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LADA

LADA Screens - Exterritory

Image Blockade is a film depicting a scientific experiment concerning the brain activity of Israeli veterans from an elite army intelligence unit called “8200”. The film is made by Exterritory - artists Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir.

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Sadie Coles, 1 Davies Street, London, W1K 3DB

Paul Anthony Harford

Untitled (mother asleep with masked child)

The most poignant works in the exhibition are the drawings in which Harford depicts his mother, frail and clearly coming to the end of her life, she’s shown sleeping under thick covers, already starting to slip away. In one drawing, a thick safety rail cuts in front of the composition, signaling that her separation has already begun. Review by Kaitlyn Kane

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Amos Rex, Mannerheimintie 22–24, 00100 Helsinki, Finland

teamLab: Massless

Black Waves

Massless, teamLab’s first exhibition in the Nordic countries of Europe, celebrates the transformation of Helsinki’s Amos Anderson Art Museum into Amos Rex by filling the majority of the institution’s newly minted subterranean home with a series of immersive, multimedia installations. Review by John Gayer

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V&A Dundee, 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee DD1 4EZ

V&A Dundee

V&A Dundee

The V&A Dundee is Scotland's impressive new design museum, illuminated by refracting light from the Firth of Tay, it is situated at the centre of what was once Dundee's maritime infrastructure and recently opened to the world's press as they were given the opportunity to explore the city's new £80m centrepiece. Review by Paul Black

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RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Disappear Here: On perspective and other kinds of space

Disappear Here: On perspective and other kinds of space RIBA exhibition designed by Sam Jacob studio

“Disappear Here is not a history of perspective”, immediately declares the introductory wall text. Instead, RIBA’s exhibition offers a selection of curiously, sometimes bewilderingly, diverse, subversive readings of the system of spatial representation. Review by Henry Broome

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Lily Brooke Gallery, 3 Ada Rd, Camberwell, London SE5 7RW

Charlie Godet Thomas: WHAT IS IT, THIS TIME?

Song of Experience

In his current show WHAT IS IT, THIS TIME? at Lily Brooke gallery, Charlie Godet Thomas transforms the immateriality of flat text into three-dimensional sculptural objects, capturing the moment words carve an emotional space in the mind of a reader and the outside world. Review by Matthew Turner

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The Showroom, 63 Penfold St, Marylebone, London NW8 8PQ

Feminist Library

Feminist library installation view

Placing the ‘Expressions’ exhibition in direct dialogue with the ‘Feminist Library on Loan’ at The Showroom shows that local histories of women and non-binary people are important. Together, the two projects manifest a visible platform exposing the experiences of those living in the Church Street Ward in the context of feminist chronicles. Review by Ashley Janke

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Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2PH

Spellbound

Concealed Shield

Spellbound is an exploration of meaning; instead of being disturbing for the reasons one might expect - it is in fact rather sad - it conjures a world where individuals struggle to guard against misfortune - to use the only defence they have against loss - that of magical thinking; and it becomes evident that we still possess that thought process today: in the form of the lovers’ padlocks cut from Leeds Centenary Bridge - a contemporary act of ritualistic magic, still existing in a western secular society. Review by Paul Black

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National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin's Pl, London WC2H 0HE

Michael Jackson: On the Wall

Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II (Michael Jackson)

The religious aspects of the exhibition are divided. Some works stand as testament to Jackson’s enigmatic international appeal. One room contains footage from the 1992 Dangerous world tour, revealing delirious crowds, a mass euphoria even outstripping Beatlemania: while the Fab Four played to 55,000 people at Shea Stadium in 1965, Jackson’s concert in Bucharest is estimated to have been attended by nearly 100,000. And the numbers don’t stop there: more than 1,000,000 fans are said to have congregated outside Jackson’s memorial service at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, while the televised spectacle itself is said to have been watched by more than 1,000,000,000 people worldwide. “We’re more popular than Jesus,” said Lennon of the Beatles in 1966. One wonders where this places Jackson. Review by Rowland Bagnall

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Turf Projects, 46-47 Trinity Court, Whitgift Centre, Croydon CR0 1UQ

Hazel Brill: Shonisaurus Popularis

Hazel Brill: SHONISAURUS POPULARIS installation view

For an artist whose work often deals with fantasy and simulation, Las Vegas is an ideal subject for Brill, its evolution as a setting for desire, is a perfect mirror for her distinctive, cinematic and kaleidoscopic installations. Review by Piers Masterson

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CGP London, The Gallery by the Pool, 1 Park Approach, Southwark Park, London SE16 2UA

The Everyday Political

The Everyday Political installation view 2018

As the exhibition attempts to showcase an emerging contemporary art scene in the North East, Lenihan and Meikle while critiquing the banal geographical rubric used by the current Great North Exhibition – this exhibition is not part of the official programme – the pair insightfully identify ‘restorative nostalgia’ and the appeal of the ‘off-modern’ as two subjects that fixate the cultural landscape of the region. Review by Piers Masterson

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Hayward Gallery, London

Lee Bul

Installation view of Lee Bul Via Negativa II 2014 at Hayward Gallery 2018  (interior detail) copyright Lee Bul 2018  Photo Linda Nylind

A few months ago, a group of scientists claimed the octopus might be an alien from outer space...

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