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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“Where does the black screen reside?” American Artist explores form-(less)-ness in Black Gooey Universe at HOUSING, Jan 26 – Feb 16

24 January 2018

American Artist presents solo exhibition Black Gooey Universe at New York’s HOUSING opening January 26 and running to February 16. 

Working across video, writing, installation and other new media, the interdisciplinary artist explores “dialectics formalized in Black radicalism and organized labor into a context of networked virtual life” and seeks to reveal dynamics at play and embedded in technology and contemporary culture.

Also a co-founder of the arts and politics publication UNBAG, American Artist first wrote a text for Issue 2: End titled ‘Black gooey Universe’ which seeks what that might be, perhaps “a planar body that longs for the solitude and vastness of the command-line, yet nuanced and sharp, to usurp and destroy a contemporary hegemonic interface.” Exploring form(less)-ness, they ask, “where does the black screen reside? “

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Screenshot. Courtesy Unbag + American Artist
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Encased in scent: Rachal Bradley’s solo show Interlocutor explores the negative ion generator at Gasworks, Jan 24 – Mar 18

24 January 2018

Rachal Bradley presents solo exhibition Interlocutor at London’s Gasworks opening January 24 and running to March 18.

The show is a new commission produced by Gasworks which grew out of the Nottingham-based artists’ time at the Freelands Artist Programme residency (Jul 3- Sep 18, 2017) and developed with Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart. The space will be transformed into a “negative ion generator” where Bradley will “encase the gallery floor in natural resin infused with a bespoke herbal tonic.”

Other works include interviews with the Gasworks staff and members, an oversized washing machine made into a projection booth with resin where a new video will be shown as well as a number of “purpose-engineered, vacuum-formed units” along the exterior walls of the gallery. 

There will be two accompanying events: an ointment preparation workshops led by Bradley’s sister on February 3 and a public reading of a new piece of writing by the artist on March 3.


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Rachal Bradley, ‘Of Sex’ (2016) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Galerie Gregor Staiger at Frieze, London. Photo: Andy Keate.


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Sanctuary for Families benefit group exhibition Eye to eye at Arsenal Contemporary, Jan 25 – Feb 25

23 January 2018

The Eye to eye group exhibition at New York’s Arsenal Contemporary opens January 25 and is running to February 25.

The benefit exhibition “strives to empower survivors of gender violence” in support of Sanctuary for Families. The large scale project brings together 40 artists including Nina BeierMeriem Bennani, Hannah Black, Cristine BracheVaginal DavisFin SimonettiChloe WiseHannah Perry, Laure Prouvost and Carol Rama among many others.

Sanctuary for Families is a New York-based charity and organisation working for those affected by gender and domestic violence, sex trafficking and more, providing safety and stability to those in need through clinical serves, shelter and programmes.

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Cristine Brache, ‘Safe Words’ (2017). Installation view. Courtesy the artist + MX Gallery, New York.


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Anahita Razmi’s performative lecture Research Network: New Eastenders – The Prequel at Iniva, Jan 25

23 January 2018

Anahita Razmi will present performative lecture Research Network: New Eastenders – The Prequel at London’s Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) on January 25. 

In reference to the British soap opera Eastenders, the lecture will “shift its storyboard for an ‘East and its End’.” The Berlin-based artist looks at stereotypes, pop culture and consumerism to explore the concept of the ‘East’ and the ‘Orient, asking “how do identities and bodies transform from one place to the other?”

Using the concept of “non-linear and non-original,” the lecture acts as a prequel to “something not already scripted or broadcast.” Dr. Anamik Saha who teaches on the Goldsmiths’ MA Race, Media and Social Justice course will hold a discussion following the performance.

Visit the Iniva website for details.**

Anahita Razmi , ‘An Artist Who Cannot Speak Farsi Is No Artist’ (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist.


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Nomadic subjectivity + futurity in the post-immigrant labor of Beatriz Cortez + Rafa Esparza Pasado mañana at Commonwealth and Council, Jan 20 – Mar 3

19 January 2018

Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza present Pasado mañana at Los Angeles’ Commonwealth and Council, opening January 20 and running to March 3.

The title is Spanish for ‘the day after tomorrow’ and the new works in the show will “posit immigrant labor as a foundation for building a future,” where gender, class, culture and race are re-imagined. 

The pair have previously collaborated two other times this year, at UCR ARTSblock and Ballroom Marfa, both also exploring the nomadic subjectivity and futurity.

Visit the Commonwealth and Council  website for details.**

Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza, ‘Nomad 13’
(2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artists + UCR ARTSblock, Riverside.
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Collective bodies yet to be shaped in District 17 group show at Berlin’s Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Jan 20 – Feb 23

18 January 2018

The District 17 group exhibition is on at Berlin’s Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, opening January 20 and running to February 23.

Curated by Gabriela Acha, Sarah Johanna Theurer and Catherine Wang, the show includes work by Jesse Darling, Mia Goyette, Lito Kattou, Shaun Motsi, Johannes Paul Raether, Jenna Sutela and Bruno Zhu. The works create a dialogue in which a “scenario of encounters for collective bodies [are] yet to be shaped.”

There will be a performance by Kattou on the opening night (and an after party at Kudamm Karree), a performance by Raether on February 10 and readings by Darling and Sutela on February 23.

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The intellectually rigorous + sardonically funny work of Chris Kraus to feature in the ‘Cruelty and Crime’ screening at ICA, Jan 18

17 January 2018

London Short Film Festival in association with MUBI presents screening of Chris Kraus: Cruelty and Crime at London’s ICA on January 18. 

The screening will feature eight short films and one feature made by the writer between 1982 and 1995, which move between genres, fusing cinematic styles of documentary, fiction and essay film, as well as performance art to create “a body of work that is as intellectually rigorous as it is sardonically funny.”

The event will be followed by a discussion with Afterall writer and editor David Morris, filmmaker Ruth Novakzec and writer Joanna Walsh.

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Being happy as a political act in the next Progress Bar with the radical equality of Klein, Crystallmess, Larry B + more, Jan 20

17 January 2018

Progress Bar and Sonic Acts present their next event night taking place at Amsterdam’s Paradiso Noord on January 20.

The evening will feature Klein, Crystallmess, James Massiah, Larry B and others, including dodomundo, Clubcouture and Sarra Wild with more to be announced.

Progress Bar are an expanding network of artists and activists who aim to “represent radical equality, communality and hopefulness” and run events that promote ‘being happy’ as a political and radical act.

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Brought to life by the ambivalent + enigmatic in Lemurenheim at Galerie Meyer Kainer, Jan 16 – Feb 24

16 January 2018

The Lemurenheim group exhibition at Vienna’s Galerie Meyer Kainer is opening January 16 and running to February 24. 

The show is an oscillation between ‘spirit’ and ‘esprit’ and includes work by Ei Arakawa, Kerstin Brätsch, Sigmar Polke, Franz West, KAYA and Katja Novitskova

Tapping into  the transformational, uncanny and irrational, the exhibition is “brought to life by the ambivalent, the enigmatic, the dubious” and its title is taken from a previous collaboration organised by Galerie Meyer Kainer between Rudolf Stingel and Franz West in 2002 at Museum der Moderne in Salzburg.

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Katja Novitskova, ‘Untitled’ (2017). Install view. Courtesy the artist + Sorbus, Helsinki
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“Gender-queer post-homo-hop musical artist” Mykki Blanco will give a talk at RCA, Jan 16

16 January 2018

Mykki Blanco will give a talk at London’s RCA on January 16.

Hosted by RCA School of Arts & Humanities talks and Anne Duffau, the event will open with an introduction by Tai Shani

A personality moving between performance, art, activism, music and more, Blanco started out as a child actor, studied art and dropped out of it (quoted, the art world is just one big scam for rich people”), and became well known for being a noise rap poet, publishing From The Silence Of Duchamp To The Noise Of Boys. Dubbed a ‘digital warrior princess,’ the self-described “non-binary gender-queer post-homo-hop musical artist” also recently released debut album Mykki (2016) via Dogfood Music Group / !K7.

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Nicholas O’Brien presents solo exhibition The Trolley looking at progressive disappearance through game at LIMA, Jan 17 – Feb 28

15 January 2018

Nicholas O’Brien presents solo exhibition The Trolley at Amsterdam’s LIMA opening January 17 and running to February 28.

The Trolley  is the third exhibition of Cultural Matter; a series of events and shows which digital arts, its presentation and preservation, with other artists including Harm van den Dorpel, Constant Dullaart and Olia Lialina.  

As described by O’Brien, the exhibition is an ‘essay game artwork’ and “revolves around the progressive disappearance of a mode of public transport in the urban landscape.” As the viewer plays, they are confronted with choices of what to dismantle and continue, reflecting on their role in the outcome.

The artist will be discussing his installation and the politics of a changing public space and infrastructure with Isabelle Arvers on January 17 and Filippo Lorenzin on February 19.

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Gaia Vincensini on the murky role of the “artist” now in solo show Trust at 1.1, Jan 13 – 27

15 January 2018
Gaia Vincensini presents solo exhibition Trust at Basel’s 1.1 which opened January 13 and is running to January 27.
Vincensini will install a series of drawings that examine Geneva’s “inhabitants’ collective identity through its architecture and appearance.” Focusing on the artists role right in society right now, links are drawn between banks and commercial art galleries as well as cultural institutions.
The show will also include a collaboration with Eliott Villars who is contributing prints, shirts and embroideries. Vincensini is a Geneva-based artist who also works as part of the collective LGG$B who explore “an alternative to corporate identity.”
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Courtesy Gaia Vincensini + 1.1, Basel


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A female science fiction with Barbara Kapusta’s Empathetic Creatures at Ashley Berlin, Jan 13 – 24

12 January 2018

Barbara Kapusta presents solo exhibition Empathetic Creatures at Ashley Berlin, opening January 13 and running to January 24. 

Curated by Cathrin Mayer, the installation will feature new sculptures, a film and a text that explores ‘female science fiction’ and “the correspondence between body and speech.” The opening night will also include a performance by Kapusta alongside producer fauna.

Embracing the vulnerable and the diverse, the exhibition will explore an ‘alternative politics’ played out through four characters who make their way through a post apocalyptic setting. 

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Elizabeth Karp-Evans presents solo show Type of Blue at Shoot The Lobster, Jan 12 – Feb 18

10 January 2018

Elizabeth Karp-Evans presents solo exhibition Type of Blue at New York’s Shoot The Lobster opening January 12 and running to February 18.

The upcoming show has no press release or information for what to expect, however previous work often brings together image and text to “disrupt the hierarchies that separate viewer from art.”

Evans is a New York-based writer, editor and artist who also works in art publishing is a previous editor of KARMA and Guernica. Her most recent exhibition New Stage New Badges at New York’s Signal (Apr 8 – May 7, 2017) was a collaboration with Nikholis Planck which included a series of buttons as well as an edited text of Hito Steyerl’s Untitled (In Defense of the Poor Image) into 121 buttons.


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Elizabeth Karp-Evans
+ Nikholis Planck New Stage New Badges (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artists + Signal, New York.
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unbag publication releases Issue 2: End with an night of readings at Printed Matter, Inc. Jan 11

10 January 2018

The release event for unbag Issue 2: End is taking place at New York’s Printed Matter, Inc. on January 11.

The digital and print publication unbag (that “promotes dialogue concerning contemporary art, cultural practice, and political action”) is releasing their second issue of visual art, critical essays, web-based projects and other literary works that explore the idea of ‘end’ and featuring 19 contributors including Morehshin AllahyariJesse DarlingShawné Michaelain Holloway, Baseera Khan, Precious Okoyomon and Ashwin Ravikumar among others.

The evening will feature readings and performances by Justin Allen, Thea Ballard, Shawné Michaelain Holloway and Baseera Khan.

Visit the Printed Matter, Inc. website for details.**

Shawné Michaelain Holloway, Unbag Issue 2 Spread (2018) Courtesy the artist, unbag + Printed Matter, Inc. New York


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Drawing from personal histories + collective zeitgeist in Imperfect Tools For Navigation at American Medium, Jan 10 – Feb 4

9 January 2018

The Imperfect Tools For Navigation group exhibition at New York’s American Medium opens January 10 and is running to February 4.

The show is curated by Philadelphia’s artist-run gallery High Tide and features work by Devin N. Morris, James Bouché and Jared Rush Jackson.

Drawing from both ‘personal histories’ and a ‘collective zeitgeist,’ the works scan through deep histories both recent and past. In an act of ‘reframing and reclaiming’ the inherited past, the works look upon this act as a radical one that serves to “function as a beacon forward” with the use of imperfect tools. 

Also taking place concurrently to the exhibition is American Medium’s WINTER SESSIONS which will host a number of events including performance, screenings and readings running over December 14 to February 3.

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Spencer Longo’s newly released book COLLAGES 2017 is now available for purchase online

9 January 2018

Spencer Longo‘s new book COLLAGES 2017 is now available for purchase online here.

The project “reproduces 104 works from a body of collages completed by the artist in 2017″ into an 8.5″ x 11” full colour magazine format. It was first released at Los Angeles’ Vernon Gardens on December 2 and again at New York’s Interstate Projects on December 15.

Spencer Longo is a Los Angeles-based artist who works across media, with recent solo exhibition  I Survived The Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis And All I Got Was This Lousy Personality Disorder  (2016) at Los Angeles’ Chiat/Day.

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The Conch: Talk Show features an evening of Gery Georgieva, Teddy May de Kock and Nikhil Vettukattil at SLG, Jan 10

9 January 2018

The Conch: Talk Show will feature an evening with Gery Georgieva, Teddy May de Kock and Nikhil Vettukattil at South London Gallery on January 10.

The night will consist of screenings, performances, games and Q+A’s to consider the work of the three moving image artists. 

Georgieva works across video, installation, sound and performance where improvised lo-fi sets with the camera become a stage to explore “the construction of taste, personal empowerment, and cultural belonging.” May de Kock is an actress and artist who uses elements of magic, rehearsal and other theatrical conventions and Nikhil Vettukattil explores “the role of representational images in framing and remaking lived experience.”

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A series of six projects looking at contemporary wellness in Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy at Somerset House, Jan 8 – 13

8 January 2018

The Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy project series at Somerset House Studios runs January 8 to 13.

The series will feature six days of “artist-led approaches to the concept and practice of wellness” where alternative ideas and concepts of holistic health will be explored. 
A mix of artworks and events, the project will feature:

-‘Self Optimization‘ open conversation run by Marija Bozinovska Jones and featuring speakers Ramon Amaro, Alan Newman, David Pfau and Prajnamanas on Jan 8
-‘Resistance Training‘ session with Pheobe Davies on Jan 9
-‘GRWM: I Wish I Was a Ghost! A Narrator! A Disembodied Voice!‘ intimate public reading with Zarina Muhammed on Jan 10
-‘Breathe Imperative‘ breathing and visualisation techniques with Bad Vibes Club on Jan 11
-‘inner u‘ evening of performance, music and installation with Sara Sassanelli, Ben Bishop and Will Coldwell on Jan 12
-‘A Spiritual Map for our Creative Self‘ performative workshop with artist and astrologer Madeleine Botet de Lacaze on Jan 13
-‘In Conversation with Chani Nicholas and Linda Stupart‘ on Jan 13

Visit the Somerset House Studios website for details.**

Courtesy Somerset House Studios




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