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Bani Abidi, Funland (Karachi Series II), 2014
Insider and Outsider
Bani Abidi interviewed by Virginia Whiles
The Pakistan-born artist discusses her use of video as a means of connecting with audiences, engaging in social and political critique, and creating fictions from details observed in the rituals of everyday life in cities ranging from Chicago and Berlin to Lahore.
I am an outsider. I was always in a strange place and I wanted to belong, so that was my reason for going to a city – first to Lahore then to Chicago and Berlin, especially for the public transport that is so easy to use. To be in a city with public transport is to be part of the city, a compelling need.
From the Back Catalogue
Out of Actions Robert Ayers looks back at three decades of Performance Art
Brody Condon, Level Five, 2010
Having a Larp
Sarah Jury discusses the need for safety protocols to protect participants in Live Action Role Plays, or larps, to prevent post-event consequences known as ‘bleed’.
This mechanism was developed as a safety protocol for instances when intense relationships in the larp might alter the way players feel out of the larp. The lack of this mechanism within Boal’s procedures indicates the difference in agendas: Boal’s techniques work towards long-term change, while larp is traditionally a temporary recreational ‘break’ from the rigmarole of daily life.
Kimatica Studio, Relax and Release, 2019
Net Art: Beyond Description
Morgan Quaintance on the need for critique of an art form that has surrendered its autonomy too easily and succumbed to the market.
Today, with sector-wide internet awareness and large-scale, homogeneous general use helping to reinforce art-historical and institutional gains, it is no surprise that the field has entered a phase of canonical historicisation. But what form is this impulse to look back at such a recent past taking?
Meriem Bennani, Siham & Hafida, 2018
Kashif Sharma-Patel discusses the Moroccan-born, New York-based artist’s work across media including film, cartoon animation and 3D modelling in a way that is often humorous and sometimes surreal.
Bennani’s film Party on the CAPS, 2018, forms a rampantly bizarre and speculative sci-fi narrative of future migration to the US through teleportation. Deportees are ensnared by US immigration officials on an island called the CAPS, their bodies dissolved and distorted by capture mid-teleport.
If the omnishambles that led to the prorogation of Parliament is another example of life imitating art, could this government’s reckless approach to representative democracy and executive power even render parody redundant?
Unfortunately, while Malcolm Tucker, the PM’s ‘potty-mouthed enforcer’ in the TV series, allegedly based on Tony Blair’s so-called spin doctor Alastair Campbell and played so memorably by Peter Capaldi, was fictional, Dominic Cummings is all too real.
Alfredo Jaar, The Garden of Good and Evil, 2019, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Spending Round and Round
Chancellor Sajid Javid spares the arts, for the moment, as he plans for a general election; Boris Johnson’s vanity Olympic tower continues to burden the public purse; leaked emails reveal that the former director of Glasgow School of Art did not jump but was pushed; a new study reveals that the visual art audience, while disproportionately young, is highly representative of the ethnic mix of the wider UK population; plus the latest news on galleries, appointments, prizes and more.
Marisa Merz 1926–2019
Nancy Kienholz 1943–2019
CalArts, Grasstains Enviro Dance, 1981
on show at Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover
Real Work: Candice Breitz, Liz Magic Laser
Where Art Might Happen: The Early Years of CalArts
Bergen Assembly: Actually, the Dead Are Not Dead
Skye Arundhati Thomas
Grace Ndiritu: The Ark
Simon Faithfull: Fathom
The Exchange, Penzance
Europe After The Rain
Newlyn Art Gallery
And what it became is not what it is now,
Grand Union, Birmingham
Ishara Art Foundation, Dubai
Sarah Rapson: Sell The House
Essex Street, New York
Ian Whittlesea: On colour...
The number seven is central here: seven colours of the spectrum, seven short breaths to start, breathe in for seven seconds, breathe out for seven seconds, breathe in white, breathe out the colour you wish to visualise.
Pamela M Lee: The Glen Park Library – A Fairy Tale of Disruption
Many writing methods are deployed in the book, assembling contrasting attitudes to knowledge and labour that co-exist in our digital age.
Dave Beech: Art and Postcapitalism – Aesthetic Labour, Automation and Value Production
Dave Beech manages to think of art’s social relations within the framework of transitioning from capitalism to something else. It is this political and relational aspect of art that Beech does so well to decode
Andrea Luka Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson, Here For Life, 2019
Andrea Luka Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson: Here For Life
Who owns the city? To the ten performers participating in Here For Life this question underpins a daily struggle for stability, love and basic rights.
Andrea Luka Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson, Here For Life, 2019
Eileen Simpson and Ben White
Open Music Archive
Everything I Have is Yours
Eileen Simpson and Ben White’s work aims to liberate recorded music from private ownership, enabling it to be reused – free – during a historical period that differs greatly from that in which the originating material was first recorded.
Emily Perry, Woman with Salad, 2016–
Ways of Working
Collecting Performance Art
There are two key legal and business disciplines that can offer possible ways forward for performance artists and others dealing with performance-related work – if used creatively to serve and meet their needs: contract and intellectual property.
This month's highlights include:
- DRAF Evening of Performances Ministry of Sound 7.30pm Thu 3 Oct
- Duncan Marquiss performance Platform 7.00pm Fri 4 Oct
- Jasmina Cibic performance Cooper Gallery 5.30pm Thu 17 Oct
The updated events and exhibitions calendar can be viewed online.
Art Monthly's exhibition listings can be viewed online.
The Producers Part II
New Positions on Curating
Tuesday 29 October 5.15pm
Katerina Gregos, curator of the inaugural Riga Biennale
Mirjam Varinidis, curator at Zurich Kunsthalle
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.
Venue: Fine Art Lecture Theatre, Newcastle University
Price: Free entry
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- Sep: Jonathan P Watts, Louisa Lee and Laura Harris discuss British art 1976–95, BANK, Jef Cornelis’s art documentaries, and pay & conditions in the art world.
- Jul: Giulia Smith, Erika Balsom, Vladimir Seput & Conal McStravick discuss the ‘Civic Duty’ exhibition at Cell Project Space, Lis Rhodes’s exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary, Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s exhibition at Peltz Gallery, and queerness and gentrification.
- Jun: Tom Snow, Maja and Reuben Fowkes & Matthew Bowman discuss activism as art, the ‘Southern Constellations’ exhibition in Ljubljana and Cory Arcangel’s show at Firstsite in Colchester.
Three new LADA job opportunities
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These are unprecedented opportunities to join LADA, play key roles in the development of its programmes, profiling and management, and significantly contribute to shaping its future.
Live Art Development Agency, London | Midday 21 Oct
Tate Modern | 30 Sep
Pilar Corrias, London | 1 Oct
Camden Arts Centre, London | 4 Oct
Head of Education
Freelands Foundation, London | 6 Oct
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art | 13 Oct
Curator of Projects & Exhibitions
Modern Art Oxford | 14 Oct
Collection & Exhibitions Manager
The Hepworth Wakefield | 15 Oct
Senior Exhibitions Registrar
Tate Modern | 22 Oct
Studio Space Available
Four studios available ranging from 215sqft (£537pcm) to 239sqft (£597pcm). Five mins walk from South Wimbledon tube. All studios operate 24hrs 7 days a week, secure access, central heating, LED lighting, commercial Wi-Fi and car park.
Delta House Studios 2, Studio Way, London SW19 3EU | 30 Sep
SET Wimbledon – Artists' Workspace Opportunity
Affordable workspace. Become a member of SET. Wellington Works SW18 4RW. 200-2,000sqft. £1/sqft pcm. 6,000sqft light industrial. Email [email protected] for viewings.
SET Centre CIO | First-come-first-serve (application basis)
Apply for a Studio
S1 Artspace, Sheffield | Rolling
VIA Arts Prize
The Embassy of Brazil to the UK | 30 Sep
The Hopper Prize
The Hopper Prize | 12 Nov
Mayor of London’s Culture for all Londoners | 1 Mar 2020
Write for Art Worlds
Art Quest | Rolling
Jerwood Writer In Residence 2020
A paid developmental opportunity for UK-based early-career arts writers including a £1500 fee, access to a £500 fund for self-directed development activity and travel support for writers based outside of London.
Jerwood Arts | 4 Nov, 5pm
Camden Arts Centre, Horniman Museum, London | 30 Sep, 7 Oct
The Other MA (TOMA)
Southend-on-Sea | 30 Sep
Artist in Residence
Kavli Institute for Nanosciences, Delft, Netherlands | 30 Sep
The Camargo Foundation Residencies
Cassis, France | 1 Oct
Entwined: Rural. Land. Lives. Art.
Visual Arts in Rural Communities, Northumberland | 11 Oct
Researching the Rural — Women in Agriculture Residency
Berwick Visual Arts & Newcastle University | 15 Oct
Space Available for Two Residencies
Raven Row, London | 20 Oct
Artists in Residence Bruntwood Cornwall Buildings
Grand Union & Bruntwood, Birmingham | 25 Oct
Stockton Arts Centre | Rolling
Small Grants Scheme: In the Making
Mayor of London, Old Oak & Park Royal | 1 Dec 2020
Step Beyond Travel Grants
European Cultural Foundation | Rolling
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants
Pollock-Krasner Foundation | Rolling
Open Call: Exhibition Opportunity
Grand Union, Birmingham | 6 Oct
Imprints of the New Modernist Editing
The Laurence Sterne Trust at Shandy Hall, Coxwold, Yorkshire | 18 Nov
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