Friday, May 16, 2008

Matt Stokes: "Manic Organic" Brighton Festival, Brighton, UK

Brighton Festival - Manic Organic - Thursday 15th May 2008
The Necks, Robert Lippok, Matt Stokes Sacred Selections, performed and transcribed by Paul Ayres and William Whitehead. £10, £15.

Exclusive to Brighton Festival

In its heyday Brighton Dome's hand-built 1936 pipe organ was the centrepiece of the world's longest running seaside concert series. Seventy years on Brighton Festival puts a subversive new spin on the 'organ extravaganza' in a 21st century renegade recital.

First to put its 3,000 pipes through their paces (with Italian harpist Beatrice Martini) is Robert Lippok, a seminal figure on Berlin's ambient electronica scene and founder of German post-rock outfit To Rococo Rot. In hot pursuit are Australia's The Necks, arguably the most exploratory and riveting avant-improv trio on the planet, tonight trading piano for pipe organ for their freeform sonic adventures.

Mixing up the medicine throughout in a series of mind-bending organ excursions is Sacred Selections, a brave music venture curated by Beck's Futures prize-winner Matt Stokes. Here, the high-octane break beats of rave-era Happy Hardcore and publicly selected tracks from Brighton's recent musical output are transcribed and performed live by renowned concert organists Paul Ayres and William Whitehead.

Pull out all the stops - its time to get Manic Organic!


The Hamsterwheel
17 May – 17 August 2008
Malmö Konsthall, S:t Johannesgatan 7, SE-200 10 Malmö, Sweden

John Bock, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Marcus Coates, Urs Fischer, Peter Fischli/David Weiss, Olivier Garbay, Gelitin, Douglas Gordon, Rachel Harrison, Georg Herold, Christian Jankowski, Mark Leckey, Erik van Lieshout, Sarah Lucas, Jonathan Monk, Maurizio Nannucci, Paola Pivi, Rudolf Polanszky, Anselm Reyle, José Ruiz Gonzalez, Tamuna Sirbiladze, Annika Ström, Una Szeemann, Piotr Uklanski, Hans Weigand, Franz West, Toby Ziegler, Ralf Ziervogel, David Zink Yi, Thomas Zipp.

The Hamsterwheel is an exhibition initiated by the Austrian artist Franz West, and was originally presented at La Biennale di Venezia, 2007. The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, installations, films, text works etcetera by some thirty artists. The video works are selected in collaboration with Veit Loers. The exhibition has since then travelled to the Festival de Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, and Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona. At each exhibition venue the presentation of the works and relation to each other changes dramatically.

Marcus Coates
Radio Shaman, 2006
HD Video Installation
09:31 mins
Courtesy of the Artist and Workplace Gallery

Catherine Bertola: "The Enchanted Moment" BALTIC Centre For Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK

17 May - 25 May 2008
Catherine Betola, Karen Davies & Natalie Frost

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Gateshead Quays South Shore Road Gateshead NE8 3BA UK

The Enchanted Moment is a cluster of contemporary art exhibitions organised by VAF – Visual Arts Forum, North East. Three artists from the North East - Karen Davies, Natalie Frost and Catherine Bertola have transformed the level 5 viewing box with site-specific work.

Natalie Frost’s series of candy-coloured posters reveal the experiences of new mothers whose ‘enchanted moment’ was not the positive one commonly promoted. Catherine Bertola’s delicate designs will creep across the floor of Level 5 and are enlarged details of patterns from mass manufactured lace and templates used in hand making bobbin lace, contrasting the traditional and contemporary aspects of this fabric. Karen Davies has created a series of new drawings of British birds to introduce the idea of height and flight to the majestic Level 5 viewing box, and bring an element of nature to the architectural space of BALTIC.

Ginny Reed: "The Late Shows" Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, UK

The Late Shows
Saturday 17th May 7pm – 11pm
Hatton Gallery
Newcastle University
Exhibition continues until May 22nd

Through the looking glass and over the rainbow

Go home to drawing, to the breath, to the magic of thought spiralling out of a pencil or a pen. Only rarely do we stop to imagine the potential in a pencil or a jar of ink. Artists can draw in other materials in addition to ink, but what is consistent is that limited means always produces something beyond the materials. Always the potential multiplies.
Ginny Reed’s work is very generous to the viewer because it gives us an intensification of a moment in time. It is almost always most joyful. I once described her work to someone as consisting of the blessing of a moment. Her work is particularly ambitious in the context of the enchanted moment because she is taking the above text as fuel for the work.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Marcus Coates & Laura Lancaster: "Micro-Narratives" Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint Etienne, France

Micro-narratives : tentation des petites réalités, Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint Etienne
07 May 2008 - 21 September 2008

Curated by Lóránd Hegyi

The exhibition 'MICRO-NARRATIVES' represents 85 positions by contemporary artists whose activity manifests an occupation with an anthropological orientation and tries to find the new narrative in the micro-communities, in the personal experiences, in the intimate and personal inmediate contexts, which resist again the monumental, hierarhic, universalistical explications of society and culture.

List of Artists: Alberola, Andjelic-Galic, Armleder, Arnautovic, Badiola, Bajic, Barabash, Berruti, Binder, Boggasch, Bosnic, Bussmann, Cabrita Reis, Calic, Cano, Cantoni, Cernicky, Chun, Civera, Coates, Cornet, Den Uyl, Djuric, Dzafo, Eichhorn, Feriancova, Friedl, Friedmann, Gontarski, Grassino, Gray, Han, Hapaska, Holcova, Horakova, Irazu, Joatton, Kimsooja, Kim, Kovacheva, Lancaster, Langlade, Lehocka, Leikauf, Levini, Löhr, Mattii, McCaslin, Mezzaqui, Milicevic, Mizrachi, Moizer, Nemeth, Nolan, Noh, Palla, Paris, Perez Simao, Pétrovitch, Petrovic, Poljak, Popovic, Prego, Prodanovic, Rajkovic, Revesz, Rubiku, Savini, Seric Shoba, Stefanoff, Stojanovic, Szepfalvi, Toguo, Vasquez de la Horra, Vedovamazzei, Vidor, Vincourova, Weinberger, Skart, XYZ, Yee, Yoo, Zupanc

Marcus Coates
Radio Shaman, 2006
HD Video Installation
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

Laura Lancaster
Untitled, 2005 (detail)
Watercolour, Gouache and Graphite on Paper
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery