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Björk Digital at Somerset House - What Does a Broken Heart Look Like?

Björk Digital at Somerset House – What Does a Broken Heart Look Like?

What does a broken heart look like? What does it sound like, dress like, feel like? Only Björk, the Icelandic singer-songwriter cum performance artist, who shot to fame with All So Quiet back in the nineties, could attempt to aestheticize the intimacies of her personal life. ‘Björk Digital’ currently on view at Somerset House this...
Rachel Maclean - Sugar-Sickly Scottish Video Art at HOME, Manchester

Rachel Maclean – Sugar-Sickly Scottish Video Art at HOME, Manchester

HOME Manchester is adding another explosion of a show to its roster, this time in the form of Scotland’s Rachel Maclean. The gallery, which opened in 2015, has already been as a beacon for boundary pushing – defiantly displaying some of the most provocative art the UK is currently producing. Maclean, who has been selected...
The Infinite Mix – Contemporary Sound and Image at Hayward Gallery; The Strand

The Infinite Mix – Contemporary Sound and Image at Hayward Gallery; The Strand

Since the Hayward Gallery closed its doors on Southbank for a two year renovation, there seems to have been a lack of exciting contemporary art projects in London. Nothing that has reached the enjoyment levels of Carsten Höller’s carnival of rides and automata has really happened; everything has all felt a bit serious amongst the...
Jennifer Rubell: Not Alone, at Stephen Friedman Gallery

Jennifer Rubell: Not Alone, at Stephen Friedman Gallery

Artist Jennifer Rubell is best known for her food performances: pieces that sometimes echo Rirkrit Tiravanija’s exercises in relational aesthetics from the nineties. In 2007 Rubell organised a huge banquet that fed 2,000, with a pair of latex gloves for each visitor alongside a hard boiled egg, and in 2009 laid a table with 150...
Fighting History at Tate Britain

Fighting History at Tate Britain

Tate Britain’s Fighting History Exhibition aims to examine the course of British History Painting, especially when examining issues surrounding war. I think. It’s not entirely clear from the outset. Tate seems to have a knack for ignoring chronology and curating shows by disjointedly jumbling he artworks around the walls in an effort to make the...
There Will Be Blood Live at the Southbank Centre

There Will Be Blood Live at the Southbank Centre

Talking Head’s co-founder David Byrne is curating a live music and film event at The Southbank Centre in London this August. Byrne has often brought sound and cinema together – he acted in, and directed films, creating the stage design and choreography of Talking Heads’ concert film Stop Making Sense as well as writing music...
Bruce Conner: Crossroads, at Thomas Dane Gallery

Bruce Conner: Crossroads, at Thomas Dane Gallery

Bruce Conner’s iconic 1976 film ‘Crossroads’ is presented by Thomas Dane Gallery whose Duke Street space is transformed into a cinematic experience with the projection covering an entire end wall and the soundtrack all-encompassing, immersive. In its 36 minutes duration, the film presents footage of one of the first nuclear tests conducted at Bikini Atoll...
In Discussion With Bloomberg New Contemporary - Jesc Bunyard

In Discussion With Bloomberg New Contemporary – Jesc Bunyard

  Today sees the opening of Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the ICA. Fifty-five new artists picked from nearly 1,400 submissions join the ranks alongside the likes of Damien Hirst and David Hockney – both previous selectees. This year marks sixty-five years of the esteemed exhibition that showcases the hottest new talents hand picked from the UKs final year...
Bill Viola: Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) at St Paul's Cathedral

Bill Viola: Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) at St Paul’s Cathedral

Video art pioneer Bill Viola has created a religious polyptych with a difference. Forget burnished gold leaf haloes and donor saints; Martyrs – on display at St Paul’s – is made up of four vertical plasma screens within a Foster + Partners carbon steel stand.   Four human figures are separately subjected to earth (falling...



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