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Interview with Oberhausen Curator Mika Taanila

One of the main programmes for the 60th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (1 to 6 May 2014), entitled Memories Can’t Wait – Film without Film, will bring together works that take place in a cinema but play with the normal viewing situation. Many of these works move away from the traditional moving image projection. So what happens in the cinema when the key element of the movie-going experience – the film itself – is taken away, when the screen is blank, when memories are evoked or “impossible films” presented? In one of the most extensive programme of “filmless films” so far, Oberhausen will present over 30 historical and new pieces that explore this question. Film without Film is curated by Mika Taanila, one of the most renowned contemporary Finnish artists and filmmakers. We speak to Taanila about his latest project.

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Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s at The Fashion Institute of Technology

Don’t let the title, Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s, fool you. These calm, classically proportioned clothes have nothing to say about social or economic upheaval. They’re pretty things for privileged people: glorious examples of sewing, draping, and pattern-making done during a decade of fascism, depression, and civil war. Here is the proof that Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

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Miroslaw Balka: DIE TRAUMDEUTUNG 25,31m AMSL, White Cube Gallery, Mason’s Yard

Since the 10th Unilever Turbine Hall commission at Tate Modern back in 2009, this is Miroslaw Balka’s first solo show with new works in London and his fourth at White Cube gallery. Titled DIE TRAUMDEUTUNG 25,31m AMSL after Sigmund Freud’s book The Interpretation of Dreams (1899), the Mason’s Yard exhibition runs with another parallel exhibition of the Polish artist at the Freud Museum in Northwest London, DIE TRAUMDEUTUNG 75,32m AMSL. The accompanying numerals in both titles refer to the altitude (height above sea level) of each venue respectively.

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Vijay Iyer: Mutations, Haus der Kunst, Munich

In the booklet of his new album, Mutations, Vijay Iyer states: “our intent, as players and observers, is to place ourselves fully in the moment with sound.” This desire was perfectly executed at the European Premiere of the record at Haus der Kunst, Munich, on 29 March. With his hands firmly attached to the piano, his head thrown back and his eyes shut, Iyer was lost in the midst of his creation; and so was the audience. The pianist-composer’s album is both captivating and mind-blowing, combing so many detailed fragments it is sometimes hard to comprehend how they slot together so perfectly.

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Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe at The Guggenheim

Living in today’s world of gratuitous violence, high technology and professionally formulated plans for the future one may not find it surprising that our methods and ideas have historical roots in Fascism. The Guggenheim’s Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe explores the brutality and brilliance that went into the constantly evolving field of Futurist art whose legacy continues to evolve, and has influenced people like architect Le Corbusier and technologist Steve Jobs.

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Interview with Artist Burak Delier

Turkish artist Burak Delier’s exhibition Freedom Has No Script including a new commission by Iniva opened at Rivington Place last week. The artist explores the relationship between capitalism and art, mixing seriousness and wit to critique society in a way that is relevant to his native Turkey and beyond. We caught up with Delier to ask him some questions about the essence of his art and his understanding of his own work.

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5 To See This Weekend

This April there are a number of outstanding art exhibitions on display across the world, and we take a look at the best shows open this weekend. Munich’s Haus der Kunst focuses on the wide-ranging works of Ellen Gallagher, while the city gates open in Glasgow for the start of the sixth international festival. Catch the first weekend of the Saatchi Gallery’s re-joining of Africa and Latin America in Pangaea, or follow the themes of social unrest with Welcome to Iraq at South London Gallery, and across the Atlantic there’s SFMOMA’s Public Intimacy, a revelation of the politics entwined in the everyday of South Africa.

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Winners of the Aesthetica Art Prize Announced

German artist Sybille Neumeyer was announced as the winner of the Main Prize for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 at the exhibition preview last night. Her stunning light installation Song for the Last Queen (2013) is comprised of 7,614 bees – one eighth of the colony – that were collected from a naturally collapsed bee hive and placed as a rhythm of black spots in honey creating a silent score.

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Interview with Damien O’Mara Winner of the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013

The Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 launches today with a preview and will be open to the public tomorrow, running from 4 April to 22 June. In anticipation of tonight’s opening, we speak to last year’s winner Damien O’Mara who took home the Main Prize award with his photographic piece Trespasser Series.

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Review of Best Before End, Chelsea Theatre

Helen Paris is a picture of elegance in this new performance from Curious. In fact, the entire piece is elegantly carved: with deep red furniture, black dresses and classical overtures, it’s the very epitome of a Sunday Times afternoon. Exploring notions of age and the inevitable reduction of life, Best Before End is a touching rendition of what it means to grow older.

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Prix Pictet at The Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Opening on 22 May, this year’s photography exhibition from the Prix Pictet will go on show at the V&A in London. The exhibition marks a collaboration between the Prix Pictet and the V&A museum, which was the first museum in the world to begin collecting photography as an art form. The show, which will feature eleven of the world’s leading photographers, is set around the theme of ‘consumption’ and will be on display to the public until 14 June.

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Hello, My Name is Paul Smith at the Design Museum London

Newly extended due to popular demand is the exhibition at London’s Design Museum, Hello, My Name is Paul Smith, that will run until 22 June. Looking at the work of this British Designer, the exhibition highlights at the impressive selection of work from this iconic men’s wear designer.