Thursday, April 30, 2009

Transmission Interuppted - Modern Art Oxford

18 April - 21 June 2009
Modern Art Oxford
30 Pembroke Street
0X1 1BP

Modern Art Oxford’s spring exhibition, Transmission Interrupted, looks at how contemporary artists disrupt prevailing forms of registering and representing the world. With sculpture, painting, photography, film and performances by over fourteen artists working internationally, the exhibition suggests art’s ability to make visible and audible what remains unseen and unheard at a time when free speech and democracy are invoked as universal values to which we can all subscribe. Transmission Interrupted includes new and recent work presented for the first time in Britain. It will take the form of an exhibition presented throughout the galleries at Modern Art Oxford, performances, screenings and talks in public venues around Oxford and fully illustrated book designed by Åbäke.

Many of the works in the exhibition are poetic testaments to events and experiences that have a passing and, in some cases, recurring presence in the public domain. Adel Abdessemed’s Practice Zero Tolerance (2006) a burned-out car fashioned from black clay is a mute witness to the riots that took place in the working-class districts of Northern Paris in 2005. Sislej Xhafa’s installations and performances render visible experiences and relationships that are barely recorded. His live performance piece elegant sick bus (2001/9), which involves a group of men pushing a mirrored tour bus through the streets, draws a parallel with the burden imposed by tourism on local

A number of artists in the exhibition offer meditations on fleeting realities in cities and their inhabitants, which are at odds with the impacts of globalisation and heightened public fears and prohibitions. Simryn Gill’s assemblages of found materials to create replicas of our material world and her photographic projects eloquently map the in-between spaces of borderlands and margins. Jem Cohen’s mesmeric film, NYC Weights and Measures (2006), documents New York street life at a time when filming in the city is becoming increasingly controlled due to national security concerns.

Suzanne Cotter, one of the exhibition’s curators said: “Transmission Interrupted is about what remains visible and what disappears from view in a world of constantly shifting social, political and ideological values. It reinforces the power of art to occupy the realms of the visual and to alter viewpoints with intelligence and aesthetic subtlety.”

Adel Abdessemed / Pilar Albarracín / Yto Barrada / Mircea Cantor / Jem Cohen / Jimmie Durham / Simryn Gill / Julia Meltzer & David Thorne / Lia Perjovschi / Michael Rakowitz / Ernesto Salmerón / Yara El-Sherbini / Sislej Xhafa

Transmission Interrupted is curated by Suzanne Cotter, Senior Curator, Modern Art Oxford and Gilane Tawadros, independent writer and curator, and is on show until 21 June 2009.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sacha Waldron - Seaside/Coastal Postcard Show

Seaside/Coastal Postcard Show
The Bluecoat
Old Barber Shop
School Lane
April 24th - May 5th 2009

Opening: 5pm - 9pm (Mon - Fri), 10am - 5pm (Sat & Sun)

A show of all of the Postcards relating to the theme of 'Seaside/Coastal' currently contained in Sacha Waldron's Archive.

Also open by arrangement outside of these hours e-mail for access.

Closing Event May 5th. 6pm – talk by John K Walton, Professor of Social History in the Institute for Northern Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University

Monday, April 20, 2009

Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard - A Band Begining With C - Channel 4 - Walking After Acconici - Void

Camera Obscura

21st April
12.55 am
Channel 4

Watch the short film for Camera Obscura presented by Paul Morley and directed by British artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard.

The 11 minute documentary will premier on Channel Four at 12.55 am in the early hours of Tuesday morning 21st April.

Void Gallery

Patrick Street
BT48 7EL
Northern Ireland
Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm. Admission Free
until 29th May 2009

Their solo show in Northern Ireland has just opened at Void in Derry. The exhibition features two key works in our ongoing series reworking seminal video art of the 60's and 70's. Walking After Acconci (Redirected Approaches) is being shown alongside the 'answer piece', Walking Over Acconci (Misdirected Reproaches). Both pieces feature young MC's replacing Vito Acconci. The earlier piece (2003) features Plan B, and the later piece (2008) features Miss OddKidd. Both works are presented within an installation specially created so that the two gallery spaces mirror each other.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Visions Of Excess - Shunt Vaults

Sunday 12th April 9pm - 9am
SHUNT Vaults, Joiner St. London SE1 9RL
(enter from London Bridge Station)

Hosted by David Hoyle and featuring live performances, installations, film screenings and DJs, Visions of Excess is a non-stop, 12-hour voyage into the heart of darkness,
a communion with the ragged spirit of philosopher Georges Bataille.

Featuring over twenty live performances from an array of internationally renowned artists including: Franko B, Julie Tolentino, Bruce LaBruce, Suka Off, Kira O'Reilly, Veenus Vortex, Gio Black Peter, Ashley Ryder, Samantha Sweeting, Zackary Drucker, Mouse, Lazlo Pearlman, Dominic Johnson, SmaxXx, Gabrielle Penabaz and Nicole Blackman.

Plus video screenings; including a programme of shorts by Christophe Chemin and the UK premiere of HOMOCCULT AND OTHER ESOTEROTICA curated by Daniel McKernan & Richie Rennt, featuring films by Genesis P Orridge, Peter Christopherson (COIL), Slava Mogutin & Brian Kenny (SUPERM), Black Sun Productions and Terence Koh plus many more...

DJs Dr Mu, David TG, Phil Able, Dale Cornish and F B.

Visuals: Boxikus (Sabotage/Infraktion Kore, Berlin) and Hector De Gregorio.

Curated by Ron Athey & Lee Adams

Step inside. Let your eyes adjust, we've got all night, so take your time...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Way Out

25 March - 14 June
22 Newport Street
SE11 6AY

Some of my best friends are able-bodied; I can’t ask them to just donate a limb… Peedy, The Way Out, 2009 Disability has never had its revolutionary moment: no Suffrage, Stonewall or Watts Riots.

‘The Way Out’ stages a reversal of this historical omission, imagining a world in which a violent, insurrectionary gang of ‘disability terrorists’ has brought the world to its knees à la Baader Meinhof/ Angry Brigade. Under siege from the cops, the gang implodes, killing time, doing drugs, making art and writing bad pop songs as the walls of their bunker loom in…

The movie is a hole at the centre of this parody – the missing Movie about an absent revolution.

15mm Films challenge normative perceptions of disabled people. A collective of artists working in the fields of visual, performance and video art, they are committed to innovation and take an experimental approach to collaboration. Current members of the collective are Aaron Williamson, Katherine Araniello, Laurence Harvey, Simon Raven, Juliet Robson and Philip Ryder.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Underground City - Divus Unit 30

"Underground City uncovers unseen, forgotten corners of metropolis, city within a city, sense of inhabiting one’s little space as affirmation of belonging and urban undergrowth - surprisingly hidden after all that discovering – but also what is part of the fantasy inspired by the city, visions and dreams (or nightmares) of the future of the pulsating cityscape. Each metropolis becomes a unique organism that breathes and develops. It’s created by humans so their creation is no more artificial than any other accidental or incidental nature’s creation or advancement, even if “building itself has become an act of destruction”.

EXHIBITED ARTISTS: Richard Cox, Joe Banks, John Fawcett, Adam Henry, Jitka Hynková, Monica Ursina Jäger, Andreas Kaufmann, Christopher Labzda, Chris Littlewood, Ben Nathan, Štěpánka Šimlová and Reinhard Schleining

FILMS BY:Morgan Beringer, Christophe Bruchansky, Joe Catchpole Mattia Costa, Manuel Drexl, Tessa Garland, Consuelo Giorgi Michael Langeder and Mattia Casalegno, Lokaz Nokaz and Hajdelak, Patricio Forrester, Jan Polverini, Marianna and Daniel O'Reilly, Theo Tagholm, Lucy Thane, Darshana Vora, Yu-Chen Wang and others