RECON Festival, Leeds and Bradford

RECON Festival, Leeds and Bradford

Bringing together innovators, risk-takers, mavericks and outsiders working creatively across the various genres, RECON is a celebration of the expansion of boundaries in the artistic world.

Body/Head, MCA Chicago

Body/Head, MCA Chicago

The co-founder and bassist of Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon, returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) to perform as Body/Head, a project with free-noise guitarist Bill Nace.

Interview with BAFTA award-winning sound recordist, Chris Watson

Interview with BAFTA award-winning sound recordist, Chris Watson

Chris Watson is one of the UK’s pre-eminent sound recordists. He has worked all over the globe and won a BAFTA in 2012 for his soundtrack on David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet series.

Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Count Down 4 Days to Go – Hyung-Gyu Kim

Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Count Down 4 Days to Go – Hyung-Gyu Kim

Hyung-Gyu Kim was selected as one of last year’s finalists for the Aesthetica Art Prize, capturing the judges’ attention with his installation Chromaphone II that examines sound/colour associations.

Sensoria Festival 2013

Sensoria Festival 2013

Sensoria features an eclectic mix of film screenings, live music, exhibitions, installations and talks rolled out across the city of Sheffield. Cinema highlights include Luc Besson’s The Big Blue.

A Journey Through London’s Subculture: 1980s to Now

A Journey Through London’s Subculture: 1980s to Now

A Journey Through London’s Subculture at the Old Selfridges Hotel is part of the ICA’s Off-Site. The exhibition illustrates a perceived thread of creativity between the post-punk era and the present day.

Frieze London 2013: Frieze Talks Announced

Frieze London 2013: Frieze Talks Announced

For this year’s Frieze London, Frieze Talks will include: Jérôme Bel, Meredith Monk and Stephen Shore as part of the line up of international artists, filmmakers, curators and cultural commentators.

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, Bristol

Encounters returns to Bristol to showcase the very best of short film and animation from across the globe. Running 17-22 September, the event captures a snapshot of the most interesting emerging talent.

Laura Buckley: The Magic Know-How, Site Gallery

Laura Buckley: The Magic Know-How, Site Gallery

Plunging audiences into a landscape of video and light, The Magic Know-How is Laura Buckley’s 3D sound and light collage. Exhibited at Site Gallery, Sheffield from 10 August until 21 September.

Local Natives

Local Natives

Californian notes of catharsis, melodic intensity and momentary euphoria.

Music to Our Ears

Music to Our Ears

Headphones have gone further than music. Now they’re about fashion and style, and maybe even art as well. Here’s how it happened – and where it’s all going.

Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s, V&A

Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s, V&A

The information available for the V&A’s latest exhibition, Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s instantly inspires thoughts of the 2003 film Party Monster. Curated by Claire Wilcox.

Interview with Steve Lake, Production at ECM Records

Interview with Steve Lake, Production at ECM Records

Selected Signs is a collection of six disks featuring the music that was selected for the ECM exhibition, ECM – A Cultural Archaeology, at Haus der Kunst in Munich at the start of the year.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival at V&A Friday Late

Aesthetica Short Film Festival at V&A Friday Late

ASFF is a celebration of independent film and an outlet for championing short filmmaking. This Friday, a special programme of films from the 2012 festival will be screened at the V&A, London.

Project Space: Word. Sound. Power. at Tate Modern

Project Space: Word. Sound. Power. at Tate Modern

Word. Sound. Power. is the result of a curatorial collaboration between Tate Modern in London and Khoj International Artists’ Association in New Delhi, who will take the exhibition in early 2014.

Review of PUNK: Chaos to Couture at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Review of PUNK: Chaos to Couture at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

PUNK: Chaos to Couture, at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, nods to the birthplaces of punk before progressing through a series of four Do-it-yourself themes of punk fashion.

Blondiefest: One Way or Another at ICA, London

Blondiefest: One Way or Another at ICA, London

Curated by Tom Wilcox, Associate Curator at ICA and Hanna Hanra, Editor in Chief of BEAT Magazine, Blondiefest: One Way or Another celebrates the legacy of Blondie and frontwoman Debbie Harry.

Review of Sixto Rodriguez at the Hammersmith Apollo

Review of Sixto Rodriguez at the Hammersmith Apollo

The 66th British Academy Film Awards announced Searching for Sugar Man as the Best Documentary of the Year. It is a touching and highly-emotional documentary by Malik Bendjelloul.

Review of Ute Lemper, London

Review of Ute Lemper, London

Staged as part of this year’s London Literature Festival, Ute Lemper Sings Pablo Neruda was a fantastic concert dedicated to the memory of Pablo Neruda, one of the masters of Chilean poetry.

10 To See: Degree Shows

10 To See: Degree Shows

At Aesthetica we like to keep an eye on emerging artists, and one of the best ways to do that is to take note of the numerous degree shows open this summer. Here are our 10 favourite shows to see.

Found Sound

Found Sound

Meet the musicians who hunt for sound outside the studio, creating radical new interpretations of what they discover.

Sonny & The Sunsets

Sonny & The Sunsets

Sonny Smith is a man who can turn his writing talents to nearly every area, producing stories, songs and plays.

53rd Krakow Film Festival

53rd Krakow Film Festival

The 53rd Krakow Film Festival includes the screenings of documentaries, short films and animations from across the world. Beginning on 26 May, the festival will run until 2 June.

Linder Sterling: The Ultimate Form, Wakefield

Linder Sterling: The Ultimate Form, Wakefield

This weekend Linder Sterling presented her UK premiere of The Ultimate Form, a physical collage that combined dance, costume, music and her provocative prints at The Hepworth Gallery.

Interview with Kate Lindsey of Ariadne auf Naxos

Interview with Kate Lindsey of Ariadne auf Naxos

The 2013 edition of Britain’s best-loved opera festival, Glyndebourne, opens in style on 18 May with a new production of Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. Directed by Katharina Thoma.

Tate Liverpool is 25

Tate Liverpool is 25

Since 1988, Tate Liverpool has been the home of key art works and attracted 15 million visitors. The gallery has become the most visited venue for modern and contemporary art outside of London.

Review of Bowie Is, London

Review of Bowie Is, London

David Bowie Is at the V&A, London, tracks Bowie’s career and life through a dazzling array of costumes, props, letters, and videos. Until 11 August.

Sharjah Biennial 11 Programme of Music, Performance, and Film Continues into May

Sharjah Biennial 11 Programme of Music, Performance, and Film Continues into May

Sharjah Art Foundation continues an extensive programme of music, performances, and film screenings as part of Sharjah Biennial 11, Re:emerge – Towards a New Cultural Cartography.

Aesthetica April/May Issue Out Now

Aesthetica April/May Issue Out Now

Aesthetica Issue 52 is now out in the shops. Inside, we start with Amalia Pica’s latest exhibition, which opens in April at MCA Chicago and is the artist’s first major solo museum show in the USA.

Game Music Levels Up

Game Music Levels Up

Video game music has changed and evolved with the current trends. For the musicians creating it, things have never been better.

Evening Hymns

Evening Hymns

Jonas Bonnetta returns, under the new name Evening Hymns, with a passionate landscape of instrumental harmonies and lyrical memories.

6 To See This Bank Holiday Weekend

6 To See This Bank Holiday Weekend

The Bank Holiday is a great time to explore new exhibitions. From Amsterdam to New York we uncover the best in contemporary art in international galleries across a variety of practices.

Interview with Heidi Kilpeläinen, HK119

Interview with Heidi Kilpeläinen, HK119

Heidi Kilpeläinen, or HK119, has a new album out on 25 March. Her third album, Imaginature embodies nature in a surrealist and spectacular recording of electronic chirps and howling lyrics.

Arrrgh! Monsters in Fashion at Gaite Lyrique, Paris

Arrrgh! Monsters in Fashion at Gaite Lyrique, Paris

Lady Gaga famously refers to her followers as “little monsters”, presumably hoping by this to encourage them to reclaim the darker elements of their psyches and feel more comfortable in themselves.

David Bowie Is, V&A, London

David Bowie Is, V&A, London

David Bowie is back at the centre of the public’s consciousness. To celebrate his birthday, Bowie released a surprise single, Where Are We Now?, with the announcement of an album, The Next Day.

Haroon Mirza: Untitled Song, Middlesbrough

Haroon Mirza: Untitled Song, Middlesbrough

British designer, Haroon Mirza opens his exhibition, Untitled Song, at mima. Living and working in London, Mirza’s influences range from electronics and science to avant-garde classical music.

Linder: Femme/Objet, Paris

Linder: Femme/Objet, Paris

Four decades worth of punk feminist work are presented in Linder Sterling’s Paris retrospective. Photography, collage, music and video works have been assembled under the title Femme/Objet.

Interview with Tullycraft, New Album Out in March

Interview with Tullycraft, New Album Out in March

US band Tullycraft will release their new record Lost in Light Rotation this March. Aesthetica speaks to the band about the new album, their relationship with producer Phil Ek and their future plans.

Review of ECM: A Cultural Archaeology, Haus der Kunst

Review of ECM: A Cultural Archaeology, Haus der Kunst

Munich’s commanding Haus der Kunst provided a suitably grand backdrop for the recent, admirably comprehensive survey of ECM Records’ trailblazing work over the past 44 years.

Aesthetica Issue 51 Out Now

Aesthetica Issue 51 Out Now

Inside this issue, we start with Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites, a major exhibition opening at the Walker Art Center that features 35 individual sculptures and installations.