Now an established and dynamic player on the UK film festival circuit, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a celebration of independent film from across the world and an outlet for championing and supporting short filmmaking. Running 7-10 November across the city of York, the event also includes a series of masterclasses offering insights into the industry.
Actor and director Fiona Shaw is currently presenting her version of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne. This is Glyndebourne’s first production of Britten’s masterpiece since its world premiere at the opera house in 1946. Britten created this opera with the poet Ronald Duncan and their close collaboration produced a tightly focused treatment of a legend which has acquired numerous layers in painting, poetry and drama. On 28 November there will be a special performance aimed at the under-30s where all seats are just £20. We speak to director, Shaw, about her approach to this piece.
Art Cinema at The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) returns for a one-off special, showing another diverse selection of classic and contemporary artists’ films and videos. Previous events have included work by Salvador Dali, René Clair and Rachel Maclean. Curated by artist and filmmaker AJ Garrett, this year’s cinematic occasion guarantees its audiences an array of unusual sights and sounds. We share a run-down of what’s on at mima this autumn.
New York City is transformed into the performance capital of the world as the biennial Performa returns for its fifth edition from 1- 24 November. The only such event dedicated to commissioning, presenting and exploring new visual art performance, 2013 sees more than 100 separate shows presented at over 40 venues with a consortium of over 50 arts institutions and curators. Celebrating the creative vitality of the city, the biennial both encompasses and aims to break down the boundaries between visual art, music, dance, poetry, fashion, architecture, graphic design and the culinary arts.
This year at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF), running from 7 to 10 November in York, audiences will have the opportunity to engage not only with mainstream cinema, but also experience a programme of thought-provoking artists’ film. This year’s event will exhibit the festival’s strong links with the world of contemporary art, showcasing a line-up of outstanding artists’ films and related masterclasses.
With an interest in the challenges and changes in the art world, FIAC returns for its 40th edition to asses the industry it has been a part of for several decades. Opening on 24 October and running until 27, the fair aims to be creative and responsive while maintaining a spirit of continuity. The participating galleries went through a rigorous selection process in order to maintain high standards, and they also represent a balanced view of modern art, contemporary art and emerging artists.
Frieze London is over for another year and now is the time to reflect upon the many works on display. Drawing visitors in immediately was Dan Graham’s plexiglas spiral sculpture that enabled a moment to consider the art and the surrounding crowds. Perhaps this single show-stopping piece on view at Lisson Gallery’s booth served as a metaphor for the carefully curated array of art exhibited, as audiences were lured in by the presentation and then instantly moved on to see what was next.
Cynics may say the art fair is always a kind a crime scene, where culture is mercilessly sold as commodity in the service of capitalism rather than enlightenment. Asli Çavuşoğlu’s Murder in Three Acts (2012) is a thrilling allegorical exploration of this theme, which has its UK premiere just as the crowds gather for the madness of Frieze Art Fair.
Debating and discovering the art of performance and the storytelling demanded in everyday life, the Biennale de Lyon joins together nine international artists, rarely seen in France, in a non-stop programme of events. Endeavouring to discover the particular ways in which performance artists recreate and re-envisage gestures, happenings and statements embedded in human behaviour, the Biennale de Lyon asks the question of what such artistry and artifice reveals to the world. Guest-curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran, the weekend of events will see interviews and discussions working through these probing questions, all overseen by art critic Jean-Max Colard.
Titus Andronicus has long born the sore bruise of critical scolding, rebuked for exciting untimely titters and uneasy guffaws from its audience at the gratuitous, nearing on pantomime, gore and gristle it serves up. However, Michael Fentiman’s debut Royal Shakespeare Company production really brings this early Shakespearean tragedy back to ruddy health, as it delights in, rather than castigates, the farce and fun that can be had with a stage heaving with mutilated corpses, as spouts of blood whistle over the heads of unwitting members of the stalls.
Issue 55 of Aesthetica is in shops now. This issue concentrates on redefinitions as a way of constructing new meaning. The artists featured expand across decades of contemporary practice, and the works included test the resilience of the artist. Inside we start with a look at Elmgreen & Dragset’s latest installation Tomorrow, which takes over the former Textile Galleries at the V&A, London. The artists have created an apartment belonging to a fictional, elderly and disillusioned architect to comment on the loneliness and alienation ever-present in today’s society.
Forced Entertainment are due to premiere new piece Tomorrow’s Parties this week at the opening of Art Sheffield. Following the success of The Thrill of It All in 2010 and The Coming Storm in 2012, the new show continues the company’s playful approach to theatre, creating dialogues rather than narratives through slightly absurdest means. Their latest performance imagines a multitude of hypothetical futures on a makeshift fairground stage.