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?
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.
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.
Richard Hylton takes issue with Virginia While's interview with Rasheed Araeen, and Virginia Whiles replies.
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.
From the Back Catalogue
No Surprises It is time that the art world put its own house in order, argues Jennifer Thatcher
Bruce Eves Work #980: Polari (a & b) 2017
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.
Marcus Coates The Last of its Kind 2017
Jasmina Cibic: This Machine Builds Nations
Sophia Al-Maria: ilysm
Project Native Informant, London
Taylor Le Melle
Marcus Coates: The Last of its Kind
Workplace Gallery, London
Iman Issa: Material for 2018
Spike Island, Bristol
Fourthland with Rosalind Fowler: Breadrock
Melanie Jackson: Deeper in the Pyramid
Grand Union, Birmingham
Cinthia Marcelle: The Family in Disorder – Truth or Dare
Modern Art Oxford
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Walks News • Éclair • Schiefe Zähne
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
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
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?
Yoshua Okón Octopus 2011
Letter from Mexico City
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.
Lise Harlev You think in your own language 2018
Letter from Tallinn
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
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.
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.
Art Monthly's exhibition listings can be viewed online.
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
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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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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
The Hepworth Wakefield | 3 Apr
FACT, Liverpool | 3 Apr
EnsAD, Paris | 7 Apr
Gulbenkian, Kent | 8 Apr
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Tate Modern, London | 10 Apr
United Visual Arts, London | 10 Apr
Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen | 16 Apr
Assistant Curator (Maternity Cover)
Whitechapel Gallery, London | 18 Apr
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
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
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
Norwich Film Festival | 18 Jul
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