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April 2018


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Sonia Boyce Six Acts 2018 production still


Me, Myself and Others

Sonia Boyce interviewed by Isobel Harbison

The British Afro-Caribbean artist discusses difference, censorship and the importance of working collaboratively.

And so we asked, 'OK, what's the difference between photography and painting?' What is the difference between those media such that, in one scenario, something is deemed so inappropriate that the state takes action, while, in another, it remains acceptable?
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Daria Martin Soft Materials 2004


I, Genius. I, Robot.

Is the robot in visions of the future what the genius was to the industrial age, asks Dave Beech

The current left-accelerationist model of a future without work bears striking similarities to 19th-century ideas around the genius' emancipation from labour. But does current thinking devalue labour while simultaneously ushering in a new form of slavery?

In proposing that machines become slaves to a human race now universally occupying the place of the idle rich, Oscar Wilde thematises a dimension of Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams’s argument that has been repressed, namely the preservation of the aristocratic concept of labour which regards work as suitable only for slaves or their mechanised or robotic proxies.
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Liz Magic Laser Primal Speech 2016


Art: A Suitable Case for Treatment?

For Maria Walsh, the therapeutic turn in critical theory is not a version of art therapy

The so-called therapeutic turn, a current trend that nevertheless has roots in the 1970s, can be a powerful means of performing critique when understood through the work of artists like Leigh Ledare, Liz Magic Laser and Ilona Sagar.

Mainstream therapeutic discourse risks adapting to what sociologist Frank Furedi, writing in 2004, called the 'depoliticised language of managerialism'.



In A While, Crocodile

A recent government report on the cost of museums could be seen as laying the groundwork for the abolition of state support for the arts. Given that the Tories are as committed as ever to privatisation of state responisibilities, and that Labour is championing nationalisation, might the arts soon find themselves in the centre of the political battleground?

In retrospect it can be seen that the arts haplessly contributed to their own fate.


Solitary Figure

Richard Hylton takes issue with Virginia While's interview with Rasheed Araeen, and Virginia Whiles replies.

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Museum Limbo

The collapse of Carillion leaves outsourced British Museum employees in the lurch; the Southbank Centre pulls all future advertising from the Daily Mail; BAE withdraws its sponsorship of the Great Exhibition of the North after protests; controversial firm Wilson Security is dropped by Australia's National Gallery of Victoria; Nan Goldin's anti-Sackler protests continue to put pressure on public institutions; Tate artist in residence Liv Wynter quits in protest over comments by Tate's director, Maria Balshaw; plus the latest news on galleries, appointments, prizes and more.

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From the Back Catalogue
No Surprises It is time that the art world put its own house in order, argues Jennifer Thatcher

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Bruce Eves Work #980: Polari (a & b) 2017


Bruce Eves

David Gleeson on the Canadian polymath who works with film, photography and performance as well as with archives in order to bring to the surface the latent readings in cultural artefacts.

Bruce Eve's output explores the shifting nature of time and perception, the mercurial relationships of image versus interpretation and memory versus reality.
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Marcus Coates The Last of its Kind 2017


Jasmina Cibic: This Machine Builds Nations

Tom Emery

Sophia Al-Maria: ilysm

Taylor Le Melle

Marcus Coates: The Last of its Kind

Paul Carey-Kent

Iman Issa: Material for 2018

David Trigg

Fourthland with Rosalind Fowler: Breadrock

Cherry Smyth

Melanie Jackson: Deeper in the Pyramid

Lauren Velvick

Cinthia Marcelle: The Family in Disorder – Truth or Dare

Alexander Massouras

Concrete Matters

Santiago Mostyn

Martin Herbert

Berlin Round-up

Melissa Canbaz

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Invisible Labour

Dan Ward

The position of labour in the re/production of film and video has been a central dynamic in its history.



School: A Recent History of Self-Organised Art Education

Lauren Houlton

Sam Thorne's questions, while punctured by brief excursions into criticality (such as when he asks Olafur Eliasson whether by locating his education institution next to his studio space he was simply replicating the same hierarchical systems of exchange that he was hoping to subvert) are mostly neutral and practical.

Futures & Fictions

Fiction as Method

Tim Dixon

What to make of two books tackling the subject of fiction within contemporary art, politics and the humanities emerging from the same London college around the same time? Might these two collections signal the stirring of reinvigorated oppositional politics, interested in creating new propositions, rather than merely rejecting the status quo?


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Yoshua Okón Octopus 2011

Letter from Mexico City

In Transit

Imogen Bakelmun

In the vibrant Mexico City art scene, artists and curators are responding to this tense, divided climate by mobilising the political energy in works that expose the ways in which politics is entangled, layered and performed within culture.


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Lise Harlev You think in your own language 2018

Letter from Tallinn


Maria Walsh

A young Estonian gallery assistant impressed on me the importance of Kumu Art Museum's 'Estonian Art of the Soviet Era 1940-1991' display for her generation who, born in the 1990s, know little of this social history.



An Alternative History of Art

Eddie Chambers

Rather than creating liberal-minded alternative histories, the art establishment and its mouthpieces would be better off reflecting on why it is that certain artists are routinely sidelined.



Conservation Questions

Henry Lydiate

Curators working with conservators for the sole purpose of displaying cultural objects have developed two principal schools of thought: one, do not under any circumstances touch the work or, two, do as much as ethically possible to intervene for posterity.




This month's highlights include:

  • Melanie Jackson performance Primary 7.00pm Thu 12 Apr
  • Taryn Simon performance Artangel 6.00pm Tue 17 Apr
  • The Producers Part II: New Positions on Curating – Discussion with Chrissie Iles & Polly Staple Newcastle Univ 5.15pm Wed 18 Apr

The updated events and exhibitions calendar can be viewed online.


Exhibition Listings

Art Monthly's exhibition listings can be viewed online.


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Art Monthly Book Launch

Talking Art Volume II: Art Monthly interviews with artists since 2007

Patricia Bickers in conversation with Karsten Schubert
South London Gallery
Wednesday 4 April 7.00pm

Art Monthly editor Patricia Bickers discusses art publishing with Ridinghouse press founder Karsten Schubert.

Price: Free entry but please book tickets in advance
Buy the book online: Cornerhouse

The Producers Part II

New Positions on Curating

Chrissie Iles (Whitney Museum) and Polly Staple (Chisenhale Gallery) in conversation with Alistair Robinson (NGCA)
Fine Art Lecture Theatre, Newcastle University
Wednesday 18 April 5.15pm

This series of public discussions devised by Newcastle University and Art Monthly brings together curators, writers and artists to examine how current exhibition-making strategies have responded to significant changes in the art world. The talks will address issues such as: the fallout of an increasingly globalised art world; the growing significance of the role of collectors; the reshaping of public-sector art economies and the ways in which the development of new technologies has redefined how artworks are made, understood and disseminated.

Price: Free entry


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Deputy Director

Peckham Platform, London | 2 Apr

Creative Producer, Performance and Public Events

Central Saint Martins, London | 2 Apr

Assistant Project Manager

Art on the Undergorund, London | 2 Apr

Communications Assistant

The Hepworth Wakefield | 3 Apr

Programme Manager

FACT, Liverpool | 3 Apr


EnsAD, Paris | 7 Apr

Senior Technician

Gulbenkian, Kent | 8 Apr

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Tate Modern, London | 10 Apr

Studio Assistant

United Visual Arts, London | 10 Apr

General Manager

Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen | 16 Apr

Assistant Curator (Maternity Cover)

Whitechapel Gallery, London | 18 Apr

Gallery Manager

Hauser & Wirth, Somerset | 30 Apr


On Paper International Printmaking Contest

Spike Print Studio, Spike Island, Bristol | 1 Apr

The Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize

Baltic 39, Newcastle | 3 Apr

Artist Studio Commission

The Horniman Museum, London | 3 Apr

Jerwood/FVU Awards 2019

Jerwood Charitable Foundation & Film and Video Umbrella, London | 11 Apr

Write for Art Worlds

Art Quest | Rolling


Call for entries – PEER FORUM 2018

PEER FORUM is a £1,800 award for artists to run peer mentoring groups at various respected art spaces around London. Selected artists are to run 6 sessions over a 6 month period with a regular group of 10-12 artists. Calls are currently open for groups at The Photographers’ Gallery and Cubitt.
PEER FORUM, London | 7 May


International Curatorial Residency Programme

How Art Museum, Shanghai, China | 1 Apr

Curatorial Fellowships

Cubitt, London | 15 Apr

Call for Light and Digital Artists

Green Man Festival, Wales | 15 Apr

Artist Residency with VARC (Visual Arts in Rural Communities)

Highgreen, Northumberland | 16 Apr

Artist in Residence Programme

ARCUS Project, Ibaraki, Japan | 27 Apr

Residency for UK-based artist in URRA, Argentina

Gasworks & Triangle Network | 30 Apr

Bemis Center Artist-in-Residence Programme

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, USA | 1 May

ARC Getaways

Stockton Arts Centre | Rolling


PHD: Transnational Art Practices and Online Networks in the 21st Century

A three-­year funded, full‐time PhD scholarship for a collaborative doctorate between the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image in the School of Arts and Creative Industries at London South Bank University, Gasworks, and the Curating Contemporary Art Programme at the Royal College of Art.
London | 23 Apr


Call for Participants – CURATORIAL CURRICULUM 2018

Grand Union's CURATORIAL CURRICULUM is an alternative learning programme for emerging curators, consisting of intensive workshops led by internationally-renowned practitioners. The workshops are held over four weekends annually, exploring different forms of curatorial practice. This year's edition will explore curating in the contexts of: Birmingham, Conversation, Learning, and Publics.
Grand Union, Birmingham | 8 Apr


Artists' Bursary Scheme

Artsadmin, London | 11 Apr

Braunschweig Projects: Scholarships for Emerging Artists

Braunschweig University of Art, Germany | 17 Apr

Step Beyond Travel Grants

European Cultural Foundation | Rolling

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants

Pollock-Krasner Foundation | Rolling


International Photography Exhibition

Royal Photographic Society | 4 Apr

Open Call for Performance Art and Noise

Tempting Failure, Croydon, London | 7 Apr

Open Call for Proposals from Emerging Artists

Talbot Rice, University of Edinburgh | 13 Apr

Survival Art Review

The Wallenberg-Pachaly Palace, Wroclaw, Poland | 15 Apr

Call for Entries

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival | 1 May

Video Art & Experimental Film Festival

Tribeca Film Center, New York, USA | 25 May

Call for Entries

The Lumen Prize | 1 Jun

Videonale 17 – Call for Entries

Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany | 30 Jun

Submissions Open

Norwich Film Festival | 18 Jul

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