Solitude Abandoned

Solitude Abandoned

Italian filmmaker Uberto Pasolini researches the social lives of others by way of fish and chip shops and funeral parlours to reflect upon the life of a man who works for the dead.

Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham

Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas

In Nottingham Contemporary’s latest exhibition, 20 international artists reflect upon the ecological, economic, political, and cultural crises of our modern world.

5 To See This Weekend

5 To See This Weekend

There’s plenty to get involved with this weekend. Ronchini Gallery, London, is home to the UK’s first solo exhibition of Pier Paolo Calzolari, an influential figure in the Arte Povera movement.

Sidsel Christensen, Andrew Leventis and Lisa Slominski: We Never Dream Alone, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London

We Never Dream Alone, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery

In We Never Dream Alone, works by Sidsel Christensen, Andrew Leventis and Lisa Slominski see the borders between real and unreal, fact and fiction, virtual and visceral, and blurred and explored.

Highlights of London Art Fair, 21 - 25 January, 2015

Highlights of London Art Fair, 21 - 25 January, 2015

The UK’s premier fair for Modern and contemporary British art opens for its private view today. Situated in the Business Design Centre, Islington, the 27th edition of the London Art Fair will be on view to the public 21-25 January.

Nástio Mosquito: Daily Lovemaking, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Nástio Mosquito: Daily Lovemaking, Ikon Gallery

Exciting, contemporary and devoid of delineation, Nástio Mosquito defies categorisation and points towards a new culture of art that combines pop, performance, fine art and politics.

Kevin Cooley: A Thousand Miles an Hour, Ryan Lee Gallery, New York

Kevin Cooley: A Thousand Miles an Hour, Ryan Lee Gallery, New York

Kevin Cooley considers our evolving relationship with technology, nature, and ultimately each other. The underlying conceptual framework of his work is how these forces contend with each other.

FutureEverything Festival, 25-28 February, Manchester

FutureEverything Festival, 25-28 February, Manchester

FutureEverything is not staging a retrospective, but a platform for a global community to collaboratively reflect on the bleeding edges of art, academia, design and business.

Highlights from the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014

Highlights from the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014

During December 2014, the small fishing town of Kochi in South India’s state of Kerala, was besieged by the international art crowd as the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 (KMB) opened its second edition.

London Fashion Week: International Fashion Showcase, Brewer Street Car Park, London

London Fashion Week: International Fashion Showcase, London

For the fourth year in a row 130 emerging designers from 30 countries will come together in the largest public fashion exhibition of its kind.

HISTORY IS NOW: 7 Artists Take On Britain, Hayward Gallery, London

HISTORY IS NOW: 7 Artists Take On Britain, Hayward Gallery, London

In the run up to the 2015 General Election, History Is Now will look at the last 70 years of British history to offer a new way of thinking about how we got to where we are today.

Ori Gersht: Don’t Look Back, Towner, Eastbourne

Ori Gersht: Don’t Look Back, Towner, Eastbourne

The practice of photographer and film maker Ori Gersht addresses post war trauma by documenting the landscapes that have witnessed it. Don’t Look Back revisits three bodies of work.

Review of Julie Verhoeven: Whiskers Between My Legs, ICA, London

Review of Julie Verhoeven: Whiskers Between My Legs, ICA, London

Described as a “grotto of visual excess” Julie Verhoeven’s exploration of gender identity past and present is a disturbing explosion of kitsch and womanhood.

Refraction. The image of Sense, Blain | Southern, London

Refraction. The image of Sense, Blain | Southern

This group show curated by Peter J. Amdam brings together artists who accentuate how art operates in an era of new media, and in a world which is both human and non-human at the same time.

Manual Cinema: Mementos Mori, MCA Chicago

Manual Cinema: Mementos Mori, MCA Chicago

Manual Cinema’s Mementos Mori is a feature-length cinematic shadow play that combines overhead projectors, intricate paper puppets, sound effects, a live onstage chamber ensemble, and live actors to discuss digital culture.

Penelope Umbrico: Sun/Screen, The Photographers’ Gallery, London

Penelope Umbrico: Sun/Screen, TPG, London

For Sun/Screen, Penelope Umbrico used an iPhone to re-photograph images cropped from thousands of sunset images shared online, this process of capturing images directly from the computer screen creates a moiré pattern.

Jean Desmet’s Dream Factory: The Adventurous Years of Film (1907- 1916), EYE, Amsterdam

Jean Desmet’s Dream Factory: The Adventurous Years of Film (1907- 1916)

The beginning of the 20th century was an era of new technology, artistic ingenuity and creative entrepreneurship — comparable to today’s world where developments in the field of digital imagery succeed one another rapidly.

João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva: Papagaio, Camden Arts Centre, London

João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva: Papagaio, Camden Arts Centre

Portuguese artists João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva will present a magical, immersive film installation. Their kaleidoscopic world created by 27 16mm films and two camera obscura works, takes viewers on an imaginative journey into science, philosophy and religion.

Sophie Calle’s First Solo Exhibition in China, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong

Sophie Calle’s First Solo Exhibition in China, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong

For Sophie Calle’s first solo exhibition in China, the artist has covered an entire wall with images from her Cash Machine project. The piece first originated in 1988 and was extended 15 years later.

Review of Pipilotti Rist: Worry Will Vanish Horizon, Hauser & Wirth, London

Pipilotti Rist: Worry Will Vanish Horizon, Hauser & Wirth, London

Hauser & Wirth’s gallery on Savile Row is a space that has been transformed in many possible ways, but this time the micro environment created for Pipilotti Rist’s show emerged as an unexpected -nevertheless pleasant- surprise.

London Short Film Festival Announces 2015 Programme

London Short Film Festival Announces 2015 Programme

For the 12th year, London Short Film Festival returns with an outstanding programme of short films. Running 9 – 18 January, the festival aims to prove that the UK is truly a hotbed of film creativity.

Playtime: Nine Artists Celebrate the Iconic Venue, Cornerhouse, Manchester

Playtime, Cornerhouse, Manchester

Moving sites in spring 2015, Manchester-based cross art form organisation, Cornerhouse, closes its current space with nine artists, filmmakers and musicians celebrating the iconic venue: Rosa Barba, Niklas Goldbach and more.

Artist Filmmaker Ursula Mayer Wins the 2014 Film London Jarman Award

Artist Filmmaker Ursula Mayer Wins the 2014 Film London Jarman Award

Film London has announced Ursula Mayer as winner of the 2014 Jarman Award. The Austrian-born filmmaker was selected from a shortlist of 10 visionary and boundary-crossing visual artists working in the UK. An annual celebration of experimentation, the award recognises artist filmmakers whose creative practice defies conventional classification.

Frederick Wiseman: National Gallery UK Release January 2015

Frederick Wiseman: National Gallery UK Release Jan 2015

Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution and into the heart of a museum inhabited by pieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. National Gallery is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world.

The 2014 Jarman Award Touring Programme

The 2014 Jarman Award Touring Programme

Derek Jarman is one of Britain’s most important and ground-breaking artists of the late 20th century. The Jarman Award celebrates some of the most innovative filmmaking in the UK today. The 10 shortlisted practitioners all demonstrate a spirit of experimentation and inspiration.

Unconventional Design: Discover Aesthetica Issue 62, Official Trailer

The December/ January issue of Aesthetica is available to purchase online and in stores internationally. In Issue 62, we focus on the unconventional. It’s a celebration of practitioners who are experimenting in their field.

Cinematic Explorations

Cinematic Explorations

BAFTA accredited Aesthetica Short Film Festival showcases international short films, highlighting established and emerging filmmakers across 10 genres.

Alternate Perspective

Alternate Perspective

Electricity opens up the world of epilepsy by creating a unique visual narrative which captures the first-person experience of living with the condition.

Interview with Shortlisted Jarman Award Nominee, Laura Buckley

Interview with Shortlisted Jarman Award Nominee, Laura Buckley

Laura Buckley expertly combines moving image, kinetics, sound, light, sculpture and digital print, to recontextualise the everyday. She uses scanned imagery to create projected videos that are combined with footage from her life.

Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film & Elín Jakobsdóttir: Eyes Cast, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds

Shezad Dawood, Artists' Film, Leeds Art Gallery

Shezad Dawood’s Towards the Possible Film brings together new film, textile painting and neon work, alongside his selected works from the collection to inspire a meeting point between modernism and mysticism, mapping out enquiries into histories of place and the significance of landscape and culture.

Art Basel Presents its 2014 Film Programme, Miami Beach, Miami, Florida

Art Basel Presents its 2014 Film Programme, Miami Beach, Florida

Since a few Basel gallerists put their passion and determination behind an ambitious vision in 1970, Art Basel has continued to grow in size and is now recognised as a top international art show, held annually in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong.

Nordic Film Festival, Institute of Contemporary Arts and Other Venues, London

Nordic Film Festival, Institute of Contemporary Arts and Other Venues, London

Presented by London based independent film company Day for Night, Nordic Film Festival returns to the UK with a diverse mix of works, showcasing some of the most celebrated and emerging filmmaking talent of the Nordic region.

Type Motion, FACT, Liverpool

Type Motion, FACT, Liverpool

Type Motion at FACT Liverpool features over 200 outstanding examples of text and typography being used alongside the moving image. Currently on display, the exhibition showcases the creative possibilities of opening up uses of text.

Review of Who Are You? Grayson Perry, National Portrait Gallery

Review of Who Are You? Grayson Perry, National Portrait Gallery

Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry presents a provocative and fascinating new exhibition which makes us question identity in modern day Britain. Perry has become a celebrity on the modern art scene, regularly presenting a refreshingly subversive view of British life.

Corin Sworn, Talk & Performance, Max Mara Art Prize for Women, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Corin Sworn, Max Mara Art Prize for Women, Whitechapel Gallery

Collezione Maramotti and Whitechapel Gallery announce a special evening of conversation, reading and performance with Corin Sworn, winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women.

Outstanding Filmmaking Talent Recognised at ASFF Awards Ceremony 2014

Outstanding Filmmaking Talent Recognised at ASFF Awards Ceremony 2014

The last night of the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival saw filmmakers and filmgoers alike gathered in the ballroom of the De Grey Rooms to celebrate four days of international short film screenings and industry events.

A Fantastic Start: ASFF 2014 Opening Night Launches the Fourth Edition of the Festival

A Fantastic Start: ASFF 2014 Opening Night Launches the Fourth Edition of the Festival

Attendees at the ASFF Opening Night launch party were treated to a special preview selection of the incredible films on offer at this year’s festival. Nicolas Novak’s hilarious French comedy, Entretien D’Embauche and Alex Turvey’s River Island promo featuring model collective Justanorm, were amongst a series of films screened.

The ASFF 2014 Festival Hub is Officially Up and Running at Visit York

The ASFF 2014 Festival Hub is Officially Up & Running

Taking place across the city of York, ASFF celebrates independent short film from around the world. This morning, the team opened the Festival Hub at Visit York. Audiences will be able to purchase and pick-up their festival passes and tickets every day from 9.00 until 17.00.

Q&A with Turner Prize Nominee Isaac Julien: Aesthetica Short Film Festival

Q&A with Turner Prize Nominee, Artist Isaac Julien

At BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival: ASFF, we welcome Turner Prize nominee Isaac Julien for a special Q&A hosted by Art Historian Dr James Boaden on Friday 7 November.

Interview: Gemma Metheringham, Chief Creative Officer at Karen Millen

Mary Nighy and Karen Millen teamed up to produce No More Tiaras for the launch of the company’s two global flagships. The 3 minute short celebrates style and looks at the brand’s recent evolution.