PREOCCUPATION OF THE WEEK: Drones
In addition to our article on drones out this week, Furtherfield Gallery have their exhibition on drones up for just a few more days and provides historical context for artists working with technology, surveillance and politics. The Bureau of Inverse Technology piece Bit Plane was an early (1997) DIY drone - a model aeroplane fitted with a camera, controlled from the ground and flown through Silicon Valley - US heartland of technological advancement. The ongoing project of Dave Young's Reposition Matrix aims reterritorialise the drone as a physical, industrially-produced technology of war through the creation of an open-access database'. Drones are here to stay - investigating and contextualising them seems more important than ever.
Also check out the Furtherfield homepage for interesting articles on Olia Lialina and Dragan Espenschied's exhibition at the Photographer's Gallery and an interview with Jennifer Chan on 'Interpassivity and Internet Pop Culture'.
EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK: Fresh Trauma at Ceri Hand
"YOU WRAP YOURSELF IN PLASTIC BECAUSE YOU SAW SOME DOLLS WRAPPED IN PLASTIC IN MEXICO AND YOU ASSOCIATE THIS WITH THE SMELL OF NEW. YOU WALK INTO YOUR LOCAL PARK. YOU WRAP ALL THE TREES IN PLASTIC AND IT STILL DOESN'T SMELL FRESH ENOUGH."
And if that press release except isn't lure-enough, this group show curated by Rebecca Lennon includes one Dazed Emerging Artist Award nominee in the form of Gabriele Beveridge alongside the ever-interesting Benedict Drew, Chooc Ly Tan, Edwin Burdis and Angus Fairhurst. Also featured is New York based Shana Moulton whose bombastic, witty and often strangely touching animated videos and performances are always well worth a watch.
24 May - 29 June 2013 at Ceri Hand
EMERGING ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Joey Holder
Joey Holder's name keeps popping up - the Plants vs Zombies exhibition in Amsterdam where she exhibited alongside Katja Novitskova (Post-Internet Survival Guide) and Marlie Mul (XYM), then the open curator studio '3D experience' - an online exhibition co-organised by Holder and this week Concrete Fragments - an exhibition that is the result of a long-term dialogue with the curators offering fragmentary glimpses into the individual artists processes taking place off Brick Lane. Also look out for his new exhibition M U T A G E N, 'To remain buoyant, their flesh is a primarily gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water, displaying extraordinary adaptations to the arboreal browsing lifestyle', opening next week and on over summer.
24 & 25 May at Concrete Fragments
OPENING OF THE WEEK: Thomson & Craighead
London Wall W1W (2013) is an evolving wall of posters bearing words garnered from Twitter messages posted within a one mile radius of the central London gallery. Directly in front a microphone stand invites the visitor to sing out the words being highlighted on the naf-graphics of the karaoke video ahead. The words however - instead of being half remembered power ballads - are in fact taken from spam emails. In the back room earlier works from as far back as 1993 include a customised games console controller which allows the participant to play a version of Space Raiders where the aim is to shoot words from a Foucault text. Thomson and Craigshead's first major survey is filled with witty and poignant works not to be overlooked in the recent history of technologically engaged art.
24 May - 6 July 2013 at Carroll / Fletcher
EVENT OF THE WEEK: Joan Jonas in Conversation with Professor Ute Meta Bauer : Reanimation
Formidable former colleagues from MIT, legendary doyenne of performance and video art Joan Jonas converses with the new Dean of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, curator Ute Meta Bauer. The artist will give rare insight into her processes for making new work, from literary references to production techniques and workshop processes, focussing on her recent work Renanimation, performed live at the Tate earlier in the year.
Friday 24 May, 2013 19.00 - 21.00 at Tate Modern Starr Auditorium