Tony Oursler: template/variant/friend/stranger @ Lisson Gallery / until 7th March 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Monday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm
Saturday 11:00am-5:00pm

@ Lisson Gallery, 29 Bell Street, London NW1 5DA

Free entry

www.lissongallery.com

The first new work centres around the Oursler’s fascination with the evolution of identity via techniques of facial recognition technology.

He explores the nuanced ramifications of these tools increasing ubiquity in daily life. His interest in the face as the locus of communication and identity, through features, movement and expression, is central to these works.

A series of seven imposing photographic visages looms over the spectator in the main gallery, all but one punctured by video screens of eyes or mouths. One of part of the installation is an endlessly shifting projection of 150 algorithmically produced Eigen faces, revealing the beautiful yet distinctly non-human qualities of biometric analysis.

One of the artist’s intentions is to “invite the viewer to glimpse themselves from another perspective, that of the machines we have recently created”. Each of these giant portrait heads bears the network of marks or nodes associated with different facial recognition systems, used by border controls, law enforcement agencies and even ATM machines.

The images, staggered maze-like throughout the space in the manner of theatrical props, present themselves as potential police mug shots, closed-circuit camera stills or anonymous faces in the crowd, albeit magnified in scale and distorted by their mediation through surveillance technology.

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Holly Hendry: More and more, more is more @ Bosse & Baum / until

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Thursday–Friday 12pm–6pm

@ Bosse & Baum, 133 Copeland Road, London SE15 3SN

Free entry

www.bosseandbaum.com

The exhibition reflects some of the text’s preoccupations with our use of space, spreading like a toxic mass across the planet uniting shopping malls, airports, hotels and art galleries. Space, according to Koolhaas, is sealed together by skin, like a bubble, and is investigated through its containers: ‘all theory for the production of space is based on an obsessive preoccupation with its opposite …architecture’. Titled ‘More and more, more is more,’ after a phrase from Rem Koolhaas’ essay Junkspace, a lament for modern architecture.

Helen Carmel Benigson: Anxious, Stressful, Insomnia Fat @ Carroll / Fletcher / until 21st February 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10:00-18:00

@ Carroll / Fletcher, 56 – 57 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8EQ

Free entry

www.carrollfletcher.com

Inspired by a recent health app purchase that monitors women’s bodies, Benigson’s latest exhibition interrogates the flatness prescribed by the Internet onto the body, confronting the strange continuum existing between our dematerialised, virtual lives and our ‘real-life’ selves. She creates highly visceral and sensual environments which reference pop culture, contemporary game playing and animation. Sexually charged images and sounds based on her own body and rapper-persona (Princess Belsize Dollar), or actors and dancers who act as her stand­ins, often take centre stage in frenzied, schizophrenic performances.

From projected videos of flesh to digital-print cut outs of flattened bodies, the works in Anxious, Stressful, Insomnia Fat all address core concerns in Benigson’s practice which emphasises performance within the space of the screen, and explores the negotiation of identity, territory and embodiment within cyberspace.

Her exhibition follows on from her 2014 exhibition and residency Weightloss Utopias at Site Gallery, Sheffield which centred on issues of weightlessness and the perception of physical mass within online space. During the residency, Benigson staged a series of real and scripted weight-loss support groups that took place within a multi-screen video installation. These weight‐loss support group members then became avatars – digitalized versions of themselves within her videos, questioning the dematerialisation of the body through coding and information. At Carroll / Fletcher, Benigson will present four new video works made especially for the exhibition in a psychedelic digital carnival, which repetitively enacts the blurred boundaries between performer, producer and spectator, intrinsic to online video sharing.

Helen Carmel Benigson (b.1985, London) was recently involved in Platform, a residency programme at Sheffield’s Site Gallery and the LUX Associate Artist Program. Recent solo exhibitions include: Performa.13 After Hours, New York; Going to Africa via a Machine Called a Sunbed, Meantime Project Space, Cheltenham and the Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town; and Palm Trees and Poker Players at UCA, Farnham and Breathe Harder, a site-specific performance at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Recent group exhibitions include: Ericka Beckman: Image games – work in context at Tate Modern, London; Videonale.14 at the Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Lagos and Odessa; Videocracy at The Centre for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv and The House in the Sky at Concrete, Hayward Gallery, London. In 2014, Benigson was awarded a Clarendon Scholarship to support her DPhil at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford.

Conflict, Time, Photography @ Tate Modern / until 15th March 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
10.00–18.00 Sun–Thu
10.00–22.00 Fri–Sat

@ Tate Modern, The Eyal Ofer Galleries Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Tickets: around £13 book online

From the seconds after a bomb is detonated to a former scene of battle years after a war has ended, this moving exhibition focuses on the passing of time, tracing a diverse and poignant journey through over 150 years of conflict around the world, since the invention of photography.

In an innovative move, the works are ordered according to how long after the event they were created from moments, days and weeks to decades later. Photographs taken seven months after the fire bombing of Dresden are shown alongside those taken seven months after the end of the First Gulf War. Images made in Vietnam 25 years after the fall of Saigon are shown alongside those made in Nakasaki 25 years after the atomic bomb. The result is the chance to make never-before-made connections while viewing the legacy of war as artists and photographers have captured it in retrospect.

Giacomo Bufarini aka RUN: Parabola Di G @ Howard Griffin Gallery / until 31st January 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tue-Sun 12PM-8PM

@ Howard Griffin Gallery, 189 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6HU

Free entry

www.howardgriffingallery.com

For the first time, RUN is exhibiting under his real name, Giacomo Bufarini.

In this unique exhibition, he leads us through a semi-autobiographical story told through a unique series of highly detailed pen and ink drawings that collectively make up a book. On this voyage of self-discovery, Bufarini is both the creator and protagonist, trapped within his own story. Bufarini plays with levels of reality and metaphor, creating a dreamscape that appears at once fantastical and very real.

Parabola di G follows the journey of a semi-fictional character, G, as he falls through levels of reality into a dreamscape. The exhibition presents a unique opportunity to see the original drawings of the book presented within an immersive gallery wide installation.

Shinebright @ Wrapping Gallery / until Wednesday 17th December 2014

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 11:00-19:00

@ The Wrapping Gallery, 15 Bateman Street, Soho, London W1D 3AQ

Free entry

www.shinebrightstudio.co.uk

Following on from the summer’s successful Shinebright studio, created to nurture and promote young creative talent, glacéau vitaminwater’s exciting new project, the ‘wrapping gallery’ is celebrating the work of local artists whilst offering people the chance to make sure their special gifts Shinebright this Christmas.

With infamous London-based painter and street artist Inkie* at the helm, the wrapping gallery will house 10 emerging artists including Jack Hudson, Lynnie Zulu, Lucy Vigrass and the Day Job collective. The team of artists are designing, screenprinting, illustrating, block printing, stamping and stenciling rolls upon rolls of gigantic wrapping paper with their own designs and interpretations of what it means to shine bright.

The space will be a destination for busy shoppers to seek calm and inspiration. A place to have their carefully selected gifts wrapped by professionals in one-off sheets of paper created on-site before their eyes by an array of talented young artists.

Guy Bourdin: Image Maker @ Somerset House / until 15th March 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Daily 10:00-18:00 until 21L00 Thursdays
24, 31 December 10:00-16:00
25, 26 December closed
1 January 12:00-18:00

@ Somerset House, Embankment Galleries, South Wing, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Tickets: £9 book online

www.somersethouse.org.uk

The UK’s largest ever exhibition of the influential and enigmatic fashion photographer Guy Bourdin, featuring over 100 works and previously unseen material from the photographer’s estate, from 1955 to 1987. This major show will chart Bourdin’s distinguished 40-year career from Man Ray’s protégé to photography revolutionary in his own right and explore his pursuit of perfection. The exhibited works will exemplify the craftsmanship behind his images, from production to publication, and their enduring quality as a consequence.

Supermalt Art Exhibtion @ Hoxton Gallery / Friday 14th November 2014

TIME AND PLACE:supermalt

Doors: 12:00 – 20:00

@ Hoxton Gallery, 9 Kingsland Rd, London, E2 8AA

Entry: FREE

www.supermalt.com

Friday 14th – Saturday 15th November

For two days the renowned Hoxton gallery will be showcasing a collection of work from nine London based artists and photographers. The pieces on show explore each of the creator’s individual interpretations of the unique culture and iconic status connected to the malt drink that’s been sold in the UK for over 30 years.

Exhibiting artists include Dum-Doodles, UltraFry, WillKay, London based photographer SODIQ, Venisha Francis, Gio Muscat, Abi Wright and the collective Guns n Butta.

There will also be heaps of Supermalt for all guests.

ARTCRANK @ Granary Square / Friday 10th – Saturday 11th October 2014

ARTCRANK at Granary SquareTIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Opening party Friday 10th October 18:00
Exhibition Friday 10th October 13:00-23:00
Exhibition Saturday 11th October 2014 12:00-18:00

@ Granary Square, King’s Cross, Stable Street, London

Free entry

www.artcrank.com

Featuring hand-made, bike-inspired posters created by UK artists. Limited edition, signed and numbered copies of all posters will be available for £35 each.

Brooks England will display limited-edition saddles, and PEDaL ED will roll out their tasteful and innovative cycling threads for the style-conscious cyclist.

Look Mum No Hands! will be serving up fine craft ales, nibbles, and tasty coffee.

Joan Fontcuberta: Stranger Than Fiction @ Science Museum / until 9th November 2014

Joan Fontcuberta Stranger Than Fiction at Science MuseumTIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10:00-18:00

@ Science Museum, Media Space Gallery, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

Tickets: £8 book online

www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

Discover the incredible fictions of Joan Fontcuberta in his first major UK exhibition, featuring six documentary narratives that mix fact with fiction and science with art.

Using the visual languages of journalism, advertising, museum displays and scientific journals, these convincing yet subversive and deadpan works are an investigation into photography’s authority and our inclination to believe what we see.

Exhibition highlights include astonishing photographs of mermaid fossils, incredible reports of mysterious fauna and eye-opening photographs of rare plant species.