ASFF Announces its Artist Film Programme for 2012

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) will opening in venues across the city of York, UK, from the 8-11 November this year. Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the international arts and culture publication, this year’s ASFF will exhibit the festival’s strong links with the world of contemporary art, showcasing an enticing and varied line-up of Artists Films and related masterclasses that will allow new audiences to experience the latest developments in this increasingly prominent medium.


Review of Frieze Masters

The differences between Frieze London and Frieze Masters are undoubtedly the atmosphere in which they are housed and the context and authorship of the work presented. The luxurious serenity that one is greeted with at Frieze Masters means that there are fewer and more intimate crowds catching up and working in a secluded manner. Prevailing all around is a great sense of maturity as a calm wave of reflection and consideration infects the people and the space. The galleries here are not so much interested in selling and examining their standing within the art world but merely to allow a serene appreciation of the work they have to offer. Unlike Frieze London, Frieze Masters is a showcase for art from history. Surprisingly a great deal of the work is Pop Art which unstably cushions itself within the established spiritual silence constructed specifically for the benefit of the viewers as they perpetually gaze into the uncontested works of genius. This allures to the question: can Pop Artists be considered “masters”? The titling of the fair appears to heavily reference Old Masters, who were European and worked before the 19th century. This will inevitably split audiences, but intriguingly one cannot deny Pop Art’s importance and transgressing nature within the history of modern art.


ASFF Interview: Leanne Welham, Nocturn

Featuring in part of the Drama stream at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) Leanne Welham’s film Nocturn is a piece about insomnia and suburbia.  From 9-11 November Nocturn will appear in multiple venues across York, at the Mansion House and St William’s College. Aesthetica speaks to Welham about her innovative film and the inspiration behind it.

Celebrate 20 Years Of The BFI Film Classics

To mark the 20th anniversary of the BFI Film Classics series, BFI have teamed up with a variety of rising stars from the design world to produce a limited edition, collectible set of twelve books on some of the most iconic films ever made. The set includes popular titles from the BFI Film Classic series including Citizen Kane, The Wizard of Oz and Vertigo as well as some exciting new additions such as Snow White, The Conformist and La Regle du Jeu.

Tim Walker: Story Teller, London Somerset House

Photographer Tim Walker’s new exhibition, Story Teller, supported by Mulberry, opens today at Somerset House in London. Mulberry managed to get inside the exhibition a day early to take shots of the exhibition and give you an exclusive look.


Review of Shelter: Rashid Johnson, South London Gallery

South London Gallery has given “Shelter” to New York-based artist Rashid Johnson’s first solo exhibition in London, running until 25 November. Visiting Johnson’s “salon” (created to mimic a psychotherapy practice) encourages contemplation and reflection  of the definition of art objects and the meaning behind cultural experiences. Johnson’s artworks, which have been identified with the post-black art movement, meditate on the cultural phenomena that shape African-Americans as a social group. Inspired by a diverse array of visual artists, actors, musicians, writers, activists, and philosophers, including W. E. B. Du Bois, Joseph Beuys, Joseph Cornell, Parliament Funkadelic and Sun Ra, Johnson engages with questions of personal, racial, and cultural identity through his work, producing an amalgamation of historical and material references grounded in art and African-American history.

Dazed & Confused: The Art Issue

Iris Apfel, the iconic 91-year-old fashion muse, is on the cover of Dazed & Confused’s new art special. Shot by Jeff Bark at Apfel’s home in Manhattan and styled by Robbie Spencer in Rei Kawakubo’s 2D Comme des Garcons collection, you can watch this incredible film and now pick the mag up from shops everywhere.

ASFF Comedy Preview: Cockatoo

Featuring in less than a month at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival  (ASFF), Cockatoo is part of the Comedy screening. Produced by Ninja Milk and directed by Matthew Jenkin, Cockatoo has already proved immensely popular and scooped up a handful of awards including Best Original Screen Play at Flickerfest, Best Foreign Director at Outbox International Film Festival and Audience Favourite Award at Blue Mountains Film Festival. Ambigiously described as, “sometimes it’s best to let sleeping birds lie…”, Cockatoo will be screened alongside 22 other comedies, and 200 other films at ASFF on 9-11 November in York. Besides the films there will be several masterclasses, including It’s Never Been a Better Time to be a Filmmaker hosted by Chris Jones, Director of London Screenwriters’ Festival.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival, 8-11 November, across the City of York.  

CHANEL in London: The Little Black Jacket

CHANEL’s photographic exhibition dedicated to Karl Lagerfeld’s latest book, The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, opened at the Saatchi Gallery in London on 12th October. 

Review of Roads to Wigan Pier, Impressions Gallery, Bradford

That short walk from Bradford Interchange to Impressions Gallery takes the visitor along a stretch of streets lined with 1960s, somewhat brutalist, “typewriter” edifices interspersed with, at points, decaying testaments to Victorian, industrial, textile zeal and innovation. While those decaying columns and arches seem to foreshadow one of the themes at play in Roads to Wigan Pier – the effects of de-industrialisation – the almost clinical sterility of that 60s architectural brutality seems to augur another: the alienating effects of impersonal domestic dwellings. An island of positive hope emerges at the end of this journey: Centenary Square. Here, we find the excellent Bradford Town Hall facing a terrace of bars and eateries with outside seating complete with parasols to satisfy the aspiring civility of our contemporary quasi-Mediterranean sensibilities. Housed above a portion of this terrace is the gallery. In November 1972, Impressions Gallery began as an above-shop room in the City of York. It moved to Bradford in 2007. To mark the gallery’s fortieth year, as a vital promoter of photography in Britain and beyond, a highly potent and thought-provoking exhibition from the archive is currently being presented. First shown in October 1984, Roads to Wigan Pier consists of the work of six then newly graduated students. They took Orwell’s seminal work, The Road to Wigan Pier as their starting point and documented social aspects of the North of England.

Interview: Rupert Blanchard on

London Designer and maker Rupert Blanchard creates bespoke furniture from discarded drawers, secondhand pieces and scrap material, but is adamant that his work should not be considered part of the upcycling trend. In 2011 Blanchard won ‘Best Product Design’ at The British Design Awards, and during London Design Festival he opened up his East London studio as part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle. Blanchard takes on a day out to visit some of his favourite local haunts around London’s Brick Lane and Bethnal Green including a welder, a junkshop and a scrapyard and let’s us know why sneaking out of the house as a teenager inspired his future career.


Toby Ziegler, Q-Park, London

For ten days, during Frieze Art Fair, contemporary British artist Toby Ziegler in association with Simon Lee Galley, has installed a site specific exhibition in the basement of Q Park, a car park space accessed by lift and concealed fourteen floors below street level on Old Burlington Street.