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5 to See: This Weekend

Aesthetica’s must-see shows for mid-October investigate the politics of image making through documentary, post-production and installation.

Responsive Installation

Elmgreen & Dragset’s The Whitechapel Pool is a site-specific, derelict arena that reflects on gentrification and the fate of local amenities. 

Spatial Illumination

Aesthetica Art Prize finalist Liz West is featured in a new book highlighting practitioners working at the cutting edge of light-based practice.

Utopian Reflections

The Atlantic Project: After the Future is a new contemporary festival addressing today’s era of uncertainty and changing perceptions of art.

Rising Cities

Winner of the 12th Foam Paul Huf Award, photographer Daniel Shea captures the effects of capitalism on the urban landscape.

Sublime Environments

Phaidon’s Living in the Desert is a visually striking compilation of buildings situated against the stark backdrop of desert landscapes. 

Abstracted Geology

The colourful, 10-metre high Liverpool Mountain by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone marks a variety of key cultural milestones within the city.

Democratic Exhibition

Looking towards the future of creative practice, Affordable Art Fair Battersea showcases contemporary work by new, international artists.

Unseen Portraits

Two exhibitions of fashion and portrait photography by Marilyn Stafford open across the UK this autumn, exploring a diverse oeuvre.

Compass Festival: Community Art

Compass Festival bursts onto the streets of Leeds this November, bringing live art and interactive encounters to cultural venues and city streets. 

Visualising Sound

Haroon Mirza’s works transform the gallery space through moving imagery, sculptural installation and electronic sound, questioning perception.

Responsible Projects

Chilean studio ELEMENTAL built its reputation on an innovative and pragmatic approach to social housing in the Chilean capital Santiago. 

5 Female Artists To Watch

Looking to the 21st century experience for inspiration, a selection of visionaries occupies the changing boundaries between truth and fiction.

Global Expanses

Navigating the theme of Space, photography prize Prix Pictet investigates pressing subjects such overpopulation and the digital age. 

Spatial Experience

A retrospective of Japanese architect Tadao Ando collates 50 major projects, demonstrating an interest in simplicity and urban space. 

Navigating History

Recent Histories at Huis Marseille examines identity, migration and the legacy of colonialism through work by emerging African artists.

Collective Experience

Society has never been so connected. A new publication and exhibition, Civilization, responds to the rapid pace of global development.

Urban Mystery

Brassaï is known for capturing enigmatic images of Paris during the interwar years. A new exhibition at SFMOMA reveals hidden depths.

Artist of the Week

Based between China and the UK, Feng Zhixuan specialises in socialist public art, crafting works that critically engage with the world around us. Zhixuan’s work appears in the current issue of the magazine.

A Scientific Influence

Luke Evans discovered photography through a long-term interest in physics and organic sciences – which has later fed into deeply calculative images.

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