an interdisciplinary panel of artists, scholars and designers, the event “addresses the challenges that the next generation will have to meet.” For its 10th edition, participants will explore four central themes: 

‘Rewind Forward’ looks at past, present and future, ‘Inhabit the Anthropocene’ examines the relationship between humans and the environment, ‘Decoding/Recoding’ concerns economy and digitization, and ‘Collective Super Egos’ will explore hybridity and fluidness in the body.

Through a series of talks, performances and screenings, Narratives of a Near Future 2017 will feature Marguerite HumeauMetahavenJussi Parikka Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil JoreigeJ.G BiberkopfCécile B. EvansKorakrit ArunanondchaiLauren HuretYing Gao and Mathis Gasser, among many others.

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Alignment, Folds of Existence, Nocturnal Sub.missions: American Medium’s WINTER SESSIONS series of events runs Dec 14 – Feb 3

Wednesday

The WINTER SESSIONS: A Season of Events at American Medium begins December 14 and is running to February 3.

New York’s American Medium gallery will host a number of events at their space over the winter season, with three sections: Alignment presents readings, Folds of Existence presents a series of film screenings and a set of experimental performances in Nocturnal Sub.missions.

– Alignment will  feature two readers “at different points” on the same night to explore and create “relations, clashes, or comraderies that would not otherwise have occasion,” featuring Bunny Lampert + Cristine BracheAdriana Ramić + Mónica de la Torre, and Charles Theonia + manuel arturo abreu, among others.

– Folds of Existence is programmed by Lorenzo Ga‚orna and Mary Ancel, and brings together moving image works that mediate “the precarious boundaries between public space and personal psyche,” featuring over 2o artists including Benji Blessing, Rouzbeh RashidiBasim MagdyJodie Mack and more.

– Nocturnal Sub.missions will explore “dark dreamlands and lucidity of the everyday” over six nights and features gage of the booneAzumi Oe and Whitney Vangrin, plus others.

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Personal + political, detail + context, practice + theory in Trans ‘Theirstory’ and Non-binary Thinking at OSE, Dec 14

Tuesday

The Trans ‘Theirstory’ and Non-binary Thinking workshop is happening at Kent’s Open School East on December 14.

Led by artist and singer Clair Le Couteur, the event will continue on from its first iteration Reading Trans, which took place in June, both exploring embodiment and “attempting to move seamlessly between personal and political, detail and context, practice and theory.”

The workshop will revolve around Donna Haraway’s ‘Cyborg Manifesto‘ and Sandy Stone’s ‘A Post-Transexual Manifesto‘ and aims to open up all questions relating to trans, including “trans-disciplinarity, trans-culturalism, trans-lation, trans-formation” and more.**

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The changing landscape of public health towards technology-infused self-care in Ilona Sagar’s Correspondence O, Dec 12 – Feb 25

Monday

Ilona Sagar is presenting solo exhibition Correspondence O at South London Gallery, opening December 12 and running to February 25, 2018. 

Drawing on the London-based artist’s work responding to the social and historical context of public and private space, the multi-faceted work explores “the history of the Pioneer Health Centre in Peckham and its subsequent conversion into a gated community.”

The moving image installation is informed by extensive research, along with Sagar’s practice around dance, architecture and neurology to express the “complex, changing landscape of public health and the social shift towards a more egocentric, user-focused and technology-infused understanding of wellness.”

See the South London Gallery website for details.**

Ilona Sagar, Mute Rehearsal (2015). Exhibition view. Photo by Jonathan Bassett. Courtesy Vitrine, London.
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Provoking change: Future(s) of Power #2 looks at influence + impact of artistic power at Somerset House Studios, Dec 12

Monday

The Future(s) of Power #2 talk at London’s Somerset House Studios takes place on December 12.

The second of four events curated by Superflux (Somerset’s studio residents) will “explore the influence and impact of artistic power to wider society” and features musician Brian Eno, writer Juliet Jacques, artist Liv Wynter and Jinan Younis of gal-dem.

The evening asks questions like ‘does their success and exposure empower participation in political discourse?’ and ‘does the artistic community wield its power to the best of its ability?’ It will look at how we engage with our current sociopolitical climate and will explore/debate the tools and strategies needed to “radically challenge and provoke change.”**

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Contemporary high finance according to Patrick Goddard’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap online at Opening Times, Dec 8

8 December 2017

Patrick Goddard presents new video Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap at Opening Times online platform on December 8.

The new work includes “spoken and musical elements that looks at the abstracting tendencies of contemporary high finance” and is the final commission of 2017. Exploring an imaginary where “money no longer bears any relation to the production of useful goods or services,” the work also includes a doom metal cover of ABBA’s Money Money Money by London-based band Henge.

Previous commissions this year included Alice Theobald‘s library of collated sounds Taking Stock which was “composed and recorded by the artist in response to different states of affect” and released November 13. Steph Kretowicz + Kimmo Modig released interactive multimedia text Somewhere I’ve Never Been on November 24. The project brings together video, field recordings, soundscapes and text excerpts from Kretowicz’s recently released book Somewhere I’ve Never Been (2017) co-published by Berlin’s TLTRPreß and London’s Pool.

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A never-ending performance on entering the time loop in the Bill Murray comedy-inspired Groundhog Day at SIC, Dec 9 – Jan 21

8 December 2017

The Groundhog Day group exhibition is on at Helsinki’s SIC Gallery, opening December 9 and running to January 21.

The show takes its title from the 1993 fantasy comedy Groundhog Day, where the main character played by Bill Murray finds himself in a time loop. It features work by Christian AnderssonNina BeierMerike EstnaCeal FloyerLuca FreiGideonsson/Londré, Kaspars Groševs, Barbora Kleinhamplová + Tereza Stejskalová, Jaakko Pallasvuo and Emily Roysdon

Curated by Andreas Nilsson, the opening weekend will host performances by Gideonsson/Londré together with Mio Lindman’s ‘Activity,’ a “never-ending performance” by Kaspars Groševs and Beier’s ‘The Complete Works’ performed by Leena Gustavson.

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Staying queer under corporate capitalism (aka Christmas) with the Dirty Looks Holiday Bazaar at LA’s Faultline, Dec 8

7 December 2017

The ‘Dirty Looks Holiday Bazaar’ is on at Los Angeles’ Faultline Bar on December 8.

Hosted by Dirty Looks, the second annual gift bazaar will attempt to to “keep queer your seasonal spending requirements as mandated by corporate capitalism (‘Christmas’).” The night will feature performances by Glen Meadmore’s Kuntry Band, Dynasty Handbag, Brontez Purnell and an afterparty DJ set by Sam Sparro.

There will also be a photo booth run by Ron Athey and Nao Bustamante, wreaths by Peppré Ann, ceramics by  Aimee Goguen and Courtney Cone, and a number of vendors including Bodega VendettaSven Soapright and semiotext(e), to name a few.

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Christopher Kirubi launches Rush with poetry + performance tracing often hidden spaces of intimacy at Auto Italia, Dec 8

7 December 2017

The launch of performance and poetry evening Rush takes place at London’s Auto Italia on December 8.

Led by Christopher Kirubi in collaboration with Adam Fa-Rah, Chloe Fiilani, Shenece Oretha and Rhoda Boateng, the group are meeting collectively to put on evenings of poetry, sound and performance where they will “seek to trace often hidden spaces of intimacy and carve out new ones – both private and shared.”

Opening up the conversation, they will explore these intimate conversations through text, sound and movement, and the project will continue with a publication in 2018. London-based artist Kirubi “uses the mutability of images, objects and text to negotiate the limits of sexuality, gender, race and desire.”

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Systems of Solidarity presents Queer Identities: resistance and assimilation at Melbourne’s Bus Projects, Dec 6

6 December 2017

The Queer Identities: resistance and assimilation panel discussion at Melbourne’s Bus Projects will take place on December 6.

Chaired by artist and academic Drew Pettifer, the evening is the next iteration of Bus Projects’ Systems of Solidarity series and features non-practicing artist, musician and writer Alex Cuffe, new media artist and curator Xanthe Dobbie, and artist, curator, writer Léuli Eshraghi.

In lieu of the recent marriage equality vote and current political climate, the panel encourages speakers to respond from a “personal perspective within the arts” and also to “unpack the potential implications of the assimilation of queer identities into an otherwise heteronormative establishment.”

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Where madness falls in waves: Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff present new play NEWS CRIME SPORTS at Grüner Salon

5 December 2017
Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff present play News Crime Sports at Berlin’s Grüner Salon showing on December 7, 8 and 9. 
 
“What do you want? Not this.” is the first line in the press release. The multilingual (English, German, French) drama is set “in a poorly rendered past where madness falls in waves as the passengers of a cruise ship fill the hours, weeks, and years that seem to unfold at once.”
 
The work is the first of four plays commissioned by the Grüner Salon that trace ‘the rise and fall of a city.’ Henkel and Pitegoff are Berlin-based artists who have been collaborating over the last decade, with a previous project including New Theater where they produced and hosted plays in a storefront in Kreuzberg.
 
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Art Basel Miami Beach, UNTITLED, Dream, Satellite + NADA: a guide to Miami Art Week, Dec 5 -10

5 December 2017

It’s Miami Art Week and galleries from all over the world will descend upon the city, featuring exhibitions, edition works, large-scale installations, films, performances and outdoor events taking place across the city opening December 6 and running to December 10.

Below is a list of the main events taking place:

– Art Basel Miami Beach brings together an international line-up of galleries and artists, exhibiting at Miami Beach Convention Center running December 7 to 10, including Pilar Corrias showing Rachel Rose and Tschabalala Self, Freedman Fitzpatrick showing Jill Mulleady and Real Fine Arts showing Nicolas Ceccaldi.

– The sixth edition of UNTITLED Miami Beach opens at South Beach from December 6 to 10, with special projects from Esvin Alarcón Lam, Thiago Martins de Melo and Lucy + Jorge Orta among others. There are over 68 galleries, including SIGNAL, showing Meriem Bennani and Rachel Rossin; Steve Turner, showing Ann Hirsch and Yung Jake; and the artist-run immaterial art project Galerie will present a series of performances daily. Also check out Untitled, Radio which will host is a program of talks, interviews and roundtable discussions as well as sound art, performances, readings and curated playlists. 

– Started in 2015, Satellite was set up for young contributors, artist-run spaces and non-profits and is taking place in an abandoned hotel called Ocean Terrace, running December 7 to 10, with some contributors including Secret Project RobotThe Haunt Collective and Tempus Projects, among many others, as well as a program of performances and line up of live DJs and music.

John Edmonds and Esmaa Mohamoud (2017) Courtesy ltd Los Angeles

– The non-profit arts organisation NADA (The New Art Dealers Alliance) at Ice Palace Studios is running December 7 to 10. Among the huge line-up of galleries, some notable mentions include Downs & Ross, showing Nora Berman and Erin Jane Nelson; Ghebaly Gallery, showing Sayre Gomez and Kelly AkashiLoyal Gallery, showing Cheyenne Julien, and James Fuentes showing Amalia Ulman. There will also be Invisible-Exports, showing Vaginal DavisMartos Gallery, showing Alex Chaves and Jennie Jieun Lee, and ltd los angeles showing John Edmonds and Esmaa Mohamoud.

– Dream Miami is an online art fair that runs December 5 to 10, with some of this year’s contributors including The Composing Rooms, showing Michael Pybus; Barnies, showing Hannah Lees, and Temnikova & Kasela, showing Merike Estna.

Visit Art Basel Miami Beach, Untitled, Miami Beach, NADASatellite and Dream for more details.**

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“Strange snapshots of fleeting moments at night.” The ESSEX ROAD IV video window display at Tintype Gallery, Dec 8 – Jan 13

4 December 2017

The ESSEX ROAD IV exhibition at London’s Tintype Gallery opens December 8 and is running to January 13. 

Now in its fourth year, the moving image installation will feature work by Edwina Ashton, Chloe Dewe Matthews, Benedict Drew, Judith Goddard, Matthew Noel-Tod, Paul Tarragó, Richard Wentworth and Xiaowen Zhu.

The videos will be back-projected onto the window of the gallery to be viewed also from outdoors and will run through the holidays and New Year.  Shown on a loop from morning to night, passerby’s will be able to view the works from the street.

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Richard Wentworth, ‘But there again…’ (2017) Video still. Courtesy the artist + Tintype Gallery, London.
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Intersecting nightlife + activism: Progress Bar presents GAIKA’s The Spectacular Empire with guests at Paradiso Noord, Dec 2

29 November 2017

Progress Bar presents The Spectacular Empire with GAIKA and guests at Amsterdam’s Paradiso Noord on December 2.

Hosted by the organisation Sonic Acts and Progress Bar (a platform that mixes club nights with performance and talks to explore the “intersection between nightlife and socio-political activism”), the evening features GAIKA with performance The Spectacular Empire – a future imagined as well as interview with the artist. 

The event will also feature performances by City (read our recent interview with the producer here), Gloria, /aart,  S4U, Kojey Radical, 808INK, Covco, Madam X and Gage. There will also be two other lectures by Novara Media co-founder Aaron Bastani and Rachel Rose O’Leary. 

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Progress Bar S03E02 from aqnb.com on Vimeo.

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“Smaller than its name suggested…” Holly White presents Orange World at Barcelona’s Cordova, Dec 1 – Jan 6

29 November 2017

Holly White presents solo exhibition Orange World at Barcelona’s Cordova gallery opening December 1 and running to January 6.

The press release leaves little to be revealed, but includes a piece of text that looks like a fragment from a larger narrative, “We could see the orange dome in the near distance, smaller than its name suggested…”

The London-based artist works across a number of platforms including video, performance, installation and sculpture. Collections and fragments of the personal cumulate, and explore the space of memory that re-imagines both past and present.

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In search of the perfect landscape: wandering voices in Lito Kattou’s Night Fight at Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Dec 1 – Jan 27

29 November 2017

Lito Kattou presents solo exhibition Night Fight at Athens’ Eleni Koroneou Gallery opening December 1 to January 27.

For her first solo show in the space, Kattou will present new works which “explore her fascination on the ontology of flatness and its potentiality to articulate volume, on different processes of embodiment and transfigurations of time and materials.” Gesture and materiality come together through metal ‘warriors’ made of aluminium, minerals, steel, textile and plastic.

The press release includes a text by the artist that muses on shady times, where bodies wander “in the pursuit of the perfect landscape” and the perpetual struggle of the concept of ‘perfect’ both sets us in motion and stasis.

Visit the Eleni Koroneou Gallery website for details.**

Lito Kattou, ‘Fighting with the Sun’ (2017). Performance view. Photo by Paul Maheke. Courtesy clearview ltd, London.
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Between reality + desired harmony: Maja Čule explores hunter-gathering in Mouth at Arcadia Missa, Dec 2 – Feb 17

29 November 2017

Maja Čule presents solo exhibition Mouth at London’s Arcadia Missa opening December 2 and running to February 17.

The New York-based Croatian artist will present a new video commission that focuses on “the performative and mediated aspects of hunter-gathering culture.” 

Using documentary and narrative film language, the press release describes the protagonists as accidental encounters, and the public spaces which become sets. Tapping into a space of distance that stretches between ‘reality and desired harmony’ is explored through nature that is played out through characters who want to “operate outside the traditional role of consumer.”

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Maja Cule, ‘Mouth’ (2017) Film still. Courtesy the artist + Arcadia Missa, London.
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What do we turn to for meaning and solace? Looking at our own projections in Secular Icons in an Age of Moral Uncertainty at Parafin, Nov 30 – Feb 3

29 November 2017

The Secular Icons in an Age of Moral Uncertainty group exhibition at London’s Parafin opens November 30 and is running to February 3.

The show includes work that explores how we find ‘meaning or solace’ within certain objects and features Nathan Coley, Mimosa Echard, Simon Fujiwara, Sara Naim and Indrė Šerpytytė

Linked by indeterminacy, the multimedia installation looks at form and image-making and what is ultimately the driving force behind how we look, gaze and project meaning. The press release contextualizes  the works within “a time when the notion of belief is particularly fraught” and examines what it means to make work ‘now.’

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Sara Naim, ‘Reaction #17’ (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + The Third Line, Dubai.
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To be navigated by instinct: Les Urbaines Festival invites you to ‘let go’ + feel your way through, Dec 1 – 3

29 November 2017

Les Urbaines Festival opens at venues across Lausanne and Renens running December 1 to 3.

The three day event will be host to a large line-up of performances, visual installations, workshops, DJ sets and exhibitions “to be navigated by instinct.” The festival is placing emphasis on encounter, experimentation, feeling your way through and invites you to “let go.” The artists brought together are chosen for what lies at the core of their practice; empathy, accessibility and emancipation, where their “heartfelt approaches encourage us to sharp­en our gaze.”

Some exciting featured events include performances by Abyss X, Battle-ax, Geo Wyeth, Rui Ho, Rory Pilgrim, Jiji Sohn and Yung Soft among many more, as well as a number of workshops including a DJ Workshop for Womxn run by DJ Don’t Hate The Player & DJ Hate The Game and RESISTANCE IS FERTILE: NORM BUSTING PARENTING run by Del LaGrace Volcano.

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Geo Wyeth. Courtey Les Urbaines, Lausanne.
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