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.
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.
The Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art opens to the public 19 September under the thought provoking title, Everywhere But Now. Relating to the questions of space and time, the exhibition brings together various artists including, Marina Abramović (Serbia), Khaled Jarrar (Palestine), Haris Epaminonda (Cyprus), Peter Wüthrich (Switzerland) and many more. Everywhere But Now will be both powerful and personal as audiences are offered the opportunity to speak to the artists directly.
Founded in 2007, Docks Art Fair celebrates its fourth year by taking up a permanent site. Since its conception, the event has become a centre for art lovers and this year it leaves its temporary structure and moves a few 100 meters to the south of the Sucrière, home to the Biennial of Lyon, at the tip of the Confluence. The new building is a steel and glass structure, lovingly planned by architect Odile Decq. Running 12 – 15 September, the new solid foundations of the event reflect the evolution of the fair as permanent feature of the contemporary art market.
Hyung-Gyu Kim was selected as one of last year’s finalists for the Aesthetica Art Prize, capturing the judges’ attention with his installation Chromaphone II that examines sound/colour associations from across the globe. Kim works through a range of methodologies, employing video, sculpture, sound and electronic components to forge hybrid memories and re-examine those once thought lost. Exhibiting in Japan, Korea and the USA, Kim’s Chromaphone II is the second in a series that explores the phenomenon of synesthesia, an experience of “seeing sounds” and “hearing colours.”
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.
This September Encounters returns to Bristol to showcase the very best of short film and animation from across the globe. Running 17-22 September, the event captures a snapshot of the most interesting emerging talent on the big screen. Including fiction, documentary, experimental works and music video, the featured films represent creativity across all genres.
With less than a month to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize, we’re continuing our countdown to 31 August with a run down of artists longlisted for last year’s Prize. Today we’re focusing on 2013 Student Prize Winner, Slade School of Fine Art graduate Poppy Whatmore, who fought off competition from thousands of entries, 100 longlisted artists and finally the remaining 8 shortlisted works to claim her coveted title with her instillation piece The Family Meal.
In a celebration of contemporary art, innovative and outstanding works shortlisted from the Aesthetica Art Prize will be displayed in the enchanting setting of York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space next spring following the great success of last year’s inaugural exhibition held at the same venue. With only one month left to enter, we take a closer look at this one aspect of the Art Prize which offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience in an innovative and fascinating setting.
The Edinburgh Art Festival returns to Scotland from 1 August, immersing the city in cultural explorations of art. Running until 1 September, the festival features no less than 50 exhibitions across 30 venues. Celebrating the location of Edinburgh and the many gallery spaces across the city, the event is the UK’s largest annual festival dedicated to visual art. Alongside the many exhibitions and events there is an ambitious commissioning programme that takes art out onto the streets. Looking at the theme Parley, the commissioned works explore communication either with the city or with audiences.
Selected Signs is a collection of six disks featuring the music that was selected for the ECM exhibition, ECM – A Cultural Archaeology, at Haus der Kunst in Munich at the start of the year. The exhibition surveyed the record company’s significant creative work in the worlds of music, graphic art and photography over the past 44 years. Released 1 July, the recordings on Selected Signs formed part of the exhibition where visitors could listen to the tracks on headphones. Aesthetica speaks to Steve Lake, Production and Licensing at ECM Records, about the exhibition and his personal enjoyment of the album.
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.