To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Warp Films, a deluxe limited edition WarpFilms10 Book & DVD Set will be released and is available to pre-order now from Bleep.com. The book features exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs and unreleased archive materials from Warp Films’ projects from the last 10 years, along with a 3-panel DVD book containing 10 DVDs of key Warp Films productions.
Tobias Zielony’s exhibition Jenny Jenny (2011 – 13) examines the consequences that the global recession has left on the USA, the most prolific and powerful country on the planet. With a deep rooted and seething undercurrent of treacherous social abandon, Jenny Jenny displays a large series of photographs in one of the Berlinische Galerie’s smaller rooms. The walls are a pristine white, and the lighting is impeccably clinical, which together creates a sterile environment that intensifies the deprivation and desperation.
Uniting three related photographic collections, Melanie Friend’s The Home Front at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, explores the civilian experience of war. With a particular focus on public air shows that take place at Royal Air Force bases, and in the skies above seaside resorts, the images are stark and objective in their depiction of army-related activity. The first series details large beachscapes that are temporarily militarised by the fleeting roar of fighter jets, whilst children and holidaymakers look up from below. Nostalgia for World War II is evoked by the display of “warbirds” such as the Lancaster Bomber, whilst contemporary jets such as the Tornado, recently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, also appear.
In a two-story house on Governor’s Island, Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy presents prints and slides of black and white and colour photographs shot throughout the New York area during the storm of 2012. Pinned to the walls in somewhat thematic groups 100 8” x 10” prints fill two rooms on the first floor. With no clear entry point to the exhibit, it can be accessed by either of two doors.
RECON is a series of pioneering music, art and film events culminating 22 – 29 September across Leeds and Bradford. Bringing together innovators, experimenters, risk-takers, mavericks and outsiders working creatively across the various genres, the event is a celebration of the expansion of boundaries in the artistic world. Including multiple sites and venues, activities will be held at The Brudenell Social Club, Howard Assembly Rooms, Hyde Park Picture House, The New Bradford Playhouse, Delius Arts and Cultural Centre, Wharf Chambers and also in the public domain.
From 26 until 29 September Unseen Photo Fair will take over the Westergasfabriek area in Amsterdam. With a campaign image shot by internationally acclaimed photographer Viviane Sassen, the second edition of the fair looks to promote work by emerging talents and otherwise unseen pieces. Sassen will also appear within the event too and her representing gallery, Stevenson, will exhibit a unique solo show of work never seen before.
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival opens on 25 September and this year includes an ambitious lineup, bringing a programme of film premieres, installations and special guests to transform the seaside town of Berwick-upon-Tweed into one big cinema screen for this year’s action packed Festival!
Bora Aksu Spring/Summer 2014 Catwalk (The Opening Show of London Fashion Week), Somerset House, LONDON,
Born and raised in the Aegean town of İzmir, Turkey, to a family of doctors, Bora Aksu trained at the Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design and this year celebrated his 10th year participation in the London Fashion Week with a dazzling opening show sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey. While sitting and waiting for the show to commence, there was a noticeable level of enthusiasm and excitement amongst fashion-lovers. What is so fascinating is Aksu’s skill in putting together an incredible spectacle with his choice of music and fabrics, designs and emotions, cultural differences and a synthesis of Turkish culture and western tastes. Chiffon, silk tulles, hand woven textiles which he purchased from village women in Şirince and Nazarköy in Turkey adorns the light, tom-boyish outfits with splashes of hidden femininity and naivety.
The co-founder and bassist of Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon, returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) to perform as Body/Head, a project with free-noise guitarist Bill Nace. The duo began after Sonic Youth broke up in 2011 as an instrumental side project and now features scripted improvisation and songs with vocals by Gordon. Using a slow-motion film projection as their backdrop, the pair creates a dream-like narrative of guitar instrumentations, feedback, and vocals. The MCA Stage concert marks the Chicago debut of Body/Head and is part of a national tour to support the release of the band’s double album, Coming Apart, which came out 10 September.
Trouble Meets Trouble and Other Recent Works is the menacing title of Stephen Chambers RA’s latest exhibition at the Wills Lane Gallery in St Ives. It refers to a series of etchings portraying characters from the world of literature, politics, history and even radio. Alone, they are highly patterned and iconic, with strong outlines, engaged in characteristic poses recalling their life’s achievements. Hung side by side, The Archers’ Clarrie Grundy, Winston Churchill, Dr Foster from the children’s nursery rhyme, Australian outlaw Ned Kelly and the Hindu goddess Kali seem to create sparks of conversation with each other and histories merge together on the white gallery wall. Chambers even paints his characteristic empty speech bubbles around some of the portraits to emphasise their inaudible monologues.
Europe’s leading independent film festival, Raindance returns to Piccadily Circus, London, this September. Running 25 September until 6 October the event aims to nurture, support and promote independent films and filmmakers from the UK and around the world. Over the 21 years Raindance has been running, the festival has hosted such guests and filmmakers as Christopher Nolan, Shane Meadows, Ken Loach, Marky Ramone, Iggy Pop, Anton Corbijn, Quentin Tarantino, Faye Dunaway and Lou Reed. Over the last few years our international Jury has included Lemmy, Charles Saatchi, Armando Iannucci and Tom Waits.
Turkish artist Taner Ceylan’s Lost Painting Series opens this September at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York. Running 18 September until 26 October, this will be the artist’s first exhibition at the gallery. Well-known for his provoking and emotional realism paintings, Ceylan began this collection as a contemporary exploration of the Orientalist gaze in all its facets. Subverting both western and eastern master narratives, the images depict Eastern figures in a fascinating navigation of history, power and stories.