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Articles from No. 363, January

Being-Online
In July 2010 a 19-year-old girl from Malvern in Worcestershire became an overnight YouTube sensation. Her name was Jemma Pixie Hixon and the Lady Gaga cover version she uploaded to the website attracted thousands of views. The video, titled Alejandro,...
Editorial
EBACC TO SCHOOL When it comes to the arts, it seems that the coalition government has developed a tin ear. At least that is how it must feel to those of the great and the good in the arts - among them Nicholas Hytner, director of the National Theatre,...
Experimental Film Round-Up
As contemporary cinema is undergoing fundamental changes due to new film viewing technologies such as YouTube, it is time to redefine of the nature of the film apparatus. Is cinema really transmuting from a top-down image-producing machine into a new...
Film in Space: An Exhibition of Film and Expanded Cinema Selected by Guy Sherwin
Camden Arts Centre London 15 December to 24 February One of James Joyce's virtues as a novelist was that, even in his most experimental modes of writing, he didn't take himself too seriously. Even as Finnegan's Wake takes the denotative capacity...
International Exhibitions
AUSTRALIA HOBART MONA Theatre of the World to 8 Apr SYDNEY MCA Anish Kapoor to 1 Apr AUSTRIA BREGENZ Kunsthaus Love is Colder than Capital, Andy Warhol to 14 Apr VIENNA Essl Museum Georg Baselitz to 25 May Kunsthalle Mike Parr to 24 Feb Secession...
Joel Sternfeld
C/O Berlin 10 November to 13 January Does a photograph comprehend the context of what it depicts, or is it an autonomous splinter of contingency? What can we infer about the whole from the fragment? If these questions are of basic relevance to the...
Keith Arnatt
Maureen Paley London 23 November to 27 January In this retrospective covering almost 30 years, we are given a strong sense of the two distinct paths of Keith Arnatt's practice and the slight suggestion that he lacked total confidence in either....
Kochi-Muziris Biennale
various venues Kochi 12 December to 13 March In his essay for The Biennial Reader published by the Bergen Kunsthalle in 2010, Rafal Niemojewski defined the biennale as 'a recurring large-scale international survey show of contemporary art'. In Niemojewski's...
Lawrence Weiner: Be That as It May
Lisson Gallery London 28 November to 12 January A Lawrence Weiner exhibition is not easy to write about. Unlike the works of many contemporary artists, Weiner's are not overtly about something. They do not demonstrably address contemporary social,...
Light from the Middle East: New Photography
V&A Museum London 13 November to 7 April Months after Edge of Arabia's conflicting '#COMETOGETHER' (Reviews AM361), another exhibition of so-called Middle Eastern art has opened, this time from a major museum. Conflicted is the defining quality...
London
The London code is 020 43 INVERNESS STREET 43 Inverness St NW1 07983 277104 Hideatsu Shiba to 16 Feb ACME PROJECT SPACE 44 Bonner Rd E2 8981 6811 Craig Leonard 7-10 Feb THE AGENCY 66 Evelyn St SE8 8692 0734 Deepa Chudasama, Ruth Barker to...
London Fieldworks: Null Object: Gustav Metzger Thinks about Nothing
Work London 30 November to 9 February This concise and yet complex exhibition revolves around a project by London Fieldworks, the artist collaborators Bruce Gilchrist & Jo Joelson, which resulted in a computer-produced sculpture of Gustav Metzger...
London Round-Up 1
Rod Barton * Arcade Fine Arts * Hilary Crisp * Cabinet Before even having a chance to take in the small room, I find myself huddled close over a phone with two other people I don't know, listening, shifting my weight from one foot to the other and...
London Round-Up 2
Ceri Hand * Sadie Coles * Simon Lee * Studio 1.1 April, according to TS Eliot, may be the cruellest month, but the December-January hiatus in the London art world has its own peculiar ups and downs. At Ceri Hand, Eleanor Moreton's I See the Bones...
Members Show 2012
Outpost Norwich 2 to 21 December A sense of resourcefulness pervaded Ruth Ewan's strong selection for the annual Outpost Members' Show, from the formal economy of the readymade to work which circled source and resource at a political level. Moving...
Moral Rights: A Suitable Case for Treatment?
Artists' moral rights laws have been in force in the UK since 1989. Have they been operating well for the past 20-odd years or is there room for improvement? This question is triggered by two recent cases: Richard Serra insisting on changing artworks...
No Go for Old Flo
Old Flo, also known as Henry Moore's Draped Seated Woman, 1957-58, is to remain in exile at Yorkshire Sculpture Park for the time being. While Tower Hamlets Council has been facing protests over its proposed sale of the sculpture (Artnotes AM362),...
Prizes
Elizabeth Price (Interview AM326) has won Tate's [pounds sterling]25,000 Turner Prize. Artes Mundi 5, Wales's international art award with a [pounds sterling]40,000 first prize, has been won by Teresa Margolles, with Miriam Backstrom collecting...
Prophetic Diagrams
George and Jorgen London 14 December to 16 February It is unusual for a drawing show comprising 30-odd London and New York-based contemporary artists to be derived directly from an attempt to summon Lucifer, but Bermondsey is an old part of London...
Pure Fiction
When chancellor George Osborne presented the results of his spending review in October 2010, he stated that 'frontline arts' would receive only a 15% cut (Artnotes AM341) compared with an average departmental reduction of 19%. Seemingly, the arts had...
Regional
ABERDEEN Peacock Visual Arts 21 Castle St 01224 639539 Grotto to 22 Dec ABERYSTWYTH Arts Centre Penglais Hill 01970 621903 Cambridge Jones to 13 Mar Andrzej Jackowski 6 Feb-16 Mar BATH ICIA Univ of Bath Claverton Down 01225 386777 Matthew Houlding...
Remains of the Day
Gilda Williams: The title of the central filmwork of your recent Serpentine Gallery exhibition is Out-takes from the Life of a Happy Man, 2012. This year you celebrated your 90th birthday. Is this exhibition a satisfied reflection on your long life,...
Round-Up: A Selection of Collections of Perspectives
Many who have tired of being in harness have thought at some time or other of moving to Berlin. Mythos Berlin, a collection of short essays and image-led pieces on the settler's life in the city, aims to excavate Mayor Klaus Wowereit's epithet for...
Sand in the Vaseline
Following an initial promise by over 130 prominent artists in spring 2011 to boycott the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi if workers' rights are not recognised during the construction of the new building on Saadiyat Island (Artnotes AM345), the protest group,...
Savorr X
Samson & Hercules Norwich 11 to 15 January January's Savorr, the tenth iteration of the Norwich-based artistled exhibition series, was formatted much the same as usual. Lucy Conochie was the featured artist, and works by Peter Bobby, Benjamin...
The Curator's New Medium
Artforum recently published its 50th anniversary issue on the theme of 'Art's New Media'. The magazine's editor, Michelle Kuo, who holds a PhD in the field of 'experimental new media', directed the issue, which seemed to tackle the old anxiety concerning...
Three Reflections on Jonas Mekas
December 17: Let's begin with language, with Mekas as exile not speaking American. Henri Michaux wrote somewhere of 'travelling in order to become homeless'. Compelled by history to 'travel', Mekas found a home in the homelessness of the neo-avant...
Virtual Reality Check
Where previously the canonical history of art has focused exclusively on autonomous artworks and individual artists, in recent decades a shift has occurred, placing this focus on the conditions of distribution, circulation and interpretation of art,...