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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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.

Joy Division’s Peter Hook & Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, MCA Chicago

Joy Division’s bass guitarist Peter Hook is in artist conversation at the MCA on Tuesday 5 February. Reflecting on the band he helped co-found and his new book Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division.

YouTube Killed the Video Star

The past five years have seen the music video evolve, resulting in stronger and stranger narratives than ever before.


Cambridge-based four-piece Alt-J spent 2012 scooping up the Mercury Prize, releasing their debut album and gaining plaudits from the music industry at large.

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, Sadler’s Wells, London

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty sees the choreographer return to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete the trio of the composer’s ballet masterworks that started in 1992 with Nutcracker.

Aesthetica Celebrates its 10th Anniversary Out Now

Aesthetica Magazine – one of the most recognised and important art and culture publications both in the UK and internationally – celebrates its 10th anniversary with a spectacular 50th issue.

Ana Silvera

Introducing her debut album, The Aviary, Ana Silvera is accustomed to making an impact. The album is a masterpiece of mythological lyrics and folk rhythms.

Opening Up the Box

When album sales plummet, labels have to get smarter. Meet the new wave of special edition releases, which package albums with extensive and detailed extras. But what do they mean for music?

Alpha-Ville Screening and Alpha-Ville Live, London

Alpha-Ville 2012 is opening this weekend. Presenting to their guests both Alpha-Ville Live and Alpha-Ville Screening, this London based organisation is dedicated to the promotion of digital culture.

Musical Instrument Design

Musical instrument designers are pushing their creations in new and unexpected directions. In the process, the instruments themselves are becoming a lot more than just tools for making music.


Vancouver-based Brasstronaut’s sound has developed over the years to include six members playing instruments such as flugelhorn, lap steel and trumpets in addition to their usual line up.

The Nour Festival of Contemporary Middle Eastern and North African Arts and Culture, London

The Nour Festival will be celebrating contemporary arts and culture from across the Middle East and North Africa, from 1 October. It will be a borough-wide event based in Kensington and Chelsea.

Festival Materiais Diversos 2012: Portugal In Brazil, Brazil In Portugal

IFestival Materiais Diversos makes its first stopover in Brazil. 13 Portuguese artists and nine Brazilian artists bring body, movement, dramaturgy and music to Alcanena, Minde and Torres Novas.