Re-purposing the flag: Ben Buswell’s The Story is Not the Story opens at Upfor, Oct 18 – Dec 2

18 October 2017

Ben Buswell is presenting solo exhibition The Story is Not the Story at Portland’s Upfor Gallery opening October 18 and running to December 2. 

The Portland-based artist will give a talk on November 4 at 4pm to discuss his new series of glass and photo based sculptures which have been made using scratching and melting techniques to explore the material quality of process.

Zoning in on micro images of the naturally occurring volcanic glass Obsidian which were taken at Orgeon’s Newberry National Volcanic Monument, the photographs go through a number of processes to become sculptural and something new, for example he “carefully pressed a flag of the United States into a bed of white frit (silica granules), then heat fused the frit, resulting in a crystalline debossment.”

Visit the Upfor Gallery website for details.**

Ben Buswell, ‘I Do Not Belong to the Sky (Horizon)’ (2015) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + UpFor Gallery, Portland.
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Tracing the presence of a body through emotional dis/orientation in Heike-Karin Foell Ma line at Tonus, Oct 16 – Nov 5

18 October 2017

Heike-Karin Foell presents solo exhibition Ma line at Paris’ Tonus opening October 16 and running to November 5. 

Curated by Maurin Dietrich and Cathrin Mayer, the show will open during the week of major Paris-based art fair FIAC and it’s smaller fringe event Paris Internationale. The Berlin-based artist will present new work which reflects on “the boundaries of legibility, accessibility and (re)presentation modes that relate to the impermanence of messages we read continually.”

The installation will trickle out of the space and into the surrounding area, expanding onto the nearby street, a subway station and a commercial storefront. Looking at ’emotional dis/orientation,’ the works ask how to ‘trace the presence of a body’ through leftovers, borders and things that merge and are on the verge.

Visit the Tonus website for details.**

Heike-Karin Foell, metal (2016) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Mathew, New York
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Double y/our money: the 2017 Banner Repeater Fundraiser begins Oct 17

17 October 2017

The Double y/our Money fundraiser at London’s Banner Repeater begins October 17 on the Local Giving Foundation website.

Each donation will receive a raffle ticket for a prize draw at London’s Somerset House Studios on November 8. The event will include work by Yuri Pattison, Jenna Sutela, Melanie Jackson, Zarina Muhammad and Anne de Boer among others, and will also feature live performances from Benedict Drew and Chooc Ly Tan.

Opened in 2009 by Ami Clarke, the artist-led space is a non-profit experimental project space with an ethos of how these spaces  “play an essential role in the vitality and economy of the art world, offering alternative opportunities for emerging and established artists alike, to produce work that might struggle to appear elsewhere.”

The fundraiser will support Banner Repeater’s upcoming year in the commission of new work, publishing and performance, as well as talks and discussions.

Visit the Banner Repeater website for details.**

win: special edition of Orgs, by Jenna Sutela (ed of 30) wrapped in silver foil with a piece of slime mould sclerotium inside


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Moving through parasitic systems in Diaspore’s five part project AESTHETICS OF DISHONESTY Oct 7 – Nov 2

12 October 2017

The AESTHETICS OF DISHONESTY group project is on at London’s Diaspore, opened October 7 and running to November 2.

Happening in five parts, the project brings together a series of events, performances and installations that explore “genetic transfer, parasitic systems and the technique of camouflage,” with the schedule as follows:

Gabriel Stones presents site-specific installation exploring “fitting in, copying, structures and relationships,” Oct 7 

– Jolien van Schagen + Sinead O’Dwyer explore the relationship they have with their body “through food, object, garments & performance” in ‘Wandering Wombs,’  Oct 15

– Pop-up online radio station VVFA will feature a “series of conversations performed live between fictional characters,” Oct 21

– An evening of screenings in OPEN SOURCE, featuring Milo CreeseTom Kobialka, Alistair Small and Puck Verkade, Oct 25

– A night of live music and performances with a line up chosen by A_____Z (Anne Duffau) with Patchfinder and others at DIY Space for London, Nov 2

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Staying afloat. Shanaynay benefit show 2017 brings together over 24 international artists’ work, Oct 13 – 29

12 October 2017

The Shanaynay benefit show 2017 is on at Paris’ Shanaynay, opening October 13 and running to October 29.

Now in its fourth year running, the annual fundraiser will feature over 24 works by artists including  Steve Bishop, Vittorio Brodmann, Keren Cytter, Thomas Hirschhorn, Flora Klein, Karl Larsson, Ann Lislegaard and Christophe de Rohan Chabot.

The works on sale will support the future program of the gallery. Some of their recent projects have included Karl Larsson’s solo exhibition Camilla and group exhibition A Sieve Itself May Sieve with work by Kelly AkashiTalia ChetritWilliam King, and Tori Wrånes.

Visit the FB event page for details.**

Keren Cytter, ‘Object’ (2016). Video still. Courtesy the artist.
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Larry Achiampong explores a narrative of colonial hysteria through claustrophobic poetics in Relic 1 at The Chapel, Oct 13 -15

10 October 2017

Larry Achiampong is presenting solo project Relic 1 at London’s The Chapel, Kings College, running October 13 to October 15.

Part of the King’s College Arts and Humanities Festival 2017 and PS/Y’s Hysteria programme, the new moving image installation will follow a child-protagonist through a landscape that uncovers clues to a forgotten Empire. Narrative of the boy, migration and technology are interwoven to create a journey that is “simultaneously claustrophobic, traumatic, poetic and sublime.”

The opening evening will include an in-conversation with Jessica Taylor, as well as a reading by Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf. The film is part of Achiampong’s multi-disciplinary project Relic Traveller.

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Home to the half rendered. Denying the Inflammability of the Twigs Found in the Copse… at 3236RLS

10 October 2017

The Denying the Inflammability of the Twigs Found in the Copse this Morning group exhibition is on at London’s 3236RLS, opening October 13 and running to October 22. 

Organised by Felix Riemann, the installation and screenings will include video works by Luzie Meyer, Nikhil Vettukattil, Shaun Motsi and Cornelia Herfurtner. The opening night will feature live sound by Patchfinder, and DJ sets by Calder Gillie, Matilda Tjäder and Zoe Williams.

The press release leaves little to be revealed, but instead includes an open-ended narrative that takes place “in a courtyard, on a mythical stage, understandable home-zone, home to the half rendered.” 

Visit the 3236RLS website for details.**

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Mutual support + surviving the game of real life with R U Still There? at House of Egorn, Oct 13 – Nov 25

9 October 2017

The R U Still There? group exhibition is on at Berlin’s House of Egorn, opening October 13 and running to November 25. 

Curated by Annika Kuhlmann and The Mycological Twist, the show includes work by Anne de Boer, Eloise Bonneviot, Viktor Timofeev, Joey Holder, Gaile Pranckunaite, Dorota Gaweda & Egle KulbokaiteAnna Mikkola, Christopher Kulendran Thomas and The Mycological Twist.

The press release does not reveal what the show will bring, but rather sounds like promotional material for a video game, with survival tips like “the environment is not kind,” and, “How you survive is up to you.” It echoes themes of online survival game called ‘Rust‘ by The Mycological — with contributions from Kulbokaite & Gaweda’s recently ended Agatha Valkyrie Ice project, as well as Mikkola — focused on how social and physical networks support each other.    

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‘R U Still There?’ (2017) Exhibition image. Courtesy House of Egorn, Berlin.
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!Mediengruppe Bitnik will explore the world of online affairs and intimacy in Are You Online Now?  at Annka Kultys, Oct 11 – Nov 11

9 October 2017

!Mediengruppe Bitnik is presenting solo exhibition Are You Online Now? at London’s Annka Kultys Gallery, opening October 11 and running to November 11.

Carmen Weisskopf and Domagoj Smolj of the artist collective show a five-channel video installation, touching upon their area of research into “notions of surveillance, social interaction and internet consumerism.”

The work, ‘Ashley Madison Angels At Work in London’ (2017) , will look at the online dating site Ashley Madison, which functions to set up married people looking to have an affair. A continuation of their research since 2015, !Mediengruppe Bitnik will explore internet intimacy and the blurring of physical and virtual boundaries on these platforms.

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Phil Collins explores music’s universal + transformative potential in my heart’s in my hand, and my hand is pierced… at MOCA, Oct 7 – Jan 28

6 October 2017
Phil Collins is presenting solo exhibition my heart’s in my hand, and my hand is pierced, and my hand’s in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught at Cleveland’s MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), opening October 7 and running to January 28.
Curated by Andria Hickey with A. Will Brown, Collins will present an “intimate collaborative installation” featuring six listening booths that will play original recordings of Collins’ music he made in collaboration with various artists, including Planningtorock, David Sylvian, Scritti Politti, Lætitia Sadier, Maria Minerva and Damon & Naomi, and others, as well as guests of a homeless shelter in Cologne. 

Exploring “the universal transformative potential of music” as well as “the city’s deep struggle with poverty and the prevalence of homelessness,” the work will address important issues related to division and bridging gaps that are moving further apart.

Visit the MOCA website for details.**

Phil Collins, ‘my heart’s in my hand, and my hand is pierced, and my hand’s in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught’ (2013) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Museum Ludwig, Cologne
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C. Spencer Yeh presents a night of audio/visual works in response to Calder’s Circus at Whitney Museum, Oct 6

6 October 2017

C. Spencer Yeh is presenting one night event Two Workaround Works Around Calder at New York’s Whitney Museum on October 6.

The artist and composer will show two ‘visual and auditory works’ made in reference/response to Alexander Calder‘s works ‘Hypermobility‘ and ‘Calder’s Circus.’ As an accompaniment to the current exhibition Calder: Hypermobility, Yeh will present a sequel video (the first of which he made in 2015 documenting the life of ‘Circus’). 

Performing through electronics and objects, Yeh explores movement in Calder’s works and how visitors also navigate and interact with the installations. The event will pay close attention to space in particular, taking consideration of the architecture.

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Victoria Pihl Lind presents a plein-air performance from a diving board in The New Man in a dried up Oslo swimming pool, Oct 7 + 8

5 October 2017
Victoria Pihl Lind presents a plein-air performance The New Man at Oslo’s Frognerbadet on October 7 and 8. 
Both happening in the evening at sunset, the audience will sit and watch from the bottom of a dry swimming pool as Lind performs from the diving boards, where she will elaborate and muse on the question, “what is a human being?”
Performing alongside four other actors, including Ines Høysæter Asserson, Torbjørn Martin Davidsen and Marius Kolbenstvedt, as well as sculptures by Anna Daniell and sound work by Kyrre Bjørkås, the work places itself within the debate around biotechnology and the fight against ‘pain, birth, disease and ageing experiences.’ Approaching the subject through vulnerability, Lind explores what is at stake for the ‘new human.’
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Torbjørn Davidsen + Ines Asserson (2017). Courtesy the artists.
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How do we grow to understand and view ourselves amidst the socialisation of our bodies? Re-presenting CUNT at The Laundry, Oct 4 – Oct 28

4 October 2017

The CUNT group exhibition at London’s The Laundry opens October 4 and is running to October 28.

Exploring and “re-presenting the word ‘cunt,’ its histories, contests and associated themes,” the show features work by Ahaad Alamoudi, Dafy Hagai, Jameson, Georgina Johnson, Giulia Tomasello and Sophie Rawlingson.

The exhibition aims to open up a progressive discussion that “critically examines the way women have grown to understand and view themselves amidst the socialisation of their bodies.” The Laundry is an arts curation space run collaboratively by and for women and BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) artists.

Visit The Laundry website for details.**

Ahaad Alamoudi, ‘Receptor’ Website screenshot. Courtesy the artist.
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Exploring sonic peripheries through the systolic compositions of Terre Thaemlitz in Interstices at Auto Italia, Oct 3 – Dec 3

3 October 2017

Terre Thaemlitz presents solo exhibition Interstices at London’s Auto Italia opening October 3 and running to December 3.

The title, meaning ‘small gaps or spaces between objects,’ is a fitting name for multi-media installation which will investigate “the spaces between genders, sexual orientations, and other identity constructs.” Thaemlitz (aka DJ Sprinkles) is an artist, producer, public speaker, educator, writer, DJ and also runs record label Comatonse Recordings.

The electroacoustic audio video installation will be the first exhibited in the UK, where the artist will adapt previous made sound and images from CD ‘Interstices.’ Using a compositional technique called systolic composition (with systole also referring to the rhythmic contraction of heart), Thaemlitz will present “sonic peripheries and moments between dominant melodic contents.”

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Courtesy Terre Thaemlitz website.


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Between heavenly observation + pervasive sensing in Hayley Silverman’s The Living Watch Over the Living at VEDA, Sep 29 – Dec 1

28 September 2017

Hayley Silverman presents solo exhibition The Living Watch Over the Living at Florence’s VEDA gallery opening September 29 and running to December 1.

Developed especially for the architecture of the space, the New York-based artist will create a ‘mythic tableau in glass’ where two marionettes made of translucent material will hang beside a suspended bird and in front of an abstract landscape painted onto the wall.

Made of blown-glass, the installation brings together Silverman’s research of the technological and spiritual to “draw parallels between heavenly observation and pervasive sensing, otherwise known as big data.” 

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#YOLO as a functional proposition in painting + techno in group show CORE​ ​REMISSION at Berlin’s g_rund, Sep 30 – Oct 26

28 September 2017

The CORE​ ​REMISSION group exhibition is on at Berlin’s gr_und, opening September 30 and running to October 26. 

Curated​ ​by​ ​Penny​ ​Rafferty and with a musical​ ​score​ ​by​ ​Kashev, the show includes work by Maximilian​ ​Arnold,​ ​Marco​ ​Bruzzone,​ ​Stefan​ ​Behlau,​ ​Zander​ ​Blom, Jessica​ ​Groome,​ ​ David​ ​Gaupp-Maier,​ ​ ​Nicholas​ ​Pittman,​ ​Johannes Mundinger, and more.

Through the mediums of painting and techno, the exhibition will bring together work that explores abstraction through the concept of YOLO. The press release, a text musing on these ideas and written by Rafferty, notes the exhibition “by its very nature is temporary and queer, much like gossip, thus it remains a functional proposition. Be it a colour field or a re-verb the process of abstraction is ultimately an extension of the customary room with a view, a suicide of the now, a stage-death that just stood up for the encore. #YOLO.”

Other participating artists include ​ Juliana​ ​Cerqueira​ ​Leite,​ ​Duncan​ ​Passmore,​ ​Mickael Marman,​ ​Marlene​ ​Stark​ ​and​ ​Jonas​ ​Schoeneberg.

Visit the gr_und website for details.**

Marco​ ​Bruzzone​, ‘Mosse and Mossette (Studio per un Set di Emoji ispirati al Bacterio di E.Sottsass)’ (2016) Courtesy the artist + Gillmeier Rech, Berlin
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Lu Yang synthesizes personal mythology + neuroscience in upcoming solo show at Beijing’s M Woods

27 September 2017

Lu Yang presents solo exhibition at Beijing’s M Woods opening in October and running to February, 2018.

Showing three new commissions as well as a selection of earlier works, the artist will install a body of sculpture and video that brings together her “inter-disciplinary research into neuroscience and cross-cultural religious iconography.” 

Influenced by the language of Japanese video games, she uses personal mythology to transcend conceptions of gender and nationality. In an aqnb feature on Beijing-based artists, Anna-Viktoria Eschbach describes her practice as “boundary-pushing multimedia works that explore neuroscience, mortality and religion.”

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How to Read presents an evening of friendship, art + mainly gossip in TALK with Linda Rosenkrantz + co. at The Standard LA, Sep 26

26 September 2017

Hard to Read presents TALK with Linda Rosenkrantz and co. at Los Angeles’ The Standard on September 26. 

The evening will revolve around a performance and reading by the author on her conversational novel Talk (1968). Rosenkrantz will also be in conversation with three performers; Beau Rice (author of Tex), actress Dasha Nekrasova who will be playing character ‘Emily,’ and Sarah Nicole Prickett who is founding editor of Adult Magazine.

Hosted by Fiona Alison Duncan, Hard to Read is a lit series taking place at Hollywood’s Standard Hotel. This event will look at “friendship, art, and gossip, but mostly gossip.” 

Visit the Hard to Read website for details.**

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Superflux: The Future(s) of Power kicks off first event with ‘Power, Politicians and the People’ at Somerset House Studios, Sep 26

26 September 2017

New series SuperfluxThe Future(s) of Power at London’s Somerset House Studios will take place on September 26.

The first event ‘Power, Politicians and the People’ will look at “how we can work towards a different politics in a world where lobbying, a highly partisan media, and poor voter turnout plague our democracy,” and features speakers Aviah Day of Sisters Uncut, Dr Catherine Haddon from the Institute for Government, Indy Johar from Project 00 and Dark Matter Labs and journalist Jacques Peretti.

With four sessions in total, the Superflux series invite speakers to explore the “future of representation, governance and democracy.” The talk will go live online at 18:45 London time here.

Visit the Somerset House website for details.**

‘Superflux: The Future(s) of Power'(2017) Courtesy Somerset House Studios, London
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