Provoking change: Future(s) of Power #2 looks at influence + impact of artistic power at Somerset House Studios, Dec 12

11 December 2017

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.”**

Visit the Somerset House Studios website for details.**

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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.

Visit the Opening Times website for details.**

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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.”

Visit the Bus Projects website for details.**



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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.

Visit the Tintype Gallery website for details.**

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 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.

Visit the Cordova website for details.**



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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.”

Visit the Arcadia Missa website for details.**

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.’

Visit the Parafin website for details.**

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.

Visit the Les Urbaines  website for details.**

Geo Wyeth. Courtey Les Urbaines, Lausanne.
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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.

Visit the Shoot The Lobster website for details.**

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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.

See the Art in General website for details.**

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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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