NordArt 2011

June 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

As above, so on show at this year’s now-commenced NordArt. Running until the 2nd of October 2011, NordArt is showing works by over 200 jury-selected contemporary artists across various mediums, all culminating in a singular aim: to give you the most comprehensive view of contemporary art within a unique arena that does itself become an artwork.

Located at the old Carlshütte foundry buildings in Büdelsdorf, Germany, this annual exhibition has become the largest of its kind in Northern Europe since its 1999 inception. With a vast venue spanning multiple adjoining spaces, NordArt will be accompanied by a selection of cultural events including readings and film presentations. As previously mentioned, the ominously figurative Time Guards sculptures by Manfred Kielnhofer (pictured) will be making one of their ethereal appearances, and on September 17th the doubtless-unmissable Long Night Of The Lights will see the entire exhibition illuminated with coloured light.

www.nordart.de 

Chairman Kato – Live At Camp 28/5/11

May 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Footage from Chairman Kato’s live show at The Camp Basement, London, courtesy of Awkward Movements.

http://chairmankato.com/

http://awkwardmovements.blogspot.com/

MisinforMation: A Double Room In A Single Bed

May 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Decay, dilapidation, demolition.


Lately, my life has been overtaken by, and forcibly devoted to, the annual ballache that is flat-hunting. Annual in regularity is this event because of the perpetual trap of too many dictatorial constraints, all of which filter through from the all-pervasive annoyance known to far too many UK-dwellers as overpriced housing and insufficient funds. The chasmic disparity between these two factors is, of course, amplified in London, where I find myself once again in the daily-escalating panic to find anything that’ll vaguely do simply because it’s next to impossible to secure a London home once you’ve had to leave the capital. And so it goes on.

Anyway, I was remembering Mordant Music‘s 2010 collaboration with the BFI on the DVD MisinforMation, of which the above section A Double Room In A Single Bed forms part. With its 1970 Ideal Homes images set to a sampling of 1983’s Tackling Priority Estates, the juxtaposition of promise and consequent reality seemed rather fitting. This is, of course, a vast subject that could and should be examined further, but that’s a whole other show. For today, a topical illustration of how it feels to be faced with paying £270-per-week for a tiny shithole of a one-bedroom flat. A flat with three different types of mismatched, 20-year-old-looking, Holiday Inn-style carpeting in an area so unsavoury I’d not be able to go round the corner for a pint of milk in the daytime without the greatest concerns I’d likely get raped, murdered and raped again. At a cost of £270 every week. Hopeless and utterly disillusioning is how it feels.

Demdike Stare – “Bardo Thodol” (Modern Love) (Audio)

May 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

http://www.modern-love.co.uk/artists/demdike-stare

Kelpe – “Chocolate Money” (Audio)

May 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

http://www.kelpe.co.uk/

Claudio Escobar – “Felinos” / Chigi Kanabe – “CS_03” (Photos)

May 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

I found these on peppermint kiss kiss’ flickr photostream and I liked to put them together.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/claudio_escobar/

http://www.flickr.com/people/shiranui/

Burial – “Street Halo” (Hyperdub)

May 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Josh Eckert – “Straw Dogs” (Concept Poster)

May 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Steina Vasulka – “Of The North” (Installation)

May 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Created in 2001 and exhibited as an installation forming part of 2008’s Art Against Architecture at The National Gallery of Iceland, Of The North is pioneering experimental video artist Steina Vasulka’s projected video environment consisting of computer processed, spherical imagery. Vasulka’s orbs depict kinetic manipulations of Icelandic nature, from macro to micro, spinning in sound as if in a state of perpetual transmutation. This intense audio-visual experience draws from our relationship to the natural world and its processes and performs, in a sense, as abstract escapism through an unnatural vision.

“It is like a duty,” Vasulka says of her work, “to show what cannot be seen except with the eye of media: water flowing uphill or sideways, upside down rolling seas or a weather beaten drop of a glacier melt…perhaps the audience could feel a part of this creative trance, living for a moment in a mental world where they have never been.”

If some deities could form in representation of my Naturalistic Pantheist beliefs, this is how I imagine them to be: beautiful, obscure, spherical entities morphing in glorious AV for ever and ever (amen.)

http://www.vasulka.org/

Art Against Architecture exhibition, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, 2008.

Fuglsang Kunstmuseum By Tony Fretton Architects

May 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, Denmark, by award-winning London-based architectural team, Tony Fretton Architects.

Photography by Hélène Binet

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