Deadness comprises two parts: Deadness: a multiple 35mm projection slide show–part lecture, part narrative soundtrack a series of new photographic works and the film The Last Walk (2011). Deadness is derived from Baseman’s creative non-fiction and interview-based practice, exploring the historical, cultural and sociological relationship between photographic portraiture and embalming, a theme investigated by Dr John Troyer, sociologist and Deputy Director of the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath.
Matthew Tickle: Onboard Marlow
Exhibition: 27– 28 April 2013, The Marlow, Limehouse Basin 6-9pm.
Private View: Friday 26 April 2013, 6-9pm, Regents Canal.
A Fordham Gallery exhibition in collaboration with Matt’s Gallery. 100 Geiger Counters will fire 100 strobes in response to background radiation. Onboard Marlow is a collapsed version of Tickle’s 2004 piece What The Eye Can’t See The Heart Can’t Grieve For in which 100 Geiger Counters and strobes where distributed about the buildings of the Campus of Queen Mary University of London in Mile End. At night the buildings scintillated flashes from within a hundred rooms. On board Marlow the brilliant strobe flashes triggered by background radiation will be crammed in as close to one-another as may be physically possible, delivering an intense tumult of light that can only be looked at obliquely or from a considerable distance.
As part of Site Festival, INDEX Gallery presents a series of film works by Jordan Baseman, including Green Lady, originally presented by Matt’s Gallery in 2011.
Jordan Baseman and Nathaniel Mellors, 971 horses and 4 zebras, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia, 24 April–15 May 2013
This group exhibition, curated by Jordan Baseman and Gary Thomas, an exhibition of artists’ films that employ animation techniques as part of contemporary practice. The exhibition includes Baseman’s Nasty Piece of Stuff, and Nathaniel Mellors’ Jailbreak, from his first exhibition at Matt’s Gallery.
Lindsay Seers’ new work One of Many will be shown as part of the 2013 edition of the Toulouse International Art Festival, one of the first festivals in France dedicated to contemporary visual and performing arts.
The Book Lovers is a systematic attempt to study the phenomenon of artist novels. An investigation of the creative consequences when artists choose the novel as a medium is the core of this long-term project and research. For an increasing number of artists, the novel is becoming a means to generate new art objects in the scope of a multidisciplinary practice. Participating artists include Alexandre Singh, Liam Gillick and Lindsay Seers.
This group exhibition curated by Steffi Klenz includes a number of Lindsay Seers’ Optogram works, which use the contact of the original piece of photo paper that was put in the artist’s mouth to capture an image.
Curated by Karen Downey, Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography brings together significant works by key photographers to examine the phenomenon of new photographic practices in Northern Ireland. This group exhibition includes Willie Doherty’s At the Border I-IV.
This collection display will reflect the current priorities of the M HKA collection and discusses the nature of images today, to articulate the importance of the performative and the socially-engaged in contemporary art. The exhibition includes Imogen Stidworthy’s video installation I hate, 2007.
This group exhibition on the politics and poetics of the voice includes Imogen Stidworthy’s video work Sacha, 2011, alongside works by other artists including John Baldessari, Samuel Beckett and Anri Sala.
This exhibition addresses various manifestations of emotions and how they change in the historical contexts of different works of art. To explore the issue, about 50 contemporary artworks from the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin–including Nathaniel Mellors’ Hippy Dialectics–are placed in dialogue with an almost equal number of works from the different collections of the Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum.
Benedict Drew, Fresh Trauma, Ceri Hand Gallery, London, 24 May–29 June 2013
This group exhibition curated by Rebecca Lennon includes new work by Benedict Drew.
Robin Klassnik’s work Yellow Postal Sculpture will be shown in Poland as part of an exhibition curated by Bożena Czubak and Jaroslaw Kozłowski. This work was originally shown at Kozłowski’s Galeria Akumulatory 2, Poznań in 1975.
Through fact and fiction, questions and answers, writings from the heart and writing from the street, Hayley Newman’s new book Common chronicles one day of a Self-Appointed Artist-in-Residence in the City of London. Performances occur and reoccur as this book takes us to crashes in global markets, turbulence in the Euro-zone, riots on hot summer nights and the most extraordinary imaginings.
This exhibition includes existing works and Alison Turnbull’s new film Algunas Mariposas del Ecuador (2012).
David Osbaldeston is interested in using his residency to explore how linguistics and avant-garde language might affect our understanding of fictional realities, narrative, and the unfolding of time. He is also interested in how information systems and diagrams provide a basis for alternative readings.
Susan Hiller Homelands, British Council Touring Exhibition: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, April 28–Sunday, June 9
Homelands, curated by Latika Gupta, grapples with the relationship between self and place in a world of transitory identities and contested geographies. Including more than 80 works by 28 leading modern and contemporary artists, Homelands excavates the idea of a ‘homeland’ to reveal a rich plurality of meaning; ideas of belonging, alienation, history and memory. The exhibition includes Susan Hiller’s The Last Silent Movie, shown at Matt’s Gallery in 2008, as well as work by Jimmie Durham, Graham Gussin and Rachel Lowe. The Last Silent Movie is also included in the exhibition The Future’s Not What It Used to Be at Newlyn Art Gallery, until 27 April 2013, and The Exchange until 13 April 2013.
In April Michael Curran will conduct a roadside tour with the band The Sacred and Profane Love Machine – featuring Adam Hilliker and Patrick Constable. The group will perform a series of unadvertised gigs at secret locations up and down the country. Exploring themes of creativity, mania, failure and magical thinking – their performances combine oscillating noise distortion and driving guitars with spoken word and film.