YGRG 151: Folding City event reading Hao Jingfang + featured performances at Tallinn’s Konstanet, Dec 2

28 November 2017

The Young Girl Reading Group 151: Folding City event at Tallinn’s Konstanet takes place on December 2.

Run by Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, YGRG is a platform that brings together “a rhizomatic network of voices, suggestions and references” to explore shared “curiosity and synchronicity.” Event 151 Folding City will focus on the reading of Hao Jingfang’s Folding Beijing.

The evening will also host performances by Maria Metsalu, Pire Sova, Keiu Krikmann, Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, feature costumes by  YGRG and Anne Karine Thorbjørnsen, sound by Brooklyn Bridge and end with a DJ set by Norman Orro.

Read our interview with online + IRL space Konstanet here.

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Maria Metsalu, ‘Mademoiselle X’ Performance view, with carpet by Merike Estna, 2017. Produced by Kanuti Gildi SAAL. Photo: Alan Proosa.
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Mission//Misplaced Memory explore deep histories of migration in Dreamed Native Ancestry (DNA) at Arts Catalyst, Nov 23

20 November 2017

Mission//Misplaced Memory present exhibition Dreamed Native Ancestry (DNAat London’s Arts Catalyst opening November 23 and running to January 27, 2018.

The exhibition is part of the gallery’s long term project Radical Ancestry exploring “deep histories of human migration and contemporary biopolitics of race” and takes the form of an interactive installation inspired by science fiction narratives of Afrofuturism.
The show will be accompanied by live performances and talks taking place on Saturday afternoons, featuring contributions by Barby Asante, Ayesha Hameed, Jacob V Joyce, Larry Achiampong and David Blandy to name a few. The events will be followed by live sound performances by Dubmorphology.
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‘Interdisciplinary gospel immortalist’ Tyler Matthew Oyer performing radical imagination at Shoot The Lobster, Nov 18

18 November 2017

Tyler Matthew Oyer is performing New York’s Shoot The Lobster on November 18.

The Los Angeles-based artist, writer, organizer and educator, described by Kembra Pfahler as an “interdisciplinary gospel immortalist,” works across mediums, including theatre, video, music, writing, activism and sculpture to name a few.

Their work is self-described as being “in dialogue with the diverse aesthetic cultural legacies of queer devastation and radical imagination” to unpick and critique power structures within the fabric of white supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism.

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Fracture + precarity in the psychosphere for Merike Estna + Maria Metsalu’s Soft Scrub Hard Body Liquid Presence, Nov 17 – Jan 13

17 November 2017

Merike Estna and Maria Metsalu are presenting performance and joint exhibition Soft Scrub, Hard Body, Liquid Presence at New York’s Art in General, opening November 17 and running to January 13.

Curated by Tallinn’s CCAE director Maria Arusoo and happening as part of the PERFORMA 17 program, the show reflects on a perceived shift “taking place in the realm of our aesthetic and emotional sensibilities.” The two Estonian artists present textiles, rugs, and clothing; sculpture and video, pondering the “deep mutation in the psychosphere” resulting from an overconsumption of virtual space.

Focussing on the female perspective, Estna and Metsalu — the latter of whom is also a member of Young Boy Dancing Group —  attempt to address “this uncanny, post-accelerationist body in its new surroundings, questioning our state of turmoil, loneliness, and uncertainty surrounding the future.”

There will also be a specially-curated mini-bookshop by artist-founded, Tallinn-based publisher Lugemik, running as part of the exhibition during gallery hours and reflecting on the themes of the show.

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Alex Turgeon’s queer reading of domesticity in The Ouroboros in the Cul-de-Sac (Part 1) performance at Clearview, Nov 18

17 November 2017

Alex Turgeon is presenting The Ouroboros in the Cul-de-Sac (Part 1) at London’s clearview on November 18.

The performance is taking place after a one-week residency in the Tottenham space that explored the concept of facsimile “within a queer reading of domesticity in relation to capitalism and gentrification.”

Turgeon’s work often focuses on emotional states of expression and where they are housed and cultivated through ‘architecture, simulacra and mimetic rivalry,’ as well as how this relates to the management of our bodies through various structures.

Read a review of the artists Charon’s Obol performance in Berlin last year here

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Alex Turgeon, Charon’s Obol (2016). Performance view. Courtesy Center, Berlin.
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What You Saying? presents a night of domesticity + nostalgia in an evening of stories at ‘Home’ in London, Nov 16

16 November 2017

What You Saying? presents an evening of stories on the theme of ‘Home’ at London’s DIY Space on November 16. 

The second iteration, with tickets available here, will host a night of stories, prompting you to dig into your memory bank, bringing you back to specific places like, “Sun Maid raisins, doing homework on staircases, or the middle seat of the car.”

The line up is yet to be released, and the hosts are still collecting names for the open mic for anyone keen to get involved.

What You Saying? is a newly run platform seeking to connect anyone interested in storytelling, from “bizarre to bonkers, serious to significant.”

Visit the DIY Space website for details.**

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Towards fragility + softness: Anna Torkkel’s Present examines the essence of the here + now in Helsinki, Nov 16 – 18

16 November 2017

Anna Torkkel‘s Present performance is on at Helsinki’s Sorbus Gallery on November 16 and SIC Gallery on November 18.

As part of the Turku-based artist’s ongoing interest in presence and simplicity, the new show comes as part of the Baltic Circle Festival program and moves towards an idea of “the fragility and softness we are,” where the essence of life is in the here and now. 

Every showing of the piece happens in a different space, without the comfort of a constructed stage set, making each performance a unique, new and fleeting event. Produced by Ehkä-production and Torkkel, while featuring the artist along with Tashi Iwaoka, Mira Kautto, Johanna Porola, Piia Rinne, Riikka Thitz and Masi Tiitta, the event follows its premiere at Turku’s Titanik.

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Anna Torkkel, ‘Carlo For Ever’ (2005). Courtesy the artist.
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Pauline Batista + Madeleine Stack explore what falls between the cracks in Fatal Softness at Koppel Project, Nov 16 – Jan 6

14 November 2017

Pauline Batista and Madeleine Stack present two person exhibition Fatal Softness at London’s Koppel Project opening November 16 and running to January 6.

The show devotes its time and focus to excavation as it relates to self, freedom, patterns, mining, borders and “a shared language of opacity and incoherence” among other modes of travel as it relates to the body and flow.

Asking “who decides what information is filtered, which memories are stored and how the circulation of bodies and ideas flows,” the show will dig between the lines and cracks to find what falls between, and paying close attention to the relationship between technology and intimacy.

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In favour of visual pleasure: Something Must Break presents group show Assiette ou Virage et Dérapage in Milan, Nov 14

14 November 2017

Something Must Break presents the Assiette ou Virage et Dérapage group exhibition at Milan’s Via Giovanni Pontano 35 opening November 14. 

The show includes work by Monia Ben Hamouda, Vitaly Bezpalov, Alessandro Di Pietro, Jibril Esposito, 
Michele Gabriele, Dorota Gaweda & Egle Kulbokaite and Lucia Leuci with a contribution text by Natalya Serkova, and explores the idea of’ Minor Circumstance’ which lets “visual pleasure have the best on the imaginary / imaginative concept of the artwork.”

Something Must Break is based between Istanbul and Milan and is a research project by Monia Ben Hamouda and Michele Gabriele that investigates “Distances, Narratives and Feelings.”

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Olga Fedorova’s psycho-political states of anxiety + sexiness in Generic Jungle at Annka Kultys, Nov 15 – Dec 16

13 November 2017

Olga Fedorova presents solo exhibition Generic Jungle at London’s Annka Kultys Gallery opening November 15 and running to December 16.

The exhibition of new ‘lenticular pictures’ by Russian artist Fedorova will be the first solo exhibition at the gallery. While trained in painting, her present work has shifted towards a multi-media approach that highlights “passionate, wild and strange women.” Her interest in composition, new technology, animals and digital media among others things come together to intersect and create situations out of dreamlike protagonist scenarios.

Using a “tongue-in-cheek symbolism and oblique political commentary,” Fedorova looks at psycho-political states of anxiety through the symbol of ‘sexiness’ and female sensuality.

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Olga Fedorova ‘Generic Jungle’ (2017)
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Transforming Technology: Vienna Art Week 2017, Nov 13 – 19

13 November 2017

The 2017 edition of Vienna Art Week opens at venues across the city running November 13 to 19.

Brought together under the umbrella theme of ‘Transforming Technology,’ over 70 museums, galleries and independent venues will be host to over 200 events including film screenings, exhibitions, talks, performances, lectures, guided tours and more.

Some highlights include the ‘Artificial Intelligence’ Hackathon, an artist talk with Sofie Muller and Evelyn Loschy in conversation with curator Stef Van Bellingen, group exhibitions Stopover – Ways of Temporary Exchange collaboratively presented by tranzit, ERSTE Foundation and frei_raum Q21  looking at “friendship and exchange, social movements and activism, the historic dimension of imperialism,” and Nils Büttner talking about old masters in Peter Paul Rubens: Allegorical Art and Voyeurism. There is a large program in alternative spaces around the city, including “a bilateral art project on superstition” ATTOKOUSSY الطقوسي at Hinterland Galerie and featuring work by Zainab Andalibe and Leila Sadel among others.

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Zainab Andalibe, ‘Apprentie Gnawi’ (2017) Videostill. Courtesy the artist + Vienna Art Week
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Paul Pieroni leads a tour of Cookie Mueller + Vittorio Scarpati’s posthumous Putti’s Pudding exhibition at Studio Voltaire, Nov 11

9 November 2017

Curator Paul Pieroni is leading a tour of the Putti’s Pudding exhibition at London’s Studio Voltaire on November 11.

Pieroni will discuss the key curatorial concepts in the show, which reimagines the collaborative artists’ book and project ‘Putti’s Pudding’ (1989) by writer Cookie Mueller and her partner, artist Vittorio Scarpati who both died from AIDS related complications that year. The show features “forty–five original felt–tip pen on notepad drawings made by Scarpati when he lost the ability to speak,” with accompanying texts by Mueller. 

The exhibition featured a number of events, including a performance by David Hoyle, a series of film screenings selected by Juliet Jacques and a number of talks by Alice Butler, Adam Christensen, Paul Flynn and Allison Katz, among others.

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Vittorio Scarpati (1989) Courtesy Studio Voltaire, London.
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The absent abyss between the living + the death in Fin Simonetti’s LIFEMORTS at Interstate Projects, Nov 10 – Dec 17

8 November 2017

Fin Simonetti is presenting solo exhibition LIFEMORTS at New York’s Interstate Projects, opening November 10 and running to December 17.

There is no indication or press release as to what the show will be, but the New York-based artist often works across mediums in sculpture, drawing, video, performance and is also a sound artist, where her music can be found here.

Her work often pits itself between extremes and emotions; polarized between agony and ecstasy, violence and care, ambiguous and coherent to unpick power structure, domination and oppression and its effect on the body.

You can view documentation from a recent solo exhibition IS PATH WARM? at North Little Rock’s Good Weather, which opened in June.

Visit the Interstate Projects website for details.**

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Fetish + intimacy through the queer lens: A.K. Burns + Katherine Hubbard’s Untitled (Shaving performance 2010) screened at Galerie Fons Welters, Nov 7 – 11

6 November 2017

A.K. Burns and Katherine Hubbard present film screening Untitled (Shaving performance 2010) at Amsterdam’s Galerie Fons Welters opening November 7 to 11.

The film is a document of a private performance where Hubbard shaves the lower half of Burns’s body in a sensual act that unpicks beauty and fetish and looks at “how desire, intimacy and fetish operate for queer woman through a re-staging of images found at the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco of a gay mens fetish dungeon in the 1970’s.”

The event is part of a week-long sequence of solo shows by emerging video artists, presented one at a time which also included Cheng Ran’s In Course of the Miraculous and Halil Altindere’s Space Refugee. 

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Displacement, traversal, revision + community for Lack of Location Is My Location showing artists living, working + teaching in Brooklyn

3 November 2017

The Lack of Location Is My Location group exhibition is on at New York’s Koenig & Clinton, opening November 3 and running to January 7, 2018. 

Featuring the work of artists living, working, and teaching near the Brooklyn gallery — including American Artist, Becca Albee, Eleana Antonaki, Kamrooz Aram and more — the show examines “various forms of displacement, traversal, revision, and community building that are made manifest in artwork today.”

The exhibition title is from a 1991 interview between critic Roberta Smith and artist Glenn Ligon, the latter of whom characterises the disjuncture between the ‘two worlds’ of his school and daily life in “lack of location is my location.” The show takes this idea further by applying it to a contemporary sociopolitical context.

Other artists include Alexandra Bell, Lisa Corinne Davis, Torkwase Dyson, Andrea Geyer, Nicole Miller, Aliza Nisenbaum, Dawit L. Petros, Xaviera Simmons and William Villalongo.

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American Artist, ‘AJ’s Dignity Image’ (2017). Courtesy the artist.
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Foreign bodies: Corporate personhood + accountability within a contemporary consumer landscape for Corpus Alienum

3 November 2017

The Corpus Alienum group exhibition is on at Los Angeles’ Hunter Shaw Fine Art, opening November 3 and running to December 1.

Featuring Hayden Dunham, Don Edler and Amanda Vincelli, the show examines “the relationship between corporate personhood and biological personhood in the contemporary consumer landscape.” Ideas of agency, biopower and consent are explored in relation to the corporate/consumer relationship, with the press release delving into the 19th century origins of the Supreme Court ruling giving the same 14th amendment rights to corporations as people.

The three artists will explore themes of ecological disaster and industrial byproduct, Paul B. Preciado‘s ‘Pharmacopornographic Era,’ gender fluidity and more, as applied to the definition of a corporation as “a group of people authorized to act as a single entity and recognized as such in law.”

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Hayden Dunham, ‘HROUGH’ (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artists + ltd los angeles
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Tainted Love: Surface, image + display in modernist architecture encouraging exhibitionism in bad faith for the Soft Sell group show

2 November 2017

The Soft Sell group exhibition is on at Berlin’s ROOM E-10 27 at Center, opening November 2 and running to December 2.

Featuring Aline Bouvy, Clémence de la Tour du Pin, Julius Heinemann, Harry Sanderson, Maximilian Schmoetzer, and Omsk Social Club, the show explores the role of architecture in terms of asserting and determining a subject position.

It’s title is a reference to the idea of soft power, as well as the 80s British New Wave band Soft Cell, while suggesting “a padded cell and by extension the panoptic gaze of the state or the institution.” Also referencing Benjamin H. Bratton‘s reverse panopticon effect as ‘exhibitionism in bad faith,’ where one understands they’re being watched but acts as if they’re not, the show looks at architecture, as it is employed within commercial and museum settings. It thus places emphasis on ‘surface, image and display,’ while rendering us “passive consumers and impotent political agents.”

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Maximilian Schmoetzer, And then masses of detached stones and other accessories common to the genre. (2017). Installation detail. Courtesy the artist + Room E-10 27, Berlin.
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A planetarium of loss + grief: David Blandy sifts through the macro + micro of The End of the World at Seventeen, Nov 2 – Dec 16

1 November 2017
David Blandy is presenting solo exhibition The End of the World at London’s Seventeen opening November 2 and running to December 16.
The show will present an installation of new photographs, digital collage and three films that explore “the artist’s relationship to technology and memory, speculating about Armageddon and a loss of connection to the server.”
Entering the space like a planetarium, the audience will float between geology, silicon chips, technology, and cosmic matter in a narrative that focuses on micro moments of personal grief as well as the macro and incomprehensible ‘end times’ such as genocide and climate change. 
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Instant Radical Inclusion Technique: the decentralised digital art biennale The Wrong opens online and IRL, Nov 1 – Jan 31

1 November 2017

The third edition of The Wrong biennale opens online November 1 and is running to January 31, 2018.

The largest ‘decentralised’ digital art biennale, founded by David Quiles Guilló, brings together over 1,600 artists who are participating in both the virtual curated ‘pavillions’ as well as spreading out into offline locations called ’embassies’ which feature live performance, workshops, exhibitions and talks around the world. Some of these include large scale group exhibitions   c a r e x Clusterduck collaborative event at Berlin’s with performances by Rui Ho among others, free_art_-_4RH1V35 at Zagreb’s Galerija SivaSPAM POWER at Abu Dhabi’s AAD, Historia de Un Malentendido at Buenos Aires’ Espacio Pla, and GFX Free Error at Istanbul’s Space Debris Art to name a few. 

The project is open to participation and embraces an “instant radical inclusion trademark technique” with an open source team of over 80 curators. ‘Instant Radical Inclusion’ means “if you believe your art and/or your curating talent must be part of The Wrong, then for us it’s a must” and it accepts submissions up until the last day of the event.

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Between the aspiring + the art market: a conscious present of EARLY WORKS group show at New Galerie

31 October 2017

The EARLY WORKS group show event at Paris’ New Galerie is on for one night only on November 2.

Curated by Elise By Olsen, the event focuses on the concept of early works/early stages in the careers of ten emerging artists, who are Adrian Hidalgo, Adriana Ramić, Dozie Kanu, Ethan Assouline, Maria Pasenau, Matias Kiil, Niklas Binzberger, Shana Sadeghi-RayTabita Rezaire and Thor Tao Hansen.

The exhibition is an attempt to represent ‘a democratic, transparent and conscious present’ rather than through a nostalgic lens of an artists’ pre-success being one of naive, less formed or mature practice. Focusing on “the important period of transitioning from being an aspiring artist to fitting into the forces of the art market and its systems,” the show will bring together a number of disciplines and media, as well as an accompanying online interview series with the artists.

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Tabita Rezaire, ‘Peaceful Warrior’ (2015). Courtesy of UTTER Collective, Venice.
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