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Articles from No. 328, July-August

15mm Films: The Way Out
The deaf acid messiah Jim Chosen plays guerrilla monopoly with a Japanese spy, the disabled underground glamour queen Peedy Starling loses herself in excessive headbanging at a punk concert, and Suzy leaves the terrorist camp in her wheelchair ready...
53rd Venice Biennale: Giardini 7 June to 22 November
A visit to the cemetery island of San Michele, laid out in the 19th century at Napoleon's command, proved to be an unexpectedly appropriate preamble to the official opening of the 53rd Venice Biennale. Skirting the graves of Ezra Pound, Igor Stravinsky...
Alternative Venice Prizes
The official awards rarely give a flavour of the trends and serendipities of the Biennale, so a fanfare, please, for the unofficial Artnotes Venice Awards ... Golden Owl for HD Video Projection. An increasingly contested category this one, with...
Artists' Residencies
At this time of global economic downturn, when governments across the world and especially in developed economies are committing vast sums of public money to prevent unemployment, some money is being earmarked to support artistic endeavour. This piece...
Cyprien Gaillard
Using earth movers and a team of volunteers, Cyprien Gaillard recently excavated a concrete German bunker complex overlooking the beach at Schevingen near The Hague. Hidden for decades under the dunes, it was revealed as a readymade piece of sculpture...
Figuring Landscapes
'There are no images that can describe the scene,' states Steven Ball in The Ground, the Sky and the Island, 2008, as his video camera bashes against rocks and fleetingly captures a swirling mixture of sky and parched Australian desert. 'The frame...
Luke Fowler: Serpentine Gallery London 7 May to 14 June
More than image, it is sound that greets visitors as they walk into Luke Fowler's first UK survey show at the Serpentine Gallery; the darkened space is saturated by the regular purring of four 16mm projectors, sculpturally arranged in a symmetrical...
Material Intelligence: Kettle's Yard Cambridge 16 May to 12 July
Language--in the sense of speech and writing--enjoys such primacy on this planet that it is sometimes hard to remember that it is only one way of communicating. And not necessarily the most precise one, either. That's one of the governing propositions...
Nicolas Moulin: Site Gallery Sheffield 13 June to 1 August
It is difficult to look at Nicolas Moulin's photographs of deserted cityscapes without detecting the shadowy dreams of countless visionary architects and Surrealist footsloggers. Moulin has depicted Paris as empty and redolent as Eugene Atget's proto-surrealist...
Parades and Processions: Parasol Unit London 28 May to 24 July
Do not expect any Mardi Gras fun from Parasol unit's 'Parades and Processions' exhibition. As Amy O'Neill's parade Ghost Float, 2004, stands outside, all dressed up with nowhere to go, there are no silly masks, no dancing in the streets, no joyous...
Peter Liversidge / DJ Simpson: Bloomberg Space London 11 June to 18 July
'I propose to install a life-size copy of Darwin's survey ship Beagle at Bloomberg Space, remodelling the space if I have to. The ship would be laying on it's [sic] side; as it would've been when beached for cleaning.' So writes Peter Liversidge in...
(Post)cinema: Daniel Miller Reflects on Cinema in the Age of the Media-Industrial Complex
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 2006 the Berlin Biennial launched forum expanded, a section to take account of the new forms of cinema which had been developed in video art. As part of their ambition 'to show different films differently', organisers installed...
Recalibrating the Markets
'Recalibration' was the buzzword put out by Sotheby's as the auction rooms tried to adjust to the recession levels of supply and demand at the last contemporary art sales in New York. This neologism means: 'correct a situation; make something right'....
Reel to Real: Colin Perry on the Material Pleasure of Film
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Clattering and whirring film projectors are once more in vogue within contemporary moving image practice. Stumble into any number of galleries, triennials, conferences and academic talking shops, and you'll find them there,...
Revolving Doors
It is hardly surprising, given the bewildering comings and goings among MPs and ministers lately as the revelations over politicians' expenses descended into farce, that the appointment of a new Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport passed...
Summer Round-Up
Jyll Bradley, Mr Roscoe's Garden, Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, 240pp, col illus, hb, 24.95 [pounds sterling], 978 1 8463116 6 6. Victoria Halford and Steve Beard, Czar 52 Crash, Piece of Paper Press, 2008, 16pp, illus, pb, edition of 150...
Talk Show: ICA London 6 to 31 May
'We need to talk.' Of all the utterances in the ICA's 'Talk Show' exhibition (it appears at least twice), none rings truer or sums up the problems and complexities of speech more succinctly. The phrase is often a shorthand for relationship problems,...
The Contract: Seth Siegelaub Interviewed by John Slyce Part 2
Seth Siegelaub: At any given point in the art world, if you like, I think you come down to ten or 15 dealers who are serious dealers as opposed to businessmen having a gallery, who are more or less at the cutting edge--but I am sure there is no law...
The Generational: Younger Than Jesus: New Museum New York 8 April to 5 July
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Take a cursory glance at the premise of 'Younger than Jesus', the first iteration of the New Museum's new signature Triennial, 'The Generational', and you could be dismayed. If it isn't bad enough that galleries and magazines...
Venice Biennale: Making Worlds: Palazzo Delle Esposizioni and Arsenale: 7 June to 22 November
Daniel Birnbaum's exhibition 'Making Worlds' stretches through the Palace of Exhibitions, formerly known as the Italian pavilion, in the Giardini and extends beyond the known limits of the Arsenale into the Giardino delle Vergini, where a number of...
Venice, Oligarchs and the Bilbao Effect
As promised (Artnotes AM327), the Venice Biennale was bigger than ever this year. However, since the main curator Daniel Birnbaum was careful to keep 'Making Worlds' to a mercifully manageable scale, the official event did not feel too overwhelming....
Venice Prizes
As well as the previously mentioned (Artnotes AM327) Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement, which went to John Baldessari and Yoko Ono, other official winners at the Venice Biennale were as follows: The Golden Lion for Best National Participation went,...
Zineb Sedira: Currents of Time: Iniva London 21 May to 25 July
Zineb Sedira's work focuses on migration and dislocation. 'Currents of Time' draws together a body of work made in the Mauritanian harbour city of Nouadhibou, comprising an installation of photographs and the film Floating Coffins, 2009. Sedira is...