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Art Radar: New Geographies

On ascribe’s art agenda this week, we head to Holland for exhibitions at P/////AKT, Upstream Gallery and the 45th annual International Film Festival Rotterdam. Here in Germany, we gear up for the opening of the transmediale and CTM festivals and The Portfolio Review announce their 2016 shortlist.


Pense-Bête I: Conceptual Soup at P/////AKT

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Tim Hollander, Conceptual Soup (detail), 2016.

P/////AKT’s first exhibition of the new year, Pense-Bête I: Conceptual Soup, opened earlier this month and features the work of artist Tim Hollander. In this solo show, Hollander blends the elements and visual language of contemporary art spaces and arranges the result, aiming to uncover boundaries and challenge the predetermined function of the objects within the space.

This is the first of a six-part series hosted by P/////AKT that revolve around Marcel Broodthaers’ piece Le Pense-Bête (1964). Each part will outline one aspect of Le Pense-Bête and will consist of a solo exhibition, a public event and an essay. According to the P/////AKT website, Hollander’s Conceptual Soup tackles “the notion of institutional critique inherent to Le Pense-Bête.” The essay is by Koen Brams and the public event will take place on Saturday, February 20.

Pense-Bête I: Conceptual Soup is on view until Sunday, February 21 at P/////AKT in Amsterdam. Read more about the Pense-Bête series and upcoming events here.


Opening: Shifting Optics III at Upstream Gallery

Max Dovey, How To Be More Or Less Human (detail), 2015.
Max Dovey, How To Be More Or Less Human (detail), 2015.

The latest edition in a series of group exhibitions, Shifting Optics III continues to explore the impact of digital culture on visual arts. Six artists who have all adopted a digital medium will exhibit work that explores the relationship between computers and consciousness. One of those artists is UK native and ascribe user Max Dovey. Known for his fusion of performance art and new media, Dovey will show his installation How To Be More Or Less Human. The installation is based on image recognition software and focuses on how computers, software and data affect the human condition.

Shifting Optics III will open on Saturday, January 30 at Upstream Gallery in Amsterdam. The exhibition will be on view until March 12. More on the history of Shifting Optics and the exhibiting artists is available here.



The Sprawl at the International Film Festival Rotterdam

Source IFFR
Source IFFR

One film we have our eye on is The Sprawl (Propaganda About Propaganda), a feature-length documentary co-produced by Lighthouse and Metahaven and co-commissioned by Lighthouse and The Space. Entirely in Russian and described as “a paranoid trip into reality on its head,” the documentary focuses on the idea that today’s Internet has become a geopolitical weapon.

The Sprawl will premiere on Saturday, January 30 at Pathé Rotterdam. The film will be shown as part of the 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), which runs from Wednesday, January 27 – Sunday, February 7 at various venues throughout the city. To watch the trailer, purchase tickets or find more information, head to the IFFR website.

Metahaven, still from The Sprawl, 2015. Source: Lighthouse
Metahaven, still from The Sprawl, 2015. Source: Lighthouse

transmediale/conversationpiece + CTM New Geographies 2016

Artwork by The Laboratory of Manuel Bürger feat. Krazy Kat by George Herriman. Source: transmediale
Artwork by The Laboratory of Manuel Bürger feat. Krazy Kat by George Herriman. Source: transmediale

Back for its 29th edition, Berlin’s transmediale is a festival that draws connections between art, culture and technology. The 2016 program is titled “transmediale/conversationpiece” and will consist of live discussions, lectures, workshops, temporary installations, film programs, competitions and other experimental formats.

transmediale cooperates with club transmediale (CTM), a concurrent festival that focuses on electronic music and club culture. The theme for CTM 2016 is New Geographies, which examines the collapsing borders and emerging topographies in today’s society as well as the resulting challenges.

CTM and transmediale run from Friday, January 29 – Sunday, February 7, 2016 at different venues around the city. Full schedules are available on their websites CTM and transmediale.


ascribe joins Video Out Distribution panel for Vorspiel 2016

Eric Lorenz, Tunnel Canary, 2009. Source: Spektrum
Eric Lorenz, Tunnel Canary, 2009. Source: Spektrum

As part of Vorspiel 2016, Video Out Distribution (Vancouver) and Spektrum (Berlin) presented a program of experimental video shorts titled SyntheticSound on Thursday, January 28. The videoes which are straight from the Video Out Distribution archive, focus on the experimental music and noise scene in Vancouver from the 1970s to present day. Following the screening, ascribe Arts Coordinator Jazmina Figueroa joined artist Nine Yamamoto-Masson and program curator Alan Kollins for a post panel discussion about methods of digital preservation for analog film.



The Portfolio Review 2016 Shortlist Announced

Clare Bennett, After-Like, 2015.
Clare Bennett, After-Like, 2015.

Congratulations to the 15 shortlisted artists who will exhibit during Düsseldorf Photo Weekend 2016. The Portfolio Review is aimed at artists who use photography in challenging ways and wish to gain artistic exposure.

Presentations will be on Saturday, February 13 and the award ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 14 at the NWR-Forum in Düsseldorf.


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