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Articles from No. 320, October

08 Taipei Biennial
It is hardly surprising that it would be difficult to find a work in the 2008 Taipei Biennial that could be exhibited in mainland China. Most of the works are simply too politically charged. Several people who visited the Shanghai Biennale en route...
Ars Electronica
Ars Electronica festival is a host of digital arts moments, durations and discussions based on an institution that exists year-round to promote the relevance of technology in culture. Linz seems convincing as the model of a municipality that is future...
Be(com)ing Dutch
Be(com)ing Dutch Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven May 24 to September 14 Like many of his predecessors, the director of the Van Abbemuseum, Charles Esche, has taken on the challenge of realigning the role of the museum as a contemporary site of public debate,...
Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes is a book of interviews with artists who teach. I don't mean a definitive collection of interviews or anything, more something that's okay for now, that's adequate. When I began this book I had an idea that teaching was the thing...
Damien's Cat
It seems that not all works by golden boy Damien Hirst are valued at six-figure sums. A cat he painted at the age of 17 has been valued at a mere 5,000 [pounds sterling]. Its owner, Julie Stainforth, has vowed that she would never sell it in any case....
Deceased Artists
Through a public consultation paper issued in June 2008, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has been seeking the views of art market professionals, artists, representatives of artists' collecting societies, and from deceased artists' estates,...
Educational Dream-Grief
I've been reading Ursula Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven, 1971, and speaking with friends, artists, a curator. Over the past few years we developed a healthy respect for our respective perspectives and experiences, working together with students to find...
Education: A Mirror or a Lamp?
There are four constituents in higher education: students, teachers, facilities and curricula. You hear a lot about the first three. Student problems, faculty hiring and improving facilities are often in the news. Rarely do curriculum issues make the...
Emily Wardill Jonathan Viner Gallery
Emily Wardill Jonathan Viner Gallery London September 13 to October 5 Emily Wardill's two impressive new films probe the fallible power of the human voice in its dual function to communicate private thoughts and install these concepts in the minds...
Hew Locke Iniva
Hew Locke Iniva London September 3 to October 20 At the entrance of the gallery the viewer is immediately presented with Hew Locke's statement: 'At its heart, my work is both political and highly personal, often taking me on strange dreamlike journeys...
Hilary Lloyd Sadie Coles HQ
Hilary Lloyd Sadie Coles HQ London September 10 to October 8 There are two video projections on one wall and a third is adjacent. Each depicts the activity in a large motorcycle repair workshop. It can take a little while to work this out, however,...
Human Rights
To mark the 60th anniversary on December 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a host of internationally recognised filmmakers, artists and writers has united to contribute to a film project promoted by the UN High Commissioner for Human...
In Conversation
Seth Siegelaub: Once upon a time, the art world was a pimple on the arse of capitalism; today it has become part of that system, it has absorbed its values, its excesses, the type of staging and presentation of art. With this change the lifestyle of...
Isamu Noguchi Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Isamu Noguchi Yorkshire Sculpture Park Wakefield July 18 to February 22 There was a pub I used to frequent in Cardiff docks, where a huge paper lamp had stood on the bar since the 50s and was still there many years later when the pub's trade had...
London Line-Up
Butcher's is a new project set up by curators Ben Borthwick and Cylena Simonds. The duo, who are currently presenting work from a shop window in Camden, aim to provide a platform for artists, designers and producers to develop projects and practices...
Nancy Spero. Dissidances MACBA
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Nancy Spero. Dissidances MACBA Barcelona July 4 to September 24 In an interview conducted with the Art Newspaper in 2007, Nancy Spero commented that her art was intended to be 'something that would not be acceptable in...
Nothing like Dame
Lynne Brindley, chief executive of the British Library who was made a dame in this year's New Year's Honours List, is one of five new members drawn from the great and the good who have been appointed to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)....
Richard Deacon and Bill Woodrow Bloomberg Space
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Richard Deacon and Bill Woodrow Bloomberg Space London July 25 to September 21 Richard Deacon and Bill Woodrow have long been affiliated. They were grouped together initially in the early 1980s with artists including Tony...
Roger Hiorns: Seizure
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Roger Hiorns: Seizure 151-189 Harper Road London September 3 to November 2 It sounds like an urban myth: the walls of a ground-floor flat in a soon-to-be demolished Elephant and Castle estate have developed dark blue mineral...
Steve McQueen, Hunger
Steve McQueen, Hunger, on general release, UK, October 31. I am probably the world's worst person to write about Steve McQueen's Hunger. Born in Belfast and brought up in a Nationalist ghetto in the 1980s, my memories and therefore my expectations...
Susan Collis/Kay Rosen Ingleby Gallery
Susan Collis/Kay Rosen Ingleby Gallery Edinburgh August 1 to September 24 Kay Rosen's practice rewards an approach that incorporates a genuine interest in language and the kind of whimsical curiosity you grant the cryptic crossword on a Sunday morning....
The Art of Learning
One thing seems to be endemic in the whole culture of education today: the idea of assessment. There is more and more paperwork, no one wants to write it, no one seems to know what to do with it, and no one will ever read it. How did we get here?...
The Fourth Way
In exhibitions and biennales in recent years there has been a move towards including quasi-educational projects--not as add-ons but as an integral part of artistic production. By default this has exposed even more clearly the fact that today we...
The Future of Art Education: Patricia Bickers Summarises the Points Made by the Contributors to This Special Issue
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE IDEA OF THIS SPECIAL EDUCATION ISSUE arose in response to the volume of correspondence Art Monthly has received following the publication in the April issue (AM315) of a letter by the artist Graham Crowley in which he...
This Little Piggy Went to Market
The stock market is all about confidence: a slight wobble here, a rumour there will turn a bull market into a bear market, causing share prices to fall. And no institution is immune from attack by short sellers: three days before the two-day sale of...
Trillions of Biennales and Triennales
For many September was a long month for long-haul flights, with notable exhibitions opening across cities in the Far East, including Busan, Taipei, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Gwangju and Yokohama. Time Crevasse, the first and hotly tipped Yokohama...
We Haven't Taught You Anything You Didn't Already Know
Select the most appropriate answer: Strongly Agree, Agree, Don't Know, Disagree, Strongly Disagree. The only legitimate opinions about art education anywhere--not simply the UK--must come from the mouths of students, not from the stock of ornamented...
Where Future Hope Lies
Much criticism of current trends in art education is made on the basis of how it is becoming increasingly homogeneous (rather than fostering genius?). While counterclaims about 'widening participation' by the proponents of teaching and learning are...
With
WITH Rokeby Gallery London August 29 to October 3 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The art world--once a sanctuary for those too lazy to get up in the morning--is increasingly replicating the 24/7 ethos of profit-chasing commerce. It is this dehumanising...