A group exhibition, featuring work from John Akomfrah, Phoebe Boswell and Rashaad Newsome, will run from 7 March until 10 April at the Carroll / Fletcher gallery in Central London. Drawing on issues of identity, class, race and gender, these three artists explore the construction of identity on both a personal and cultural level, working in mixed mediums to tell their own narratives and those of the people around them.
Tate Liverpool presents Keywords, an exhibition building on Raymond Williams’ study of the vocabulary of culture and society. Published in 1976, Williams’ Keywords has become a seminal work in the study of English, as well as the fields of cultural studies and visual culture. The book contains over 130 short essays on words such as ‘Violence’, ‘Country’, ‘Criticism’, ‘Media’, ‘Popular’ and ‘Exploitation’, providing an account of the word’s current use, its origin and the range of meanings attached to it.
Five key organisations across Bristol join forces to present Bristol New Music from 21 February until 23 February. Colston Hall, Arnolfini, Spike Island, St George’s Bristol and the University of Bristol work together to bring the very best international new music to the city, while working to create opportunities for emerging regional artists. Over the weekend in February there will be a stimulating programme of events to showcase a variety of musical talents.
Steeped in the tradition of landscape art, walking has been at the heart of many art practices and performances for generations. This exhibition, focusing on both literal and metaphorical artists’ walks and journeys, is the first to examine the astonishingly varied ways in which artists since the late 1960s have used the universal act of taking a walk as a means to explore new realms of creativity. Walk On – From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff, 40 Years of Art Walking opens on 8 February, and brings together the work of almost 40 artists including 2 and 3 dimensional pieces, video and performance.
The Worst of Scottee is a confessional and it’s set out as such: Scottee sits inside a photobooth, profile to the audience and we observe as he tells his story to this modern confession booth. Although his body is in profile we see his face via a video monitor on the side of the machine and he does turn to interact with the audience as he sings. He’s a talented singer and the staging is simple but effective. When he does finally leave the photobooth towards the end of the show to stand in front of the audience there is almost a sense of gratitude: the video is compelling and clever but the story is so human and raw that you want to see him in person.
You can now read Aesthetica Magazine wherever you are with our new digital subscriptions accessible via iPad, iPhone and Android devices. A bi-monthly publication, Aesthetica brings you the latest news in contemporary art and culture. It is the ultimate destination for discovering industry developments, ground-breaking exhibitions and world-class artists.
At the end of February Art14 London will return to Olympia Grand, welcoming over 180 galleries from 40 countries. Running from 28 February until 2 March, the fair brings together contemporary and modern art from all over the world, including regions such as Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Established and emerging artists from cities such as Lagos, Berlin, Beijing, Dubai, Buenos Aires, Osaka, Mumbai and São Paulo will be celebrated in this diverse event. There will also be a programme of talks, performances and collaborations with top London chefs.
For the Dallas Biennial 2014 (DB14) over 50 national and international artists come together to exhibit work in multiple venues across Dallas. Running for four months until 31 May, DB14 fills Texas with exhibitions, performances and lectures. Making the event accessible to everyone, work is displayed in non-profit spaces, galleries, warehouses, artist-run spaces, corporate offices, on a billboard and in a magazine.
The Dhaka Art Summit pioneers initiative for South Asian art which brings together artists, curators, galleries and visitors from across Bangladesh and the world. A major non-profit platform, the event was conceived to support museum-quality exhibits in Bangladesh, the development of South Asian art and international artistic exchange.
Experimentation is the key component to innovation. It’s essential to try new things and to gather your inspiration from as many sources as possible. This means that you have to step outside of your comfort zone from time to time, and engage with something that you might not normally encounter. Inside Issue 57, we begin with a discussion around the parameters of photography and the role that light, colour and subject play with What Is a Photograph?
Carroll / Fletcher‘s current exhibition Now Showing is conceived as a journey that explores the fundamental elements constituting filmmaking; each piece investigates experimental approaches towards technical processes, narrative structures and the history and culture of filmic material.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Apocrifu is an exploration of apocryphal religious texts through the use of the human body. Collaborating with two other dancers, Yasuyuki Shuto, a classical dancer from the Ballet of Tokyo, and Dimitri Jourde, a contemporary dancer and circus artist, the piece examines major ideologies. Apocrifu will run at Southbank Centre, London, 24 – 25 January, we speak to the Belgian performance artist about his approach to the work and his intentions behind it.
The third edition of the Saint-Etienne Nouveau Siècle Festival returns to Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, France this spring. Working with the Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Étienne and the Musée d’art moderne, it creates a focal point for contemporary American art through a new strand, The New York Moment, which presents a series of exhibitions that bring together key figures in the New York art scene from the 1970s to today.
Tate have announced the BMW Tate Live 2014 performance programme today. Now in its third year, BMW Tate Live is a major four-year partnership between BMW and Tate, which focuses on innovative live performances and events including live web broadcast, in-gallery performance, seminars and workshops.
In recent years Nina Canell has exhibited at major international shows, including La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, the 18th Biennale of Sydney and the 2010 Liverpool Biennial. Her work will be shown in a new solo exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre, inspired directly from the architectural space it inhabits. This presentation runs from 17 January to 30 March.
The inaugural Jerwood Open Forest exhibition examines art in the environment and what it has the potential to be in its broadest definition. This unique, multisensory exhibition of new work charts the five selected projects over a six-‐month period of research and development. Juan delGado, Adam James, Amanda Loomes, artist duo Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) and Chris Watson collaborating with producer Iain Pate, have expanded on the concept of their ambitious proposals, engaging with forest sites across England. In doing so the artists have produced exciting new bodies of work comprising sculpture, film, audio, and performance, which will open on 15 January at Jerwood Space.
Sri Lanka’s pre-eminent platform for international dialogue in contemporary art, the Colombo Art Biennale (CAB14), which opens 31 January, will feature works by artists and collectives from 12 countries. This year’s biennale adopts the theme Making History and explores the artistic adventure of the creation of history and ideas such as man’s desire to invent the future and the implications of the past on the human condition.
Kate Tempest’s critically-acclaimed smash hit Brand New Ancients comes to Lyric Hammersmith for one night only. The work – which follows two South London families as their respective generations grow and intertwine into a parable of modern life – will open in West London in January as part of a national tour.
Artangel Open is inviting artists working in all media across the UK to submit bold, site-specific proposals that will transform and enrich the UK’s cultural landscape. Championing innovation and creativity is at the heart of this project; a £1 million initiative running in alliance with BBC Radio 4. Deadline for submissions is 28 February 2014.
In a new section of Art Projects, a pivotal component of the annual London Art Fair, a series of collaborations between emerging UK and international galleries is to take place. Curated by MOSTYN Wales‘ Adam Carr and entitled Dialogues, this new initiative on display at the Fair from 15-19 January sees galleries and artists join forces, promising a unique exhibition of critical conversations, awash with the excitement of shared ideas and common visuals. Aesthetica partners with the London Art Fair and exclusive copies of the magazine will be available for guests.
The new single from The Correspondents, Fear and Delight, is out today via From Our Own. The release proceeds next year’s March launch of their debut album, Puppet Loosely Strung. The duo have become renowned for their live shows and have been included in The Telegraph’s “Top Ten Glastonbury Highlights” for the past two years. Producing alternative pop-fueled catchy anthems, Fear and Delight is a continuation of their unique sound. Take a look behind the scenes of their latest music video with exclusive footage.
Today is the last day to get along to Art Basel Miami Beach. This Art Basel show presents premier artwork from across the globe. Over 250 of the world’s leading galleries participate, drawing over 50,000 visitors each year. Since 5 December the sandy beach of Miami has been overrun with the very best of emerging and established art. We pick out some of the best stands to see.
There’s still time to get along to Art Basel Miami Beach. As well as the stunning list of exhibitors, there are eight sectors allowing visitors to explore the many dimensions of Modern and contemporary art including museum-caliber paintings, sculptures and classical photography, as well as works of an outsized scale, precisely curated projects, and site-specific artworks which take advantage of the unique Miami Beach landscape. We take a look at some of the best galleries to see at the fair.
The second day of Art Basel Miami Beach is upon us and there are still hundreds of galleries to check out. Participants from Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa make up the impressive list of exhibitors at this year’s event. The different galleries present historical work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as newly created pieces by emerging stars. If you are unsure of what to see today, with such a vast selection on display, check out some of our recommended stands below.
Advent is well under away and in the midst of carols, Christmas shopping and the increased preparation for the festive period, there’s still plenty of great art out there to enjoy. Escape the bitter winter winds and take a break from all the Christmas planning to make the most of the world’s best art galleries, showcasing some of the finest and most eclectic exhibitions right through December. From the sandy beaches of Miami to the bustling streets of London, here are five of the best to indulge in this Saturday and Sunday.
Siobhan Davies has worked as a dance artist and choreographer for over 40 years and her passion for movement and communication has lead to a long and varied career. The Director of her own studios, Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, Davies can also be referred to as a performer, collaborative aritst and most recently she became involved in filmmaking. Her newest work, Table of Contents, is due to go on tour in 2014, opening at the ICA 8 January before heading onto Tramway, Glasgow and the Arnolfini, Bristol. The project reflects upon the process and difficulties of archiving dance, how memory impacts on movement and her own inquiries shared with other artists. Aesthetica speaks to Davies about her approach to the new performance and her history in dance.
The Catlin Guide 2014 will present the very best in Britain’s most talented new artists. The publication will be available to the public from January at the London Art Fair. Author Justin Hammond undertakes an extensive tour of UK art schools before conducting a series of artist interviews and consultations with leading gallerists, curators,course tutors and collectors, after which he reveals the coveted shortlist. This year one of the chosen individuals is Jakob Rowlinson who speaks to Aesthetica about his work, Puppeteering a Portrait, and what it means to be in the Catlin Guide.
Issue 56 December / January of Aesthetica is in shops now! In this edition we consider the importance of reflecting upon the things you have done, as well as those you didn’t do and will go on to do in the future. We start with Hello, my name is Paul Smith, which is on now at the Design Museum, London, and looks at the art, fashion and creative ingenuity of one of Britain’s leading designers. We also examine The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945 at MOCAK in Krakow, Poland. At MoMA in New York, European art is also being showcased: Isa Genzken’s installations and sculptures are the subject of a massive retrospective, which surveys the layers of her work.
AV Festival 14: EXTRACTION takes place 1-31 March 2014 at venues across the North East of England, including mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art), Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Tyneside Cinema, NGCA (Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art), Star and Shadow Cinema, Laing Art Gallery and other spaces to be announced. A biennial event, the Festival is thematically curated to engage audiences with current ideas across contemporary art, film, music and wider society. This year’s event features new commissions, UK premieres, solo exhibitions, group shows, concerts and film screenings by international and nationally renowned artists.
The Wayne McGregor and Random Dance project is part of the Aperto 2013 festival and brings together Fondazione I Teatri alongside Collezione Maramotti and Max Mara for the world première of the site-specific performance Scavenger. Appearing in the Collezione’s spaces on 16 and 17 November, McGregor will present four performances together with the Italian première of Atomos at Teatro Valli on 15 November.
Alison Goldfrapp takes the lead in an annual exhibition series turning performer into curator. The initiative behind the Performer as Curator series binds the space between the performing and visual arts. The Lowry venue reflects this relationship of entertainment and the arts through its inclusion of both Theatre and Gallery spaces; fusing the work of artist and musician.
Last night saw the closing ceremony of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival. It was a fantastic affair, with guests joining us from all across the world. Seara Jin, director of Konnichiwa Brick Lane made a special effort to fly from Tokyo for the festival and some came from as far as Los Angeles and Canada. Other talent joined us from closer to home, with York filmmaker Jack Lawrence’s comedy The Painter and the Thief winning lots of laughs at its screening in King’s Manor.
All This Can Happen, a 50-minute film by David Hinton and choreographer Siobhan Davies, opens with images of men who cannot walk. One lies immobile in a hospital bed, his head trembling, eyes vacant with torment. Another, also institutionalised, tries to walk but fails. He falls, scrambles and falls again, his whole body stiff with malfunction.
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.