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Interview with Artistic Director of Forced Entertainment, Tim Etchells

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Forced Entertainment has spent the last three decades pushing the boundaries of contemporary performance. Founded in 1984 by six recently graduated artists, the theatrical group have created numerous productions that have continued to play with language, staging, costume, lighting, humour, narrative sound and the very nature of a performance piece. Artistic Director Tim Etchells is also a solo artist and has seen his work exhibited internationally. This year he is officially Artist of the City of Lisbon. He speaks to Aesthetica about upcoming performance, The Notebook, and his ability to sustain a theatre company for 30 years.

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The Next Generation: Alice Myers

In the Special 60th Edition of Aesthetica we celebrate the emerging photographers that are shaping the future of the image-based practice in The Next Generation. We have partnered with the London College of Communication to survey some of photography’s rising stars and showcase their fresh ideas and new concepts. Award-winning photographer Alice Myers has pursued documentary projects in Mexico, Ireland and France. Her works look at migrants attempting to cross borders and her series Nothing is Impossible Under the Sun captured people in Calais trying to get into the UK. She speaks to us about the impact of winning awards and her interest in border crossing.

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Nabil Nahas, Phoenix Dactylifera, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London

The 16 October hosts the opening of Nabil Nahas’ new exhibition in London. The title of the exhibit, Phoenix Dactylifera, derives from the artist’s heritage and is the name of the native Date Palm tree from the Middle East. As one of Lebanon’s most significant contemporary artists, Nahas will be the most noteworthy and first to exhibit in the UK to date.

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The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate collection Tate St Ives

The Modern Lens is the largest display of photographic works ever to be exhibited at Tate St Ives, looking at developments in international photography from the 1920s to the 1960s through the work of pioneering artists from across Europe, the Americas and Japan.

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Review of Francesca Woodman: ZigZag, Victoria Miro, London

The work of the late photographer Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) is renowned for its distinct and innovative vision. Her black and white imagery exudes a unique sense of mystery and beauty that at once compels and disarms her audiences. With such a short career, it is always astounding to see how much Woodman managed to achieve in her practice and how important this work remains today.

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Opening of The Fondation Louis Vuitton in the Jardin d’Acclimatation, Paris

The Fondation Louis Vuitton is a new Parisian centre for contemporary French and international artistic creation, contained within a building commissioned by Bernard Arnault, and designed by the American architect Frank Gehry. The building resembles a cloud of glass: twelve large transparent sails covering a main body, itself formed from an assembly of pure white blocks. Sunken into the ground, the Fondation appears to float within the surrounding Jardin d’Acclimatation whose trees and greenery will play light tricks with and be mirrored by its vast panes.

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5 To See This Weekend

This weekend’s exhibitions take us down memory lane in the world of photography, as we look back at the life’s work of fashion photographer Horst and the evolution of colour photography throughout Russia in the 20th Century. We also explore new projects from current artists Andrew Kerr in Glasgow and Max Beckmann Hamburg and photographer Paul Graham in New York.

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The Next Generation: Juno Calypso

In the Special 60th Edition of Aesthetica we celebrate the emerging photographers that are shaping the future of the image-based practice in The Next Generation. We have partnered with the London College of Communication to survey some of photography’s rising stars and showcase their fresh ideas and new concepts. Juno Calypso works with self-portraiture to explore the artificial construction of femininity. Her fictional character, Joyce, allows her to combine personal experience with critical studies into modern rituals of beauty and seduction.

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David Chancellor: Hunters, Impressions Gallery, Bradford

In 2010, David Chancellor won the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize with his iconic portrait of fourteen year old girl, Josie Slaughter, riding horseback with her trophy of a hunted dead buck. This image, Huntress with Buck, forms part of Hunters, the UK’s most comprehensive exhibition of Chancellor’s work to date and is due to go on display at Impressions Gallery, Bradford on 7 October.

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Opening Gala at Berwick Upon Tweed Film & Media Arts Festival

For 10 years Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival has continued in its aim to turn the small northern town into one big screen. Over the decade festival-goers have been given the opportunity to watch hundreds of international film premieres in a plethora of unique settings, besides the varied special events that last year saw performance artist, Sidsel Christensen, balanced precariously above the River Tweed. For their 10th year, festival organisers have not only produced a glossy anniversary catalogue, TEN, but they also prepared a spectacular Opening Gala with two UK premieres from Momcilo Mrdakovic and Ben Russell.

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Open for Business Science Museum, London

Open for Business is a vast collection of over 100 dynamic and diverse images from nine leading Magnum photographers, including Martin Parr, Chris Steele-Perkins, Stuart Franklin, David Hurn and Peter Marlow will provide a behind-the-scenes look at contemporary manufacturing in the UK. Amongst the work are never-before-seen photographs from Chris Steele-Perkins and Mark Power, whist it is also the UK premiere of renowned street photographer Bruce Gilden’s colour works.

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The Marseillaise(s) / fifteen years of collecting, Huis Marseille Museum voor fotografie, Amsterdam

The Marseillaise(s) / fifteen years of collecting focuses on the artistic growth and development of five photographers: Valérie Belin, Jacqueline Hassink, Naoya Hatakeyama, Sarah Jones and Rob Nypels. Each artist has curates a gallery of their choice, starting with their most recent works and moving to include older pieces of their own work which are held by the Huis Marseille collection. The result is five retrospectives, each artist illustrating their own personal and artistic development over the last fifteen years.

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Review Heather Phillipson: sub-fusc love-feast, Dundee Contemporary Arts

Within the cavernous space of Dundee Contemporary Arts, visitors eagerly clamber over contours of artificial green landmass, through a dense forest of cardboard cut-out animals and plantlife. At first, mistakable for an abandoned theatre set, this stock photography menagerie is artist and poet Heather Phillipson’s most recent “head-sick” into a gallery space, forming an immersive terrain of film, audio and sculptural works.

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Juul Kraijer The Wapping Project Bankside, London

Taking over the third floor of The Wapping Project Bankside’s second Mayfair location is a new, challenging exhibition programme, initiated by Jules Wright. This autumn the series kicks off with the first UK solo exhibition by Dutch photographer, Juul Kraijer.Not only working in photography, over her twenty year career, Juul Kraijer’s meticulous, exploratory methods have yielded a body of work of over four hundred drawings, as well as sculpture and video.

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Review of Bernhard Schobinger: The Rings of Saturn, Manchester Art Gallery

Nestled in a small gallery adjacent to Manchester Art Gallery’s shop is a display of obscurely beautiful contemporary jewellery, which teeters on the edge of being fearsome. Old saw blades hold pearls and diamonds, while strings of broken bottle necks and spectacle eye glasses have been transformed into necklaces. Far from anyone’s usual expectations of jewellery, this is the world of contemporary artist Bernard Schobinger.

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Artes Mundi 6, National Museum Cardiff, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff and ffotogallery Penarth

Artes Mundi 6 is a major contemporary art prize based in the UK, taking place bi-annually to bring together through an exhibition some of the world’s most celebrated artists of today. This year, the event branches out beyond the National Museum Cardiff to include Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff and ffotogallery, Penarth, with a programme of performance, music, site-specific installations, film, lectures and seminars.

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The Next Generation: Þorsteinn Cameron

In the Special 60th Edition of Aesthetica we celebrate the emerging photographers that are shaping the future of the image-based practice in The Next Generation. We have partnered with the London College of Communication to survey some of photography’s rising stars and showcase their fresh ideas and new concepts. Þorsteinn Cameron’s work takes a look at technology’s influence in modern society. While dealing with a wide spectrum of modern mediums, Cameron’s practice has remained firmly grounded in the natural landscapes of Iceland.

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Mona Kuhn: Acido Dorado, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

This is the first US solo exhibition of German photographer Mona Kuhn’s newest large-scale colour series, Acido Dorado. These photographs of nudes aim to show the human body in its most natural state, timeless and free from cultural and generational stereotypes.

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Review of Nick Cave’s Made By Whites For Whites, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Nick Cave’s self proclaimed role as a messenger is amply evident from his exhibition titled Made By Whites For Whites at the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. In a recent conversation at the gallery with Denise Markonish, the curator of MASS MoCA that will host his large scale solo exhibition in 2016, Cave spoke of his social responsibility as an artist that marks a new direction and departure from his lavish, well-known Soundsuits.

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RITE OF PASSAGE: The Early Years of Vienna Actionism, 1960 – 1966, Hauser & Wirth, New York

RITE OF PASSAGE is New York’s first major exhibition devoted to the early years of the 20th century avant-garde movement, Vienna Actionism. Through a rare selection of early vintages prints and original contact sheets, as well as paintings and collages by artists such as Günter Brus, Otto Muehl, Hermann Nitsch, and Rudolf Schwarzkogler, and curated by Hubert Klocker, the exhibition is a representative survey of the formative years of Vienna Actionism.

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Korea International Art Fair, 25 – 29 September

Established in 2002, Korea International Art Fair (KIAF) has become one of the leading art fairs in Asia. The event was initiated by Galleries Association of Korea and offers an opportunity for visitors to take a look at the best artists and institutions at work in the industry. In addition to the numerous exhibitors involved, KIAF presents a range of connected programmes to provide a more detailed overview of the market. Running 25-29 September this year, the fair displays the artists of today, while predicting the creatives of tomorrow.

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Jenny Holzer: Dust Paintings Cheim & Read, New York

Jenny Holzer has used government documents as a source for her work since 2004, and she has used language as her primary medium since the late 1970s. Whether this be placed on electronic signs or stone benches, Holzer’s text investigates how ideas are transformed from argument or opinion into fact.

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Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010, Tate Modern, London

Including works which have never been exhibited as well as paintings, films, sculptures, notebooks, slide projections and photocopies from across five decades, Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010 will be the first exhibition to fully encompass the enormously varied range of materials with which Polke worked.

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The Next Generation: Joachim Fleinert

In the Special 60th Edition of Aesthetica we celebrate the emerging photographers that are shaping the future of the image-based practice in The Next Generation. We have partnered with the London College of Communication to survey some of photography’s rising stars and showcase their fresh ideas and new concepts.  Joachim Fleinert bases his practice on found photography. Inspired by the flea market rifling that defined his childhood, Fleinert loves to search for lost stories and lives in imagery. Fleinert speaks to us about the way he transforms old photography and his upcoming projects.

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Brighton Photo Biennial Venues across Brighton and Hove, Sussex

The UK’s largest international photography festival returns for the sixth time this year, filling venues and public spaces in Brighton & Hove and beyond with a series of remarkable collaborations. Rather than be organised by a single curator, ‘Communities, Collectives & Collaboration’ will present a series of projects which feature over 45 photographers, artists, collectives and partners bound by an innovative collaborative approach which gives rise to unexpected partnerships between practitioners from varying fields.

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21st Noorderlicht International Photofestival: An Ocean of Possibilities, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden

Saluting the work of Frisian author and poet Jan Slauerhoff, the 21st Noorderlicht International Photofestival highlights those who, dissatisfied with the status quo, think ‘outside the box,’ seek alternatives or create their own. An Ocean of Possibilities is dedicated to ventures which underwrite our freedom to start something new and to do the unexpected in a world where it can feel as if the fundamentals cannot change.

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Review of Bernd & Hilla Becher, Sprüth Magers London

Bernd & Hilla Becher’s project to document the industrial landscape of post-war Europe, ongoing for over five decades, is timeless: contemporary photographs of monumental structures that bear no trace of current affairs, past events or future projections. This selection of works exemplifies their rigorous examination of architectural typologies, treading a fine line between similarity and difference, seemingly devoid of both utility and humanity.

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Robert Adams: A Road Through Shore Pine Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

A Road Through Shore Pine focuses on a new body of work by Robert Adams, a series of 18 never-before-seen photographs made in Nehalem Bay State Park, Oregon, in the autumn of 2013, which will be presented alongside Robert Adams: The Complete Books, 1970–2014. This is to be a survey of the artist’s deep involvement with the book form over a span of almost 45 years.

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Review of Folkestone Triennial 2014: Lookout, Folkestone, Kent

In a town whose faded seaside glamour is both complimented and disturbed by a swath of public art, it is only at low tide that the feverish digging can commence. A swatch of beach that in the morning looks like the realisation of a grim prophecy in a Morrissey song is by late afternoon swamped by an ecstatic crowd. Michael Sailstorfer has buried £10,000 worth of gold bullion in the unforgiving sands of the Old Harbour.

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Interview with Michael Hanreck, Developer of Photo Clothing

Photo.clothing combines the fad of all over prints on t-shirts with art, to produce vibrant and unique items of clothing. The team have joined up with Magnum photographers Martin Parr and David Alan Harvey and have created 500 t-shirts with their distinctive photographs. All of the shirts are hand printed in London on high-quality materials that stays wrinkle free and soft to the hand. Photographers are invited to join the community and submit their own photographs to be transformed into a fashionable garment. We speak to the developer of Photo Clothing, Michael Hanreck, about the company and his favourite designs. 

The Work of Dave Wise: Photography to Film-making

Dave Wise was once described by the producers of hit TV show Britain’s Next Top Model as “… part of the fashion elite”  and is now a long way from where he began with his camera at the age of 5. Describing his work, he says: “The thought of tomorrow is so exciting, the next project, one step closer to the day after that; and it all starts all over again”. His work has appeared across the globe and clients include United Agents, The Artists Partnership,  EFFIGY Magazine, FIASCO Magazine, Vogue.com, Universal Records, BOX Boutique, Christophe Willem, Channel 4, Junipero Magazine and Concierge Magazine.

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James Reka: Trip The Light, StolenSpace Gallery, London

With his London debut, Berlin-based Australian artist James Reka explores the splendour of the dancing female form using fluid lines to create a hypnotic and dynamic movement. The title of the show derives from John Milton’s 1645 poem L’Allegro, in which to “trip the light fantastic” alludes to those who dance without inhibition – and Reka’s characters do just this.

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Interview with Laura Culpan, Curator of Maddox Arts: Degrees of Separation

Degrees of Separation at Maddox Arts explores the legacy of the Modern Masters who were pioneering geometric abstraction and kinetic art in the 1950s and 1960s. The exhibition responds to the work of these influential artists and looks at how contemporary practitioners are continuing to uses these art forms today. Artists such as Carlos Cruz-Diez, Abraham Palatnik and Julio le Parc are included in the show and the presentation of their work together develops a unique discourse between the various approaches to the genre. Aesthetica speaks to curator Laura Culpan about the development of  Degrees of Separation and the future plans for Maddox Arts.

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Exhibition of New Works by Aesthetica Art Prize Finalist Deb Covell, mima, Middlesbrough

From Nowt to Summat is a new installation by Aesthetica Art Prize finalist Deb Covell, opening at mima, Middlesbrough, on 18 September. The work has been produced as part of her Artist’s Open Studio event at mima (until 12 September) and is also accompanied by Absolute Zero, an exhibition of Covell’s work in the area outside our education space, Project Space 2 Gallery, until 18 September.

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About Town, Birmingham Hippodrome

International video art is celebrated in an exhibition at Birmingham Hippodrome and across the city this November. About Town is presented in partnership with Ikon and showcases a wide variety of free night-screenings by artists from the UK and abroad, in unique urban spaces. Running 13-16 November, the event combines new commissions and pieces from the Ikon’s recent programme.

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CRW Nevinson: A Printmaker in War & Peace Osborne Samuel gallery, London

To coincide with the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, Osborne Samuel gallery will hold a comprehensive exhibition of CRW Nevinson’s prints alongside the launch of a new book titled CRW Nevinson: The Complete Prints, which is to bethe first complete survey of Nevinson’s printmaking career.

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Exhibition of Bloomberg New Contemporaries: World Museum, Liverpool

This year, 55 artists join the assembly of Bloomberg New Contemporaries, chosen by the UK organisation which supports emergent art practice from British Art Schools. New Contemporaries provides a critical platform for recent fine art graduates by means of this annual, nationally touring exhibition – of which previous exhibitors include Jake & Dinos Chapman, Tacita Dean, Mona Hatoum, Damien Hirst, David Hockney and Mike Nelson.

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Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain, Black Heritage Centre, London

The opening of the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) in Brixton marks a significant milestone in the life-cycle of the south London borough of Lambeth. Proudly housed in the listed Raleigh Hall on the corner of the iconic Windrush Square, the archive finally exposes the fragility, the battle and the joy experienced by Black-Britons as they came to forge an indelible and unique contribution to the cultural landscape not only of London where the S.S. Empire Windrush docked in 1948 but spiralling outwards to encompass the entire island, creating in its wake a wave of activism and defiance.

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Brian Eno and David Graeber: The Artangel Longplayer Conversation 2014 Ondaatje Theatre, London

This year, the Artangel Longplayer Conversation brings together Brian Eno and David Graeber to discuss present concerns and the long term potential for change. Eno is a cultural polymath, an artist, writer, producer and musician; Graeber meanwhile is an activist who has worked extensively with the Global Justice Movement and Occupy Wall Street and author of a number of books including the highly-acclaimed Debt: The First 5,000 Years and regularly writes for The Guardian, Al Jazeera and Harpers. In addition to this, he also currently holds the position of Professor of Social Anthopology at the London School of Economics.

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Rashid Johnson: Dutchman, Red Square Russian and Turkish Baths, Chicago

This September, Rashid Johnson’s critically acclaimed piece, Dutchman, will run at Chicago’s Red Square Russian and Turkish Baths for five evenings with performances beginning at 11pm as part of Performa 10 YearsDutchman is Johnson’s first live performance and is a reimagining of the Obie Award-winning theatrical play written in 1964 by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), re-enacted within the setting of a traditional bathhouse – having premiered at the historic Russian & Turkish Baths in New York City’s East Village.