Ed Atkins Good Wine 2017
Ed Atkins interviewed By Martin Herbert
The Oxfordshire-born, Berlin-based artist discusses avatars, dummies, metafiction and 'bad' writing, as well as technology and its limitations.
The surrogate became more like a crash-test dummy, hurled into situations with an abandon inappropriate for anything remotely like a character … I'm basically finding ways of insisting on its inhumanity in order to be this brutal with it.
Sean Baker The Florida Project 2017
Outside the Box
Mark Prince explores alternative, non-linear, non-hierarchical ways of occupying space
Through the lens of filmmakers James Benning and Alfred Hitchcock, and work by, amongst others, Ed Ruscha, Joel Meyerowitz, Ryan Trecartin and Sean Snyder, how might we conceive of space in a way that transcends the spurious binary of globalism and isolationism?
James Benning called this a process of creating 'spherical space' – a phrase which now seems politically resonant in its implication of a reach beyond the single time and place of the image, associating a 360° viewpoint with a globalist perspective.
From the Back Catalogue
Space Wars Jamie Sutcliffe argues that virtual technologies offer only a fantasy of freedom
Heather & Ivan Morison Look! Look! Look! 2017
From pyramids to pagodas and pavilions to palaces, the folly is back and Lara Eggleton asks why
Artists as different as Kunlé Adeyemi, Phyllida Barlow, Fiona Curran and Ai Weiwei have addressed the concept of the folly for the 21st century, perhaps no surprise in our age of austerity.
Possessing their own kind of double ontology, follies symbolise both the escape from reality and the impossibility of such an escape. As Theodor Adorno asserts: art pleases but does not gratify, it breaks its promises.
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?
The traditional burst of applause in auction rooms when a record is broken is being heard a lot these days. With the public sector having been so underfunded for so long, is the market taking advantage of our museums and national institutions in their weakened state to promote blue-chip artists?
It was surely not just for reasons of space that, immediately below the report of yet another art auction record, one newspaper ran a story about a Harley Street doctor revealing that there has been a 100% rise in the number of londoners, 90% of whom are male, seeking help for porn addiction.
Not Our People
Brooklyn Museum is again at the centre of protests, this time over its appointment of a white curator of African art; Tate Modern is targeted by protesters over workers' rights at one of its sponsors, Ernst & Young; LGBTQ activists are hospitalised by security guards at Beijing's 798 Art District; art institutions in Helsinki come together to publish strategies to support equality; shortlisted artists withdraw from the Belgian Art Prize after the all-white, all-male shortlist was criticised as being exclusionary; plus the latest news on galleries, appointments, prizes and more.
They Are Here The People Behind the Financial System 2017
They Are Here
The London-based art practice, led by Harun Morrison & Helen Walker, examines collaboration, authorship and group dynamics.
They Are Here harness the flexibility and amorphousness of the contemporary artist as a tool, shifting consciously between ways of working that are conversely participatory, inviting people to take part in predetermined structures, and collaborative, by working with people intensively to figure out what those structures might be.
Adam Chodzko Ghost 2018
part of 'Groundwork'
various venues, Cornwall
Zoe Leonard: Survey
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Ian White: Any frame is a thrown voice
Camden Arts Centre, London
Lee Lozano: Slip,Slide,Splice
The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
Shen Xin: Sliced Units
Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art, Manchester
Emma Smith: Euphonia
EVA International 2018
various venues, Limerick
ORGASMIC STREAMING ORGANIC GARDENING ELECTROCULTURE
Chelsea Space, London
Taryn Simon An Occupation of Loss 2018
Taryn Simon: An Occupation of Loss
A stark reminder: this was a performance. What does it mean to perform grief for an audience, and what happens when a platform is provided for such a performance to take place?
Lucretius 1: An Ontology of Motion
Perhaps the astonishing thing is that such an ancient text remains controversial, speaking afresh to each generation – each interpreter, even – which is one of the more consistent themes that underpins recent commentaries.
The Face of Bigotry
The debate about monumentality, as I see it with and through this photograph, is a debate about who has the right to take up space in public.
skater alongside Clare Sams and Broa Sams's Fatberg 2017 installation of a 9-metre-long artificial sewer
Yarco and Proud
Creative Workplace Summit
Jonathan P Watts
Elizabeth Wright's advocacy of Mazi was probably the most radical gesture of the day – an advocacy for parallel infrastructure. No creative bureaucratic negotiations.
'Dawn of a Nation' installation view
Letter from Florence
You Need a Point of View
A small text work by Alighiero Boetti, 21 October 1968, lingered in my mind – a sign of the possibility of future political change, or a memorial for a lost opportunity?
The success of Forensic Architecture in the art world is symptomatic of a broader demotion of art's own capacity for political opposition in favour of art as a conduit for often paraphraseable political content.
Ways of Working
Reputation: Art & Artists
Ever since the development of authorship and attribution in art practice, there has been a vexing question of the relationship between the reputation of artists as authors and the separate but interlinked reputation of their works.
This month's highlights include:
- Ian White's Democracy and Black Flags performances Camden Arts Centre 7.00pm Wed 6 Jun
- Erica Scourti performance Pump House Gallery 2.00pm Sat 16 Jun
- Uriel Orlow screening and discussion Whitechapel Gallery 7.00pm Thu 21 Jun
The updated events and exhibitions calendar can be viewed online.
Art Monthly's exhibition listings can be viewed online.
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- May: Edward C Ball, Isobel Harbison & Taylor Le Melle discuss Joan Jonas at Tate Modern, Sophia Al-Maria at Project Native Informant and the art scene in Paris. Presented by Chris McCormack
- Apr: Dave Beech discusses the idea that the robot is to visions of the future what the genius was to the industrial age. Presented by Matt Hale.
- Mar: Amy Budd & Jennifer Thatcher on the art world's #WANS response to the #MeToo campaign, and the 'No, No, No, No' exhibition at Cell Projects. Presented by Chris McCormack.
Warwick Arts Centre | 5 Jun
Arts and Exhibitions Assistant
The Koestler Trust, London | 6 Jun
Spike Island, Bristol | 8 Jun
Visual Arts Officer (Maternity Cover)
Creative Scotland, Edinburgh | 11 Jun
Royal Academy Schools, London | 17 Jun
NN Contemporary Art, Northampton | 18 Jun
Curator International Art
Tate Modern | 24 Jun
MK Gallery, Milton Keynes | 25 Jun
Call for Entries – The 5th International Awards for Art Criticism
The IAAC 5 is now inviting submissions from writers at any stage of their careers. Prizes include a €10,000 Main Award, and a further 3 runner up awards of €3,500.
International Awards for Art Criticism | 23 Sep
Michael O'Pray Prize – Open Call for Early Career Writers
The prize seeks new writing on innovation and experimentation in moving-image art. The winner will receive £500 and their submitted text published by Art Monthly.
Film and Video Umbrella & Art Monthly | 31 Jul
The Axisweb Artist Award
Axisweb | 4 Jun
Trinity Bouy Wharf, London | 27 Jun
Write for Art Worlds
Art Quest | Rolling
Stanley Picker Fellowships Design & Fine Art 2018
Each Fellowship provides up to £12,000 to support a research project that will result in an exhibition of international standing at the Stanley Picker Gallery. Interviews: Week commencing 9 July 2017 (date to be confirmed).
Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, London | Midday (GMT) 18 June
V&A, London | 4 Jun
The Starr Fellowship
Royal Academy Schools, London | 15 Jun
Camden Arts Centre, London | 25 Jun
Refiguring the Feminist Future – Web Residencies
Solitude & ZKM | 23 Jul
Stockton Arts Centre | Rolling
Full-Time PhD Scholarship
Gasworks, London | 20 Jun
ACS Studio Prize
Artists Collecting Society | 30 Jun
The RSA Morton Award
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh | 30 Jun
Curatorial Practice Award 2018
Film & Video Umbrella | 23 Jul
Step Beyond Travel Grants
European Cultural Foundation | Rolling
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants
Pollock-Krasner Foundation | Rolling
OUTPOST Members' Show 2018 selected by The White Pube
OUTPOST Members are invited to submit work to be considered for an exhibition at OUTPOST Gallery, Norwich. Membership costs £20 per year and allows you to be considered for various artists' opportunities.
OUTPOST, Norwich | 22 July
Call for Entries
The Lumen Prize | 1 Jun
Visions in the Nunnery
Bow Arts, London | 11 Jun
Live Art Development Agency, London | 18 Jun
Videonale 17 – Call for Entries
Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany | 30 Jun
Norwich Film Festival | 18 Jul
Aesthetica Art Prize
Aesthetica Magazine | 31 Aug
Submissions: Send opportunities to [email protected]
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