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Ed Atkins Good Wine 2017


Crash-test Dummy

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.
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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.

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From the Back Catalogue
Space Wars Jamie Sutcliffe argues that virtual technologies offer only a fantasy of freedom

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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.
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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.

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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.
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Adam Chodzko Ghost 2018
part of 'Groundwork'



Maria Walsh

Zoe Leonard: Survey

Michael Wilson

Ian White: Any frame is a thrown voice

Chris McCormack

Lee Lozano: Slip,Slide,Splice

Matthew Bowman

Shen Xin: Sliced Units

Laura Harris

Vincent Fecteau

Mark Wilsher

Emma Smith: Euphonia

Beth Bramich

Glasgow International

Tom Emery

EVA International 2018

Chris Clarke


Amy Budd


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Taryn Simon An Occupation of Loss 2018


Taryn Simon: An Occupation of Loss

Ashiya Eastwood

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

David Ryan

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.


Monumental Failure

The Face of Bigotry

Stephanie Schwartz

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.


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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.


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'Dawn of a Nation' installation view

Letter from Florence

You Need a Point of View

Patricia Bickers

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?


Art Investigation

Forensic Architecture

Daniel Neofetou

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

Henry Lydiate

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.


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Recent additions:

  • 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

Senior Lecturer

Royal Academy Schools, London | 17 Jun


NN Contemporary Art, Northampton | 18 Jun

Curator International Art

Tate Modern | 24 Jun

Exhibition Coordinator

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

Drawing Prize

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


Ceramics Residency

V&A, London | 4 Jun

The Starr Fellowship

Royal Academy Schools, London | 15 Jun

Peer Forum

Camden Arts Centre, London | 25 Jun

Refiguring the Feminist Future – Web Residencies

Solitude & ZKM | 23 Jul

ARC Getaways

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

DIY 15

Live Art Development Agency, London | 18 Jun

Videonale 17 – Call for Entries

Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany | 30 Jun

Submissions Open

Norwich Film Festival | 18 Jul

Aesthetica Art Prize

Aesthetica Magazine | 31 Aug

Submissions: Send opportunities to [email protected]


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