Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Hito Steyerl feature in ArtReview


I have written a feature on the work of Berlin based filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl. It appears in the current (Summer 2014) edition of ArtReview. You can read it here.



Thursday, 12 June 2014

Frieze review


My exhibition review of Control. Stephen Willats. Work 1962–69 at Raven Row is in the Summer edition of Frieze. For those who subscribe it can be read here.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Conversation with Aleksandra Domanovic


Video documentation from my recent conversation with Aleksandra Domanovic at Firstsite, Colchester. Our discussion was part of Owning the Immaterial

Saturday, 24 May 2014

The Essay – a Critical Writing in Art & Design Conference


Took part in Emily LaBarge's excellent RCA conference 'The Essay', hosting a session with Katrina Palmer, David Raymond Conroy and Rachal Bradley.

More on the line up - which included a keynote from Wayne Koestenbaum - here.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

SPACE ▼ ▼ ▼ MAY - JUL



Gallery: MAX BRAND: Mensch & Ding, Caro Diaro, Pencils in the Fog

Annexe: CHERCHEZ LA FEMME: 1970s Feminist Video by French Militant Collectives.

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Gallery: MAX BRAND: Mensch & Ding, Caro Diaro, Pencils in the Fog

:dear corporeal diary

(delayed buzzword shiver)

:yes

:do you want me to proceed?

:I'm sorry. I didn't realize you were dreaming

(lids further drop. held loosely in fetters by a life of surprises)

Max Brand (* 1982 in Leipzig, Germany) has an aspiration to dance but something like that is not possible at the moment.

(on fuming pasture)

:look it doesn't grow anymore

:so we don't have to stand still watching it

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Max Brand (1982) lives and works in Berlin. He graduated from the Städelschule Frankfurt/Main (under Michael Krebber) in 2010. Recent solo exhibitions include Max Brand, Kunstverein Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany (2012) and no solid footing –(trained) duck fighting a crow, MoMA PS1,Long Island City, New York, USA (2012). Two person and group exhibitions include S.O.A.P.Y., Vilma Gold, London, UK (2013/14) and Max Brand & Taocheng Wang, Libary+, London, UK (2013). He will have his second solo show at Jacky Strenz, Frankfurt/Main, Germany in Summer 2014.

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Annexe: CHERCHEZ LA FEMME

1970s Feminist Video by French Militant Collectives. Organised by Alaina Claire Feldman.

There exists a rich history of radical, pioneering feminist video collectives in France that is largely unknown to Anglophone audiences and is still to be recognized in the Western canon of visual studies and activist history.

This exhibition draws from the output of several activist collectives to explore how women took up the new portable video camera as an immediate and accessible tool to promote feminism, class and gender consciousness, direct democracy, and political action - all central ideals during the May ‘68 student movements in France and within second-wave feminism.

▼FULL TEXTS: http://www.spacestudios.org.uk/whats-on/exhibition-programme/future ▼

Thursday, 23 January 2014

SPACE ▼ ▼ ▼ JAN - MAR


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GALLERY: PAUL McCARTHY: BLACK AND WHITE TAPES
ANNEXE: D.R.E.S.S.I.N.G (group show)
STAIRWELL: EVERYONE AGREES
THE CONVERSATION #4: LAWRENCE ABU HAMDAN

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GALLERY: PAUL MCCARTHY: BLACK AND WHITE TAPES

SPACE is proud to present a multi-screen installation of thirteen black and white performance video tapes made between 1971-5 by Los Angeles based artist, Paul McCarthy (b.1945).

FULL TEXT: http://www.spacestudios.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/paul-mccarthy-black-and-white-tapes

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ANNEXE: D.R.E.S.S.I.N.G

A group exhibition. Including work by Amy Yao, Rachal Bradley, Lisa Holzer, Vittorio Brodmann, John Samson and TBWA/Chiat/Day.

FULL TEXT: http://www.spacestudios.org.uk/whats-on/exhibition-programme/future

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STAIRWELL: EVERYONE AGREES: MEETINGS AND FAILURES IN MEETINGS

Appropriating a 1960 televised interview with Situationist International co-founder Michèle Bernstein, Meetings and Failures in Meetings plays with adaptation, failure and willful diversion. Produced in collaboration with Book Works and Kate Kingston.

FULL TEXT: http://www.spacestudios.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/everyone-agrees-meetings-and-failures-in-meetings

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THE CONVERSATION #4: LAWRENCE ABU HAMDAN

The continuation of SPACE’s conversation publishing platform.

FULL TEXT: http://www.spacestudios.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/the-conversation-4-lawrence-abu-hamdan

Sunday, 8 December 2013

JACK SMITH AND THE UGLINESS OF CAPITALISM


A discussion at SPACE chaired by Daniel Neofetou with Dan Barrow, Rebecca Bligh, Adam Christensen, Karolina Szpyrko, Jonathon Vaughan, and John Walter.

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“I know how just a thing like the ugly design of kitchen sinks destroyed my childhood... 'cause I had to fight with my sister all the time over who had to do the dishes. It was the ugliness, the ugliness of capitalism, making it impossible for anybody to live a life that isn't made ugly.”

- Jack Smith


If Jack Smith is discussed today, it is almost invariably in reference to his 1963 film Flaming Creatures, a queer masterpiece which some would argue still retains its power to rupture the petrified facade of bourgeois complacency. However, towards the end of his life, Smith became ambivalent towards the film. While Flaming Creatures is often championed for its ambiguity, Smith himself came to bemoan this, posing that an artwork’s meaning is constituted by its concrete effects, and that the concrete effects of Flaming Creatures had been the economic gain of others. In the face of this he turned later in his life towards didactically political performance, in an attempt to attack capitalism and espouse anarchist-socialist notions in a manner which could not be misconstrued or misappropriated.

One such performance took place at Cologne Zoo in 1974, and documentation of it is currently being exhibited at SPACE. In this roundtable, the panelists will discuss what is lost and what is gained in the shift from a non-rhetorical political art to a more discursive mode of expression and more specifically the relevance today of the ideas which Smith sought to express: Ideas denouncing a pervasive capitalism, but also towards a society without governance or landlordism, wherein things would not be designed as according to pre-given rules ascribed by authority and manufacturers, and people would freely exchange their unwanted things with others’.

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Full text: http://www.spacestudios.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/event-jack-smith-and-the-ugliness-of-capitalism

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Jack Smith: Cologne, 1974:

Birgit Hein: Jack Smith in Cologne, 1974 from Christian Siekmeier on Vimeo.