Flexible Filmmaking: Ben Rivers’ Slow Action

Review by Ruaidhri Ryan “I’m not a film purist, for me it is about my own enjoyment; I really don’t feel part of a debate…

Examining the Role of Performance: SHOW, Jerwood Visual Arts

Review by Charles Danby The Jerwood Encounters series was launched in 2008 to investigate the margins of the primary fields of the Jerwood visual arts…

Pop Up Art: Temporary Contemporary Art Space, Gateshead

A disused terraced house in Bensham, Tyneside, which is scheduled for demolition, is to briefly enjoy a radical new life – as a contemporary art…

Claude Cahun/Sue Tompkins at Inverleith House, Edinburgh

Review by Colin Herd In a tiny photograph of a domestic interior, the doors of an ornate wooden cabinet gape open. In the lower half…

SHADOWBOXING: Mariana Castillo Deball, Sean Dockray, Marysia Lewandowska and Wendelien van Oldenborgh @ RCA

Review by Emma Cummins In November 2010, the graduating students of the MA Curating Contemporary Art course at the Royal College of Art, invited the…

Pick Me Up: Contemporary Graphic Design Fair @ Somerset House

Review by Laura E. Barone, a candidate for the MA in Art History at Richmond the American International University in London The Embankment Galleries at…

Nancy Spero @ the Serpentine Gallery

Review by Paul Hardman Right from the first moment of entering this exhibition at the Serpentine, Spero’s art makes an assertive and powerful impression. Immediately…

A Partnership in Terror – Hitchcock and Herrmann Festival

The collaboration between Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most famous, tempestuous and productive creative relationships in Hollywood to date. To coincide…

The European Independent Film Festival: Bringing European Cinema to a Wider Audience

European cinema occupies a special place in the heart of the cinema-going public: a Danish film, In a Better World, picked up the Best Foreign…

Preview: Yerma at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Preview by Rym Kechacha Born just outside Granada in the heart of Andalucía, the influential Spanish writer Federico Garcia Lorca was highly influenced by the…

Sharon Kivland’s Je suis malade de mes pensées @ Domo Baal

Review by Tiffany Jow Comprised of items from Sharon Kivland’s personal archive of French magazines, postcards, advertising leaflets and objects from a variety of time…

What happens when we die? Stardust – Some Thoughts on Death at St Mungo’s Museum, Glasgow

Review by Alistair Quietsch The latest show at the St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life, Stardust – Some Thoughts on Death by Gillian Steel, is…

Yohji Yamamoto @ the V&A, London

Review by Tiffany Jow, a candidate for the MA in Art History at Richmond the American International University in London. These days, it’s trendy to…

Experiential Filmmaking: Ed Atkins – Death Mask @ Cabinet Gallery, London

Review by Jareh Das London artist Ed Atkins films exist in what can only be described as an experiential filmic environment. Atkins often displays; film…

Masterworks: Architecture at the Royal Academy

Review by Nathan Breeze The Royal Academy of Arts was founded in 1768 with the aim to promote the ‘Arts of Design’ element in Painting…

Underwater Art: Wet Sounds @ Bethnal Green

Review by Paul Hardman The fun of visiting Wet Sounds at York Hall Pool in Bethnal Green actually began long before arriving. Explaining to friends…

Exploring Wimbledon’s Unique Artistic Community: Q&A with Emma Campbell, Artistic Coordinator

Interview by Bethany Rex Wimbledon Art Studios is the largest, single site art studio complex in the UK; we caught up with their Artistic Coordinator…

If Destroyed Still True @ Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol.

Review by Regina Papachlimitzou If Destroyed Still True is the culmination of two years work by performance company Sedated by a Brick. Performed in the…

Martin Creed: Thinking/Not Thinking @ Cafe OTO

Martin Creed: Thinking / Not Thinking (Work #1090) from Martin Creed on Vimeo. Review by Kathryn Evans Last week Martin Creed and his band showcased…

Aidan McNeill’s World of Theatre @ PayneShurvell

Review by Laura E. Barone, a candidate for the MA in Art History at Richmond the American International University in London. Aidan McNeill’s first solo…

Dustin Yellin @ 20 Hoxton Square

Review by Carla MacKinnon New York based artist Dustin Yellin creates his unique work by layering 2D images between sheets of glass to create extraordinary…

Horizon Hypnotique @ French Rivieria 1988

Review by Emily Sack, a candidate for the MA in Art History at Richmond the American International University in London. “This is our romance,” state…

Louise Bourgeois & Tracey Emin @ Hauser & Wirth, London

Review by Laura E. Barone, a candidate for the MA in Art History at Richmond the American International University in London. Louise Bourgeois and Tracey…

Cosima von Bonin’s Surrealist Playground @ Arnolfini

Review by Regina Papachlimitzou Cosima von Bonin’s exhibition Bone Idle is permeated by contradiction. Her work, aiming to explore notions of sloth and fatigue, comprises…

To Kill A Mockingbird – Review of the play, touring the UK

Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird (1960) is one of the most widely discussed novels; dealing with racial inequality, violence and rape, it summarises a…

PUBLICSFEAR @ South London Gallery

Review by Paul Hardman Walking first up stairs into the dark, then along a black felt lined corridor, around a corner and finally into an…

The Flirtatious Aura of Jean-Marc Bustamante @ Fruitmarket

Review by Colin Herd Jean-Marc Bustamante, who represented France at the Venice Biennale in 2003, began his career as an assistant to the renowned fashion…

Contemporary Life & Avant-Garde Russian Art

Examining the world in a state of flux, Russian artist, Anna Parkina, uses collage to critique current social, political and economic trends.

Carey Young – Memento Park @ Cornerhouse, Manchester

Review by Kenn Taylor Born in Zambia, Carey Young (b. 1970) grew up and studied in Manchester. She now works internationally utilising a variety of…

Zhivago Duncan @ CFA Berlin

Review by Jaga N.A. Argentum In his first solo exhibition, Dick Flash’s Souvenirs of Thought, Zhivago Duncan invites us to accompany him and his protagonist…

Sieving for Gold @ St Barnabas’ Church, Dalston

Review by Liz Lau The title of the show Ordinary Time is a reference to where the date of the exhibition falls on the liturgical…

The Magik of Dirk Bell @ The Modern Institute in Glasgow

Review by Alistair Quietsch Dirk Bell’s work is a diverse mix of masterly observed drawings, minimalist sculpture and an artistic play with technology. Upon entering…

Invocations of the Blank Page @ Spike Island

Review by Regina Papachlimitzou The quietness and stillness you might generally associate with the blank page is challenged and eventually rejected in the artworks showcased…

Pragmatic Design: Pop Up Architecture

Review by Nathan Breeze Last summer, when struggling to find a job in London I stumbled across an intriguing advert online seeking volunteers to help…

An Unresolved Reminder of the Past: Thomas Houseago @ Modern Art Oxford

Review by Matt Swain Thomas Houseago is a British contemporary visual artist based in Los Angeles, California. What Went Down is his first major solo…

David Hockney: Bigger Trees Near Warter

Works by some of the most famous names in the world of art are coming to Yorkshire this year as part of a compelling programme…

The Mechanical Animal Corporation

Review by Regina Papachlimitzou The Mechanical Animal Corporation, a new Bristol-based theatre company dedicated to creating site-responsive theatre, have chosen an abandoned warehouse in the…

The Subversive Force of Images

Review by David Gunn, Director of www.theincidental.com “I didn’t want to be involved with the currency of images in any way … I was interested…

Rosemarie Trockel’s New Modes of Operation @ Talbot Rice, Edinburgh

Review by Colin Herd At the heart of this extensive survey of Rosemarie Trockel’s works on paper is a corner-wall of the central gallery devoted…

Kiki Smith on Nancy Spero – opening at The Serpentine, London in March

Opening on 3 March, The Serpentine Gallery presents the first major exhibition of Nancy Spero’s work since her death in 2009. Nancy Spero (1926–2009) was…

Technologically Augmented Theatre @ Tenderpixel

Preview by Bethany Rex Scapes opens next week at Tenderpixel in London. A new project part commissioned by Tenderpixel, Scapes is a new installation by…

Leap Year

Leap Year delivers an emotional and graphic examination of loneliness through the listless life of journalist Laura.

Bella

Bella is a beautifully shot film, and has a narrative that viewers will relate to, easy to watch because of its deep exploration of personal choice.

Slingshot

Slingshot follows a group of petty criminals or “tiradors” (in local slang), in a slum neighbourhood in Manila.

Catfish

By turns sinister and tragic, Catfish makes use of the various social mediums and communications that replace face-to-face contact in the modern world.

Open House

When Alice is imprisoned in her own house by the psychotic David, it isn’t long before David develops a misguided relationship with his prisoner.

I’m Still Here

I’m Still Here is the directorial debut of Oscar-nominated actor Casey Affleck, a bizarre portrayal of a year in the life of acclaimed actor Joaquin Phoenix.

Birds Eye View

Birds Eye View’s Rachel Millward talks about how their popular film festival applauds the creativity and brilliance of women in film.

Patagonia

Marc Evans’ latest film, Patagonia, looks at the idea of homeland, history and belonging through a parallel narrative.

Simon Oldfield

Simon Oldfield is the director of Simon Oldfield Gallery. Over the past few years he has established the gallery as one of London’s most exciting new spaces. Aesthetica speaks to the gallerist.