Guardian Guide: this week's new exhibitions

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Guardian Guide: this week’s new exhibitions Friday 10 July 2015
David Blandy | Robert Therrien | Jenny Holzer | Hannah Collins | Henri-Gaudier Brzeska | Reality | Jennet Thomas

David Blandy, London
David Blandy appears to be casting off his mantle as the art world’s premiere disciple of geek pastimes. In the last decade, his love of manga, kung-fu movies, computer games and hip-hop has lead to pop-savvy work exploring global fandom and cultural colonialism, in which the skinny, bespectacled boy often cut a deliberately incongruous figure. His new video installation exploring London lingo sees him move far beyond the 21st century. Hercules: Rough Cut references the Greek myth, mutated and distorted by countless tellers over the centuries. His history of the city is related in a multitude of voices taken from across the ages: accompanying four screens on which fragmented images of London culture spin are accounts from the Romans, extracts from the writings of Thomas More, William Blake, 1950s beat poets and contemporary urban slang honouring the “mouse pushers” and “shift time shitters” of today’s office culture.

Bloomberg Space, EC2, to 19 Sep

Skye Sherwin, Fri 10 Jul 2015

Installation view of 'Hercules: Rough Cut', David Blandy, 2015  Photo credit: 'Dave Morgan Photography, 2015'

Installation view of 'Hercules: Rough Cut', David Blandy, 2015 
Photo credit: 'Dave Morgan Photography, 2015'

Turtle Salon in the Project Rooms; Färgfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden

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Turtle Salon in the Project Rooms

A two day screening at Färgfabriken in Stockholm, Sweden
6 - 7 June 2015, 11am -  4pm

Turtle Salon in the Project Rooms is a weekend of artist film and video at Färgfabriken in Stockholm. The programme was initially shown in Duved in Jämtland under the title Turtle Salon in the Forest. Under a star spangled August sky eight hours of film and video was shown. The programme is a collaboration between the network Turtle Salon and the Artist Colony who were hosting Turtle Salon in the ForestTurtle Salon was started by Michael H Shamberg nearly a decade ago, just after he was diagnosed with  rare neurological disease. A few months after Turtle Salon in the Forest Michael H Shamberg passed away and we have decided to show the programme again as a hommage to Michael and as a promise for the network to live on.
Turtle Salon in the Project Rooms is presenting an opportunity to see pieces chosen by the artists themselves, and artists at different stages in their careers and with different approaches to the moving image are presented. A warm welcome!

Works by Lawrence Weiner (US), Ori Gersht (ISR), Kjartan Slettemark & Hans Esselius (SE), Rod Dickinson (UK), Mikhail Karikis (GR), Rirkrit Tiravanija (AR), DoddaMaggý (IS), Michael Curran (UK), Sofia Dahlgren (SE), David Blandy (UK), Elín Hansdóttir (IS), Larry Achiampong (UK), Jem Cohen (US), Marlene Haring (AT), Michael H Shamberg (US), Elisabeth S Clark and Luke Aaron Clark (UK), Ruben Montini (IT), Alexander Pohnert (D), Bjørn Venø (NO), Ned Richardson (US), Francesco Fonassi (IT), Anthony Auerbach (UK), Meg Mosley (UK), Biters (Larry Achiampong & David Blandy) (UK), Nick Cash (UK), nüans (D,TR,JP), Sarah Miles (UK), Stephen Dorian Kutos (US), Sunee H Markosov (KR), Angelica Bergamini (IT), Anna Faroqhi and Haim Peretz (D), Daniel Devlin (UK), Eiji Suzue (JP), Joana Roberto (PT), Joshua Frankel (D), Katia Roessel (D), Martin Hardouin Duparc (FR), MJWB and the NOLA ARTICHOKE BAND (US), Ila Wingen (D), Linda Petersson (SE), Malin Ståhl (SE), Emma Wieslander (SE), Sara Bjarland (FI), Gerbrand Burger (NL) and Rebecca Mir Grady (US).

Daata Editions now live online

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You can now go online to browse the first release of artists video, sound and web works for Daata Editions Season One.

Season One artists: Ilit Azoulay, Helen Benigson, David Blandy, Matt Copson, Ed Fornieles, Leo Gabin, Daniel Keller & Martti Kalliala, Lina Lapelyte, Rachel Maclean, Florian Meisenberg, Takeshi Murata, Hannah Perry, Jon Rafman, Charles Richardson, Amalia Ulman, Stephen Vitiello, and Chloe Wise.

Daata Editions

Only 48 hours until Drawing Biennial 2015 Auction closes

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Only 48 hours until 
Drawing Biennial 2015 Auction closes

"This is our seventh Drawing Biennial and we are proud that over the years it has evolved from a fundraiser into one of the most significant exhibitions in our programme. The Drawing Biennial exhibitions continue to bring together an amazing line up of artists, representing a myriad of ideas and approaches to drawing from around the world today. We recognise that artists are asked, increasingly, to support and donate to galleries, and we are indebted to all the artists who have so readily agreed to be in the exhibition and support us by generously donating their works. The Drawing Biennial is our core funding and without their generosity over the last 14 years our programme would not have been possible. We owe it to the artists to ensure that their works go to a good home. By bidding in our online auction you are helping us achieve that goal, while supporting artists’ reputations and raising funds to continue our support of artists’ contemporary drawing practice."  Mary Doyle and Kate Macfarlane, Drawing Room Co-directors.


Browse highlights and top picks here 

Drawing Biennial 2015 exhibition is open tomorrow 11am - 6pm and Thursday 11am - 9pm, directions here

Biters & Finding Fanon @ Open Source Festival, Sat 2-Sun 3rd May

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'Biters', Larry Achiampong & David Blandy will be performing at the following times

Saturday 2 May, 14.00, 20.00 and Sunday 3 May, 18:00

'Finding Fanon', a new film will be screened on Sunday 3 May, 21.00

Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ

Still from 'Finding Fanon', Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, 2015

Still from 'Finding Fanon', Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, 2015

OPEN SOURCE is a contemporary arts festival. OPEN SOURCE specialises in time-based media and live events. OPEN SOURCE is a platform for young artists and curators. OPEN SOURCE believes in cross-pollination. OPEN SOURCE is public. OPEN SOURCE believes in free access to culture. OPEN SOURCE is not-for-profit. 

OPEN SOURCE is curated by Emily Butler, Gareth Bell-Jones, Anna Gritz, Attilia Fattori Franchini, Amy Sherlock, Chris Rawcliffe, Marie d’Elbée and Morgan Quaintance.

Open Source presents works by Larry Achiampong, Majed Aslam, Anna Barham, Behind the X, David Blandy, Eloise Bonneviot, Tereza Buskova, Ben Cain, Lucy Clout, Simon Davenport, Marie d’Elb.e, Gery Georgieva, Emilie Gervais, Patrick Goddard, Mary Hurrell, Alice Khalilova, Leslie Kulesh, Hannah Lees, Lawrence Lek, Louisa Martin, Jimmy Merris, Shana Moulton, Berry Patten, Pallavi Paul, Heather Phillipson, Pro Numb, Morgan Quaintance, Shirin Sabahi, Erica Scourti, Alice Theobald, Alden Volney and Lucy Woodhouse.

Open Source will also present Frieze Video, showcasing film essays, interviews and studio visits with artists.

2–3 May 2015
Gillett Square
London N16 8AZ

Open Source Festival 2015 Kickstarter Campaign

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Open Source is a contemporary arts festival taking place in Dalston, London, on 2-3 May 2015. It will take place both outside in Gillett Square, and inside the warehouse/venue Dalston Pond

Open Source will showcase time-based media and live events which sample, re-use, and divert mainstream  and web cultures, highlighting art production as a collaborative process. 

The event will be public and free. It involves eight curators and twenty-one young artists. It will present films, live performances and installations using the codes and display of entertainment.

Open Source is curated by Emily ButlerGareth Bell-Jones, Anna GritzAttilia Fattori FranchiniAmy SherlockChris Rawcliffe, Marie d’Elbée and Morgan Quaintance.

The artists involved include Heather Philipson, Shirin Sabahi, Alice Khalilova, Louisa Martin, Alden Volney, Larry Achiampong, David Blandy, Lawrence LekLeslie Kulesh , Berry Patten, Simon Davenport, Emilie Gervais, Pro Numb, Patrick Goddard, Anna Barham, Chris Rawcliffe, Erica Scourti.

Frieze Videos, showcasing studio visits with artists, film essays and interviews, will be projected during the event. 

Open Source's website will host digital commissions, texts and podcasts, as well as event information.

Open Source supports Paying Artists.

Open Source 

'Media Minerals': A spoken-word and sound lecture by Biters (Larry Achiampong and David Blandy) with notes by Zasha Colah.

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'Media Minerals': A spoken-word and sound lecture by Biters (Larry Achiampong and David Blandy) with notes by Zasha Colah.

27th February 2015: 7:30pm, Venue: ICI Berlin, Germany

As part of the symposium 'WIR SIND ALLE BERLINER: 1884-2014', 26-28th February 2015, which commemorates 130 years of the Berlin Conference and proposes a space for deliberation on the repercussions of this crucial event, offering an occasion to analyse the ideological, economic, political, and humanitarian justifications that underlay colonialism and still frame the asymmetric relations between the West and the non-West today.

The symposium accompanies the exhibition WIR SIND ALLE BERLINER: 1884-2014 at SAVVY Contemporary.

Curated by Bonaventure Ndikung with Elena Agudio, Anna Jäger and Saskia Köbschall.


Entrance is free of charge. For safety reasons, venue doors will be closed when capacity limits are reached. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Der Eintritt ist frei. Wenn es keine Plätze mehr gibt, muss der Einlass aus Sicherheitsgründen gestoppt werden. Wir bitten um Verständnis.

Biters: Larry Achiampong & David Blandy @ Phoenix Gallery, Exeter

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Exeter Phoenix: Preview Night performance: Thurs 22 Jan, 7.30pm, free

Biters: David Blandy & Larry Achiampong
Building on solo projects that explore both artists’ interests in popular culture and the post-colonial position, Biters presents new collages that combine lyrics and sounds that draw from each artist’s identity and musical heritage, while posing the question, what does Authenticity mean in the information age? David Blandy and Larry Achiampong will (re)perform live in an evening of sampled samples, regurgitated rhymes and deconstructed soul. Find out more HERE

Tate Collectives: Digital Abstract workshop

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Tate St Ives

22 - 23 November, 29 - 30 November and 6 -7 December, 10.00 -16.00


This event is free for those aged 15 - 25 years. Booking essential, please email

young@tate © Ian Kingsnorth

young@tate © Ian Kingsnorth

As part of Circuit, Tate St Ives are working with Newlyn Art Gallery to offer a fantastic digital workshop with the artist David Blandy.

This workshop is offered to young people between the ages of 15 and 25. FREE to participate, but  limited spaces so bookings will be made on a first come first served basis. 

David Blandy will collaborate with the participants in the creation of a Digital Abstract,  a mash-up between appropriated art and pop imagery, collage and Hip-Hop sampling. Participants will share the work created at an exciting public event to be held on 6 December. The artwork will also be showcased online. 

Workshop dates and locations:

Saturday 22 November - Sunday 23 November

11.00 – 16.00 The Exchange, Penzance 

Saturday 29 November -  Sunday 30 November

11.00 – 16.00 Tate St Ives, St Ives

Saturday 6 December (Event)

11.00 – 16.00 Event times and venue to be decided by participants

Sunday 7 December (Post-project celebration)

11.00 – 16.00 Tate St Ives, St Ives

young@tate is part of Circuit, a national programme connecting 15–25 year olds to the arts in galleries and museums, led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation


Biters: Larry Achiampong & David Blandy at the V&A, London, Oct 31st

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Biters: Larry Achiampong and David Blandy performed at the V&A London, Friday 31st October as part of Friday Late, "Collections of Collections".


Grand Entrance
Larry Achiampong and David Blandy shared sounds from their connected audible heritage. In their performance 'Biters', the artists investigate what identity means in the post-colonial and post-mass media age as they acknowledge the debt their practices hold to hip-hop culture and its relationship with art and appropriation by presenting a recycled collection of already-sampled beats and reciting a collection of stolen rhymes.                                     

FRIDAY LATE 31 October 
Collections of Collections

From art works to ice-cream wrappers, from vinyl records to blog posts and tweets, what do our personal collections say about us? Join us as we investigate and celebrate with an evening of curios, accumulation and curation. Discover our relationships with objects and delve into what we collect and why this activity has one-in-three in Europe and North America hooked.

'Extinction Marathon', Serpentine Galleries, October 18 & 19th

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Saturday 18 October, 12pm - 10pm
Sunday 19 October, 12pm - 8pm

Premiere of Seeds of Time: Sunday 19 October, 10am, Gate Picturehouse (click here for information)

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Tickets £20/£15 conc. (two day) or £15/£10 conc. (one day)
, available on Ticketweb here and from the Serpentine Galleries, +44(0)207 402 6075.

On the weekend of 18 and 19 October – during the Frieze Art Fair – Serpentine Galleries presents the Extinction Marathon, the ninth in the Galleries' yearly Marathon series. Artists, writers, scientists, film-makers, choreographers, theorists and musicians explore the complex and timely topic of extinction through talks, conversations, performances and screenings.

Felt across the humanities and the sciences alike, the spectre of extinction looms over the ways in which we understand our being in the world today. Environmental degradation, atomic weapons, threats communities and languages, global warming, economic collapses, natural catastrophes, life wiped out by genocide, disease and hunger – the constellation of topics around extinction is ever-expansive and as urgent now as ever before.

Both a reflexive overview and a call to action, the two-day event invites us to respond, together, to a changing world, addressing visions of the future in all their scientific, artistic and literary ramifications. The Extinction Marathon is programmed in collaboration with artist Gustav Metzger, whose work – including his Serpentine Gallery exhibition Decades 1959 – 2009 – addresses extinction and climate change.

Participants include artist and poet Etel Adnan; artist Maria Thereza Alves; artistKorakrit Arunanondchai; artist Ed Atkins; conservationist Jonathan Baillie; architectAlessandro Bava; writer and media activist Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi; designer Irma Boom; Founder of The Whole Earth Catalog and Co-Founder of The Long Now Foundation, Stewart Brand; artist James Bridle; EDGE Foundation founder John Brockman; philosopher Federico Campagna; artist Heman Chong; martist Yve Laris Cohen; odel and actress Lily Cole; neuroscientist Molly Crockett; philosopher Helena Cronin; film-maker Adam Curtis; artist Jesse Darling; artist Benedict Drew; artist and poet Jimmie Durham; mathematician Marcus du Sautoy; palaeontologist Richard Fortey; agriculturalist and biodiversity archivist Cary Fowler; artists Gilbert & George; cultural critic and queer theorist Jack Halberstam; artist Susan Hiller; artist and designer Marguerite Humeau; choreographer Mette Ingvartsen; environmental social scientist Jennifer Jacquet; biologist and author Steve Jones; former Royal Navy Rear Admiral Nick Lambert; speculative designer Lisa Ma; biologist Georgina Mace; physicistChiara Marletto; film-maker Sandy McLeod; artist and activist Gustav Metzger; artistKatja Novitskova; artist Trevor Paglen; artist Cornelia Parker; artist Hetain Patel; anthropologist Elizabeth Povinelli; evolutionary ornithologist Richard Prum; design writer Alice Rawsthorn; astrophysicist Martin Rees; Professor, Operational Research,Jonathan Rosenhead; artist Jeremy Shaw; artist Shimabuku; film-maker Eyal Sivan; writer Adam Thirlwell; environmental lawyer James Thornton; musician and sound recordist Chris Watson; artist Cerith Wyn Evans and artist Anna Zett. Contributions by artist and writer Sophia Al-Maria; sociologist Zygmunt Bauman; artist Paul Chan; artistTacita Dean; artist Olafur Eliasson; artist Anna Galkina;  writer William Gibson; authorDaniel Kehlmann; poet Joanne Kyger; concrete poet Franz Mon; philosopher Timothy Morton; artist Yoko Ono; artist and poet Heather Phillipson; film-maker Laura Poitras and designers David Rudnick and Raf Rennie.

The Marathon is live-streamed by, which partners with Serpentine for the Extinction Marathon in 2014. The Space hosts two new digital commissions by Gustav Metzger and Ed Atkins in addition to the online platform EXTINCT.LY, which gathers data about global resource depletion, conflict zones and climate change scenarios as well as artists’ projects and activists’ calls to action, including works by Kari Altmann;Kev BewersdorfDavid BlandyBenjamin BrattonFemke HerregravenItalian Limes;Emily JonesMaurizio LazzaratoLisa MaAlex Mackin DolanTimothy MortonJulian OliverTobias RevellUBERMORGENMichael WangLiam Young and Anna Zett.

While The Magazine at the Sackler Gallery will present on-stage participations, talks, screenings and performances, the Serpentine Pavilion 2014, designed by Smiljan Radić, presents an installation by Katja Novitskova as well as a series of workshops by artist and curator Julia Tcharfas

On Sunday 19 October, the Extinction Marathon begins with the London premiere of the documentary Seeds of Time, directed by Sandy McLeod, which follows crop diversity pioneer Cary Fowler on a journey to saving the one resources we cannot live without: seeds. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Cary Fowler and Sandy McLeod at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and is free for Marathon ticket-holders. Booking required. Click here for more information. 

Please note the programme and all timings are subject to change without notice, in advance of the Marathon as well as throughout the event. 


12-3pm, Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Julia Peyton-Jones, Introduction
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Introduction
Gustav Metzger, Introduction
Cornelia Parker, Howl: A Tirade
Jonathan Baillie
Adam Curtis
Gilbert & George in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
James Bridle, What The Network Teaches
Jonathan Rosenhead, Climate Change and Extinction – A Racing Uncertainty
Marcus Du Sautoy, Death by Mathematics
Alessandro Bava, Dialogue between Nature and an Icelander

Stewart Brand, John Brockman, Richard Prum and Hans Ulrich Obrist, De-Extinction
Molly Crockett, Helena Cronin, Jennifer Jacquet, Steve Jones and Chiara Marletto
Georgina Mace, Are We in the Midst of a Mass Extinction?
Richard Fortey, The Long and the Short Stories of Extinction
Jimmie Durham, The Family
Etel Adnan, reading from The Arab Apocalypse
Joanne Kyger, read by Etel Adnan
Marguerite Humeau, Cleopatra ‘That Goddess’ Recital

Mette Ingvartsen
Yve Laris Cohen, Ligusticum Porteri
Hetain Patel, beMovie 2.0
Susan Hiller, The Last Silent Movie
Adam Thirlwell and Daniel Kehlmann, Conversation with Thomas Bernhard
Jack Halberstam, On Being Late, and Other Short Essays on Becoming Ex-Human
Ed Atkins, Happy Birthday!! we sang

10pm, live stream only on and EXTINCT.LY
Anna Zett, This Unwieldy Object


10am, Gate Picturehouse, 87 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JZ
London premiere of Seeds of Time, 2014, dir. Sandy McLeod
Free, booking required. To reserve a seat visit 

12-3pm, Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Julia Peyton-Jones, Introduction
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Introduction
Cary Fowler and Sandy McLeod in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
James Thornton
Irma Boom in conversation with Alice Rawsthorn, The Book: A Case for Survival
Shimabuku, Can you Clean a Fish?
Katja Novitskova, Neverending Story: Patterns of Survival and Expansion Curves
Korakrit Arunanondchai, 2012-2014 (Trailers)
Trevor Paglen, From Fibre-Optic Beings to Fossils in the Sky
Elizabeth Povinelli, The Three Figures of Extinction

Eyal Sivan
Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, IWATCH my Future (The techno-media Utopia: pre-scription of our future life) 
Federico Campagna, The Root of Extinction 
Jesse Darling
Ed Atkins, reading W.S. Merwin, selected by William Gibson
Heman Chong, A Short Story about the End of the World
Martin Rees, Threats to Humanity; or, Will We Survive the Century?
Lisa Ma, Dilemmas

Chris Watson, Ring Angels
Jeremy Shaw, Quickeners(excerpt)
Sophia Al-Maria
Benedict Drew
Lily Cole, performing Yoko Ono’s Bell for Serpentine

Additional contributions by

Maria Thereza Alves, AXOLOTL (poster)
Zygmunt Bauman, conversation excerpts in the Extinction Marathon programme
Paul Chan
Tacita Dean, poster
Olafur Eliasson, poster
Anna Galkina, poster
Franz Mon, Wortbilder
Heather Phillipson, stage design
David Rudnick
Raf Rennie
Julia Tcharfas, workshops in the Serpentine Pavilion

On The Space and EXTINCT.LY
The event is live-streamed by, which partners with Serpentine for the Extinction Marathon in 2014 and hosts newly commissioned texts and artworks as well as the platform EXTINCT.LY. The Space and EXTINCT.LY includes works by

Kari Altmann
Ed Atkinsm www.80072745
Kev Bewersdorf
David Blandy, Tutorial: How to Make a Short Video about Extinction
Benjamin Bratton, Notes on Extinction, Emergence and Biochemical Design
Femke Herregraven
Italian Limes
Emily Jones, (I want you to stay) #homni
Maurizio Lazzarato, Extinction
Lisa Ma, How to Be a Bioluddite
Alex Mackin Dolan
Timothy Morton, I’ve Been Kicked in the Biosphere
Julian Oliver
Tobias Revell, The Ongoing Collapse
Michael Wang, Extinct in the Wild
Liam Young 
Anna Zett, This Unwieldy Object

Extinction Marathon: Visions of the Future is curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects; artist Gustav Metzger; Jochen Volz, Head of Programmes; Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator, Public Programmes; Ben Vickers, Curator of Digital and Claude Adjil, Assistant Curator

Curatorial Assistants: Sarah Shattock, Joseph Constable and Bridie Hindle. Producer: Iain Pate, Technical Director: Kamal Ackarie

EXTINCT.LY produced by Ben Vickers, Kei Kreutler, Lizzie Homersham, Owen Lacey, David Rudnick and Raf Rennie

Programme design and Extinction identity by David Rudnick and Raf Rennie

Live blog by Huw Lemmey. Live stream by Trickbox