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Aesthetica Short Film Festival at V&A Friday Late

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is a celebration of independent film from across the world, and an outlet for championing and supporting short filmmaking. This Friday (26 July) a special programme of films from the 2012 festival will be screened at the V&A, London, for the Friday Late event. Themed around Peckham, the event this evening is part of a series of Friday Lates that will invite London’s creative communities to take over the Museum for an evening, presenting a range of music, art, design, film, architecture and more.

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IWM Contemporary: Omer Fast, London

Omer Fast’s  5000 Feet is the Best will screen at IWM Contemporary, IWM London, this summer. As part of the dedicated summer programme, also featuring Mike Moore and Lee Craker, the London Premiere of Fast’s film offers a challenging investigation of the nature of modern day conflict. Running 29 July until 29 September, 5000 Feet is the Best is so named due to the optimum operational flight altitude of a US Air Force Predator drone. Focused upon a collection of interviews conducted in a Las Vegas hotel room, with a former drone operator, the artist constructs a 30 minute piece considering drone warfare.

Savings, Daan den Houter’s Performance Video from the Aesthetica Art Prize 2012

Fascinated by the influence of the subconscious mind, Daan den Houter explores the way we modify and perceive the world and art. In pursuing this aim, den Houter seeks to bring multiple contradictory subjects together in the same single work, which results in pieces that are in conflict with themselves. His work triggers discussion about their existence and the viewer’s opinion. Using humour and cynicism, den Houter creates another perspective on the matter of art and one’s own assumptions towards our daily life surroundings. Savings tackles the idea of finding money, questioning the role of an artist and the value of money.

Cleaning Up, a film by Simon and Thomas Guerrier

Simon and Thomas Guerrier’s award-winning thriller Cleaning Up staring Mark Gatiss and Louise Jameson is now available to buy from bigfinish.com. With all profits from the sale going to help fund a feature-length Cleaning Up movie, the film is available in two disks ROOKIE – the film, for £1.99 and HITMAN is the  film plus alternate “first cut” with writer/director commentary, a behind the scenes film, images gallery, soundtrack and scripts for £4.99.

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Interview with Creative Writing Competition 2012 Finalist, Susan A. Katz

Susan A. Katz has been writing and loving poetry all her life. Her work has appeared in The American Scholar, The Kansas Quarterly, The Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry, besides dozens of other literary publications. As a finalist in last year’s Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition, her poem Born Twice was published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2013. Here, Susan talks in an interview about her creative inspiration, passion for interdisciplinary art practice, and how publication in the Aesthetica Annual sparked new creative ideas.

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The Floating Cinema, London

The Floating Cinema returns to London with a new programme entitled Extra-Ordinary. Launching on 27 July, London’s canals will play host to film for 10 weeks as the Floating Cinema presents a variety of intimate on board screenings, large scale outdoor films for bank side audiences; plus floating tours of the waterways, talks, and an education project working with local communities. Curated and directed by Hackney based artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie, the event seeks to shine a spotlight on the overlooked and ordinary in everyday life.

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Edwina Ashton Midnight at the Watering Hole, Bristol

A garish pink sunset sky surrounds an arid nature spot. Curious creatures draw towards the watering hole, a central feature in the scene, for respite and perhaps a little socialising. A boulder here, a puddle of water there. Over yonder is the Midnight Snax bar, a simple wooden shack, where a shady character (a vacant pointy-nosed thing) is waiting to sell his wares to absent customers. A barely legible scrawl on a menu board adjacent indicates the rather unappealing and limited array of refreshments he has to offer. What will it be? Disappointing biscuits which bear a likeness to murky mud patties, or maybe a cup of some unspecified liquid to wash down the dry pretzels and popcorn. Perhaps you will just pick up your fishing permit and be on your way…

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Interview with Founder of Art Collective, Pauline Richards

The Art Collective was originally launched to support and promote new and emerging artists. Working to help represent and showcase today’s top artists, the Art Collective has become a vital support system for those wanting to develop their artistic career. Partnering up with Aesthetica, the Art Collective is presenting a new prize for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013 comprising six months’ studio space for the Main Prize winner, and six mentoring sessions for the Student Prize winner. The added prize for each category winner will provide a fantastic opportunity for both established and aspiring artists to get their work shown and help raise their profile as an artist with the support, advice and art-sector knowledge of the Art Collective. Other competition prizes include an eight-week group exhibition in York, UK, editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine, publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology and £1000 for the Main Prize winner and £500 for the Student Prize winner. We spoke to one of the founders of The Art Collective, Pauline Richards, about the prize offered and the launch of the Thomas and Paul Contemporary Art gallery in Maida Vale, London.

Flowers & Mushrooms, MdM Mönchsberg, Salzburg

A familiar motif in fine art over time, the flower and mushroom images of the past are having somewhat of a renaissance. From 27 July until 27 October MdM Mönchsberg’s  Flowers & Mushrooms examines the clichés and levels of meaning and symbolism behind the natural products. Within the exhbibition current social and aesthetic issues are discussed on the basis of a selection of works from the fields of photography, photo-based paintings, video, sculptures and installations.

Mary, Sara Brannan’s Art Film from the Aesthetica Art Prize 2012

Focusing on what usually goes unseen, Mary subverts the conventional run of a film in a powerful and revealing act. Sara Brannan’s work is based around the appropriation and manipulation of films in the public domain. Using them as a found object they are re-edited into short videos focusing on the female lead character. Only footage of the female alone in the frame is used; the rest of the film is removed and the images are edited together to run consecutively, following the chronological order of the original film. This re-editing interrupts the patriarchal narrative structure and makes visible the usually invisible editing that is demanded by realism. This restructuring provides the viewer with the opportunity to comprehend a new reality. By choosing to use pre‐existing film the authorial role of the director is supplanted with that of the editor.

Meschac Gaba: Museum of Contemporary African Art at Tate Modern, London

The Museum of Contemporary African Art seems to have a life of its own as it evolves one object, one room and one location at a time: although the work is infused with Gaba’s presence as the devoted collector and creator, the work nonetheless possesses the autonomy from authorship that any fine museum collection should.

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This Weekend Get a Free Copy of Aesthetica Magazine at The Hepworth Wakefield

Visitors to The Hepworth Wakefield in West Yorkshire this weekend will have the opportunity to pick up a free copy of Aesthetica magazine with purchases of £10 or more, while stocks last. Current must-see exhibitions at the gallery include new works by the Northern Art Prize 2010 winner Haroon Mirza. Running until 29 September 2013, Mirza’s exhibition will feature an audio composition and physical light installation through which the artist will accentuate what usually goes unheard and unseen in the art gallery.