Matt Stokes, Madman in a Lifeboat, 1 April–24 May 2015 | Offsite at Dilston Grove: Matt Stokes, Cantata Profana, 27 March–26 April 2015
Anne Bean, Unidentified Fluid Outcome begins, Centre For Remote Possibilities, Matt’s Gallery, Chinese New Year, 19 February 2015, 5pm
Unidentified Fluid Outcome begins is a performance by Anne Bean with fortune cookies, saké and jasmine tea that will take place in the Centre for Remote Possibilities at Matt’s Gallery. This event, which will be broadcast live online via our homepage, will launch a long-term project in association with Matt’s Gallery. There are approximately 80 towns in England with a population of 30 to 45 thousand people, big enough to explore but small enough to get to know reasonably well, over a year.
For Unidentified Fluid Outcome begins the name of each of these towns will be placed in each of the 80 fortune cookies, along with the usual fortunes. Robin Klassnik’s cookie, which he will randomly pick, will have the name of the town, which Anne Bean will leave for immediately and open up a space called Moments of Consciousness and… This space will be one where ‘meeting-points’ with strangers will occur and start to manifest in long-term collaborations. These collaborations will be shown in association with Matts Gallery in late 2016.
Graham Fagen, Interview: Solo Presentation at Venice Biennale 2015, published in the Scotsman, 6 January 2015
As Graham Fagen prepares to represent Scotland at the Venice Biennale, he talks to Moira Jeffrey about his efforts to challenge social, cultural and political conventions.
If Fagen is a sculptor, his subject is not just physical form but how we ourselves are formed. “It is about cultural formers, cultural assimilations, cultural clashes and cultural learning,” he says. “For me all of these things seem to be so much about what Venice is about, even the idea of hosting international festivals. For centuries it has been a hub because of trade, but trade brings culture, ideas, concepts and other things.”
Graham Fagen’s solo presentation for Scotland + Venice 2015 is at the Palazzo Fontana from 9 May until 22 November.
Imogen Stidworthy, Listening, Hayward Touring, at The Bluecoat, Liverpool, continues to 29 March 2015
Imogen Stidworthy is part of the current Hayward Touring Curatorial Open exhibition curated by artist Sam Belinfante. Listening, an international group exhibition, will interrogate the act of listening in contemporary art. After The Bluecoat, the exhibition will tour to Site and Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield, and Norwich University of the Arts Gallery.
Hayley Newman, History is Now: 7 Artists Take on Britain, Hayward Gallery, 10 February–26 April 2015
Lindsay Seers will present It has to be this way1.5, 2009, as part of this group exhibition, alongside works by Jill Magid and Cheng Ran. Reads Like a Book is the latest iteration of The Book Lovers ongoing series of events and exhibitions, which investigate the many ways in which artists conceive their novels as part of their art projects.
Mike Nelson will present Gang of Seven, a collection of sculptural assemblages made of materials from the North West Pacific Coast. The work revisits and expands upon themes and forms Nelson introduced in The Amnesiacs in 1997, in which a group of imaginary outsiders gather and wantonly sift through natural and cultural detritus, rearranging it and approaching dark phenomenological truths along the way.
Featuring over 200 new and recent works on paper by established and emerging artists, Drawing Biennial 2015 offers fresh insights into the most exciting currents in contemporary art today. Artists have been selected by Drawing Room directors Mary Doyle and Kate Macfarlane, with additional nominations by a panel of leading international artists, museum directors, curators and collectors. Melanie Jackson will show new work, Giving Suck: (Marie Antoinette as Hebe), 2015.
Jordan Baseman’s video work July the Twelfth 1984, 2003/2014 will be shown as part of The Big Muddy Film Festival, one of the best-respected, wholly independent, community-focused film festivals in the United States, which is now in its 37th year. July the Twelfth formed part of Baseman’s first show don’t stop ’til you get enough at Matt’s Gallery in 2005, and has since been entirely re-made for solo show Nobody Likes Us But We Don’t Care at Kunstverein Freiburg, 2014.
July the Twelfth 1984, 2003/2014 will also be presented as part of Strangelove: Moving Image Festival at Central Saint Martins, London, which runs from 16 – 20 March 2015.
Benedict Drew & Friends, Reactor Halls E13: Salon Dyslexic, Primary, Nottingham, Saturday 21 February 2015, 7pm
A event that attempts to tackle the anxiety and neurosis generated from the condition of dyslexia. Imagining this condition as an academic shanty town, out of which a radicalised position may emerge in opposition to a world ever more dominated by text.
Jennet Thomas, Forthcoming Publication with Book Works, Spring 2015
A new publication by Jennet Thomas, ‘THE UNSPEAKABLE FREEDOM DEVICE (book)’, has been commissioned by Book Works and will be launched this Spring. The book accompanies a new film of the same name which will tour throughout April to venues including Grand Union, Birmingham; Primary, Nottingham; Outpost, Norwich; Cube, Bristol, and will then be presented as part of a solo show at the Grundy Gallery, Blackpool, opening in July 2015.
Anne Bean, International Art Conclave, State Academy of Art, Chandigarh 160 022, India, 10–13 February 2015
Anne Bean will be presenting and discussing video documentation and outcomes of her work with PAVES, a year long collaboration between the artist and Poshya Kakl, Vlasta Delimar, Efi Ben-David, Sinead O’Donnell, at this International Art Conclave conference. The event will also feature Richard Cox, Richard Deacon, Avtajeet Dhanjal , Peter Fink, Amir Khatib, Fatima Lootah, Ali Najjar, John Ruppert, Sanna-Karlsson and Gerd Zwing.
Michael Curran, Deep Highly Eccentric, The Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art, Southampton, opening Friday 6 February 2015
Deeply Highly Eccentric is a group exhibition exploring abstraction and distance in relation to outer space and the human act of gazing upwards. Michael Curran and Louisa Minkin will present their collaborative video work The Sun and The Moon, which features a humanoid sun and moon bobbing in and out of centre stage.
Michael Curran, It’s a Kind of Magic, Het Paviljoen, 12 February–19 March 2015
The Sacred and Profane Love Machine will be performing on Thursday 19 February as part of It’s a Kind of Magic, a six-part exhibition and performance festival at Het Paviljoen. In Spring 2015 SAPLM will be launching a book titled CRAFT with an accompanying soundtrack.