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Articles from No. 349, September

11 Rooms
11 Rooms Manchester Art Gallery 30 June to 17 July Since the late 1950s, when performance art emerged in the context of Fluxus and Happenings, it has had an uneasy relationship with media technologies. As Peggy Phelan argued in the opening line...
Adrian Piper: Race, Gender and Embodiment
John P Bowles, Adrian Piper: Race, Gender and Embodiment, Duke University Press, 2011, 352pp, 69 illus, 17.99 [pounds sterling], 978 0 8223492 0 4. This book could have been subtitled 'Race, Gender and Objecthood', as what comes across most strikingly...
Allan Sekula: Polonia and Other Fables
Allan Sekula: Polonia and Other Fables Belfast Exposed 8 July to 19 August 'Poland is the 51st state ... Americans have no idea.' This remark, made by an unidentified CIA agent, is one of several wall texts that accompany Allan Sekula's photographs...
Archipelago
Archipelago CGP London 11 June to 18 July The creation of an artwork is usually a private affair. It is a process endlessly fascinating to those on the outside: how do artists get in the mood to make their work? Do they work at night or by day?...
Art/writing: John Douglas Millar on Why Experimental Writing Thrives in the Art World
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Literature is like phosphorus, it shines with its maximum brilliance at the moment when it attempts to die. Roland Barthes Writing Degree Zero 1953 'I is quite unusual now for a novelist to be very involved in contemporary...
Atsuko Tanaka: The Art of Connecting
Atsuko Tanaka: The Art of Connecting Ikon Birmingham 27 July to 11 September Every so often, at unpredictable intervals, Ikon bursts into life. Bells ring and coloured lights flash, courtesy of the two buzziest works in Atsuko Tanaka's retrospective....
Darrell Viner
Darrell Viner Henry Moore Institute Leeds 28 July to 30 October A series of experimental computer drawings made by Darrell Viner (1946-2001) when he was a postgraduate student at the Slade (1974-76) has recently been acquired by the Leeds Museum...
Experimental Film Round-Up
So far, the year 20ii has produced many angry crowds. From the 'Arab spring' to the UK student movement, the relationships between the common, community and communication are shifting. In recent years, new terminology has found its way into the English...
Folkestone Triennial
Folkestone Triennial various venues 25 June to 25 September 'England is the best, because there is work. There is money ... lots of money. Life is good, the people are good. That's why I want to go to England.' These optimistic words, spoken...
London's Burning
In an age already obsessed with images, the ubiquity of digital imaging technology means that there are probably more images of the recent riots than of any previous riots in British history. Yet, arguably, one image has already emerged as iconic,...
Mel Brimfield: This Is Performance Art
Mel Brimfield's This is Performance Art was held 9 April to 3 July and The Breakfast Sculpture 18 June at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. There used to be an undercurrent of British performance art that paid homage to the techniques of British variety...
Michelangelo Pistoletto: The Mirror of Judgement
Michelangelo Pistoletto: The Mirror of Judgement Serpentine Gallery London 12 July to 17 September Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto has his own flavour of icecream. Intriguingly entitled Love Difference, it is made from halva and was...
Narrative Show
Narrative Show Eastside Projects Birmingham 15 July to 10 September Narrative is a tough beast to kill. Even the most staunchly non-narrative artist has to bend to the exigencies of a career, working in series or within a chronology and biography....
Outrageous Fortune: Artists Remake the Tarot
Outrageous Fortune: Artists Remake the Tarot Focal Point Gallery Southend-on-Sea 4 July to 27 August In 1973 Italo Calvino, a member of the Paris-based group of writers and mathematicians the Oulipo (an abbreviation that translates as 'workshop...
Paul Etienne Lincoln: An Aurelian Labyrinth and Other Explications
Paul Etienne Lincoln: An Aurelian Labyrinth and Other Explications South London Gallery 30 June to 18 September 'Pataphysics, defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as 'an intricate and whimsical nonsense intended as a parody of science',...
Performance Art and the Law
The resurgence of performance-related artistic practices over the past decade raises complex aesthetic, legal and, at times, ethical questions regarding the protection, authorship and ownership of the 'works' generated through these artistic practices....
Philanthroportillo
Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt's plans to boost the arts through greater philanthropic giving are being fleshed out. Tory cabinet minister turned TV presenter Michael Portillo is to chair an independent advisory panel in charge of a 55m [pounds sterling]...
Pricing the Value
A key point returns again and again in Common Practice's Size Matters research paper, and that is about creating more sophisticated tools for measuring the value of small arts organisations and their productions. Indeed, the debate about how we value...
Public Art Got Bigger
It is over 30 years since Robert Morris explained the art-as-land-reclamation ruse: how to win planning permission to undertake opencast mining by offering to transform the site into an artwork once the coal or whatever has been extracted. Yet it still...
Public Galleries and the Market
Having lagged far behind the impressionist and modern art market during 2010, contemporary art is catching up again. London's contemporary art sales this summer brought 236.6m [pounds sterling], closing in on the impressionist and modern art series...
Rain
Rain Cell Project Space London 30 June to 31 July The group show 'Rain' curated by artist Nicolas Deshayes is, on the surface, made up of the same slick, post-minimal cool that was flaunted to the point of implosion in the recent V22 Young London...
Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever
Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever MoMA PS1 New York 19 June to 3 September Originally published in DIS magazine, Ryan's Web 1.0, 2010, is an exhaustive list of sources referenced in a photo feature by Ryan Trecartin for W magazine. A taxonomy of visual...
Small Is Beautiful
The Common Practice group of small arts organisations (Artnotes AM348) has published a research paper it commissioned from Sarah Thelwall. Entitled Size Matters: Notes towards a Better Understanding of the Value, Operation and Potential of Small Visual...
The Artist Is Present: Marina Abramovic
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Iwona Blazwick: I want to go back to a moment in Belgrade when it was still part of Yugoslavia. I wanted to start by asking you about a radical move that you made as early as 1970 that was a response, in a way, to the prevailing...
The Wonders of the Invisible World
The Wonders of the Invisible World NGCA Sunderland 14 July to 9 October Have you noticed a preoccupation with the supernatural lately: college degree shows featuring tea lights and invocations of things otherworldly, a revived interest in the...
This Is Not a Performance or a Lecture!
This is Not a Performance or a Lecture! took place at Loughborough University on 18 June. 'This Is Not a Performance or a Lecture!' was a day-long programme of site-specific and studio-based performance, curated and devised by Radar: Loughborough...