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Art Radar: Exhibitions, Cinematic Debuts and Open Calls

As the world ushers in 2016, we at ascribe are excited by the progressive exhibitions, developing technology and other opportunities that come with a new year. In this edition of art radar, we check out upcoming exhibitions by Ziggy Grudzinskas and Patrick J. Reed and get our popcorn ready for screenings from Sluice_screens ↄc Prize and Europe’s first Virtual Reality Pop-Up Cinema. We also mark our calendars with submission deadlines from Tate’s IK Art Prize and Video Out Distribution, along with the establishment of our latest partner, Ampliative Art.

Sluice_screens Screening of ↄcprize‬ Winning Works

Last September, Sluice_ announced artist Amy Lunn as the winner of the inaugural Sluice_screens ↄc Prize for her video piece Half Lives. This weekend, Lunn and the nine other shortlisted artists will exhibit their films at The Hospital Club in London’s Covent Garden.

The screening will take place on Saturday, January 16, beginning promptly at 16:30. All Sluice_ events are free, but donations will be accepted to help fund issue two of the new Sluice_magazine.

Patrick J. Reed’s Distant Hammers Opens at KN

Patrick J. Reed, Distant Hammers (detail), 2015.

American artist Patrick J. Reed’s most recent project, Distant Hammers, opens Friday, January 15 at KN in Berlin. The exhibition will focus on a series of drawings that Reed composed over the last year, which “investigate the connections between depictions of disaster in sixteenth-century European print culture and the aesthetics of our own contemporary ecological crisis” (KN). The project was supported by research he conducted as a Fulbright Scholar at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.

Distant Hammers will be on view until February 18, 2016. There will also be an artist talk with Reed on Saturday, January 23 at 17:00.

Virtual Reality Pop-up Cinema Comes to Berlin


Europe’s first Virtual Reality Pop-Up Cinema will be making its Berlin premiere on Tuesday, January 19 at Platoon Kunsthalle. While this cinema will lack the traditional wide screen and butter-stained theater seats, host samhoud media (Amsterdam) will provide the Gear VR to give guests a 360 viewing experience and immersion into their own virtual world. The duration of each show is 30 minutes and they are keeping the featured film a secret, for now. After Berlin, the cinema will head to Munich, Zürich, London and Copenhagen. Tickets and additional information are available here.

Ziggy Grudzinskas Shows in London and Milan

Ziggy Grudzinskas, “Hopes, Dreams & Fears”, 2015. Source: NAM Project.

Ziggy Grudzinskas’ solo exhibition titled The Unreal Never Lived will open on Wednesday, January 20 at NAM Project in Milan and will be on view until February 21, 2016. The very next day, Grudzinskas will be showing work in a new installation titled Is it Heavy or Is it Light? at Assembly Point in London. The installation also features work by Rebecca Ackroyd, Matt Ager, Jemma Egan and Edgar-Walker and will be on view until February 27, 2016.

Tate’s IK Art Prize Announces Call for Entries


The third annual IK Prize by Tate (U.K.) is now open for submissions under the theme “Artificial Intelligence.” The Prize invites creative practitioners with an expertise in digital technology to develop work that “demonstrates originality and ingenuity in the application of artificial intelligence to the task of engaging the public with British art on display at Tate Britain and on the Tate website” (Tate). The winning entry will receive a £15,000 prize, plus an additional £90,000 budget to bring their idea to life. As a partner for the 2016 Prize, Microsoft will also offer support to the shortlisted entries and the winner during the development process. Deadline is February 7, 2016. Objectives, how to enter and information about previous competitions are available on the Tate website.

Video Out Distribution Open Call


Video Out Distribution (Vancouver, Canada) has released its latest call for submissions. Exploring the theme “Fresh Feminism,” the international distributor seeks experimental video works that “visually or conceptually define contemporary feminism” (VIVO). Selected works from this call will be entered into distribution and will also be shown at New Additions, a monthly series by VIVO, in March. Submissions are due by Monday, February 8, 2016. Further information about the requirements can be found here.

Introducing Ampliative Art


A new partner to ascribe, Ampliative Art is an art procedure which aims to enhance the conditions and prospects of art actors, while operating under the principles of reciprocity, equality and transparency. The project proposes to develop a web platform that artists can use to contribute to the art community and be rewarded for their work. Being that the procedure is in its first phase, Ampliative Art is looking to build a team and gather contributions. Find out more on their website.

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