Current Exhibition SV12: Members' Show, selected by Jenni Lomax and Mike Nelson
23 February - 31 March 2012
Studio Voltaire's members' exhibitions aim to showcase the strength and diversity of its membership, which currently comprises over 400 artists. Now in its eighth edition, the exhibition has developed a reputation for spotting emerging talent and bringing it to a wider audience. This year's exhibition includes the work of 27 artists based throughout the United Kingdom and include a range of approaches to art making, such as sound, video, photography, painting, drawing, installation and sculpture.
Image credit: Jimmy Merris doing the downturn, or finding your feet in the times of the worried man, video, 2010
Forthcoming Exhibition Richard Slee
25 April - 26 May 2012
Studio Voltaire presents a new commission by Richard Slee, comprising of a new series of objects and sculptural installations made specifically for the exhibition. Slee is an important figure within contemporary ceramics and the exhibition will be his first presentation in a public gallery since From Utility to Futility, the artist's solo exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2010.
Sponsored by SIMONE Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation
Image credit: Richard Slee Masked Bean, glazed ceramic, party mask, 2007
The spring issue of Afterall arrives this month with a focus on ways of reactivating histories. With essays on Moyra Davey, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Eugenio Dittborn and Dierk Schmidt, and additional texts by Maija Timonen on the age of austerity and Liam Gillick on R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet. Subscribe to get every issue of Afterall delivered to your home, plus online access to our full back catalogue.
MRes Art: Exhibition Studies - calling new students!
23 March - 13 May 2012 Preview: Thursday 22 March 2012, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Chisenhale Gallery will present a new body of oil paintings by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
Yiadom-Boakye's figurative paintings are drawn from her own fictitious set of characters and allude to traditions of European portraiture. The way in which an audience might project meaning on to these figures is a key point of interest for Yiadom-Boakye, addressing the very problem of representation - particularly with regards to black subjects - in figurative painting and public spectatorship at large.
Chisenhale Exhibitions Partner 2012: Outset Contemporary Art Fund.
Image credit: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, The Generosity, 2010.
21st Century Frances Scholz & Mark von Schlegell Starlite
Thursday 8 March 2012, 7pm
A screening of Starlite (2011-12), an episodic film made by artist Frances Scholz and based on a fantasy story by writer Mark von Schlegell. Originally commissioned to coincide with a series of exhibitions by the artist Cosima von Bonin, these Starlite episodes will be screened together for the first time and followed by a discussion with Scholz and von Schlegell.
This event is supported by The Paul & Louise Cooke Endowment Trust.
The Eighth of March Electra Presents Films from Filmoteka Muzeum
Thursday 8 March, 7pm Calvert 22 22 Calvert Avenue, London E2 7JP Free event, to book a place: firstname.lastname@example.org
In celebration of the International Women's Day, Electra chooses films from Filmoteka Muzeum, the Archive of Polish Experimental Film. The event brings together work by amongst others KwieKulik, Natalia LL, and Teresa Tyszkiewicz and will be presented with a conversation between Electra's Fatima Hellberg and curator, writer and lecturer Maxa Zoller. In focus here is the role of performativity and staging in the selected works, and associated questions around the collective body.
Image credit: KwieKulik, Open Form: Playing on the Actress' Face, 1971
Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Toxic 2012
20 April - 26 August Les Laboratoires D'Aubervilliers and Palais de Tokyo
Toxic is a new film installation by Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz co-commissioned by Electra together with Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers and La Triennale (Paris, 2012). The project draws on the artists' ongoing interest in the 'Theatre of the Ridiculous' - performances by Jack Smith, scripts and films by Ronald Tavel, in late 1960s New York - and will present a filmed performance by Werner Hirsch and Ginger Brooks Takahashi. The new work will be premiered as part of Intense Proximity the 2012 Paris Triennale, and come to London as part of a Boudry / Lorenz solo exhibition at South London Gallery in Winter 2012/13.
Image credit: Boudry/Lorenz after Jack Smith's The Secret of Rented Island
EXHIBITION: The Challenger's Report A Solo Exhibition by Irene Kopelman
10 February - 15 April
The first UK solo exhibition by Argentinian artist Irene Kopelman looks at how relationships to landscape and the natural world are culturally conditioned and subject to change.
It includes a newly commissioned series of large-scale paintings of Antarctic microfossils presented alongside the installation La morfologia del paisaje determina sus vistas (The Morphology of the Landscape Determines its Views, 2011) and a hand-made replica of a graphic telescope, an early 19th century optical instrument.
Image credit: Irene Kopelman, Radiolarians from Scott's Expedition, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 230*190cm, detail.
OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND: Mariana Caló, Francisco Queimadela, Boris Dornbusch and Ritesh Meshram
The current artists in residence conclude their stay in London by opening their studios to the public. Visitors have the rare opportunity to meet the artists and visit their studios on Friday evening and all day Saturday. Open Studio events include:
Friday 30 March, 8pm PERFORMANCE: Ritesh Meshram
Ritesh Meshram will present his first live art project, using living sculpture and costume to explore ideas of creation, transformation and the instability of character.
Saturday 31 March, 3pm FILM PROGRAMME: Of Time & Place
An afternoon of artists' films, programmed with current Artists in Residence Mariana Caló & Francisco Queimadela, The programme includes works by artists who have influenced Caló & Queimadela's practice as well as films by other artists sharing similar formal or conceptual interests.
Image credit: Mariana Caló and Fancisco Queimadela, Slow Time Suspended Moment, 2011, HD Video still
In May 2012 LUX and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) will launch the LUX/ ICA Biennial of Moving Images, a five day celebration of contemporary artists' moving image practice consisting of screenings, commissions, performances, talks and courses. The Biennial will take place at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from 23rd - 27th May 2012 and will present a wide-ranging and diverse perspective on contemporary moving image practice. The event will include guest curated screenings, talks, an artists' school project, a two-day course on curating artists' moving image, a series of new performance commissions, a student symposium and a live online journal.
Detroit A project by the LUX Associate Artists 2009/10
Paul Abbott, Mark Barker, Erik Blinderman, Lucy Clout, Kim Colman, Jenny Hogarth, Maria Taniguchi, Cara Tolmie.
Detroit is a series of projects that cohere as responses to the discussions and problems generated by an initial proposal of buying a property in Detroit Michigan. It is our hope that these projects can address some questions concerning ethics, stereotypes, practicalities, desire, globalism, alienation, longevity/temporality (legacy/immediacy), the problem of publicity in this context, consensus, communal decision making vs individual decisions and the complications ignited by the action of injecting ourselves into a situation as extreme and burdened as this.
Event: Sunday 4th March 2012, 10:00 - 17:00, South Norwood, London, SE25. Free and open to the public, but limited space so booking is essential. Please email email@example.com to arrange visit
18 April - 27 May 2012 Private View: 15 April 2 - 5pm Gallery One
Matt's Gallery hosts an exhibition of Willie Doherty's black and white photographs from 1985-1992, which have rarely been exhibited before. These early works developed key conceptual and formal strategies that have been prominent in Doherty's practice for the last twenty years. In particular, they foreshadow his distinctive use of voiceover and disjointed narrative in the body of the video works he has subsequently produced.
Image credit: Willie Doherty, Shifting Ground, 1991. Black and white photograph with text. 122 x 183cm.
Nathaniel Mellors Ourhouse E3 feat. BAD COPY
18 April - 27 May 2012 Private View: 15 April 2 - 5pm Gallery Two
For his third exhibition at Matt's Gallery, Nathaniel Mellors presents the UK premiere of the new episode in his absurdist video series. Ourhouse Episode 3: The Cure of Folly is manifest within a large-scale mixed media installation, including a newly-commissioned animatronic. This installation explores themes from the episode, deconstructing ideas of sculpture and the processes of objectification.
Image credit: Nathaniel Mellors, The Nest, 2011. Installation view at Cobra Museum, Amstelveen.
'Well, the first thing I want to say is, politics my arse'
Issue 2 includes: cover art by Johnny Spencer * Alberto Toscano on logistics and anarchism * Gail Day on postmodernism at the V&A * Brian Ashton zooms in on RFID * Mark Neocleous on generalised anxiety * Benjamin Noys on spaghetti communism * Howard Slater on the August riots * Mme Tlank and Mira Mattar on motherly love, care and capital * Stefan Szczelkun on Gregory Sholette's book, Dark Matter * Anustup Basu on the Arab Spring * Sander on why China won't save capitalism
Price: GBR £12 * Europe €12 * US/ROW $18
ISBN: 978-1-906496-02-9 // ISSN 1356-7748-301 // eBook ISBN 978-1-906496-77-7
Launch of PPS beta - online eBook conversion services by Mute
We're excited to introduce you to the beta version of Progressive Publishing System (PPS), an online eBook conversion service for independent publishers and cultural producers. PPS will convert your word processing files as .docx and Google docs into eBooks as ePub and Kindle's .mobi file formats.
As part of a first round of fine-tuning, we're interested in seeing how other users experience the tool. If you'd like to have a go with PPS as part of this process, you'll need an account. Please drop us an email and we'll get one set up for you straight away.
Image credit: Julia Child, doyenne of American cooking, 1953, showing how most eBook text conversions occur today
LAWRENCE ABU HAMDAN Aural Contract: The Freedom of Speech Itself
Until 17 March 2012 Wednesday - Saturday, 12 - 6pm The audio documentary is played on the hour
As part of Communal Knowledge, The Showroom has been working with the artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan since 2010 on the ongoing project Aural Contract.
The most recent stage of the project is presented here as an installation featuring a new commission The Freedom of Speech Itself, excerpts from Abu Hamdan's audio archive, and a workshop led by the artist on Harold Pinter's play Mountain Language.
Image credit: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, The first sonic theft; MGM's lion, digital image, 2011
SARAH PIERCE The Artist Talks
18 April - 8 June 2012 Preview: 17 April, 6.30 - 8.30pm
The Artist Talks is an exhibition of new work by Dublin-based artist Sarah Pierce, co-commissioned by Book Works and The Showroom. It is the final part of a year-long project undertaken by the artist as part of Book Works' tour of new commissions and archival presentations, Again, A Time Machine. Pierce repositions the convention of the artist's talk as an open system with the potential to disturb or re-invent past artworks and received ideas.
Image credit: C. Ayers, 1970, courtesy Kent State University Libraries, May 4 Collection