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Aesthetica June/July Issue is Here!

The June/July issue of Aesthetica comes with the subtitle of “Shifting Perspectives”. Concentrating on identifying new ways of seeing and challenging the status quo, asking questions and seeking answers Shifting Perspectives” is not to be missed.

Tracey Emin: She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea at Turner Contemporary, Margate

On the edge of the South East coast, a small seaside town is welcoming back its most famous daughter, Tracey Emin. Banners from her last visit still adorn Margate, reading “Welcome Home Tracey!” in pink italics, but although she has clearly returned home before, this visit is perhaps her most important yet. She Lay Down Deep Beneath The Sea at Turner Contemporary is her eagerly anticipated first solo show in her hometown. As part of the London 2012 Festival, this exhibition contains recent and new work; it is a gift to Margate – “I wanted to make work that was completely new because I owe it to Margate for all Margate’s given me…”, Emin says, “…I want Margate to be celebrated again.”

The Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne Festival 2012

The Glyndebourne opera festival, held every summer in the sumptuous grounds of the Sussex country house that gives it its name, is steeped in glorious tradition. Founded in 1934 by Sir John Christie and his wife, soprano Audrey Mildmay, it has over time become one of the go-to operatic events in the UK, offering visitors the chance to enjoy world class productions, explore the beautiful house and gardens that host them, and while away the long interval that’s so key to the proceedings with a picnic and a stroll in their finery.

Wichita Recordings Takeover at The Hepworth Wakefield

As part of the Wakefield Artwalk the Hepworth Wakefield has teamed up with Wichita Recordings to present an evening of free live music featuring one of our favourite indie folk band’s, Peggy Sue alongside DJ Nick Scott. What better way to spend your Wednesday? If you can’t wait until then, there’s a lovely little trailer above to whet your appetite.

Wichita Recordings Takeover at The Hepworth Wakefield, 5 – 9pm, 30/05/2012.


Manifesta 9, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art in Genk, Beligum

Since its first edition 15 years ago, Manifesta has been concerned with the idea of breaking down barriers, crossing borders and building bridges. Incorporating exhibitions, performances, multi-media experiments and broadcasts, Manifesta 9 highlights the very best of creative thought, research and experimentation, involving individual artists and artistic communities from diverse backgrounds from all around the world. Manifesta is the only nomadic contemporary art biennial, changing its location every two years in response to a variety of social, political and geographic considerations. Hopping from Rotterdam to Luxembourg to Frankfurt in previous years, this year’s Biennial will be held in Genk, making Manifesta a truly pan-European event.

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The International Festival of Typography and Poster Design in Poland

The third edition of the International Festival of Typography and Poster Design is focused on the relationship between Polish and Belarusian graphic design. Despite the geographic proximity and strong historical connotations between both countries, the question of mutual references in the field of graphic design are under discussed.

Open Architecture Competition for a New Floating Cinema!

This week UP Projects and The Architecture Foundation announced an Open Call to design a new permanent Floating Cinema. Filmmaker artist duo Somewhere (Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie) will be devising a varied and vibrant programme of on-board screenings, unusual canal tours, talks and workshops to take place on board the craft which will launch to the public in June 2013.


Liverpool Biennial 2012: Full Programme Announced

The Liverpool Biennial, now in its seventh incarnation, is billed as the largest contemporary art festival in the UK. This year’s programme was announced today by the Biennial’s new director, Sally Tallant. It’s difficult to pick highlights from such a rich and diverse programme but we have done our best by picking our “Top 5″ below. 


Androgynous Aesthetics: Interview with Brendan Jamison

For the past seven years the Northern Irish based artist, Brendan Jamison has amassed a significant body of work. Jamison appropriates diverse media including wax, wool, sugar cubes and pins to create a wide range of sculptural outcomes that explore binary polarities. Comparisons can be made to works by artists such as Jim Lambie, Phyllida Barlow, Georg Herold, Thomas Houseago, Mike Kelley and Anselm Reyle.

Angela Darby interviewed Jamison to consider the relationship between his work and the curatorial project The Warning Art Gallery.


Interview with Dancer and Choreographer Noé Soulier

Noé Soulier’s credentials are pretty impressive and he seems to have a knack for doing two things time. Soulier won first prize at the Danse Élargie with his work Little Perceptions whilst studying for his BA in Philosophy at Nanterre University and then went on to work on his solo Ideography whilst completing his MA in the same subject at the Sorbonne. Soulier’s work links the philosophical to the artist, exploring the relationship between movement and thought. Combining disparate theoretical standpoints, which seemingly have little to do with each other,  the young dancer and choreographer uses strategies from music, dance and film.

Soulier’s UK debut will be a double bill in the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler’s Wells including Le Royaume des Ombres (The Kingdom of Shadows) and D’un pays Lointain (In a Country Far Away). Aesthetica spoke to Noé  about his work and subverting the inner logic of ballet.

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The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China features over 250 treasures in jade, gold, silver, bronze and ceramics and is an important exhibition of ancient royal treasures ever to travel outside China. Discovered in the royal tomb of the early Han Dynasty, as well as bounty happened upon in recent decades in the tombs of Zhao Mo, ruler of a semi-autonomous  kingdom South of the Han Empire, this exhibition relates the story of the quest for immortality and struggle for imperial legitimacy in ancient China’s Han Dynasty. Previously displayed in two separate museums in China, the catacombs’ contents have been united for the first time at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, permitting visitors to compare and contrast the two ancient powerhouses. 

The Casualties of Modern Life: Lara Favaretto at MoMA PS1, NYC.

Much of Lara Favaretto’s (b. 1973) work alludes to the casualties of modern life, often referring to the body and the natural environment through mechanical and industrial forms that change and degrade. Automated car wash brushes whirl repeatedly, wearing themselves down against metal plates; a platoon of compressed air tanks randomly empties itself, blowing silent party favours in a weak salute; fans constantly recompose a landscape of confetti. These animist machines celebrate their absurdity, taking on lives of their own.

Currently on show at MoMA PS1 is the first survey of Favaretto’s work from the past 15 years alongside new pieces made specifically for the show, including a new site-specific installation that extends through all of the galleries. The exhibition also features the first presentation of the extensive archive of images that the artist has collected as source material and inspiration.

Lara Favaretto: Just Knocked Out, 03-05-2012 until 10-09-2012, MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY, USA.