Aesthetica Issue 71 June/July 2016

Aesthetica Issue 71 June/July 2016

This issue has a strong focus on differing positions across the creative sector. We’re also exploring a new generation of designers who focus on sustainability.

Sensuous Architecture

Sensuous Architecture

A new book presents an extensive overview of the visionary designs generated by one of France’s most celebrated contemporary architects.

Seizing Innovation

Seizing Innovation

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s costume institute invites viewers to question the fashion world’s accepted opposition of hand versus machine.

Sculptural Imagination

Sculptural Imagination

Robert Lepage revisits his lauded production of needles and opium in a multi-layered and stunningly hypnotic reprise at the Barbican, London.

Voiceless Landscapes

Voiceless Landscapes

A formal background in architecture informs Parisian photographer Jérôme Bryon’s muted urban landscapes in latest series Grand Sud.

Suburban Explorations

Suburban Explorations

Holly Andres transfixes viewers by presenting a concentrated experience of suburbia which urges them to linger within the unsettling narratives.

Cultural Microcosm

Cultural Microcosm

James Casebere is renowned for a pioneering use of models in his constructed photographs. Architecture populates the otherwise uninhabited images.

Playful Disposition

Playful Disposition

Los Angeles-based Jimmy Marble is a director, photographer and designer whose highly-animated work explodes with colourful potential.

Utopian Abstraction

Utopian Abstraction

With a thematic focus on staged worlds, Clemens Ascher’s photographic series In the Garden is a bright depiction of utopia.

Security Measures

Security Measures

A new photographic exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, London, explores the ethical implications of contemporary asymmetric warfare.

Ecological Consideration

Ecological Consideration

The 31st edition of the fair highlights the increasing responsibility we feel for our surroundings, leading to a revival of craft and zero waste.

Fractured Recollection

Fractured Recollection

Remembrance and amnesia are prevailing themes in London-based artist Ori Gersht’s historically-charged landscape and still life photography.

Tangible Portraiture

Tangible Portraiture

Currently based in New York and San Francisco, Russian-born artist Kristina Varaksina creates works which are highly sensitive towards human emotion.

Interview with Italian Artist, Francesca Pasquali

Interview with Italian Artist, Francesca Pasquali

Italian artist Francesca Pasquali creates innovative sculptures from everyday objects, concentrating on the semantics behind the very materials of her work.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award: Call for Entries

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award: Call for Entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award reaches out to writers of all ages and nationalities in order to showcase worldwide excellence in both short fiction and poetry.

Massimo Bartolini: Landscape Phenomena

Massimo Bartolini: Landscape Phenomena

Paesaggio is the fourth Massimo Bartolini (1962, Cecina, Tuscany. He lives and works in Cecina) solo show at Massimo De Carlo, in Milan.

Aukland Art Fair 2016, The Cloud

Aukland Art Fair 2016, The Cloud

The Auckland Art Fair 2016 edition heralds a shift in focus to contemporary art of the wider Pacific region and brings together 40 galleries from New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific, and South America.

Future Now Symposium: Final Day

Future Now Symposium: Final Day

Today is the final day of the inaugural Future Now Symposium. Sessions include The Future of Art and Culture, Permanence of Print II and Public and Private Galleries.

Cornelia Parker: FOUND, Foundling Museum

Cornelia Parker: FOUND, Foundling Museum

Making reference to Foundling Museum’s heritage, Cornelia Parker invites over 50 artists, writers and musicians to respond to the thematic concept of “found”.

Future Now Symposium: Opens Today

Future Now Symposium opens today at York St John University and continues tomorrow, with a two-day programme of talks, panel discussions and portfolio reviews.

RSA Open Exhibition 2016

Applications close for the RSA Open Exhibition on 1 June, 5PM, with a long-standing history of celebrating the best of contemporary practice.

Aesthetica Future Now Symposium: Networking Party

Aesthetica Future Now Symposium: Networking Party

An excellent opportunity to network with other symposium delegates and attendees, the Thursday night Networking Party takes place in 1331 Bar and Restaurant. Located in…

Charting Talent: Degree Shows to See this Summer

Charting Talent: Degree Shows to See this Summer

Amidst the season of Degree Shows, students across the UK are finalising and displaying their works as part of a nationwide collective of talent.

SPLICE Audio Visual Performing Arts Festival, London

SPLICE Audio Visual Performing Arts Festival, London

The first ever SPLICE festival – the UK’s only dedicated audiovisual performing arts festival – will open this summer in London, 3 – 5 June.

Future Now Symposium: The Value of Art, Design Advancements and Gallery Relationships

Future Now Symposium: The Value of Art, Design Advancements and Gallery Relationships

Two days to go until Future Now: The Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium begins. The inaugural event invites audiences to consider contemporary practices in the present day. Here’s our final line-up of sessions for the 2016 programme.

Photo London 2016, Somerset House

Photo London 2016, Somerset House

Now in its second year, Photo London is an ambitious programme that provides a nexus between all the different elements of photography in the UK today.

Q&A with Future Now Speaker Julia Michalska, The Art Newspaper

Q&A with Future Now Speaker Julia Michalska, The Art Newspaper

Julia Michalska, Deputy Web Editor at The Art Newspaper, joins Future Now as a panelist in Session 10: The Permanence of Print Part II for a discussion on print in today’s digital world.

Future Now Symposium: The Future of Art and Culture in Curating and Talent Development

Future Now Symposium: The Future of Art and Culture in Curating and Talent Development

Future Now: The Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium is an opportunity for artists and those working in the creative sector to network, discuss best practice and build new collaborations. On Day Two of the event, sessions include the Future of Art and Culture, Talent Development, and Funding and Commissions.

Patrick Hough and Lawrence Leck, Jerwood/FVU Awards 2017

Patrick Hough and Lawrence Leck, Jerwood/FVU Awards 2017

The Jerwood/FVU Awards 2017 has been awarded to Patrick Hough and Lawrence Leck. They will be given £20,000 each to contribute to the spring 2017 exhibition.

Restriction and Release: Fashion and Freedom at Manchester Art Gallery

Restriction and Release: Fashion and Freedom at Manchester Art Gallery

Fashion and Freedom at the Manchester Art Gallery sees established designers present works in response to the social changes women went through in WWI.

5 To See This Weekend

5 To See This Weekend

As Photo London brings together artists, galleries, curators and collectors at its annual fair at Somerset House, we take a look at the abundant photography exhibitions being held across the UK capital this weekend. Explore something new in our 5 To See.

Interview with Scarlett Bowman, Hyperion Frieze New York 2016

Interview with Scarlett Bowman, Hyperion Frieze New York 2016

Hyperion took place during Frieze New York 2016. We catch up with Scarlett Bowman, one of the multimedia artists involved in the project.

Free Range 2016: Graduate Art and Design Shows, The Old Truman Brewery, London

Free Range 2016: Graduate Art and Design Shows, The Old Truman Brewery, London

Now in its 16th year, Free Range returns to the Old Truman Brewery to showcase the breadth of work being produced by the UK’s emerging creatives – both to the public and to the creative industries.

Imitation of Life: Melodrama and Race in the 21st Century, HOME, Manchester

Imitation of Life: Melodrama and Race in the 21st Century, HOME, Manchester

Racial identity lies at the heart of the latest exhibition at HOME. Fittingly, the event is named after Douglas Sirk’s film Imitation of Life (1959).

Athens Digital Arts Festival

Athens Digital Arts Festival

Athens Digital Arts Festival hosts its 12th edition in the historic city of Athens from 19-22 May. This year, ADAF will present a selection of artworks and audiovisual performances that capture the different aspects of Pop in the digital era.

Explore the Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 Exhibition: Film

Explore this year’s shortlist with the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition video, featuring a selection of works in-situ, accompanied by exclusive interviews with artists including Rachel Ara, Ellie Davies, Henry Driver and David Hochgatterer.

Block Universe Performance Festival 2016

Block Universe Performance Festival 2016

Following their successful launch last year, Block Universe returns 30 May-5 June as London’s first annual festival dedicated to performance art.

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Talk: Sculpture and the Site-Specific with Sophie Raikes

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Talk: Sculpture and the Site-Specific with Sophie Raikes

For the final talk of the series, Sophie Raikes, Assistant Curator at Henry Moore Institute, discusses ways of exhibiting temporary and site-specific sculpture and installation, referring to the works in the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition.

Katie Paterson and Zeller & Moye, Hollow, Bristol

Katie Paterson and Zeller & Moye, Hollow, Bristol

A new public artwork has taken residence in Bristol. Produced by Situations and commissioned by University of Bristol, Hollow invites viewers to see the history of our planet through a microcosm of each of its forests.

The Future Now Symposium: Two Weeks To Go, Portfolio Reviews

The Future Now Symposium: Two Weeks To Go, Portfolio Reviews

Alongside talks, panel discussions and networking opportunities, Future Now will host a series of Portfolio Reviews. These sessions are designed for practitioners working across all media, including painting, photography and sculpture.