Frances Stark, Reading Ian Svenonius’s Psychic Soviet from 2006, 2019
An Un-American Pavilion
Frances Stark interviewed by Isobel Harbison
The LA-based artist discusses Mike Kelley, her favourite art films, telling stories, binge-watching The Wire, the failed promise of social media, constructing her own pavilion, and the importance of amateurishness.
I feel like we are in a cultural moment where there is an explosion of hyper-promiscuity and hyper-exhibitionism, and the monetising of any kind of art. Everything on Instagram is about how and what these amazing creative people are going to teach you while, in fact, the support systems for civic life and any kind of culture are completely under duress. And I find that sickening.
Martha Rosler, Lounging Woman, 2004, from the series ‘House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home’
Déjà vu, all over again
Francis Frascina looks back at 50 years of art activism and discusses approaches that current activists might take
Guerrilla Art Action Group argued in 1969 that ‘a group of extremely wealthy people are using art as a means of self-glorification and as a form of social acceptability. They use art as a disguise, a cover for their brutal involvement in all spheres of the war machine.’
Alain Tanner, Jonas Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000, 1976, film co-written by John Berger
The Interface: Mark Fisher and John Berger
Paul Walsh seeks a space from which voices of contemporary dissent might emerge
The interface walls of Northern Ireland, structures that on the surface divide, dominate and destroy, also exist as liminal entities in their own right. They indicate what is at stake when two bodies encounter one another, and the potential this encounter holds.
Kara Walker, Fons Americanus, 2019, Tate Modern, London
The Politics of Appeasement
Morgan Quaintance anatomises the problems raised by Kara Walker’s Tate Modern commission
What renders Kara Walker’s brand of ‘critique’ so attractive and so appealing to institutions keen to virtue signal? The historical distance. For hers is work that miraculously ‘speaks to the present’ by ignoring it entirely, training its monomaniacal vision on the past.
Imran Perretta, the destructors, 2019
George Vasey discusses the coercive role of images and hidden racial, social and economic biases of photographic and other technologies, as revealed in the work of the London-based artist.
Imran Perretta’s films interrogate visual regimes, exploring how power and surveillance are focused on black and brown people’s bodies. His films are, in part, a product of growing up in London as a teenager in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and being of Bangladeshi heritage.
The current valorisation of ‘creativity’ – in strategies for the arts, health and education, not to mention pro-Brexit political strategies – reveals how this term, when unmoored from disciplines such as the arts, has no ethical underpinnings can be hijacked to support market-orientated ideologies on the one hand, and to mask cuts to social and community care on the other.
For populist politicians and their political advisers, the arts are an easy target for funding cuts. Yet, at the same time, the arts are shamelessly deployed by ministers to plug gaps in social policy.
The Twist, Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker, Norway
Creativity for All!
The Durham Commission on Creativity and Education publishes its first report promoting the teaching of ‘creativity’; BP is dropped as a sponsor by the Royal Shakespeare Company after pressure from young protesters; Arts Council Wales publishes guidelines on minimum rates of pay for artists and technicians; the DCMS promises more money for long-suffering libraries and regional museums; plus the latest news on galleries, appointments, prizes and more.
Eliseo Mattiacci 1940–2019
Alberta Whittle, between a whisper and a cry, 2019
on show at DCA, Dundee
Walking Through Walls
Gropius Bau, Berlin
16th Istanbul Biennial: The Seventh Continent
Toronto Biennial of Art: The Shoreline Dilemma
Still Undead: Popular Culture in Britain Beyond the Bauhaus
Susan Hiller: Ghost/TV
Matt’s Gallery, London
The Body Electric
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Jo Spence and Oreet Ashery: Misbehaving Bodies
Wellcome Collection, London
Sidsel Meineche Hansen: Welcome to End-Used City
Alberta Whittle: How Flexible Can We Make the Mouth
Sligo, Cork and Leitrim Round-up
The Model, The Glucksman, The Dock
Nina Danino, I Die of Sadness Crying for You, 2019
BFI London Film Festival: Experimenta
By curbing the ability of the festival’s audience to consider the works as contemporary art, it allows them to be read more clearly as film culture.
French & Mottershead with The Ballad of Peckham Rye, Woodland, 2019
French & Mottershead: Woodland
The work places the viewer in the role of the corpse – your own corpse – and then narrates what it feels like to be your body in that state.
Mckenzie Wark: Capital is Dead – Is This Something Worse?
Mckenzie Wark argues that the classic confrontation between proletariat and capital has been replaced or displaced by the rise of a class of owners and controllers of information: ‘A vectoralist class owns the means of organising the means of production.’
Stefan Kruse, The Migrating Image, 2018
Letter from Samos
The EU, one of the Mediterranean Sea’s custodians, emerges as a clear culprit in the ‘13,700,000km3’, exhibition curated by Katerina Gregos at Art Space Pythagorion.
Pamela Rosenkranz, Healer (Waters), 2019
Letter from Okayama and Kobe
Notably, most of the 18 artists and artist collectives featured in the Summit, including Pierre Huyghe, hail from France and the US; barring perhaps Mika Tajima, Japanese artists were conspicuous by their absence.
Tariff-Free Art Trade
Little or no attention has been paid to the US’s far-reaching and unilateral imposition on 18 October of new stringent 25% tariffs on the importation of artwork into the US from the UK.
This month's highlights include:
- Johanna Hedva performance DRAF 7.00pm Fri 8 Nov
- ‘Alternative Funding’ workshop led by Ellie Harrison The Newbridge Project 10.30am Fri 22 Nov
- Kader Attia talk Project Arts Centre 6.00pm Mon 25 Nov
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- Oct: Virginia Whiles, Sarah Jury and Jack Smurthwaite discuss the work of Bani Abidi, live art works known as larps (Live Action Role Plays), and Dave Beech’s book Art and Postcapitalism.
- 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 and 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.
Parker Harris, Esher, Kent | 1 Nov
Primary, Nottingham | 5 Nov
Museum and Gallery Programme Co-ordinator
St Albans Museums | 10 Nov
Into the Wild Artist Facilitator
Chisenhale Studios, London | 11 Nov
Wysing Arts Centre | 17 Nov
Deputy Director (Maternity Cover)
Forma, London | 24 Nov
Dean of the School of Art
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York | 1 Dec
Apply for a Studio
S1 Artspace, Sheffield | Rolling
Changing World: interactive art commission opportunity
Eastside is recruiting an artist to create an interactive public art piece co-created with children and the community in Hackney. Budget £6K
Eastside | 4 Nov 9am
Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award
The Tetley, Leeds | 11 Nov
The Hopper Prize
The Hopper Prize | 12 Nov
a-n Artist Bursaries
a-n The Artists Information Company | 21 Nov
Arte Laguna Prize
Arte Laguna, Venice | 27 Nov
Film London | 2 Dec
Derwent Art Prize
The Derwent Art Prize | 17 Feb 2020
Mayor of London’s Culture for all Londoners | 1 Mar 2020
Write for Art Worlds
Art Quest | Rolling
Max Planck Institute, Frankfurt | 8 Nov
Open call Residency Programme
SEA Foundation, Netherlands | 15 Nov
4 week Residency Programme
Zaratan AIR, Lisbon, Portugal | 18 Nov
Making Places Open Call
Waltham Forest Council | 18 Nov
Dorich House Museum Studio Residency
Dorich House Museum, Kingston Vale, London | 29 Nov
European Media Artists in Residence Exchange
EMARE, Germany | 2 Dec
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
Call for Art
Beers, London | 4 Nov
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