We are living in interesting times. The past five years have seen a dramatic shift in our attitudes and behaviour, however I have recently noticed an undercurrent of optimism. I am excited by this, and it can be seen in new works by a range of artists. I pose a question: is the age of doom and gloom over? I think so.
Inside this issue, we start with an overview of Alfredo Jaar’s new installation, Venezia, Venezia, at this year’s Chilean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. It examines the increasingly complex global networks in today’s culture and how they can be represented on a world stage. A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California opens at MOCA Los Angeles and surveys the post-war built environment of the city. Rodney Graham presents six new light boxes at Lisson Gallery, London, which question representation, art history and form. Also at this year’s Venice Biennale, Jasmina Cibic represents Slovenia with For our Economy and Culture, which renegotiates the understanding of artists’ works from the former Eastern Bloc. In photography, we look at the highlights of this year’s Rencontres d’Arles, as well as presenting a selection of works from Searching for the Seventies, on now in WashingtonDC. Photography also comes from Miles Aldridge, James and Karla Murray, as well as a new series by Formento & Formento.
In film, we chat with Ben Wheatley about A Field in England, which will be the first UK film to be released in cinemas, on DVD, on Film4 and on VOD on the same day. We also speak with the Artistic Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival and present the highlights from this year’s event. In music, we look at how musicians are crossing over into new territory through sound art, while Sonny & The Sunsets discuss their new album Antenna to the Afterworld, which celebrates the collision of post-punk beats and new wave. On stage, the venerable Robert Wilson introduces his latest collaborative production, The Old Woman, which premieres at this year’s Manchester International Festival. Finally, Michael Craig-Martin talks about his extensive body of work, including a new collaboration with Glyndebourne.
Aesthetica Issue 54 June/July is out now, get your copy at www.aestheticamagazine.com/shop.
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