performingborders | LIVE: Anti-Cool in conversation with osborn&møller
24 April 2019,
Join us for a conversation between interdisciplinary artist Anti-Cool and curators osborn&møller (UK/Denmark), presenting the UK premiere of Anti-Cool’s three-screen video installation On Returning, which explores the history of several British families and couples, separated and disrupted by current immigration policies.
Anti-Cool is an interdisciplinary artist based in the UK, originally from Japan, working in the field of performance art, installation and now film. Direct interaction with people in different social/ cultural backgrounds is one of the most important elements of her work. Her artistic mission statement is how to overcome the socially imposed boundaries or rules with which people are surrounded or the limitations they place on themselves. Through various forms of art she aims to interpret these situations and pose questions about contemporary global society
osborn&møller is Emma Møller (Denmark) and Mary Osborn (UK), an independent curatorial duo unattached to any one organisation, city or even country, who come together to create temporary spaces for performance encounters. Osborn&møller are interested in performance as a practice that can disrupt structures of oppression, re-think hierarchies, illuminate the slippery boundaries between bodies and offer a space for critical empathy. To date, they have worked with Wellcome Collection (London), City of Women (Ljubljana) and Warehouse9 (Copenhagen). They first worked with Anti-Cool when they presented her film ‘Plena Rondo’ about the proposal for a global language as part of their project, Bodies Beyond Borders (Warehouse9, Copenhagen, 2017). Bodies Beyond Borders was born in response to the very particular moment in summer 2016 when their collaboration formed and the border between the UK and mainland Europe began to be redrawn.osbornmoller.org
performingborders | LIVE is a programme of events and new commissions focusing on the exploration of artistic practices happening within the UK live art sector around notions of cultural, juridical, racial, gendered, class, physical and everyday borders. Curated by Alessandra Cianetti and Xavier de Sousa.
Presented by performingborders and Foreign Actions Productions in collaboration with Live Art Development Agency (London, UK), Contact Theatre (Manchester, UK), Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (Brighton, UK), Artsadmin (London, UK), Deptford Lounge (London, UK), Beyond the Wall/Más Allá del Mur Festival (Nogales, US/Mexico), and the Centre for The Study of Sexual Dissidence (University of Sussex, UK). Supported by the Arts Council England.
Iain Sinclair presents "All The Devils Are Here" a lecture on the writings of David Seabrook and TS Eliot at #airedeturner for Venice Agendas at Turner Contemporary in Margate England.
The Venice Biennial
This was the ICF’s inaugural dialogue in a series of events addressing platforms of production and exhibition of the moving image, that continued at the Istanbul Biennial and during The London Film Festival in 2009.
In celebration of the work of Steve McQueen The ICF hosted a symposium that asked a distinguished panel to reflect on the ways in which the contemporary moving image has become radicalised as a medium of democratic artistic enquiry.
Steve McQueen presented a work in the British Pavilion which generated considerable international expectation. This exhibition reflected the ideas of the Director of the 53rd International Art Exhibition, Daniel Birnbaum, that explored through Making Worlds, the production of ‘vision’ or the projection of a world seen
Particular interests in discussion were how artists have engaged with the mainstream processes of production in cinema whilst retaining their aesthetic and political edge. Does this dialogue between cinema, galleries and digital platforms challenge the curator to find new ways to make the staging of vision memorable and modeled through the work of art?
The discussion on cinema and artists, focused particularly on the films of Steve McQueen with invited speakers: John Akomfrah,
Clive Gillman, Teka Selman, Allison Thompson, the panel was chaired by Mark Waugh.
Supported by Arts Council England and Engage: the National Association for Gallery Education and The British Council.
Regarding the Wild
Curated by Basia Goszczynska
One Brooklyn Bridge Park (360 Furman Street)
Brooklyn, New York 11201
Regarding the Wild is a group exhibition that brings together the work of thirteen international artists responding to the natural world—as it pertains to material, phenomena and representations within mass media. The artists vary in their approaches: from the critical considerations taken up by Alison Nguyen, to attempts at reconnection typified by the work of Heidi Daehler. Others, including Sharon Norwood and Matt Arbuckle, consider how to portray wildness in formal terms or as an integral part of the creative process. Collectively, the works in this exhibition harness the frenetic energy of our time, distilling political, social and environmental chaos.
You can’t plan a perfect day, sometimes it just happens, Alison Nguyen creates a banal epic comprised of appropriated footage of lens flare that—through sheer repetition—drains the symbol of its meaning. The piece at once critiques and eerily meditates on visual codes for authenticity, whiteness, and spirituality used in contemporary American advertisements. Employing a painted portal motif as metaphor, Heidi Daehler reflects on an inner life that is inextricably connected to a paradoxically soothing and frightening natural world while Gabriel Ramos explores a line’s expressive potential for wildness in a sculpture that bursts off the wall. Nellie Appleby’s large cyanotypes harness the frenzied energy of leaves, branches and her own body in a creative process that relies on an intimate collaboration with nature and chance.