Welcome to the August Newsletter
German photographer Henning Kreitel (b. 1982) documents the surreal elements of reality. Shooting everyday scenes, his approach to lighting, angles and colours results in visually arresting and almost magical imagery. Accidently stumbling upon his photographic talent when he took a short trip to Frankfurt, Kreitel produces work that carries a narrative. During a visit to Iceland he created Nightlight, an exploration of the interaction between gardens and houses in the old city centre of Reykjavík. The contrast between the natural darkness and the overpowering glare of the street lights enhances the ordinary setting, developing an intriguing and unsettling mood. His stark 30-piece series, which highlights issues of light pollution, leaves the audience questioning whether the photographs are actually taken in daylight. Kreitel is due to exhibit his work at a number of locations in Stuttgart in 2014 and 2015.
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Issue 60: August/September - Out Now
Questioning the world around us is a continuous necessity and the desire to challenge everyday systems reinvigorates daily life. This special 60th edition of Aesthetica celebrates innovation and we take a look at a number of practitioners that are breaking new ground within their given fields.
Inside this issue we start with a retrospective of French artist Annette Messager at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. For over five decades she has given ordinary objects new meaning in her large-scale installations. Constructing Worlds opens at the Barbican Centre, London, and explores the relationship between architecture and photography, while Vertigo of Reality at Akademie der Künste in Berlin surveys how art conveys the constant evolution of reality. Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness spans 35 years of the artist's career and critiques the systems of late capitalism through opulent spectacle. In photography, we bring you an extended special feature that highlights some of the most exciting emerging talent from London College of Communication, alongside a series that depicts light in seemingly banal locations in Reykjavík by photographer Henning Kreitel, as well as the surreal world of duo Maxime Delvaux and Kevin Laloux. Formento & Formento return to Aesthetica, but this time they are in Cuba, while the dynamic beauty of Robert Capa's works in colour portrays a time long gone. We are also pleased to present dramatic narratives from our cover photographer Jacques Olivar.
In film, we speak with the directors of 20,000 Days on Earth, which redefines the rockumentary and follows the legendary musician Nick Cave. Then we chat with Kelly Reichardt about her latest film, Night Moves, which charts the plight of three extreme environmentalists. In music, we look at how bands are continuously redefining genres including mixing opera and hip-hop. Drama and live action combine to create Helen Lawrence, by renowned artist Stan Douglas, which premieres at Edinburgh International Festival. Finally, in Last Words we have a conversation with Susan Hiller about her latest show. Enjoy!
1. Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 – One Month Left To Enter
There is one month left to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize, an international award that celebrates and supports rising talent from across the art world. Submissions are welcome from artists at all stages in their career. Categories for entry are: Photographic & Digital Art, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, Painting & Drawing and Video, Installation & Performance.
The Aesthetica Art Prize is a fantastic opportunity for artists to showcase their works to new, international audiences and boost their career with an outstanding array of prizes, which include: up to £5,000 prize money courtesy of Hiscox; group exhibition; editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine (168,000 readership worldwide); publication in an anthology of top emerging artists; a selection of art books courtesy of Prestel, and up to £250 art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor and Newton.
Entry is £15 and permits the submission of two works into one category.
Entries close 31 August 2014. For more information and to submit visit:
2. Aesthetica Creative Writing Award – One Month Left To Enter
There is one month left to enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, presenting a fantastic opportunity for established and emerging writers to showcase their poetry and short fiction to new, international audiences.
Prizes include publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, a compelling anthology of new writing; a consultation with Christine Green Authors' Agent for the fiction winner; mentoring with Apples and Snakes for the poetry winner £500 prize money for each winner; a selection of inspirational books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books, and a subscription to Granta.
Entry is £10 and permits the submission of two works into one category. Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words each and poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines each. Both short fiction and poetry entries should be written in English. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted.
Entries close 31 August 2014. For more information and to submit visit: www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting
3. Win a pair of tickets to Royal Court Theatre's Not I, Footfalls and Rockaby
Following critically acclaimed sold-out performances at Royal Court Theatre and a limited run in London's West End, the Samuel Beckett trilogy performed by Lisa Dwan is embarking on a strictly limited tour.
Not I is an intense monologue, set in a pitch-black space lit by a single beam of light. A disembodied female mouth floats eight feet above the stage and delivers a stream of consciousness, spoken, as Beckett directed, at the speed of thought. Rockaby is probably the most famous of Beckett's last works. It explores loneliness and features a prematurely old woman dressed in an evening gown, sitting on a wooden rocking chair that appears to rock of its own accord. While the third work, Footfalls, features May, wrapped in tatters, pacing back and forth like a metronome, on a strip of bare landing outside her dying mother's room.
Win a pair of tickets to see the performance at one of three venues this September, including Cambridge Arts Theatre, The Studio at Birmingham Rep and The Lowry in Manchester. To enter, send your name, contact info and the theatre you would like to attend to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Beckett Competition". Terms and conditions apply. Prize is valid for the first performance at each venue. Prize is as stated and cannot be transferred or exchanged. Subject to availability.
4. Win Tickets to Photo Docks Art Fair
Reconnecting with work from the early 20th century, Photo Docks Art Fair is launching a unique programme this year. Although the event remains an international contemporary art fair it introduces the concept of the exhibition to this year's edition. Away from the frenzy of the fair, exhibitors, artists and visitors will have the opportunity to appreciate artworks at a slower pace and on their own terms.
From 5 to 28 September 21 galleries and 60 artists will take over the ground floor of the building designed by architect Odile Decq. This exhibition event will be accompanied by a festival all over Lyon and the surrounding region. Thanks to the involvement of the public and private historical partners in September 2014 photography and video art will be honoured once more in Lyon.
If you want to come to Photo Docks Art Fair, visit and like the Facebook page, and send us an inbox with your fullname and that you would like an invitation for the Aesthetica contest. The first 5 entries win!
1. Edinburgh Art Festival