August/September Issue- Extract from the Editor’s Note
When we look back in fifty years, what do you think we’ll remember about these times? Technology is moving quickly; it’s hard to keep up. My new phone isn’t even that new anymore. As a society, we’ve changed – we can access anything we want, create our own user-generated content, and expose ourselves to the world on blogs. There has been a shift in power and we are more in control of our experiences, but this begs the question, what legacy will this leave?
This issue examines the current state of play, and offers answers to this resonating question. In art, we look at the interplay between digital technologies, performance, and installation with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer in his exhibition, Recorders, which opens this September. Stuart Brisley is one of performance art’s instigators; with a prolific career spanning five decades, we review his seminal works from the 1970s. The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today is a new exhibition that surveys over 100 works and illustrates how our definitions of sculpture have been altered by the photograph. Finally, a look at multiplicity and the defiance of categorisation with photographer, Jannica Honey.
In film, Javier Fuentes-León’s Sundance winning film, Undertow, reaches our screens. Abandon Normal Devices: Festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture opens in October, examining the intersection between art and cinema. In music, Canada’s Born Ruffians are back with their new album, while we chat with Rob Da Bank about the boutique festival experience. Writer, Maile Chapman, discusses her debut, Your Presence is Required at Suvanto, and Wesley Stace otherwise known as John Wesley Harding chats about his new book, Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer. Finally, a look at the crossover between immersive theatre and live action gaming in The Games of Nonchalance.
In this issue, we’re exploring several important topics of the day, as well as bringing you previews and reviews of this season’s latest exhibitions and releases. Enjoy.
Cherie Federico, Editor