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Live Cinema/Fiona Tan: Inventory
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
14 December 2013 – 23 March 2014
Fiona Tan: Inventory is a multiprojection installation inviting viewers to consider museum collections as well as the human compulsion to capture the transience of time and lived experience. Filmed at the Sir John Soane Museum in London over a period of four days in September 2012, Inventory presents intimate details of the British architect’s (1753–1837) personal antiquities collection housed in one of the most unique private residences to become a public museum. This high-definition video installation is structured as a large-scale montage of six projections simultaneously displayed on one wall in an uneven grid. Each individual projection shows details of the crammed interiors of the museum containing a multiplicity of ancient architectural fragments and sculptures.
Inventory explores Tan’s preoccupation with time, memory, and place, and is as much a meditation on the human impulse to collect as a reflection on Tan’s artistic practice to date. In recording the idiosyncratic collection of Sir John Soane using a variety of mediums (Super 8, 16, and 35 millimeter film, and analog, digital, and high-definition video), the artist challenges the viewer to reconsider ideas such as representation, perception, and history while contemplating the resilience of a medium associated with a contemporary artistic production.
Dayanita Singh: Go Away Closer
8 October – 15 December 2013
Hayward Gallery, London
Dayanita Singh (b. 1961) is one of India’s most influential photographers. Exhibited widely both in India and abroad, her work often takes a curious view of the seemingly every day. Trained originally as a bookmaker, Singh has produced numerous publications, a significant part of the artist’s practice, in which she has further examined different ways of creating and viewing photographs. She is best known for her portraits of India’s urban middle- and upper classes, and her compassionate photo-essay about the eunuch Mona Ahmed. In addition, the artist has for many years explored interior spaces, personal museums, emotionally charged places (psychiatric wards of mental institutions, ashrams), and architecture (for example Taj Mahal in her series ‘House of Love’). Her images capture insights into contemporary life that often challenge the exotic stereotypes of the West.
Assembly: Ceremony I
Clore Auditorium, Tate Britain
3pm, Sunday 8 December
£5, concessions available
Tacita Dean’s poignant film will be shown as part of the series, Assembly: A survey of recent artists’ film and video in Britain 2008–2013.
Craneway Event is a portrait and collaboration with legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham, showing with subtlety and originality the complementary processes of filmmaking and choreography.
Americana: Formalizing Craft
Pérez Art Museum, Miami
4 December 2013 – 1 May 2014
Polly Apfelbaum’s work, ‘Mojo Jojo’ (2001), will be on display as part of a group exhibition, entitled, ‘Americana: Formalizing Craft’, at the Pérez Art Museum.
Craft traditions differ radically across cultures and generations and involve a vast array of materials, many examples of which are on view in this gallery including fired clay, dyed fabric, quilted materials, mosaicked objects, and woven textiles. Beginning in the 1960s, many feminist artists turned to craft as a celebration of aesthetic forms historically developed by women in both North and South America and as a critique of male-dominated abstract painting tendencies prevalent during this period. From the same period, craft has also been used to reference art-making traditions outside of the West. AMERICANA: Formalizing Craft includes examples of work by pioneering artists alongside work by artists of more recent generations who allude to these precedents in order to address contemporary issues of gender and other identity constructs, as well as diverse cultural narratives.
Raqs Media Collective
The Last International
Performa 13, New York
21 – 23 November 2013
Raqs Media Collective will create a celebratory performance that takes New York’s history as an international gathering place for people from all over the world as a starting point, and proposes a moment of coming together, in the same utopian spirit, which they have named The Last International. This new work follows the collective’s interest in the traces left behind by particular histories of 19th century utopian politics that lived and were debated in New York.
The Last International will be a performed installation with sculpture, archival documents, auctions, newly filmed footage, and music to articulate a possible new aesthetics for political solidarity, debates and projections. The Last International is a proposal for a new, joyful way of working and thinking with disagreements, solidarities and projections transformed into poetry, with orchards growing in factories and dancing ideas that connects distant labouring bodies.
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