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.
A mysterious final word ‘mayonnaise’ is how Richard Brautigan ended his most well known book, Trout Fishing in America. The title for the current group exhibition at Franklin Street Works in Stamford, CT takes its name, Kool-Aid Wino, from one of the chapters in the book. It is a story about a disabled child in a poor family who becomes addicted to Kool-Aid (without even adding sugar) in the same way that an unemployed adult might become an alcoholic. Sad, funny, and slightly absurd sums up the story, as with most of the Brautigan’s work. Clare Barliant, who curated Kool-Aid Wino, employs Brautigan’s method of trial-and-error writing to form the basis of this show. It has been speculated that the word ‘mayonnaise’ was not supposed to be added to the book, but that Brautigan accepted the error as a serendipitous slip. This is what Barliant champions: that some of the most successful pieces of art are riddled with mistakes that have triumphed instead of travestied.
Channel 4 and The Saatchi Gallery have announced the shortlist and finalists for this year’s New Sensations Prize. The work of 20 young artists will be exhibited in a show in London opening 12 October. Highly competitive, the final selection is comprised of 20 graduates from BA and MA courses at UK and the Republic of Ireland colleges and universities. The artists have been chosen by a judging panel made up of Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin; Nick Hackworth, founder of Paradise Row, London; Ossian Ward, formerly visual arts editor of Time Out and now at the Lisson Gallery, London; Tabitha Jackson, Commissioning Editor, Arts, Channel 4; and Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator, Saatchi Online and Director, Saatchi Gallery.
Laura Buckley’s sensory installation at Site Gallery, Sheffield, is separated from the outside world by a thick black curtain, which marks the entrance of the gallery and the end of the bookshop. As an artist who reconfigures the everyday, it is appropriate that audiences have to literally pass through a curtain to reach Buckley’s alternative perspective. And once inside the gallery, the colours, sounds and sights are ones quite contrary to the appearance of outside reality.
From the end of August until 15 September, Visa pour l’Image is celebrating the 25th festival, which is an achievement outstripping the original hopes of the founders. The festival is an annual, week-long meeting for 3000 photographers, journalists, picture editors, and photo and press agencies. An event that appreciates the photo in its many forms and expressions, its popularity is demonstrated by the vast amount of visitors that take the trip to attend and the 2012 festival set records well above forecasts for the number of visitors.
As tempting as a three day weekend spent with your feet up may be, our list of exhibitions mean that it is time to get out and about. Sunny or not, there’s plenty going on this bank holiday weekend so banish all thoughts of work, remove yourself from the sofa and make the most of your time off.
To celebrate the release of Irvine Welsh’s film adaptation of Filth, Lionsgate in partnership with Talenthouse are inviting graphic designers, illustrators and artists to create original artwork for a limited edition promotional poster to be featured in The Metro UK. The film shall be released across UK cinemas this October 2013, and for artists and designers this is the perfect opportunity to promote your unique skills and potentially see your original Filth poster design advertised in a national newspaper read by millions.
A Journey Through London’s Subculture: 1980s to Now at the Old Selfridges Hotel in London is part of the ICA’s Off-Site summer series, which started with Glastonbury Festival. The exhibition illustrates a perceived thread of creativity between the post-punk era and the present day – a legacy that underpins London’s incredible creative potential in the present. Taking over the first floor of the hotel, the project will bring together up to 60 influential figures from London’s creative scene from the 1980s to the present, spanning art, design, architecture, fashion, club culture and food. Participants include Tom Dixon, Zaha Hadid, Nicola Tyson, Bodymap, Sarah Lucas, Giles Deacon, Julie Verhoeven, Matthew Darbyshire, Louise Gray, SIBLING, David Waddington and Pablo Flack (Bistroteque), Bethan Laura Wood and Lucky PDF.
At the end of August, Londonewcastle Project Space opens an exhibition of works by Alex Noble entitled Creatures from the Kaleidoscope. Curated by Ryan Lanji and running until 8 September, Noble’s work fuses fashion and art in an immersive landscape of visceral aesthetics. The exhibition began when the artist collaborated with three female musicians and performers who acted as muses for his Mannequink project, shot by photographer Joe McGorty. The results have since taken on a three-dimensional form and will act as a monochromatic introduction to Creatures from the Kaleidoscope.
Cyprus-born artist Haris Epaminonda has a new exhibit on display at Modern Art Oxford. The exhibit features four screens in a blackened room playing a continuous loop of tableaux filmed in Cyprus. Captured using 16mm film converted to digital, the exhibit is tinged with an air of reminiscence that questions the presentation, expectations and interpretations of cultural rituals.Examining themes that include love, death, dress and the body Epaminonda’s series is set in remote Cyprus both outdoors amongst ruins and inside historic buildings.
This September the border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed will transform into one giant cinema screen for the 9th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. Running 25 – 29 September, the event will screen newly commissioned and imaginatively curated films besides hosting installations and other activities. A major element of the programme will be Sidsel Christensen’s new moving image work, Study for Composition X, commissioned specifically for Berwick-upon-Tweed in partnership with Nabroad, the Norwegian Collaborative Organisation for Contemporary Art Abroad.
Steven Bode has been the Director of Film and Video Umbrella for 20 years. Formed in the very early days of moving image artworks, the company have played an important role in promoting moving image as an art form. Film and Video Umbrella have produced nearly 200 different artists projects, ranging from ambitious multi-screen installations to shorter film and video pieces, as well as numerous online commissions. This September they celebrate their 25th anniversary with 25 Frames, an ongoing programme of screenings and special events in which stand-out pieces from the organisation’s past are re-staged and re-evaluated for the present. Aesthetica speaks to Bode about his 20 years at the company and the increase of moving art.