to think with Thabiso Sekgala
“Symphonic Node” is a project inviting artists to write a letter referring to real space, physical, imaginary or otherwise, in all possibilities of identifying it, and which has infused their research and practices, generating concepts and material for their artwork. An all day open-air gathering will be dedicated to the act of reading these letters. Imbuing whispering words of temporary soundscapes into the landscape of Paliomylos, considers ways of valuing experiences of echoing narratives. In this sense, we explore the idea of reading letters in convivial gatherings as an exhibition format. The letters become perceivable not through a means of “display” but by their embodiment via a reading given by the audience present.
Petra Bauer, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Assaf Zeev Gruber, John Holten and Sam Smith, Marina Kassianidou, Runo Lagomarsino, Oda Projesi, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Ana Tiscornia.
For »Framework 6: parallelisms« insitu presents 2 exhibitions taking place consecutively and both featuring works by three artistic positions: Eli Cortiñas, Ingo Mittelstaedt and Sam Smith.
With the desire to draw out different threads between the multi-layered practices of these artists, insitu has invited an additional curator to see how shifts of curatorial perspectives can produce different exhibitions and ideas while working with the same trio of artists. The first part of the show is curated by An Paenhuysen, followed by the second part curated by insitu’s team consisting of Nora Mayr, Lauren Reid, Marie Graftieaux and Gilles Neiens. Paenhuysen and the insitu team have been working separately on their respective shows, maintaining only a shared blog to generate associative ideas, without telling each other what they will show from the respective artists.
A group exhibition on the theme of the void with Andreas Tellefsen, Marit Roland, Aiko Tezuka, Marianne Heier, Iselin Linstad Hauge, Christina Leithe Hansen, Mattias Härenstam, Rikke Lundgreen, Ignas Krunglevicius, Sam Smith, Joakim Blattmann, Anders Sletvold Moe &Tanja Koljonen.
Curated by Maria Veie Sandvik
9 May - 7 June
Sandefjord Kunstforening, Norway
23 May - 21 June
Larvik Kunstforening, Norway
KW Institute for Contemporary Art have uploaded a five minute excerpt from the video documentation of 'NOTES' to their new YouTube channel. The performance happened on Thursday December 4th 2014 as part of their PERFORMATIVE MINUTE series.
FOKUS is Denmark’s largest video art festival, taking place at Nikolaj Kunsthal and selected venues in Copenhagen and arranged by Nikolaj Kunsthal in co-operation with a number of artists, organisations and other festivals.
Nikolaj Kunsthal presents a curated programme of video works by notable international names as well as by up-and-coming budding talents, along with the works submitted for the popular and prestigious open call competition. To supplement this, there is a programme of events and talks, and the Festival tries out new technological platforms. In co-operation with various external partners, FOKUS also features video art events in many parts of Copenhagen.
Compiled by Shane Anderson, derek bealieu, Ida Bencke, Isabel Carvalho, Ann Cotten, Lars Mørch Finborud, Adam Fearon, FuchsBorst, John Holten, Katie Holten, Eduardo Kac, Hanne Lippard, Stine Marie Jacobsen, Filippa Petterson, Antoine Renard, Cia Rinne, Lorenzo Sandoval, Sam Smith, Oliver Spieker, Jon Ståle Ritland, Morten Søndergaard et al…
Books shape existence: some have been the teachers of our pasts, some have set the stage for how we have come to perceive our present, and some will be the guides to our future(s). There are the old, worn books we have read over and over throughout life; the books we wish we’d read and then there are all the potential, hypothetical books - the ones we dream about holding in our hands, and then there also those ones we can only hope will never materialize, those books of nightmares, impossible books.
For the opening of the new Büro BDP we have asked former and future collaborators to contribute to a generative library, a collective curriculum for the past and future practices of BDP, the books that have and will guide us through our future. The range is telling, from the old and manhandled to the paperless PDF, the school book that offered clandestine secrets to active assistants in current research projects. With this opening gesture, we hope to establish Büro BDP as an active space for book research, publishing and indeed reading.
As part of KW's THE PERFORMATIVE MINUTE series, London-based Sam Smith presents NOTES (2014), a live video essay performance in which a constellation of poor images are brought together into a stream of collaged audio-visual vignettes. Fragmented scenes draw together key reference points from Smith’s practice including the mediation of object via the camera eye’s flattening gaze; the cinematic framing of landscape; and, through architecture, an audience’s complicity in the projection image.
For KW's Chora, Smith incorporates targeted satellite imagery, text overlays and subtle software interventions to open up new connections inside his shifting archive of sampled material. From a central computer, the combination of data is beamed onto a site-specific architectural screen, where layered surfaces push rectilinear footage into three-dimensional relationships. By deploying the windowed environment of the Mac operating system, and re-purposing the functionality for which it was created, the artist constitutes a post-cinema, hyperlinked apparatus.
Venue: Chora, 3 € (English)
Sam Smith’s 'Form Variations' (2014) will screen as part of 'CONDITION HUMAINE’ at Les Rencontres Internationales. The annual festival of new cinema and contemporary art will be held in Paris from the 1st to 7th of December 2014 at the Gaîté Lyrique and other venues. It will offer 7 days of discovery and reflection focused on contemporary moving image practices. In the presence of artists and filmmakers from all over the world, it will show a rare international programme.
As an adjunct to Sam Smith’s exhibition ‘Frames of Reference’ at The Royal Standard, the artist will present a one night performance of ‘Notes on the Apparatus’ (2013-).
Continuing The Royal Standard’s current theme of research, the work is a live video essay that takes the form of a stream of collaged audio-visual clips. It uses prepared film, video and image material to draw together reference points on cinematic language key to Smith’s practice.
Sam Smith has been announced as a grant recipient from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust to undertake an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London.