Aiming Towards Extreme Mediocrity | Jaakko Mattila | Lowest Common Denominator | James Hockey & Foyer Galleries | UCA Farnham

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On show until 17 December at the James Hockey & Foyer Galleries, part of the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, is international artist Jaakko Mattila with his new exhibition Lowest Common Denominator.

Now based in Oulu, Finland, Jaakko returns to UCA, where he graduated in 2001, with an impressive collection of oil, gloss, watercolour and print.

Christine Kapteijn, UCA Galleries Curator and Manager spoke to Jaakko before the exhibition:

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Frieze Art Fair 2011: The Verdict

Text by Emily Sack

The past weekend one of the most renowned international art fairs settled into London’s Regents Park for an autumnal weekend of exploring galleries and artists well known and newly emergent. With 173 galleries representing 33 countries, Frieze Art Fair brings together some of the best artists from around the world.

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A Mosaic of Collective Unconscious | Museum Show 1 | Arnolfini | Bristol

Text by Regina Papachlimitzou

Arnolfini is celebrating its 50th anniversary with one of its most thought-provoking, genuinely moving, and tantalisingly challenging exhibitions yet. Museum Show sets out to outline the drive in contemporary artistic practice to create museums, ‘semi-fictional institutions’ simultaneously exhibiting and embodying the artist’s work. In this respect Arnolfini serves as a meta-museum, bringing together a host of self-contained mini-museums in an attempt to map previously unchartered territory in the contemporary artworld.

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Aesthetica Short Film Festival | Online Exclusives | Rhett Wade-Ferrell | Sparkadia’s China

Incorporating creative programming and alternative venues, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is the latest addition to the film festival circuit. To celebrate the launch of ASFF, we are running a series of interviews with the filmmakers throughout October. Here you can find out more about what motivates our filmmakers, and ASFF will give you the opportunity to experience their short films first hand. To watch these films, visit the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) website to purchase your ticket. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience short film in the historic city of York.

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A Triumph of Narrative over Technical Limitations: The 8th Reykjavík International Film Festival

Text by Alison Frank

The 2011 Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) took place in the Icelandic capital from 22 September – 2 October. The festival’s main competition category, ‘New Visions’ was reserved for directors who have never, or only once before, made a feature film. RIFF’s signature Golden Puffin for Discovery of the Year went to Russian director Angelina Nikonova’s Twilight Portrait (Portret v sumer kakh, 2011). In a triumph of narrative over technical limitations, Nikonova and lead actress Olga Dykhovichnaya collaborated to write and produce this film, which confronts problems in Russian society through the figure of a social worker (Marina). Marina has become disillusioned: she belongs to a hypocritical middle class, while the lower class families she works with are trapped in cycles of abuse. When she herself becomes a victim of abuse, and is presented with an opportunity for revenge, she takes a radically hands-on approach to changing a small corner of Russian society.

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Why The Lion Roars | Anri Sala | Serpentine Gallery | London.

Text by Daniel Potts

Anri Sala (b. 1974, Tirana) is a leading contemporary artist who, since dealing with personal experience as a reflection of social and political change in his native Albania in his early videos and films, has come to attach a growing importance to sound in relation to the image. Sala’s long-standing interest in performance is connected with this development, a connection which is evident in his current exhibition at Serpentine Gallery, in which most of the works use live performance as their starting point, or could lead to live performance in the future. Conceived as a cycle, or loop, the exhibition is structured around pairs of works that echo each other, therefore it would be a mistake to examine individual works in isolation. The sense of the general unity of the exhibition as a whole is achieved successfully in the use of half-light throughout, which, depending on the mood of the viewer, is either conducive to the anodyne or mild distress. Either state might be suitable for a rewarding interaction with these interrelated, bipartite works; however, the tranquilly disposed would gain more immediate benefit. Reflecting the way in which the exhibition is conceived as a cycle, the space loops round back to the beginning; thus, Serpentine Gallery is an ideal space in this regard.

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A Romantic Date with a Serial Killer | Aesthetica Short Film Festival | Online Exclusives | Phillip Berg | The Romantic Killer

Incorporating creative programming and alternative venues, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is the latest addition to the film festival circuit. To celebrate the launch of ASFF, we are running a series of interviews with the filmmakers throughout October. Here you can find out more about what motivates our filmmakers, and ASFF will give you the opportunity to experience their short films first hand. To watch these films, visit the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) website to purchase your ticket. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience short film in the historic city of York.

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Portrait of a Serial Killer | Aesthetica Short Film Festival | Online Exclusives | Caroline Burns Cooke | Myra

Incorporating creative programming and alternative venues, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is the latest addition to the film festival circuit. To celebrate the launch of ASFF, we are running a series of interviews with the filmmakers throughout October. Here you can find out more about what motivates our filmmakers, and ASFF will give you the opportunity to experience their short films first hand. To watch these films, visit the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) website to purchase your ticket. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience short film in the historic city of York!

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Guy Sherwin | Movements in Light | Siobhan Davies Studios | London

Text by Laura Bushell

The profile of artists working in moving image has been elevated in recent years by those who’ve made the leap into cinema – Steve McQueen, Sam Taylor-Wood, Gillian Wearing – and those taking over leading gallery spaces – Tacita Dean at Tate Modern, Pipilotti Rist at The Hayward. From ancillary practice to fine art media in its own right, it seems moving image is in the ascendant as a powerful, relevant and consumable context for visual art practice.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival | Exclusive Online Interview with Alex Sufit and Taster of Gentlemen in Squalor

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Incorporating creative programming and alternative venues, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is the latest addition to the film festival circuit. To celebrate the launch of ASFF, we are running a series of interviews with the filmmakers throughout October. Here you can find out more about what motivates our filmmakers, and ASFF will give you the opportunity to experience their short films first hand. To watch these films, visit the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) website to purchase your ticket. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience short film in the historic city of York.

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Opening Tomorrow | Moving Image | Contemporary Video Art Fair | October 13 – 16 | London

Text by Bethany Rex

For its inaugural exhibition in London, Moving Image presents works by 28 artists represented by 28 galleries and non-profit institutions from South America, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States. Presenting 19 single-channel videos and 9 larger-scale video sculptures/installations, Moving Image has been conceived to offer a viewing experience with the excitement and vitality of a fair, while allowing moving-image-based artworks to be understood and appreciated on their own terms. Taking place in the Bargehouse, a raw, four-storey warehouse space behind the OXO Wharf Tower, conveniently located within walking distance from both the Tate Modern and the Southbank Centre along the Thames, Moving Image represents a broad survey of artists invited by an international committee of curatorial advisors.

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Last Week | Indecipherable Evangelical Messages | ALTAR | Platform Arts Belfast

Text by Angela Darby

From it’s recent inception Platform Arts has garnered a reputation for challenging and innovative projects and according to its mission statement: the organisation actively promotes the creation, presentation and access to contemporary art practice in Northern Ireland. With such an impressive track record the latest exhibition ALTAR curated by one of Platform’s members, an emerging and talented artist Miguel Martin, has a high standard to measure up to.