Patrick Hough

The intersection of archeology + politics in Michal Baror + Patrick Hough’sThe Bureau of Authentication in London, Apr 4 – May 20

3 April 2017

Michal Baror + Patrick Hough‘s The Bureau of Authentication joint exhibition is on at London’s Narrative Projects, opening April 4 and running to May 20.

The show is a collaborative project between the two artists that includes a performance to take place on the opening night, and an installation of video and photography.

The premise of the show, produced during Tel Aviv’s ArtPort residency project, is the result of a “two-month period of intensive research around the intersection of archaeology and politics in the region of Israel/Palestine.”

Looking at the antiquities trade in Israel (which is illegal), the works trace “back to the British Mandate period when Palestine formed part of British Empire” through these objects.

See the Narrative Projects website for details.**


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November Film Festival @ Goldsmiths, Nov 17 – 20

15 November 2016

The November Film Festival is on at London’s Goldsmiths University, running November 17 to 20. 

The event is curated by Screen and Audiovisual Research Unit, and brings together a range of video art, film, media art, documentary as well as ethnographic and narrative films. The festival also includes debates and exchange through symposiums and Q&As, including the ‘Politics of the Amateur Image’ workshop series moderated by Richard MacDonald and featuring Noah Angell, Francis Gooding and Onyeka Igwe.

The event brings together a long line-up of local and international artists, including Lisa Truttmann & Behrouz Rae showing ‘Babash’, James N. Kienitz Wilkins‘s ‘Special Features’, Helen Anna Flanagan‘s exploration of the limitations of language in ‘Friday’, Azadeh Navai‘s silent meditation ‘Friday Mosque’, Patrick Hough‘s ‘Object Interviews (Part I, II & III)’, Maeve Brennan‘s London premier of ‘Jerusalem Pink’, Anna Zett‘s ‘This Unwieldy Object’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ by Jaakko Pallasvuo & MSL, among many others. 

See the November Film Festival website for a full programme and more details.**

MSL and Jaakko Pallasvuo, 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 2016. Film still. Courtesy the artists.
MSL and Jaakko Pallasvuo, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, 2016. Film still. Courtesy the artists.


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Crab Walk @ NGCA, Oct 29 – Feb 20

29 October 2015

The Crab Walk group exhibition is on at Sunderland’s Northern Gallery for Contemporary (NGCA), opening October 29 and running to February 20, 2016.

The show is curated by Ned McConnell and George Vasey and aims to present a variety of curatorial methods and historiographical approaches to space and place. Plymouth’s KARST hosted the original incarnation of the show, but in line with a polyphonic approach to history, this iteration contains new artists and commissions, alongside  a brand new title.

New work as part of Crab Walk will draw on a range of media, including sculpture, audio, film and painting in conversation with Kazimir Malevich’s ‘Black Square‘ (1915). The tension between object and image, place and history will inform the works on show.

The list of featured artists includes Nicolas Deshayes, Alex Dordoy, Jennifer Douglas, Patrick Hough, Philomene Pirecki, Marie Toseland, Sally Troughton, Rosalind McLachlan and design work by Tom Merrell.

See the NGCA event page for details.**

Philomene Pirecki works @ In the Wake (2015. Installation view. Courtesy Truth and Consequences.
Philomene Pirecki works @ In the Wake (2014). Installation view. Courtesy Truth and Consequences.
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Material Cryptographies @ Tenderpixel, Mar 18 – 19

17 March 2015

The students of Goldsmiths MFA Fine Art programme have organized a two-day seminar titled Material Cryptographies and set to take place at London’s Tenderpixel on March 18 and 19.

The seminar focuses on the implications of encryption practices for contemporary art, examining how to ability to write and solve codes and expose hidden materials, and use them in fascinating ways. They ask: “how do artists use encryption as a methodology for approaching materials and how does this relationship trouble preconceptions of artistic authorship?”

The two-day event brings a handful of screenings on Thursday, including ‘Mediation as Such (Promo Mix)’ by Sæmundur Þór Helgason and Patrick Hough‘s ‘Object Interviews (Part I)’, as well as a lecture by Susan Schuppli titled ‘Informed Matter: The Structural Violence of Code’ on Wednesday, and one by Lars ‘TCF’ Holdhus on Thursday. The event caps of with an audio performance by TCF.

See the ‘Material Cryptographies’ exhibition page for details. **

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Chronovisor: Archive @ South Kiosk, May 15 – Jun 20

12 May 2014

The Chronovisor: Archive group exhibition is running at London’s South Kiosk, opening May 15 to June 20.

Featuring Mirko SmerdelRowena Harris, Verity Birt, Patrick Hough, Cathy Haynes and Johann Arens, the exhibition follows themes of time and artifice in relation to the chronovisor.

It’s a viewing machine with a lens that traverses space and time, presenting a conglomerate of problematic images spanning some of history’s most iconic moments, allegedly created by a Venetian Roman Catholic priest in the 1960s.

Looking to obscure historical context and presenting these images in new and troubling light, there’ll be evocative sculptural pieces and Google street view-fed images among others.

See the South Kiosk website for details. **

Header image: installation view, ‘Maul’ series by Rowena Harris. Image courtesy artist. 

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