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Marianna Simnett and Ericka Beckman at Zabludowicz Collection until 8 July 2018

British artist Marianna Simnett creates fable-like film, performance, sound and light installations that examine the sense of intimacy yet anxious unfamiliarity we experience with our own bodies. She particularly focuses on the means we deploy to control these bodies, both technological and cultural. The exhibition presents a group of recent work from the Zabludowicz Collection: three films The Udder (2014), Blood (2015), and Blue Roses (2016) – installed as a trilogy for the first time – alongside a sound and light installation Faint with Light (2016).

Simnett’s films unfold from multiple, occasionally impossible perspectives (from within dreams or personifying internal organs), reflecting the fluidity of our identities as they are embodied and performed. Consistently working with untrained actors, many of the individuals Simnett meets through her research become collaborators, performing heightened versions of themselves within the films. Her works often provoke a visceral reaction, featuring unflinching depictions of many commonplace phobias such as needles, cockroaches, blood, and of medical procedures which the artist has herself undergone. They present the body as both monstrous and clinical, combining scientific description with the cathartic fantasy of musicals and horror genres. Simnett writes songs, performed by her cast, that lend an air of innocence and lightness to her densely layered storytelling.

Simnett’s works seek to create in-between states that defy and threaten easy categorisation by the patriarchal social structures that govern our bodies and identities. It’s an approach that throws into doubt binary categories such as innocence and cruelty, purity and contamination, desire and revulsion, and even life and death.

Marianna Simnett opens alongside a solo exhibition by American artist Ericka Beckman. The exhibitions continue the Collection’s 2018 focus on artists’ film and video examining ideas of embodiment and performance of identity in relation to technology. Beckman and Simnett have each established unique approaches to storytelling that draw upon fairy tale archetypes and their works share an interest in how gender is constructed and its relationship to mechanisms of desire and capitalist consumption. Their works reflect the impact of new technologies – robotics, virtual reality, bio-medical – on both the built environment and subjectivity. In addition, both artists have developed distinctive uses of sound in their work as a pre-linguistic tool for communication. They utilise tropes of the musical, from the abstract repetitions and rhythms of playground chants and nursery rhymes, to the cathartic effect of song as a narrative device.

In her first major solo exhibition in the UK, Zabludowicz Collection is pleased to present four seminal works from the Collection by American artist Ericka Beckman that span over 30 years of genre-defying filmmaking. Beckman’s work consistently treats film as a performance medium, and draws on the pioneering energy of her years at CalArts and the do-it-yourself sensibilities of New York’s Downtown Scene in the late 1970s and early 80s. It also astutely anticipates the social and cultural impact of video gaming and online networks over recent decades. Shot on 16mm, with all the animation and visual effects being constructed in camera through multiple exposures, Beckman’s films create narratives using the pedagogic and competitive structures of games. They playfully reveal the conditions of gender and identity formation in relation to labour, leisure, architecture and capital.

Ericka Beckman opens alongside a solo exhibition by British artist Marianna Simnett. The exhibitions continue the Collection’s 2018 focus on artists’ film and video and examining ideas of embodiment and performance of identity in relation to technology. Beckman and Simnett have each established unique approaches to storytelling that draw upon fairy tale archetypes and their works share an interest in how gender is constructed and its relationship to mechanisms of desire and capitalist consumption. Their works reflect the impact of new technologies – robotics, virtual reality, bio-medical – on both the built environment and subjectivity. In addition, both artists have developed distinctive uses of sound in their work as a pre-linguistic tool for communication. They utilise tropes of the musical from the abstract repetitions and rhythms of playground chants and nursery rhymes, to the cathartic effect of song as a narrative device.

www.zabludowiczcollection.com/exhibitions/view/marianna-simnett

Location:
Zabludowicz Collection, 176 Prince of Wales Road, London NW5 3PT

Times:
Thursday – Sunday 12-6pm

Tickets:
Free entry

The Female Gaze at Getty Images Gallery until 14 March 2018

2017 was the Year of Women: it began with massive women’s marches in the US and ended with a series of high-profile resignations by powerful men over sexual harassment scandals. 🙎 👀

This groundswell of feminism may have erupted in response to current events, but it has also been slowly and steadily growing for decades. Over the past five years, female photographers have actively sought to redefine the manner and styles in which women are visually represented across advertising, film, and other media.

In response to this change, Getty Images has recruited a new generation of image makers and partnered with a number of organizations such as LeanIn.org, Refinery 29, and Muslim Girl to expand and evolve the photographic landscape.

www.gettyimagesgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/archive/the-female-gaze

Location:
Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8DX

Times:
Monday – Friday 10am – 5:30pm
Saturday 12pm – 5:30pm

Price:
Free entry

The Glass Room pop-up until Sunday 12 November 2017

A disruptive tech store with nothing for sale. Instead, it challenges you to reconsider the technologies you use every day, how much they reveal about you, and what choices you can make in our quantified society. 💻 📱

The Glass Room is a pop-up tech store with a twist. At first glance, it offers the latest in shiny digital consumer products, such as the newest tablet, fitness tracker or facial recognition software. But as you go inside, you’ll find there is nothing for sale.

Instead, as you look closer at the ‘products’ on display, you’ll see that they are playfully and provocatively selected to turn the technologies we all use on their head. The artworks, design pieces, and ‘Ingenius’ staff welcome you to take a look behind the screens into the hidden world of what happens to your data. Dig deeper into how much we reveal about ourselves!

www.theglassroom.org

Location:
The Glass Room, 69-71 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0NE

Times:
12pm – 8pm

Price:
Free entry

World Press Photo Exhibition at Southbank Centre until 20 November 2017

See the best in journalistic photography in this renowned exhibition. Since 1955, World Press Photo has invited press photographers of the world to participate in the premier annual international competition in press photography. 📸

The World Press Photo of the Year competition honours the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in the last year.

www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/123175-world-press-photo-2017

Location:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Green side foyers, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX

Times:
10am – 11pm

Price:
Free entry

Here We Are @ Burberry / until 1st October 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am – 9pm

@ Old Sessions House, 22 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0NA

Free entry

www.burberry.com/london-fashion-week/september-show-2017/the-exhibition

Introducing an exhibition of British photography – curated by Christopher Bailey, Lucy Kumara Moore and Alasdair McLellan – in celebration of the September 2017 collection.

The 18th-century Grade II listed building plays host to our two week-long exhibition, spanning three floors in 14 unique rooms.

Food for Being Looked At @ The Photographers Gallery / until 8th October 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Monday–Saturday: 10.00–18:00
Thursday: 10:00–20:00 during exhibitions

Sunday: 11:00–18:00

@ The Photographers Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, Soho, London W1F 7LW

Tickets:
Exhibition Day Pass £4, advance £2.50 book online
Free before 12:00

www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk

Luscious, playful, fetishised: Food for being looked at considers the history of food through its image culture. Images of food, from preparation to the final dish, are shared and ‘consumed’ widely across print and digital media. They are used to reinforce a diversity of lifestyles, an aesthetic understanding, or a moral pledge through their voyeuristic composition and distribution. This project selects several culinary themes and traces their elevation into symbols of consumer identities through cookbooks, magazines, blogs on foodporn or cookery videos showing how to prepare mouthwatering feasts.

Postponed Futures @ Gallery for Russian Arts and Design / until 24 June 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue-Fri 11am-7pm (Sat 5pm)

@ GRAD (Gallery for Russian Arts and Design), 3-4A Little Portland Street, London W1W 7JB

Free entry

www.grad-london.com

An exhibition that offers an alternative perspective on early twentieth century Ukrainian avantgarde practices through the lens of contemporary Ukrainian art.

Curated by Kiev-based artist Nikita Kadan, the exhibition includes historical works by twentieth century masters Oleksandr Bohomazov, Vasyl Ermilov, Maria Synyakova and Oleksandr Khvostenko-Khvostov, alongside collages by Lada Nakonechna, a film by Mykola Ridnyi and a sculpture by Nikita Kadan, inspired by ‘Monument to three Revolutions’ by Vasyl Ermilov.

Zaha Hadid @ Serpentine Sackler Gallery / until 12th February 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am–6pm

@ Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, London W2 2UH

Free entry

www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/zaha-hadid-early-paintings-and-drawings

On the occasion of the exhibition Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings a series of experimental virtual reality experiences have been specially developed with Zaha Hadid Architects in partnership with Google Arts & Culture.

This installation offers a dynamic and immersive insight into the workings of Hadid’s paintings and will be available to view in the gallery throughout the exhibition.

The BFG in Pictures @ House of Illustration / until 2nd October 2016 ✏️

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10:00am-6:00pm

@ House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH

Tickets: £7 book online

www.houseofillustration.org.uk/whats-on/current-future-events/the-bfg-in-pictures

The BFG in Pictures is an exhibition of original Quentin Blake illustrations, prepared for Roald Dahl’s classic story The BFG.

The exhibition, curated by Quentin Blake, contains 40 original artworks, including unpublished illustrations of The BFG which have never been exhibited in public before.

The illustrations were included in first designs but were not used when the book was published for the first time in 1982. They provide a unique insight into the character development of one of the most iconic characters in children’s literature.

These unpublished illustrations are exhibited alongside the final illustrations for the book, providing a fascinating insight into the collaboration between author and illustrator, and a glimpse of a BFG that might have been…

Zabludowicz Collection: 20 Years @ Zabludowicz Collection / until 16 August 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Thu-Sun 12–6pm

@ Zabludowicz Collection, 176 Prince of Wales Road, London NW5 3PT

Free entry

www.zabludowiczcollection.com

Founded in 1994, the Zabludowicz Collection has rapidly grown to become one of the world’s leading independent contemporary art collections. It now contains over 3000 works by over 500 artists, and continues to grow and evolve. This new exhibition gives an insight into the development of a history still in the process of being written.

Significant and rarely seen works by over 30 leading artists will be displayed throughout the galleries. The roots of the Collection in 1990s London will be the focus of one section, featuring the artists who transformed the landscape of contemporary art in the city and the UK, such as Damien Hirst, Rachel Whiteread and Martin Creed. Pioneering international artists who have influenced the forms and processes of contemporary art will also feature, such Sigmar Polke, Isa Genzken and Christopher Wool.

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