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.”**
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.
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.
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 Rushtakes 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.”
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.”
“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.
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.
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.
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 imaginedas well as interview with the artist.
“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.
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.
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.”
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.’
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.”
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 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.
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.
Curated by Tallinn’s CCAEdirector 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.
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.