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. We have a limited number of Early-Bird weekend tickets available for £15. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience short film in the historic city of York.
Presented by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) incorporates creative programming and alternative venues. As the latest addition to the British film festival circuit, ASFF offers a unique experience within the festival landscape, bringing new and innovative cinema to visitors in one of Britain’s best-loved cities, using its iconic, public and hidden spaces as a backdrop.
Text by Paul Hardman
The Jerwood Drawing Prize has run since 1994, and is currently exhibited in the Jerwood Space in London, after it will tour nationally to venues including Bay Art Gallery, Cardiff and the Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Bideford and will then tour to other locations across the country. The entrants must have been pleased to know who was on the panel this year, particularly Rachel Whiteread who recently had an exhibition of her own drawings at Tate Britain, and must then have spent considerable time contemplating the practice of drawing. The directors of White Cube and Whitechapel made up the other two judging positions, as the heads of two institutions at the forefront of contemporary art, these also would be expected to make bold and insightful choices.
Text by Matt Swain
Abraham Cruzvillegas (b.1968, Mexico City) is an artist and writer who works predominantly in sculpture, using found materials to explore specific local areas in a social and economic context. He studied under Gabriel Orozco from 1987 to 1991 and was a central participant in a new wave of conceptual art in Mexico City during the late 1980s and 90s.
An Interpretative and Investigative Angle | Shahidul Alam: My Journey as a Witness | Wilmotte Gallery at Lichfield Studios | London
“If you’re not making certain people uncomfortable by your presence, you must be doing something wrong. The struggle for change is a never-ending process that requires you to be constantly alert, and forever swimming against the current. It is a lonely, stressful, tiring and immensely gratifying journey.” Shahidul Alam
A retrospective of the ground-breaking photographer, writer, teacher and activist Shahidul Alam will take place at the Wilmotte Gallery, Lichfield Studios this autumn. The exhibition will introduce to London a dynamic figure, who has been largely responsible for the development of photography in the Indian Subcontinent. Alam’s eagerly awaited new book (Skira Press), My Journey as a Witness, will launch simultaneously. It includes more than 100 images that retrace the artistic and visual journey of one of the most significant figures in documentary photography.
Text by Bethany Rex
Nicolas Ruston (b.1975) is a British artist and sculptor, most recognised for his silicone and mixed media works, which explore the notion of artificial manipulation. Ruston’s work is concerned with collective beliefs and shared verbal and visual narratives in relation to the mass media and its version of reality. Referencing the notion of artificial manipulation, science fiction, robotics and cloning techniques. His new body of work quietly attempts to draw out the complexities surrounding the packaging of DNA sequences and its value as commodity. Ruston’s new show hosted by Hay Hill Gallery will see fiction and reality mingle as the miracles of modern science and the horror of science fiction become one, as creatures are born into a neo-modern myth.
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October is one of the busiest months for art, with all the fairs and exhibitions on the horizon; I’m looking forward to making some discoveries and seeing some new works. On another note, in November, we are launching the inaugural Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). This international event will screen 150 films in 15 venues across the beautiful and historic city of York along with a host of master classes and Q&As.ASFF brings a new offering to the boutique festival experience.
Text by Emily Sack
“Why can’t we be ourselves like we were yesterday?” ask New Order in their song Bizarre Love Triangle (1986). The Victoria & Albert Museum’s new special exhibition Postmodernism: Style & Subversion 1970-1990 explores the recent past in design with two decades of hindsight. For many, the 1970s and 1980s are not too distant phases of his or her lifetime making this exhibition a retrospective of their youth, whereas for others, this exhibition highlights aspects of a period only recalled through history.