22 December 2014
Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar
Exhibition, ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany, until 29 March 2015.
Lynn Hershman Leeson is amongst the first and most influential of media artists. Over the past four decades, she has achieved pioneering work in the fields of photography, video, film, performance, installation, and interactive and net-based media art. Her investigation of identity and various modes of surveillance developed into a variety of works. Recently, Lynn Hershman Leeson includes robots, mass communication media such as smart-phones, as well as the latest scientific developments in the field of genetics and regenerative medicine, including 3D bio-printers that create human body par..
22 December 2014
Under Another Name
Exhibition, Studio Museum Harlem, New York, USA, until 8 March 2015.
Under Another Nameborrows its title from a line that appears in Renée Green’s letterpress print, William Morris. In it, she cites the 19th century English artist, writer, textile designer, and socialist. The exhibition considers work in multiple media, focusing on the relationship of various genres and media to one another. Here, ephemeral sculptures are captured as photographs; letterpress prints invoke the aesthetics of video; performances are recorded as drawings; sound is captured in objects; and photographs are abstracted into paintings. Rather than privileging one medium over another, the focus is on their interdependence and what happens when a work is understood through the context of a new medium.
21 December 2014
Exhibition, Museum of New Art Troy/Detroit, USA, until 15 February 2015.
Erwin Olaf is one of the world’s most sought-after photographers. His impeccably orchestrated sets achieve a level of aesthetic consistency, built as they are from floor to ceiling, creating perfect stages on which to enact moments of awkwardness, shame, or humiliation – the grievous emotions and impulses we might all wish to repress. To that end, his images appear both candid and supremely self-conscious, natural and posed at once; and though they have the clarity and naturalism achieved only by photography, in composition, tone, and gesture they have the mood of a painting. Ph..
21 December 2014
An Appetite for painting. Contemporary painting 2000–2014
Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art \ Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo, Norway, until 4 January 2015.
Painting was the dominant medium in the museum’s exhibitions during the first half of the 20th century. As postmodernism gained ground in the latter half, painting steadily became more marginalised. In contemporary art discourse it was sometimes claimed that it had become an obsolete medium. Since the turn of the millennium, however, interest in this much-maligned art form was revived, and various indicators suggest that contemporary artists are once again embracing painting on its own terms. This exhibition is devoted to new contemporary painting, exploring a range of expressive styles that is broader now than ever before. The new interest is global.
20 December 2014
Exhibition, MoMu, Antwerp, Belgium, until January 2015.
The MoMu collection consists of approx. 25,000 objects, mainly clothing and accessories. In addition to historic pieces, MoMu’s acquisition policy primarily focuses on purchasing pieces by contemporary Belgian designers whose silhouettes are examples of excellent craftsmanship, bold concepts and avant-garde shapes. All these elements are part of the central theme of MoMu Now. This selection of the collection includes notable names from the Belgian fashion scene such as Raf Simons, Haider Ackermann, Walter van Beierendonck, Veronique Branquinho, AF Vandevorst and Ann Demeulemeester, but also younger talents such as Christian Wijnants and Peter Pilotto standing alongside silhouettes donated by major foreign fashion houses (including Balenciaga, Helmut Lang).
20 December 2014
Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Live Through That?
Exhibition, New Museum, New York, USA, until 25 January 2015.
Lili Reynaud-Dewar creates environments and situations in which the body is often present, expressing vulnerability and empowerment and collapsing public and private space. Her works evolve through a range of mediums such as performance, video, installation, sound, and literature. For her, the relationship between exposure and camouflage enables the challenging of established conventions relating to the body, sexuality, power relations, and institutional spaces, with her recent installations recreating domestic environments. For this exhibition, among other works are four site-specific vide..
19 December 2014
Al Sourat Photo Festival 2014
Photo Festival, Abu Dhabi, UAE, until 15 January 2015.
Al Sourat Photo Festival 2014 is a photography exhibition by Institut français, the French cultural agency in the UAE. It features French and Emirati photographers who captured the spirit of the UAE between 1974 and 2014. Their works investigate the thematic IN/OUT, namely public spaces and private realms of Emirati society, showcasing its complex culture and its ever changing environment from the nation building to nowadays.
19 December 2014
M/M Publicity Design
Exhibition, Le Musée Des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France, 20 December 2014 – May 2015.
Graphic-designer-duo M/M has been invited to invest the advertising spaces of the museum. Having since developed numerous collaborations in the fields of music, fashion, art, theatre, media, architecture, design, ... the pair sees their production of signs and images as a set of meaningful entities that they constantly reorganise to build their own language.Their practice has been able to overcome the simple provision of services, as they have developed working relationships with their sponsors that are experienced as both research and artistic production. Many famous names are amongst thos..
18 December 2014 by Veerle Devos
Biblioteca del Sol, an update
The high mountain library project by Louis De Cordier
In 2010, high up in the Spanish Sierra Nevada, Belgian artist Louis De Cordier started an idealistic cross-border art & science project: the constructing of an ark containing important knowledge for future generations. End-of-the-World and Mayan Calendar people attached themselves to it, and in the run-up to the end of the world scheduled for 21 December 2012, there was a lot of media attention (see DAMnº24 for more on that). It made the Ark project famous. Indeed, the world didn’t perish, but something more beautiful happened: a community of cultural creatives gathered aroun..
18 December 2014
SOMA – a current portrait of urban-inspired contemporary art in Portugal
Exhibition, Underdogs Gallery & Art Store, Lisbon, Portugal, until 23 December.
The exhibition shows that Lisbon is fertile ground for various urban artists. Soma presents a unit composed from a widely diverse universe of authorial visual languages, celebrating the vitality and wealth of this very heterogeneity; adding people and bringing different talents together, expressing their individual voices in the same space, creating a whole greater than the sum of its parts.
18 December 2014
David Weiss: Works, 1968-1979
Exhibition, Swiss Institute, New York, USA, until 22 February 2015.
David Weiss (1946-2012) was world-renowned for his sculptural, photographic and video work, made as Fischli/Weiss in collaboration with Peter Fischli beginning in 1979. This exhibition focuses on the lesser-known solo career of David Weiss, made prior to his ongoing collaboration, and is comprised of an exceptional group of works on paper from 1968-1979, and includes ever-before-seen material from the artist's archive that provides unprecedented insight into his formative years.Though set aside and virtually unknown to the public for over 30 years, in the months before his death in 2012..
17 December 2014
Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909–1949
Exhibition, MoMa, New York, US, until 19 April 2015.
Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909–1949 explores photography between the First and Second World Wars, when creative possibilities were never richer or more varied, and when photographers approached figuration, abstraction, and architecture with unmatched imaginative fervor. This vital moment is dramatically captured in the photographs that constitute the Thomas Walther Collection, a remarkable group of works presented together for the first time through nearly 300 photographs. Made on the street and in the studio, intended for avant-garde exhibitions or the printed page, these objects provide unique insight into the radical intentions of their creators. Iconic works by such towering figures as Berenice Abbott, Karl Blossfeldt, Alvin Langdon Coburn, El Lissitzky, Lucia Moholy, László Moholy-Nagy, Aleksandr Rodchenko, and Paul Strand are featured alongside lesser-known treasures by more than 100 other practitioners.
17 December 2014
Sahand Hesamiyan, Khalvat
Exhibition, Dubai, UAE, until 24 December.
Khalvat is Iranian sculptor Sahand Hesamiyan’s first solo show in the UAE. Sahand’s practice primarily explores contemporary sculptural directions, which take cue from Islamic architecture and present ancient concepts of transcendence in a modern context. In continuation of his practice, the artist analyses the relationship between Iranian architecture and its metaphysical symbolism. The show is based around, and named after, the main sculpture Khalvat – a Persian word that translates to a hidden, private sanctum.
16 December 2014
Helsinki UNESCO City of Design
Helsinki has been named City of Design, as part of the Creative Cities Network established by UNESCO. The application for the title submitted by the City of Helsinki to UNESCO in March 2014 focused on Helsinki’s commitment to utilizing design in developing a better city. For Helsinki, the design perspective forms a part of the strive to build a better city. Design is a reforming dynamic, which helps to develop the services of Helsinki and to make them even more user-oriented. The cities previously appointed as Cities of Design include Berlin, Buenos Aires, Graz, Kobe, Montréal, Nagoya, Saint-Étienne, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Seoul and Beijing. In 2014, Helsinki, as well as Bilbao, Turin, Dundee and Curitiba, received the same designation.
16 December 2014
U2 X Vhils
video for U2 by urban artist Vhils
Portuguese urban artist Vhils is one of the eleven urban artists who unveil their work through a collection of films, inspired by U2’s Songs of Innocence. Political murals of Northern Ireland inspired Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. in the series of filmic couplings with 11 artists hailing from the UK to US, South Africa to Egypt, Belgium to Portugal, inspired by tracks from their new record Songs of Innocence. “The film was shot where I was born and grew up in the south bank of Lisbon around Almada and Seixal,” Farto says of the industrial locations..
16 December 2014
Call for entries: TAIPEI CYCLE d&i awards 2015
Open for registration until 19 December 2014
Until 19 December 2014 manufacturers, designers, wholesalers and retailers in the international bicycle industry have time to take part in the TAIPEI CYCLE d&i awards 2015. The growth and the success of the TAIPEI CYCLE Show year after year is a reflection of the rapid growth of the bicycle industry in Asia and in the world. Heading towards its 28th year in 2015, the TAIPEI CYCLE Show is Asia’s biggest bicycle fair: each year in March, this is where it’s all about bikes, all about their quality and innovation, and all of it is impressing – not only for the audience of experts but also for the general public.
15 December 2014
Les Habitants, a David Lynch-Inspired Installation by Guillermo Kuitca
Exhibition, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France, until 22 February 2015.
To commemorate its 30th anniversary, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain presents 'Les Habitants', a David Lynch-Inspired Installation by Argentinean painter Guillermo Kuitca. He presents an installation that illustrates the history of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain and its unique way of establishing relationships between artists and artworks, inciting encounters of many kinds, and making connections from one project to the next over the years. Occupying the entire lower level of the Fondation Cartier, this work is entitled Inhabitants, borrowing..
14 December 2014
Upcoming exhibition, Bozar, Brussels, Belgium, 19 December 2014 – 22 February 2015.
BOZAR presents an exhibition of manuscripts of inestimable cultural value from Timbuktu (Mali). Several centuries old, they contain learning of many kinds. Their texts, dealing with science, politics, and law, are startlingly modern. "Tragedies are caused by differences and by a lack of tolerance. Glory be to Him who creates greatness out of difference and lets peace and reconciliation reign," they teach us. These historic documents from Timbuktu are accompanied by sounds and images from the city today, underlining the lasting nature of its heritage.
12 December 2014
9/11 Trilogy, Laura Poitras
Upcoming exhibition, Artists Space, New York, USA, 14 December 2014 - 15 February 2015.
Coinciding with the worldwide release of Laura Poitras documentary CITIZENFOUR, Artists Space presents an exhibition dedicated to the filmmakers 9/11 Trilogy, featuring her previous features My Country, My Country, and The Oath as well as three short films The Program, Death of a Prisoner, and PRISM: Snowden Interview. Together with CITIZENFOUR, these films rigorously document and address the expansion of the security state in the aftermath of 9/11.
11 December 2014
Under construction: Mons Convention Center by Daniel Libeskind
Grand opening 9 January 2015.
Studio Daniel Libeskind is currently adding the finishing touches on the Convention Center in Mons, European Capital of Culture 2015. Located between the historic center and the Great Meadows area, the future Convention Center is a lever leading to the urban development of Mons and includes 3 theaters with seating up to 800. By creating a visual link with the Belfry, the building is fully integrated into the network of public and cultural center. Visible from the center, it is a landmark for the development of the City of Mons.