Deadline for ASFF Extended until Monday

The deadline for the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) has been extended until Monday 3 June. There are now just three days left to submit a short film. Enter your film and screen your work in an impressive setting to an international audience and be in with the chance of wining a cash prize. ASFF allows for both budding and established filmmakers to connect with new, worldwide audiences and interact with some of the biggest personalities in the film industry today. High profile attendees in 2012 included representatives from Warp, BAFTA, Channel 4 and Raindance. Over 200 films will be screened at this unique event, in 15 iconic locations across the historic city of York, uniting a stunning setting with cultural experience.

Tim Bowditch and Nick Rochowski: Hind Land, London

Winners of the Troika Editions/FORMAT13 Award, Tim Bowditch and Nick Rochowski will exhibit their project Hind Land in a solo show at The Front Room Gallery, London, 5 – 30 June. An intricate and fascinating photographic survey, the work grew out of  an interest in the interplay between the M25 and local woodland. Focusing on the forgotten spaces and pedestrian walkways found beneath the orbital M25 motorway, the photos uncover the relationship between nature and the man-made. 

What is Contemporary? at Brancolini Grimaldi, London

Featuring ten artists working over the past two thousand years, this exceptional exhibition visually investigates the theme of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben’s essay What is the Contemporary?


Venice Biennale

The 55th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale is entitled Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace) and opens to the public tomorrow. Curated by Massimiliano Gioni and chaired by Paolo Baratta, 88 National participants will be exhibiting in the historical Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the city of Venice. Among these, 10 countries are participating in the Exhibition for the first time: Angola, Bahamas, Kingdom of Bahrain, Republic of Ivory Coast, Republic of Kosovo, Kuwait, Maldives, the Holy See, Paraguay and Tuvalu. This year’s Italian Pavilion is entitled vice versa, and 47 Collateral Events, approved by the curator of the International Exhibition take place in several locations in Venice.

Tumbleweed! Short Film from ASFF

Tumbleweed! is the perfect example of making the simple things in life funny. The tumbleweed when given human characteristics and a fruitful life of adventure and optimism is shown to achieve tremendous things. Directed by Jared Varava and produced by the Illusion of Movement, this 7 minute comedy is the historic tale of a tumbleweed that just did not tumble. The film was part of the official selection for the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2012 and was played in the Comedy series. There is still a chance to submit a short film for ASFF 2013, which runs 7-10 November across the city of York. The final deadline for submissions is tomorrow, 31 May.


Karla Black at ICA, Philadelphia

Scottish artist Karla Black constructs large-scale, site-specific sculptures using amorphous yet everyday materials—from dirt, chalk, and dough to the powders, sprays, and gooey substances we use to coat our bodies. Her work reacts to the light and space of each site with a sense of play and indeterminacy. In forms that always seem to be on the brink of collapse, the unremarkable and commonplace are rendered transcendent through size and scale, grand abstractions infused with a sense of entropy. Black’s first self-titled US solo show is currently on display at ICA in Philadelphia until 28 July.


Interview with Chapel Club

Chapel Club, a Synthpop band from London has just released their second album Good Together and begin their UK tour on 3 June at The Temple in Birmingham. Comprising of Lewis Bowman, Rich Mitchell, Liam Arklie, Michael Hibbert and Alex Parry, they combine electronically produced notes with echoing vocals, which resonates to create mesmerising sounds with intimate lyrics. Aesthetica spoke to Chapel Club to find out more about their influences and what we can expect to hear from them in the future.

The Jockstrap Raiders, Short Film from ASFF

Set in Leeds during the First World War, The Jockstrap Raiders follows a group of misfits who have been left out of the conflict due to various abnormalities. Threatened by the invading Germany army, the unlikely heroes must learn to work as a team and conquer their shortcomings to save Britain and its allies from impending defeat. Produced at the University of California by director Mark Nelson, The Jockstrap Raiders was awarded the Best Animation title at last year’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF), and has also collected a string of other accolades at festivals worldwide.  There is still chance to submit a short film for ASFF 2013, which runs 7 – 10 November across the city of York. The final deadline for submissions is this Friday, 31 May.


Picturing Derry, Londonderry

Picturing Derry  is the first major photographic exhibition of Derry-Londonderry’s UK City of Culture 2013. Opening to the public at the iconic City Factory venue on 31 May, the exhibition brings together, for the first time, some of the most iconic images of the troubles in the city in one exhibition. Legendary French photojournalist Gilles Caron’s previously unseen major body of work during the Battle of the Bogside in August 1969 forms a major part of the exhibition. It also includes the work of other visiting photographers from around the world as well as images by local news photographers.


Interview with Aesthetica Art Prize Longlisted Artist: Day Bowman

Aesthetica Art Prize longlisted artist, Day Bowman has been selected out of only five UK artists to exhibit her work at this year’s NordArt exhibition in June. Her work as a painter lies on the axis of figuration and abstraction, and combines collage, print and painting. Most recently Day has been collaborating with Ian Knox, award-winning filmmaker, and TransGlobal Underground on The Urban Wastelands Project that toured museum and gallery spaces in the UK throughout 2011 and 2012. Aesthetica found out more from Day on her work and what to look out for in the future.


Liz Hingley: Gods: Stories from the Soho Road, Glasgow

Set in the serene St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art, photographer Liz Hingley’s Under Gods: Stories from the Soho Road is quietly thought-provoking and provides a thorough and honest assessment of true multi-culturalism. In one of the poorest parts of Birmingham, Soho Road is home to a huge variety of religious denominations; Sikhs, Hare Krishnas, Buddhists, Jains, Polish Catholics, Baptists, Muslims, Anglicans and Hindus all feature in Hingley’s portraits of the road’s residents.

Stephen J. Morgan: The Other Side of Everything, London

Stephen J. Morgan’s The Other Side of Everything is a striking series of photographs, documenting familiar, urban places. Uncovering the artist’s own journey through life and examining his identity as a second generation Irish boy growing up in Birmingham, the photos follow his personal story within the wider narrative of England’s recent political history and the legacy of the British Empire. Running 31 May until 13 July at the Wapping Project Bankside, the images focus around the country’s most potent and ubiquitous symbol: the flag.