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.

Home, Short Film from ASFF

Home follows the journey through the subconscious, exploring place and memory from the perspective of a newly-landed Chinese immigrant in Canada. This short, alternative documentary follows Chun Yan as she travels both physically and metaphorically from her past to the present. From China to Canada, Chun Yan reflects on what she has given up while struggling to understand. This production featured in Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2012 as part of the Experimental Films series. 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.

Stephen Willats: Conscious – Unconscious, Oxford

Stephen Willats’ latest exhibit at Modern Art Oxford, Conscious – Unconscious, is a collection of works ranging from 1998-2013. His fourth solo exhibit at the gallery, each work addresses Willats’ persistent interest in the mediation of personal and interpersonal relationships as they manifest in a world saturated with mass production and communication technology.


Bob van Reeth – Architect, Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels

Bob van Reeth, one of the most important postwar Belgian architects and the first Flemish Government Architect from 1999 to 2005, will be 70 this year. BOZAR ARCHITECTURE and A+ look back on his rich career with a retrospective exhibition and an accompanying publication about his work. The exhibition will unveil the secrets of some fifty projects and achievements, via sketches, plans, photographs, documents, models and films. The exhibition begins with his most recent projects (the Holocaust Museum in Mechelen that recently opened its doors to the public) and ending with his first student projects.

Come to Heaven of Hearts, Short Film from ASFF

A poetic film by Linn Karen Forland,  Come to Heaven of Hearts is a short film depicting the inner world of an old woman – a resident of a nursing home. Full of surprising associations, surreal images and saturated colors, the film sets before us a rapturous scene of an old woman at the end of her life. There are angelic little girls, flowery meadows, pink balloons, troubadour violinists, and shameless baths in popcorn. Old age and childhood meet in the magic circle forming a symbolic unity. However, these idyllic pictures are repeatedly juxtaposed with the reality of life at home for the aged: with empty corridors, perfunctory nursing care and lonely life in seclusion.This production featured in Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2012 as part of the Artists’ Films series. 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 31 May.


What is Contemporary? Brancolini Grimaldi, London

Curated by Domingo Milella and Bacarelli Botticelli, What is Contemporary? is now open at Brancolini Grimaldi, London. The group exhibition combines contemporary photography with works of art from the past and includes work from Dan Holdsworth, Lise Sarfati, Clare Strand and Milella alongside antique sculpture, painting and artefacts. With a range of works that span time periods, the show asks audiences to think outside of the usual prescribed categories of art and to re-consider boundaries determined by place and time.

Blind Encounter, Short Film from ASFF

Part of the official selection at Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2012, 10 minute documentary Blind Encounter gives a captivating and inspiring account of a blind busker’s journey through coming to terms with losing his sight. Directed by Kevin Andrews and produced in association with Red Mojito Films, Blind Encounter is a touching portrayal of a man’s response to tragedy, growth and acceptance in his life. As well as ASFF, the short film became part of the official selection in Raindance, Portobello and Encounters film festivals, demonstrating striking imagery and emotional fragility when well-crafted, creates an award winning film. 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 31 May.


Review of Hans Josephsohn, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Hans Josephsohn died last year at the age of 92. An example of his legacy is currently exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. We are given to understand that throughout his career, he drew on a 30 000-year-old tradition of figurative tradition. Certainly, the works in the Bothy Gallery, the outdoor terraced area, and the arcadian Formal Garden at YSP capture sentiments related to the archetypal and prehistoric. However, the methods employed by Josephson engaged and display his personal touch with sensuality. Also, he knew the subjects portrayed. They were, we are told, his friends. In this way, the works speak of both personal and universal intimacy.


Matt Greenhalgh: Supermarket Girl, Short Film from ASFF

BAFTA award winning screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh’s touching drama Supermarket Girl was a huge success at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2012. The short film follows the blossoming friendship between two supermarket workers, after endearingly awkward trolley attendant Andy discovers he shares a secret with lost and lonely checkout girl Michelle. Featured in festivals internationally, Supermarket Girl was screened in various venues across York last November as part of ASFF, including the impressive 15th Century Guildhall building located on the River Ouse. Matt also hosted a masterclass at the festival last year, which focused on screen writing and tips on how to succeed in the industry. There is still chance to submit a short film for ASFF 2013, the deadline is 31 May.


Artist Comes First: Toulouse International Art Festival

The Toulouse International Art Festival opens today and runs until 23 June. Promising to be a unique and inspiring event, this years festival is entitled Artist Comes First, which was also the artistic approach to the presentation. The Toulouse programme is innovative  in its long-range planning approach, which can allow for artistic commissions to be site specific – giving time to the artist to create something truly new, challenging and inspiring. This fair’s goal is to be a reflection of the intimate and beautiful town of Toulouse, moving the presentation of art out of tents and into convention halls and historic buildings.

Interview with Thomas Guerrier, Winner of Best Thriller ASFF 2011

With only one week left to register your short film for this year’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF), we spoke to festival regular Thomas Guerrier about previous success, plans for this year’s festival and what keeps him entering every year. Thomas makes up one part of the multi-award winning British filmmaking duo the Guerrier Brothers, whose short film Cleaning Up won Best Thriller at ASFF and has screened at festivals worldwide. The deadline for ASFF 2013 is 31 May.

53rd Krakow Film Festival

Opening on the 26 May, the 53rd Krakow Film Festival includes the screenings of documentaries, short films and animations from all over the world. With an outstanding programme of events, the festival will run until 2 of June. This year, in addition to the previously established sections, there will be DocFilmMusic, a competition open to music documentaries. With ten qualifying films,  the director of the best film will win a Grand Prix award – The Golden Heynal.  The usual categories are  the international documentary competition, the international competition of short films and the national competition. 

Photoshopping, Short Film from ASFF

Written and directed by Mark Davenport of Fishmonger Films UK, Photoshopping is a 15 minute dark comedy about Elaine, a woman striving to turn her hobby into a world record. Being photographed with celebrities might seem a rare occasion to many, but for Elaine it’s a full time obsession that results in an expansive collection she hopes to turn into a world record. Coloured with cynical undertones, Photoshopping finds a balance between dark and light-hearted comedy, seeking the top spot at Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2012 as the winner of the Comedy category. 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 31 May.


Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson: England and Wales 1969 at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

The work of two leading world figures within the Land Art movement, Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson are on show at John Hansard Gallery, in a new exhibition England and Wales 1969, seeking to examine a short but significant moment within their working life together: a trip made to the UK in August and September 1969. Prompted by Smithson’s inclusion in the seminal ICA exhibition When Attitudes Become Form, Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt came to the UK and spent one month travelling together to various sites in England and Wales, from Chesil Beach, Dorset to Old Sarum, Wiltshire, Oxted chalk quarry in Surrey and Pembrokeshire, Wales. The exhibition provides an immersive overview of this journey, bringing together, for the first time, photographic and sculptural works produced by Holt and Smithson throughout.

Interview with Bruce Munro on his latest exhibition: Light

Internationally renowned British artist Bruce Munro will open Light, an exhibition of 10 breathtaking, large-scale outdoor and indoor lighting installations coupled with indoor sculptures, at Nashville’s Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art from 24 May through 10 November. The exhibit will include four installations never before seen in the U.S. Using an inventive array of materials and hundreds of miles of glowing optical fiber, Munro will transform Cheekwood’s magnificent gardens, manicured grounds and rolling hills into an enchanting, iridescent landscape that emerges organically at nightfall. Aesthetica spoke to Bruce on his latest exhibition and what to look out for in the future.

My Neighbourhood, Short Film from ASFF

Directed and produced by Julia Bacha & Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, My Neighbourhood is a short film by Just Vision, exploring the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis in the midst of a transition championing human compassion. After Mohammed El Kurd, a Palestinian teenager finds himself forced to give up his home to Israeli settlers, local residents begin protests which Israelis unexpectedly start to join and support. A documentary of unexpected co-operation, My Neighbourhood demonstrates an account of Israelis and Palestinians finding common ground in the common good, untainted by ingrained orientation. The film was part of the official selection for the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2012 as part of the Documentary series, and won the Peabody Award 2012, Warsaw Jewish Film Festival and the Al Jazeera Doc Festival 2012. 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 31 May.


Takesada Matsutani: A Matrix at Hauser & Wirth

Entering Hauser & Wirth’s South Savile Row gallery I find I’ve stumbled into a press conference. Takesada Matsutani is taking questions about a piece on the floor just in front of him. The work is a recently enacted performance (or more specifically, the remnants from one) titled Hauser & Wirth, London and dated 2013. Despite the name, this is neither the first time that this work has been enacted nor the first the place in which it was shown. In every instance of performance the name and date of the work is changed, separating it from all other versions and demarcating it as a unique action in time.

Daniele Tamagni: Global Style Battles, London

Italian photographer,  Daniele Tamagni, comes to ArtEco to exhibit a collection of works from 2007 to date. Global Style Battles is a diverse selection of images, celebrating music and fashion in a colourful display of photographic skill. Running 24 May until 22 June, the showcase includes pieces like The Flying Cholitas, Playboys of Bacongo, Havana Glam and Afrometal. A street photographer,  Tamagni has traveled to places as exotic as Africa and Cuba. 

JP, Auclair Street Segment from All.I.Can, Short Film from ASFF

An unparalleled cinematic experience, All I Can is a stunning exploratory film that compares the trials of big mountain skiing to the challenges of global climate change. Shot on six continents over two years, the world’s best skiers deliver inspirational performances while ground-breaking cinematography expands our vision of the natural world. This production featured in Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2012 as part of the Experimental Films series. 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 31 May.


Review of Keith Haring: A Political Line at Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris

A major new two-part retrospective is being staged at Paris’ Centquatre gallery and the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. The subject: Keith Haring’s political line as bodied forth in his densely symbolic and instantly recognisable artwork. The show brings together some 250 pieces, some of which have never seen the inside of a gallery before, including posters created illegally by Haring on the New York subway.


Above As Below, Short Film from ASFF

Simple yet haunting, Michelle Arbon’s animation Above as Below follows the journey of a young soldier during his first experience of war. Inspired by the beautiful and harrowing poetry of the Second World War, the film captures the desperation and chaos of the front line by focusing on one individual’s struggle against this alien environment. Screened at over 15 festivals internationally, Above as Below was part of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2012 animation line up and was on view at Bar Lane Studios, a combined arts space in the heart of York. 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 31 May.


Michael Landy: Saints Alive, The National Gallery, London

Michael Landy’s (b. 1963) kinetic sculptures appear in his new exhibition Saints Alive, opening 23 May at The National Gallery. Inspired by works in the Gallery’s collection, Michael Landy: Saints Alive is the culmination of Landy’s position as the Gallery’s current Rootstein Hopkins Associate Artist in residence. Focusing on several saints, Landy’s skill and imagination is demonstrated through his interest in the holy figures as he portrays a colourful portrait of their lives, stories and attributes. Featuring seven large-scale sculptures, the huge figures capture the drama of each saint’s life.

Where’s My Supermalt? Short Film from ASFF

Where’s my Supermalt? is a two minute tongue in cheek comedy, revolving around impatient Toby who finds himself in a situation after ordering his favourite drink. Where’s my Supermalt? was directed and produced by Daniel Onyia and shortlisted and screened at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). 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 31 May.

Reduction Study (Ping Pong), Short Film from ASFF

A research-based investigation, Reduction Study (Ping Pong) explores foreign accent perception in relation to social identity and cultural standardisation. In an attempt to understand the concept of reducing one’s native accent the artist, who speaks English as her second language in the United States, takes part in an accent reduction class. She has interviewed linguists, accent coaches and students to discover more about what an accent can represent as part of one’s identity. The ping pong balls in the film are symbols for communication and miss-communication. This film featured in the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2012 and was included in the Artists’ Films series. 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 31 May.


Zhuang Hui and Dan’er: 11 Degrees Incline at Art Basel Hong Kong

Artistic duo Zhuang Hui and Dan’er exhibit their new work, 11 Degrees Incline, at Art Basel Hong Kong, which runs 23 – 26 May. Representing the Magician Space, Beijing, the pair have collaborated since 2005, working together on Leftover Material from The Carpenters, where they replicated 27 pieces of debris produced by carpenters. Celebrating the inaugural Art Basel Hong Kong art fair, the work will form part of the new Encounters section, a large-scale international collection of works sited around prominent positions throughout the fair.


Miles Aldridge’s Carousel, London

Film-maker turned fashion designer Miles Aldridge has delivered seductive sirens silk-screened in an electrifying palette to the forefront of the fashion world for 15 years. Although beginning his artistic career in the studios of Central St Martins, his photographs are heavy with references to 1950s America, reminding of Stepford wives and the blinding lights of Hollywood.

Trailer for Pulitzer Prize Winner, Disgraced

Aesthetica presents the trailer for the upcoming Bush Theatre production and UK première of Disgraced – the recent winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2013 . Covering ambition, culture and faith, the piece took US audiences by storm in 2012 and provoked debate across the nation. Set in present-day New York, it follows Corporate Lawyer Amir Kapoor – happy, in love and about to land the biggest career promotion of his life. But beneath the veneer, success has come at a price. When Amir and his artist wife, Emily, host an intimate dinner party at their Upper East Side apartment, what starts out as a friendly conversation soon escalates into something far more damaging.


Pablo Reinoso: Living Sculptures, One Central and Mandarin Oriental

As part of Le French May in Hong Kong and Macau, One Central and Mandarin Oriental exhibits Living Sculptures by Pablo Reinoso. Running since mid April, the show runs until 14 July. Le French May is one of the largest French arts festivals in Asia. The event stages world-class events, ranging from visual arts to music, dance and performance. For this edition, French-Argentinean artist Pablo Reinoso has been invited to present his latest sculptures.

Peekaboo, Short Film from ASFF

Starring Lesley Sharp and Shaun Dooley, Debbie Howard’s achingly tender drama Peekaboo follows a couple whose world is torn apart after three pregnancies tragically end in stillbirth. The film focuses on the pair’s subsequent struggle to come to terms with their devastating loss, and the cruel test of their relationship. Screened at various venues across the city of York during last year’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF), Peekaboo has also featured in a number of other events internationally since its production in May 2012, including LA Women’s Film Festival and Buffalo Niagara Film Festival.