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.

An Aesthetica Magazine Gift Subscription is the Perfect Christmas Present

An Aesthetica Magazine Gift Subscription is the Perfect Christmas Present

For those who are passionate about contemporary art and culture, Aesthetica Magazine is the ultimate guide for keeping up-to-date with the latest news from the international art scene.

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.

Aesthetica Issue 62 December / January Out Now

Aesthetica Issue 62 December / January Out Now

Issue 62 of Aesthetica is out in shops now. One of the most thrilling discoveries is someone who is breaking new ground and embodying the word “innovation.” It’s important to look at both established and emerging artists that are the driving force behind this type of progress.

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.

Review of Frieze London: The Acrobatic Rise of Performance Art

Frieze London: The Acrobatic Rise of Performance Art

Like some sort of spandex-clad somersaulter often found in the medium itself, performance art has, in recent years, acrobatically risen to become the red-hot property in today’s contemporary art world. Ever since the mid-1960s, artists have been utilising the experimental to evoke radical messages.

Frieze London 2014: Highlights for the 12th Edition

Frieze London 2014: Highlights for the 12th Edition

Frieze London, returns to the heart of the UK’s capital, London’s Regent’s Park, for its 12th edition. Sponsored by Deutsche Bank and designed by Universal Design Studio, the fair sees new additions with the inclusion of two specialist sections.

Jo-ey Tang, curator at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, discusses Inside China

Jo-ey Tang, curator at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, discusses Inside China

Palais de Tokyo, Paris, continues to enhance it’s international agenda with Inside China – L’intérieur du Géant, running alongside the major exhibition, Inside, and opening 20 October.

Turner Prize 2014 Tate Britain, London

The Turner Prize Exhibition, 2014 Tate Britain, London

The Turner Prize is an annual arts event never to be missed, and this year the shortlisted artists have the added prestige of appearing at Tate Britain alongside an exhibition showcasing the work of the great J.M.W. Turner himself.

Shinro Ohtake, Parasol Unit, London

Shinro Ohtake, Parasol Unit, London

The work of Japanese artist Shinro Ohtake appears in a solo exhibition at Parasol Unit, London, this autumn. The presentation showcases Ohtake’s extensive and innovative body of work.

Review of Horst Photographer of Style, V&A, London

Review: Horst Photographer of Style, V&A, London

The work of fashion photographer Horst P. Horst, whose evocative images are some of the most well known of the 20th century, is showcased in a new exhibition at the V&A. The show describes his collaborations with leading fashion icons.

Aesthetica Issue 61 October/November Out Now

Aesthetica Issue 61 October/November Out Now

Aesthetica Issue 61 is now available to purchase online and in stores worldwide. The new edition considers progress and change. There are a few questions around this including how much time needs to pass before something needs to change, or is it simply the case that progress is continuous?

Surviving War and Conflict

Surviving War and Conflict

Yann Demange’s debut feature film ’71 explores the universal anguish of war and civil conflict through its central character: a disorientated British soldier.

Questioning Identity

Questioning Identity

Ida is a stark portrayal of post-war Poland, challenging notions of religion and family bonds through a road trip undertaken by a Jewish nun and her Communist aunt.

Opening Gala at Berwick Upon Tweed Film & Media Arts Festival

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. Festival-goers have been given the opportunity to watch hundreds of international film premieres in a plethora of unique settings.

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

Artes Mundi 6, National Museum Cardiff, Chapter Arts Centre & 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.

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

RITE OF PASSAGE: The Early Years of Vienna Actionism, 1960 – 1966

RITE OF PASSAGE is New York’s first major exhibition devoted to the early years of the 20th century avant-garde movement, Vienna Actionism. The exhibition is a representative survey of the formative years of Vienna Actionism.

Review of Folkestone Triennial 2014: Lookout, Folkestone, Kent

Review of Folkestone Triennial 2014: Lookout, Folkestone, Kent

The Folkestone Triennial mobilises the past to bring contemporary art into public dialogue about a bright future. Lewis Biggs has curated site-specific works that range from experiments in relational aesthetics to proposals for regeneration.

The Work of Dave Wise: Photography to Filmmaking

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 five.