In Clare Thornton’s current solo exhibition, Materials of Resistance, showing work from the last seven years, delicate materials – including the body itself and those that stand in for it – are put at risk and tested to breaking point. Review by Ellen Wilkinson
At its core, this is a film about the citizens of Newcastle and their indefatigable spirit of resistance, as it’s expressed itself over centuries. It takes us on a journey through a series of simply and beautifully composed shots of prosaic city spots that have also, at some historical moment, witnessed extraordinary acts of protest. Review by Helena Haimes
In the current political climate, few things seem more appealing that a quiet, dark room where one can shut out the world. Perhaps it is this escapist fantasy, then, that is the drive behind David Noonan’s new exhibition at Stuart Shave/Modern art entitled ‘A Dark and Quiet Place’. Review by Amy Jones
Throughout the five movements and epilogue of ‘Purple’, which follow a loose narrative arc beginning at birth and ending with death, and simultaneously show technological progressions from steam engines to artificial intelligence, the screens loop disparate imagery together creating a lyrical essayism. Review by Stan Portus
Taking its title from Shannon Ebner’s installation The Electric Comma, the exhibition focuses on shifts in language, perception and understanding in the age of artificial intelligence. Through varied practices and from different backgrounds, participating artists deal with the negotiations between the conscious mind and today’s pervasive learning machine, imagining pathways of exchange between human and nonhuman, ranging from the poetic and intuitive to the algorithmical and analytical.
V-A-C Foundation presents Image Diplomacy, the fourth and final exhibition in the framework of the experimental programme Carte Blanche, in which the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) invites art institutions to implement their own curatorial initiatives. Curated by V-A-C Foundation’s Anna Ilchenko, Image Diplomacy is the first solo exhibition for Milan based Russian artist Vladislav Shapovalov. The exhibition focuses on highlighting aspects of how the political vision of the mid-20th century was constructed also thanks to landmark exhibitions.
Unnamed psychic catastrophe is a constant shadow in the work of Louisa Fairclough. Her third solo exhibition at Danielle Arnaud is close and claustrophobic: a shuttered room, a dead fireplace, where daylight plays weakly through small cracks. A web of cables litter the floor, threatening entanglement, disaster, the threshold of the machine. Review by Rowan Lear
For Yoshinori Niwa's second solo show at Edel Assanti, the Japanese artist presents a series of video works and installations that shine a light on the complex relationship between countries, between governments and their citizens, and between objects and the past. Review by Bobby Jewell
It’s a game show but unlike any you’ve ever seen. Three contestants file wordlessly onto the small stage— animal, human and machine. Familiar and strange, they face the audience. The animal wears a mask, detailed enough to identify it but vague enough to remain unspecific. Review by Kaitlyn Kane
For this outing Jemma Egan displays five works unpacking the narrative of a wellness industry which is fast bedding down as a canonical part of our postmodern obsession with the self. Review by Sophie Risner
Memories of Underdevelopment is set within the context of Latin America during the 1960s to
1980s, a period that coincides with both the apex and unraveling of the developmentalist
project in many countries in the region, most notably Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, and Mexico.
In contrast to dominant ideologies that guided the modernization process in these countries,
Memories of Underdevelopment traces the emergence of a distinct set of artistic practices that
questioned the developmentalist rhetoric and proposed alternative forms of cultural
production that responded to this situation of cultural and economic dependency.
‘Russia,’ a 2004 media-opera, like much of Prigov’s work that spans drawing, installation, performance, poetry and sculpture tests the limits of language and meaning, while exploring the complex legacy of Russia’s socialist project and its eventual unravelling. Review by Anya Smirnova
The presentation at DHC/ART brings together a collection of video works by artist Bill Viola. Four flat panel video works as well as a projection piece are presented alongside Viola's most recent major installation, Inverted Birth (2014). This monumental projection depicts the five stages of awakening through a series of violent transformations, exploring the very nature of our existence: life, death, birth, and rebirth.
For this second edition of '3-Phase', artists Larry Achiampong, Mark Essen and Nicola Singh have been selected by an independent panel to develop and present new works through three exhibition moments. Following the first at Jerwood Space, the artists will exhibit at WORKPLACE Gallery in Gateshead and Eastside Projects in Birmingham in 2018. Review by Giulia Ponzano