Lorna Mills

Dreamlands… @ Whitney Museum, Oct 28 – Feb 5

27 October 2016

The Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016 survey exhibition is on at New York’s  Whitney Museum, opening October 28 and running to February 5, 2017. 

Billed as one of the most technologically complex shows mounted in the Whitney’s new building to date, Dreamlands examines over a century’s worth of art by American, and some German, artists dismantling and reassembling the conventions of cinema —screen, projection, darkness. 

The exhibition, which will take over the fifth-floor galleries and include a film series in the theatre on the third, is named after science-fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft’s alternate fictional dimension of an underworld visited only through dreams. Artists featured include Trisha Baga, Ivana Bašić, Dora Budor, Ian Cheng, Andrea Crespo, Pierre Huyghe, and Aidan Koch among others, in an immersive experience that utilises installation, drawing, 3-D environments, sculpture, performance, painting, and online space. 

Other contributors working with “color, touch, music, spectacle, light, and darkness to confound expectations, flattening space through animation and abstraction” also include Lynn Hershman Leeson, Lorna Mills, Jayson Musson, Hito Steyerl, Artie Vierkant and many more. 

See the Whitney Museum website for details.**

Andrea Crespo, 'virocrypsis' (2015). Install view. Super Weird Rin - Singing Animation by jim830928. Courtesy Swiss Institute, New York.
Andrea Crespo, ‘virocrypsis’ (2015). Install view. Super Weird Rin – Singing Animation by jim830928. Courtesy Swiss Institute, New York.

Header image: Hito Steyerl, ‘Factory of the Sun’ (2015). Installation view. Photo by Sarah Wilmer. Courtesy the artist + Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York.

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DRKRM @ DAM Gallery, Oct 30 – Jan 16

30 October 2015

DAM gallery opens DRKRM, a new group show exploring GIFs as artworks, running at their Berlin space from October 30 to January 16, 2016.

DRKRM focuses in on the different aspects of GIF animation as art forms and their widespread distribution in the last few decades, becoming a kind of coded and somewhat sophisticated new language. “GIF animations”, the press release states, “are subject to specific principles”. The gallery in turn decided to use these principles to create a “Darkroom” of animations projected onto multiple screens.

Participating artists include Emma Talbot, Manfred Mohr, Faith Holland, Lorna MillsOlia LialinaDriessens & Verstappen, Kim Asendorf, and Anthony Antonellis.

See the exhibition page for details. **

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Ways of Something @ Conversations at the Edge, Oct 22

22 October 2015

Lorna Mills is presenting collaborative video Ways of Something (Episodes 3 and 4) at Chicago’s Conversations at the Edge on October 22.

Inspired by John Berger’s seminal Ways of Seeing (1972), Mills’s Ways of Something (Episodes 3 and 4) follow Episodes 1 + 2 presented at London’s The Photographers’ Gallery in February, and features a selection of work by digital and web artists from around the world riffing on the iconic documentary one minute at a time.

Featured artists include, Kim Asendorf & Ole FachAleksandra Domanović, Brenna Murphy, Juliette BonneviotEvan Roth, Shana Moulton, Vasily Zaitsev feat. MON3Y.us, Ann Hirsch, Rachael Archibald and many more.

See the Facebook event page for details.**

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Venice Biennale 2015, May 9 – Nov 22

5 May 2015

Founded in 1895, the Venice Biennale is celebrating its 56th round this year, opening a month earlier than usual in the Italian city and running from May 9 to November 22, 2015.

Like always, La Biennale will be stacked with international artists—specifically 136 representing 88 national participants, 88 of which (representing 53 different countries) are showing in Venice for the first time.

Some of these new names are not, however, new to aqnb. The Internet Saga, the only project dedicated to art on the web, will take cinema legend Jonas Mekas as its protagonist; Antarctic Pavilion will welcome Alexander Ponomarev‘s Concordia, curated by Nadim Samman (responsible for Rare Earth); and e-flux journal will be participating by creating a single issue spanning four months (May to August), beginning with an opening on May 8 and featuring founders Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood and Anton Vidokle, as well as guest editor Natasha Ginwala.

Some of the other participants include: Dainius Liškevičius’s project Museum at the Pavilion of Lithuania on May 6 (accompanied by the collateral event assembly Rotten Dice on May 7; Pizza Pavilion, with over twenty artists including Lorna Mills and Santiago Taccetti, on May 7; the online project Sunscreen, commissioned by EM15; an exhibition by ArtRevolution Party; and the Polish Pavilion‘s film projection of the opera Halka staged in Haiti in February by artists C.T. Jasper and Joanna Malinowska curated by Magdalena Moskalewicz.

See the La Biennale website for details. **


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Ways of Something @ TPG, Feb 12

10 February 2015

Eighty-five web-based artists are coming together to remake John Berger‘s iconic Ways of Seeing, one minute at a time, at The Photographers’ Gallery in London on February 12.

Divided into three episodes, the 85-minute screening was originally commissioned by The One Minutes, at Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam, and compiled by artist Lorna Mills. The episodes feature everything from 3D renderings, videos, filmic remixes, and webcam performances that poke at and subvert the tropes of art history.

Among the 85 artists is Marisa Olson, as well as Jaakko Pallasvuo, Jesse Darling, Evan Roth, Ann Hirsch, Daniel Temkin, and Eva Papamargariti. The screenings will be introduced by Julia van Mourik, director of The One Minutes, followed by a Q&A with Mills and Daniel Rourke via Skype.

See the event page for details. **


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Transmediale 2015, Jan 28 – Feb 1

27 January 2015

transmediale 2015 is celebrating its 28th year this week, running at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) from January 28 to February 1.

The festival and year-long project looks at the future of work, play and life through “the black mirror of data”, examining a culture that has become dependent on and synonymous with measurement, automation and optimisation, one where all work is fun and all social relations productive.

transmediale 2015, led by a curatorial team made up of Daphne Dragona, Kristoffer Gansing, Robert Sakrowski, and Marcel Schwierin, presents the artistic responses to this contemporary phenomenon, kicking off with an opening ceremony with Erica Scourti, Hanne Lippard and La Turbo Avedon, among others. The next day brings a discussion called “Glossary of Subsumption: Enclosed Athens Disclosed” with Oliver Lerone Schultz, as well as “The First Global unMonastery Summit” with unMonastery and Ben Vickers.

That Friday brings back Vickers together with Scourti and Sebastian Schmieg for “Expose and Repurpose” as well as for “Enclosures of Toxicity”  with unMonastery, and the day also features: “hybrid publishing toolkit” with Florian Cramer, “Appropriate and Accelerate – Art Under Algorithmic Pressure” with Jonas Lund“Attuning to ‘Data Doubles’” with Stephen Fortune and Matthew Plummer Fernandez among others; and Evgeny Morozov at the “All Watched Over by Algorithms” conference.

Other events of the day include “#temporarycustodians” with curator Helen Kaplinsky and artist Maurice Carlin, and “Datafied Research: Capture People” with Mercedes Bunz.

That Saturday brings another handful of great events, including ones with Benjamin Bratton, Shu Lea Cheang, Lorna Mills, Aram Bartholl, and McKenzie Wark.

See the transmediale website for details. **

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‘Crazy, Sexy, Cool’ online @ .dpi now

16 December 2013

Curated by Jennifer Chan and expressing her concerns with gendered online environments as an artist -as well as a part of a ‘Gendered Cultures on the Internet’ issuethe Crazy, Sexy, Cool gif exhibition over at French-Canadian feminist art and culture journal dpi. is up now.

Featuring contributions by the likes of Lorna Mills, Emilie Gervais and Jaakko Pallasvuo, each artist is assigned a folder and a cute girl anime avatar to file their contributions. Those include the obvious in Faith Holland‘s ‘boobs.gif’ and an illustration of gender stereotypes in Anthony Antonellis‘ ‘alphachannels.gif’.

In reference to the 1994 TLC album CrazySexyCool, that many an internet artist like Chan would have grown up with, it’s a reminder that, online or offline, nothing much has changed.

See the .dpi website for more. **

Header image: LaTurbo Avedon, ‘dancer.gif’.

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