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Articles from No. 375, April

5th Marrakech Biennale: Where Are We Now? Various Venues 26 February to 31 March
The fifth iteration of the Marrakech Biennale asks 'Where are we now?' At first sight this rather banal, overly encapsulating proposition fits unremarkably into the vernacular of contemporary biennales. The pronoun makes way for ideas of the 'glocal'...
Alexis Hunter
I first met Alexis Hunter in late 2012 while curating a two-person exhibition of her work alongside (0 Spence at the Richard Saltoun gallery. She had just been diagnosed with motor neurone disease and the illness had robbed her of her voice. We would...
Art/write
Literature' has become a somewhat maligned category, stretched between the weak liberal humanist and marketdriven Booker Prize model of 'literary fiction' and the tired late-postmodernist literature department of the academy. My aim is to imagine what...
AV Festival Various Venues 1-31 March
The theme of the sixth AV Festival of music, film and visual art at numerous venues across the North East is 'extraction'--extraction of raw materials from the ground. It is apt. A claim can be made for 'North East' as a term originating with the North...
Biennale Boycott
The chair of the Sydney Biennale, Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, has resigned from the post he has held for 14 years following protests and boycotts by artists selected for this year's exhibition. The imbroglio has bubbled up over the fact that the Biennale's...
Camille Henrot: The Pale Fox Chisenhale London 28 February to 13 April
Everywhere in Camille Henrot's impressive installation The Pale Fox is the frame, the bounded box, the vernacular of the desktop window. But here, too, is its antidote, in the form of the unformed, curved and chaotic, via ruptures, slippages, disjunctures...
Cevdet Erek: Alt Ust Spike Island Bristol I$ February to 13 April
In the wave of adulation accompanying Kraftwerk's budget-sapping 'retrospective' concerts at MoMA and Tate Modern last year, a crucial detail was missed. Journalistically cast as canny performance artists or the godfathers of dance music, nobody made...
Copyright: Post-Internet Art
The world wide web is 25 years old this year. UK computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee first proposed the concept in March 1989, and by November that year he had achieved the first internet communication between a hypertext transfer protocol (http) client...
David Joselit: After Art
Memes, weak signs, viral, poor, intolerable and pensive images; the 21st century has come bundled with a glut of neologisms seeking to describe the accelerated nature of digital image production and exchange via neat, pithy units of language. Uniquely,...
E20
The mayor of London's office is working through its contacts book in the hope of drumming up support for a future cultural centre in E20, the postcode of cast London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The V&A has already expressed an interest in presenting...
Editorial
NORTH & SOUTH Economists refer to them as 'economies of agglomeration', but the rest of us describe the tendency of like-minded people to gravitate towards each other to form creative and economic 'hubs' as 'clustering'. Artists have always...
Edward Chell: Soft Estate Spacex Exeter 8 March to 3 May
'Make the city eat its own dust,' wrote Arthur Rimbaud in 1873. The anarchic avant-gardism of this communard poet, who inspired the situationists in the 1950s to early 1970s to a critique of the capitalist spectacle of cities, remains today as traces...
Galleries
Home in Manchester completed the toppingout ceremony of its Mecanoo-designed building last month. The [pounds sterling]26m project merges Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company, both of which will provide their services in the new building when...
Handbags at Dawn
Elmgreen & Dragset's Piada Marfa. 200$, the fake Prada shop sited on a desert highway 40 miles outside Marfa, Texas, has been vandalised just at the moment that it faces a final reckoning with the state's enforcers. The work, an $80,000 joint commission...
Keywords: Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain Tate Liverpool 28 February to 11 May
Back in March 1985, almost at the end of the year-long miners' strike, Raymond Williams published an essay in New Socialist magazine called 'Mining the Meaning: Key Words in the Miners' Strike'. Williams dissected four words that had been fought to...
Letter from South-East Asia: The Pretenders
Preparing to move to Shanghai last year I thought I would preview the art world I would find there, one of the leading points to engage with art in the region. When I arrived, I headed for 50 Moganshan Road, a post-industrial contemporary art centre,...
London Round-Up Peles Empire
Peles Empire * Kate MacGarry * Laura Bartlett Gallery * Matt's Gallery 'No one has ever tried to establish chaos as a system, or to let it come,' claimed sound artist Henri Chopin in his 1967 polemic against the hegemony of the intelligible word,...
Mark Carry: A Winter Light the Model Sligo 8 February to 20 April
Installed across seven large spaces, Mark Garry's 'A Winter Light' is the most expansive solo exhibition by a mid-career artist ever undertaken at The Model. While not formally a retrospective, given the artist's many new and site-specific works created...
Martin Creed: What's the Point of It? Hayward Gallery London 29 January to 27 April
Visiting Martin Creed's retrospective is a lot of fun. Balls of various shapes, colours and sizes (Work No. 1636, 2011) and a tower of Lego bricks (Work No. 792, 2007) beckon us to come and play; we are even invited to squeeze our way around a room...
No Solution
Jennifer Thatcher: The intersection between art, the military, labour and popular culture is one to which you always return. You don't seem to have to look very far to find provocative coincidences where these areas collide, like Guards of 2012, whose...
Object/self
In the guide to the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, Massimiliano Cioni, the Biennale's curator, makes a startling assertion about relationships between persons and things: "The Encyclopedic Palace" is not a show about artists as mediums. Rather, the...
People
Tim Marlow - critic, broadcaster and, since 200), director of exhibitions at White Cube - is to be the Royal Academy of Arts' first ever director of artistic programmes, taking over an expanded role from the outgoing director of exhibitions Kathleen...
Public Movement
One evening in early February this year, I waited for an appointment in the crowded lobby of a large Manchester hotel. After confirming my identity by presenting my passport, a young female assistant with a clipboard ticked my name off her list. Photography...
Recalling the Future: Post-Revolutionary Iranian Art Brunei Gallery London 16 January to 22 March
Jamal Penjweny: Saddam is Here Ikon Gallery Birmingham 19 January to 21 April Post-revolutionary art is a description that equivocates its potential reactionary status. Mixed-media work by 29 artists is presented at SOAS's Brunei Gallery as challenging...
Rose Finn-Kelcey
Rose Finn-Kelcey has died from motor neurone disease, aged 68. She spent several years compiling a beautifully illustrated survey, published last year by RkJinghouse, which gives us a complete record of her exceptionally varied work and allows us to...
Ship to Shore: Art and the Lure of the Sea John Hansard Gallery & SeaCity Museum Southampton 8 February to 4 May
The sea is at the end of my street. I feel claustrophobic when I am too far inland; even cities like Berlin and Madrid make me uneasy. Curator Jean Wainwright shares a similar fascination. The daughter of a chartered shipbroker and her great-uncle...
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