21 October 2015

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Fig-2 Week 38 – 21-27 September – Josh Wright and Guillaume Vandame (by AJ Dehany)

Week 38 – 21-27 September – Josh Wright and Guillaume Vandame It is not emptying your mind. The instructor explains to the class, Meditation has got nothing to do with blanking your mind. My favourite quote on yoga is “If you want your mind to go blank, get your best friend to give you a healthy […]

28 July 2015

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Fig-2 Week 28 – 13-19 July – Patrick Coyle & Francesco Pedraglio (by AJ Dehany)

Week 28 – 13-19 July – Patrick Coyle & Francesco Pedraglio (by AJ Dehany) Fig-2 is famous for its collaborations. The project itself is a direct collaboration with each week’s artist where the artist and curators work closely to craft a seven-day show. Several of the weeks have also featured two or more featured artists in collaboration, and […]

28 July 2015

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Fig2 Week 21 – 25-31 May – The Rot of the Stars (by AJ Dehany)

Week 21 – 25-31 May – The Rot of the Stars (by AJ Dehany) “Rot of the stars” is one name given to ‘star jelly’ – the gelatinous substance found on grass and branches that folklore records as having been deposited by meteor showers or shooting stars or formed from the inedible bits of frogs and toads. […]

28 July 2015

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Fig2 Week 18 – 4-11 May – Kathryn Elkin – The Elephants In The Room (by AJ Dehany)

Week 18 – 4-11 May – Kathryn Elkin – The Elephants In The Room (by AJ Dehany) First Movement: Trauermarsch (The Elkin in the Room) Second Movement: Stürmisch bewegt, mit größter Vehemenz(Mahler The Elephant) Third Movement: Scherzo (Beethoven’s Elephant) Fourth Movement: Adagietto (Okkyung Lee: Improvisation and Composition) Fifth Movement: Rondo-Finale (Bernstein: Killing An Elephant) Death is love’s final form. The sexual climax, la petite mort, is the […]

22 May 2015

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Fig-2 – Week 10 – Annika Ström – 9-15 March – Six Lovely People (by AJ Dehany)

SIX LOVELY PEOPLE In the Silent Disco Diner, someone is murdering the six individuals from the Match.com adverts, one by one. Who has the means, motive, and opportunity? And can Labby, the amateur labrador detective, solve the mystery in time? My God, it’s full of twats. The Silent Disco Diner was heaving with bodies.  On […]

22 May 2015

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Fig-2 Week 9 – Deborah Coughlin with Gaggle – 2-8 March (by AJ Dehany)

This week in Kabul, Afghan artist Kubra Khademi was forced into hiding after publicly wearing a metal suit featuring exaggerated breasts and buttocks. The suit was so designed because “this is all that men see of women”, to highlight the sexual harassment of women. After only eight minutes a mob of men shut her down.  On the […]

19 March 2015

Kirstie MacLeod: Punctured Perspectives – Rook & Raven – Temporal Systems Of Inquiry

Rook & Raven presents ‘Punctured Perspectives’, the first UK solo show of British artist Kirstie MacLeod. The artist is known for her unique and contemporary approach to the fine art of embroidery, juxtaposing the skill with the sensibilities of contemporary fine art, to create an altogether unique fusion. MacLeod exhibits a wide spectrum of works […]

13 March 2015

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Fig-2 Week 6 – Young In Hong – February 9-15 – ‘In Her Dream’ (by AJ Dehany)

On a dark evening, Ann (26, a night worker), Una (22, a jobseeker and a single mum), Jin (31, job unknown) and Elvire (26, a migrant worker, nanny) are having a dinner party. It is not clear whether this is a dream or a real setting. As the party progresses, Ann, Una and Elvire become […]

31 October 2014

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Modern Panic III Curated by James Elphick of Guerrilla Zoo

Among many mobile sites of morbid origins, a crowd immersed itself in conversation, oblivious to the zoophical signs, the portrayals of decay and morosity, the vampiric outpourings, the dismembered cadavers, the distorted genitalia, the subtle torture instruments, the inquisitional glimpses. This was a plethora of Victorian oddities, the same objects we will find in the […]

31 October 2014

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My Polar Disorder by Irreverent Sideshows A stage performance created and directed by Anna Frisch Performed by Laura Bradshaw, music written and performed by Chris Teckkam and Toby Jenkins

This should be allowed, this is not entertainment for kids, this is close to scandalous, this is innocence with a twist and a kick in the eye, this is tongue in cheek, this is not Disneyland, this is real, this is raw, this is satyr and polemic, this is not a euphemism, this is not […]

22 September 2014

Stuart Brisley – State Of Denmark – Union Plan For The Working Man

Modern Art Oxford presents the elder statesman of counterculture, Stuart Brisley in ‘State Of Denmark’; the title is a reference to Shakespeare’s Hamlet as Marcellus exclaims to Horatio: ‘Something is rotten in the state of Denmark’. This is the artist’s response to British institutions; a challenge to their decline via secrecy, decadence, and irrelevancy. Brisley […]

18 September 2014

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La Belleza Fa, Mona lisa Festival In Florence, June 2014

Within the walls of San Leopoldine, an old monastery in Florence, objects and events await discovery. In a way, this waiting is a discovery in itself. It causes a new question to arise, mostly internalised. Self questioning. The voices of Gattarossa and the Magma Collective mingle  rise and fall. Works are scattered gracefully in a vast […]

20 November 2013

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LAST DAYS TO ENTER THE 8. ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE

Final deadline midnight of Tuesday, November 26th Only a few days are left to the final deadline to enter the eight edition of the international contest enabling artists to exhibit their works in one of the most prestigious art venues in the world: the Arsenal of Venice. Choose your section among painting, sculpture and installation, […]

30 January 2013

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SuperEverything* A live cinema performance by The Light Surgeons

Leading audio-visual artists The Light Surgeons present SuperEverything* this Spring, a cross disciplinary, live cinema performance which will tour the UK. Commissioned by the British Council, it has been created in collaboration with some of Malaysia’s most high-profile artists and musicians, who will be joined by members of the acclaimed Heritage Orchestra on this tour. […]

13 October 2010

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Tom Estes Performance ‘Night Cleaning’ at Departures Gallery

On Friday the 8th of October, 2010 Tom Estes staged the Performance ‘Night Cleaning’ at the Departures Gallery as part of the exhibition Rhizomatic. Rhizomatic is an experimental, decentralised curatorial system based on the concept of the Rhizome, as explored in Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophical masterpiece A Thousand Plateaus. This is Departure Gallery’s largest and […]

25 July 2010

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Tom Estes performance ‘Cake Hole’ at ArtEvict

On July 17th, 2010, Tom Estes staged the performance ‘Cake Hole’ as a participant in ArtEvict, at The New Lansdowne Club, 195 Mare St. Hackney, London E8 The New Lansdowne Club was built c.1699. This Grade II* house is one of the earliest surviving examples of an early Georgian building in the London borough of […]