The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) Is Back This November!

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is back in 2012! 150+ films in venues across the city of York from 8-11 November 2012. The four-day festival programme showcases some of the best short film from across the world and includes a rich bill of talks and guest screenings from leading film industry organisations. Book tickets today at asff.  Watch our trailer on

J Chettur

Still at Transition Gallery and Hackney Picture House Gallery, London

The moving magic of film lies in its frame-by-frame flickering approximation of life. The stilling of that movement re-directs the viewer’s gaze towards an entirely new reality. Context and meaning are rearranged and new beauties unearthed behind the seemingly banal. In halting, repeating or reconstructing, the image persists, becoming a thing in itself, which as film theorist Laura Mulvey notes ‘has its own visual pleasures and rewards that do not replace, but compliment those of watching a film’.

Whether using paint, photography or film, each of the artists exhibiting in Still is in their various way engaged in this quixotic cinematic alteration.


Fallen Neverland: New BALTIC edition by Graham Dolphin

The second edition in the series marking BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art tenth birthday, the exclusive new colour print by Graham Dolphin whose work Fallen Neverland, 2012 goes on sale,17 August 2012.

Fallen Neverland is a digitally constructed collage from photographs of Neverland Ranch, California, the former home of American singer Michael Jackson (1958-2009). Named after the Peter Pan story by J. M Barrie, Neverland was Jackson’s attempt to create his version of this mythical location in which children do not age and is inhabited by the fairies of Pixie Hollow, mermaids and pirates.


Yoko Ono: TO THE LIGHT at Serpentine Gallery, London.

John Lennon once described Yoko Ono as “the worlds most famous unknown artist”, adding that “everybody knows who she is but nobody knows what she does”.  Forty years later, her work is undoubtedly more familiar to the world but for some there still remains an air of detachment, mystery and misunderstanding about who she is and what she represents in an artistic sense.

Ono, now 79, is a fascinating series of paradoxes. Childlike, rebellious and fiercely independent yet still most famous for her deeply impacting and very public love with Lennon, she is bound by the weight of her own lifestory. In that context, the only way to objectively view the exhibition is to attempt to put any negativity or prejudice to one side and leave any preconceptions at the door.

Around Leh: Photographs by Nishant Chandra at Out Of The Blue Art Gallery, Mumbai

Out of the Blue Art Gallery presents Around Leh, an exhibition of photographs by Nishant Chandra, exploring the splendid and scenic beauty of the Leh region in monotone grays.

Leh’s beauty of curvaceous stiff mountain ranges complimented by flowing water has been captured in tones of gray for the first time by artist Nishant Chandra. Skillfully balanced contrast of the black, white and grays creates a feel of a dreamlike transcendental world. The photographs have been finished in minute details with great finesse which is evident when looked at with close observation. These photographs will be displayed simultaneously at Out of the Blue Khar & Powai.

Interview with Barry W. Hughes, Editor of SuperMassiveBlackHole.

Established in 2009, by Barry W. Hughes SuperMassiveBlackHole is dedicated to contemporary photography and the photographic imagery resulting from the time-based processes found in many interdisciplinary art practices today. As a truly international and respected publication it has shown the work of over 120 emerging and established artists from all over the world, as well as exhibiting with PhotoIreland and Belfast Photo Festival.

Angela Darby interviewed the founding editor to explore the origins behind this online photographic magazine.

Designed To Win, London

The Design Museum in London have opened Designed to Win looking at the close links between sport and design. Designed to Win celebrates the ways in which design and sport are combined, pushing the limits of human endeavour to achieve records and victories of increasing significance and wonder. From the design of F1 cars to running shoes, racing bikes to carbon fibre javelins, the quest for enhanced performance and function is endless. Designed to Win explores the various ways in which design has shaped the sporting world, celebrating the introduction of revolutionary new materials such as Neoprene and carbon fibre, new technologies, fashions and sporting equipment, all of which have transformed sporting enterprise.

Edinburgh Art Festival: Aesthetica’s Picks

The 9th Edinburgh Art Festival launches today with major exhibitions by leading international artists. Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK’s largest annual festival dedicated to visual art. Taking place in over 30 of the city’s museums, non-for-profit and commercial galleries, EAF features over 50 exhibitions, from the biggest blockbuster names in Edinburgh’s leading visual arts spaces to the most exciting early-career artists, pop up shows and events across the city.

If you are in Edinburgh at this time of year, you are probably already overwhelmed with “must-see” shows and exhibitions. In the spirit of squeezing as much into one month as possible, here are our highlights from this year’s festival:

New Art Exchange Launches CULTURE CLOUD

New Art Exchange has launched the CULTURE CLOUD, an inaugural exhibition showcasing the work of 40 artists selected by public vote to have their works exhibited in the New Art Exchange’ main gallery space. The exhibition, which launched on 26 July will run until 25 August 2012 and audiences will be able to view the works from the 40 artists at New Art Exchange and online where they can also vote for their favourite work from the exhibition. Voting closes at midnight on 24 August. Skinder Hundal, New Art Exchange Chief Executive talks to Aesthetica about Culture Cloud.


August/September Issue: Redefining Place

The August/September issue, subtitled “Redefining Place” is out today. This issue starts with The Way of Enthusiasts, a group show that utilises the context of the Venice Architecture Biennale as a platform to survey the last few decades of Russian art. Featuring over 80 artists, End of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 is on now at MOCA Los Angeles and challenges many myths about Land Art, including that it was primarily a North American phenomenon. We also take an in-depth look at Penelope Slinger’s Hear What I Say, which opens this September at Riflemaker in London – it’s the first solo show that artist has had in 32 years.