Barbican Art Gallery has invited conceptual documentary photographer and Deutsche Börse Photography Prize winner Richard Mosse to create an immersive multi-channel video installation in the Curve. In collaboration with composer Ben Frost and cinematographer Trevor Tweeten, Mosse has been working with an advanced new thermographic weapons and border imaging technology that can see beyond 30km, registering a heat signature of relative temperature difference. Classed as part of advanced weapons systems under International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Mosse has been using this export controlled camera against its intended purpose, to create an artwork about the refugee crisis unfolding in the Aegean Sea, off the coast of Libya, in Syria, the Sahara, the Persian Gulf, and other locations.
Mosse is renowned for work that challenges documentary photography. In his recent work The Enclave (2013) – a six-channel installation commissioned by the Irish Pavilion for the 2013 Venice Biennale – Mosse employed a now discontinued 16mm colour infrared film called Kodak Aerochrome that transformed the green landscape of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo into vivid hues of pink to create a surreal dreamscape. Questioning the ways in which war photography is constructed, Mosse’s representation of the ongoing armed conflict in eastern Congo advocates a new way of looking.
This February the team behind gal-dem are back again for an expanded Friday Late. In this second collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, the online magazine formed of 70 women of colour share their take on the world through the lens of film. Step into Hollywood’s iconic posters to challenge #OscarsSoWhite, perfect your Thumka and partake in a Bollywood dance off, and learn how to shoot a film on your mobile.
All events are free, unless stated otherwise, and places are designated on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early because when it’s full there will be a ‘one in, one out’ policy!
This V&A Friday Late is presented in partnership with Stratford Circus Arts Centre. Events will be held at Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Stratford Picturehouse and Gerry’s Kitchen as part of the V&A’s programme of events with communities across East London.
A large-scale replica of Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss, cast in white Plasticine. The famous image of embracing lovers will morph and fragment over the course of the exhibition through the interventions of visitors, who will be free to remould the Plasticine at will.
The image of an entwined couple also appears in a group of four new paintings, in which the artist uses classic movie stills as stock visual formulae – found images to be disrupted and redeployed.
Over the space of a month, Fischer’s Plasticine sculpture of The Kiss will transform from a recognisable motif (fractionally larger than Rodin’s first marble version) into an open- ended site of collaboration. The icon of modern sculpture will become a volatile object – able to be inscribed, pulled apart and remodelled spontaneously. The kissing figures are raised on a Plasticine pedestal onto which visitors will be able to climb, so as to become part of the sculptural group – transposed into the work of art.
Fischer’s version of The Kiss centralises the idea that an existing image of beauty, an art- historical ‘given’, can be destabilised and reformed through the agency of individuals. Each act of intervention turns the original model into something new: by starting with a fixed image, Fischer draws attention to the contingent processes of distortion and adaptation. In contrast to his participatory clay works of the past five years, which gradually crumble, or the wax-candle sculptures which dissolve over the course of an exhibition, the Plasticine model of The Kiss can be continually reshaped. Each state is equal to the next: the sculpture passes through multiple phases without order or hierarchy.
One & Other explores the duality that emerges from the daily performing of a persona other than ourselves. The show constitutes a spatial experiment in which the concept of the stage is used as a metaphor to investigate this duality. A parallel is drawn between the dynamic of an actor and their performed role onstage and our relationship to our projected personas on social media platforms. From this starting point the exhibition questions, through a range of contemporary artworks of different mediums, the permanence of our identity, what influences it, the multiple shapes it takes and our relationship towards the other self.
“Self-identity has been questioned and explored constantly throughout the history of culture; it has been a clear generative force for much of the creativity in the world. Self-portraiture used to be the way artists explored their own selves, but the world keeps changing. Technology evolves furiously, people’s desires transform constantly. In this context, our virtual presence in digital platforms forces our identity to divide itself into who we are in reality and who we perform to be.” – the curatorial team
In 2017 the Magical Lantern returns to where it all began, with a celebration of lanterns and Chinese culture.
The Magical Lantern Festival London is back for a second year with all new, bigger, brighter and more spectacular lanterns! The Festival is a spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture. Illuminating outdoor installations of beautifully sculpted lanterns taking various forms.
The festival celebrates Chinese New Year of the Rooster 2017 and the cultural significance surrounding this extraordinary event. The theme for this year’s festival is: ‘Explore The Silk Road’. Visitors will discover magnificent life-sized and oversized lantern scenes, which represent and highlight this significant route of trade and culture from Europe to Ancient China. The Silk Road Festival journey begins with a 15-metre wide lantern of London’s Houses of Parliament. Visitors continue their tour by exploring lanterns related to the Silk Road representing Europe, Central Asia, Arabia, Egypt, Persia, India and Ancient China.
The entertainment area adds another dimension to the experience with an international range of food and beverage vendors, festival merchandise, a 30-metre synthetic ice-rink, 3D lantern photo opportunities, virtual reality gaming experience, Chinese bamboo lantern riddles and a mini funfair and games.
The alphabet is reinvented in this display of critically acclaimed photographers exploring new notions of the age-old teaching tool for children – the alphabet book.
I is for… Imagine
N is for… Now
W is for… Who, What, Where, Why?
The display brings together a collection of international photography heroes and acclaimed photographers from various walks of life. Among the 26 artists are Martin Parr, Nan Goldin, Wolfgang Tillmans, Alec Soth, Peter Lindbergh and Sebastiao Salgado.
Exploring the intimate relationship between underwear and fashion and its role in moulding the body to a fashionable ideal, with cut, fit, fabric and decoration revealing issues of gender, sex and morality.
Discover the evolution of underwear design from the 18th-century to the present day. Featuring over 200 examples of underwear for men and women, highlighting the enduring themes of innovation and luxury.
From the custom-made, such as a rare example of home-made ‘stays’ worn by a working woman in England in the 18th-century, to pieces by current designers including Stella McCartney, Rigby & Peller and Paul Smith.
From the dawn of mechanised human forms to cutting-edge technology fresh from the lab, Robots reveals the astonishing 500-year quest to make machines human.
Focusing on why they exist rather than on how they work, our blockbuster exhibition explores the ways robots mirror humanity and the insights they offer into our ambitions, desires and position in a rapidly changing world.
Robots takes you on an incredible journey spanning five centuries, illustrated with robotic artefacts from around the globe from a 16th century mechanised monk to some of film’s most iconic robotic creations and the very latest humanoids.
A special Valentine’s screening of Funny Face, starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Taking place at Grade-II listed Stanley Halls in South Norwood.
Continuing on from the success of last year’s Valentine’s s creening of Cinema Paradiso, the organisers are paying homage to the 1957 musical by transforming the venue into fashionable 1950s Paris, including chic cafes, bohemian bars and dancing!
Delicious sweet and savoury crêpes will be available from Brixton-based L’Amuse Bouche and independent coffee shop Coffee Craft will be open selling hot drinks and desserts. The film will be followed by live music from the Tootsie Rollers, a retro band with a unique sound that fuses old-school classics with contemporary hits!
Designed as a global incentive to enact positive change, POWER OF FILM AND MOVING IMAGE will be an annual cultural happening and digital platform to see, expose and explore the ever-growing power and influence of film and moving image to define the modern world and the way we think.
Through a series of thought provoking discussions the project will identify and examine historical and current moments captured on all forms of film and moving image – from 8mm cinema and broadcast television to digital, online and social media – and its significant cultural, social and political impact.
Hosted by Mariella Frostrup, with an afternoon opening address by Melvyn Bragg, speakers include Germaine Greer on Fellini, Will Self on art films in the internet age, Fatima Bhutto on moving image and propaganda, Michael Gunton on the power of nature films to raise awareness on climate change, John Simpson on moving image and conflict, Elif Shafak on democracy and dissent, Beeban Kidron on the impact of digital on today’s youth, Stephen Bayley on the culture of cars in films, Christiane Amanpour on the media’s role in the US election. Award winning British director Gurinder Chadha will give her speech in the opening morning session focussing on race and religion in film.
The project is launching as a day-long event on Thursday 9th February 2017 at The Royal Institution, London, bringing together leaders in the fields of politics, media, technology, journalism, film, television, art, social media and advertising.