Mathew Sawyer “Please Take All Your Rubbish With You” at Maria Stenfors, London

Mathew Sawyer, FUCK YOU to the future (without me), 2014, C-Type Print, 103 x 70 cm. Courtesy the artist and Maria Stenfors, Lonodn

Please Take All Your Rubbish With You

16 January – 21 February 2015
Maria Stenfors, London

I meet with friends
no one but me is aware
I’ve tied one of my shoelaces
tighter than the other
it’s barely noticeable
but at times all-consuming
I bury the words FUCK YOU
set in concrete
to be discovered at some unknown point in the future
how big is the invisible trap?
I stack pennies
37 precarious
one from each year I’ve been here
the newest the brightest
stupid music
I drink myself drunk as I walk
collecting feathers
in the morning a sculpture
please take all your rubbish with you
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Review: The Visual Semiotics of Discourses and Theories

© Bernadette Corporation, Hell Frozen Over (2000), in the context of D’un discours qui ne serait pas du semblant/Actors, Networks, Theories (2014). With the collaboration of Electronic Arts Intermix. Photo : Sara A. Tremblay

D’un discours qui ne serait du semblant/Actors, Networks, Theories
25 September – 22 November 2014
Dazibao, Montréal

Text by Cécilia Bracmort

D’un discours qui ne serait du semblant/Actors, Networks, Theories (DDSSANT) denominated Vincent Bonin’s two-part exhibition, focusing primarily on the impact of French theory in contemporary art. The Montréal based independent curator took different aims for each section of his project, with a first show at Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery (14 November 2013 – 25 January 2014), looking at French thinkers’ influence on North-American artists and writers from the 1970s onwards. Sub-divided into five rooms, this first act confronted works of art with the very texts that inspiring their creation. Alternatively, Bonin’s second program installed at Dazibao (25 September – 22 November 2014), highlighted changes after this assimilation of theory in art became reflective of wider social and cultural developments. Here the Francophile curator adapted his project to Dazibao’s open space to thus enable a perceptible connection between the actors and theories within contemporary art networks. Although the presentation of theory as creative material might have intimidated some viewers – with exhibition constituents involving tightly messed networks of aesthetic and philosophical references – the task was not impossible according to Bonin: “it is not real obscurity, it’s just a lot of homework.” Read more »

Opportunities: Call for Applications – International Fellowship Program for Art and Theory 2015–16, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck

David Rych shooting Déja-vu / Variations on Collectivity, Art and Revolution, short film, 2013. Photo: Tiroler Künstlerschaft.

International Fellowship Program for Art and Theory 2015–16
Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen,
Innsbruck, Austria

Deadline: 30 January 2015 (Postmark)

Duration: One Semester during 2015-2016
(5 October 2015 – 14 February 2016 or 15 February 2016 – 26 June 2016)

The International Fellowship Program for Art and Theory has taken place in Büchsenhausen since spring 2003. The program is based on the idea of generating and maintaining a context for production and discussion, in which artists and theoreticians can connect and reflect on international art and societal discourses in relation to local topics and issues. At the same time, it offers an artistic laboratory of experimentation, where new artistic practices and strategies may be tried out.
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Review: BNLMTL 2014 – An Archeology of the Future

Anton Vidokle and Pelin Tan, still from Episode 2, 2014 from 2084: A Science Fiction Show, 2012–2014. Three channel video installation. Each episode: 22 mins, total duration: 66 mins. Courtesy of the artists , produced by La Biennale de Montréal for BNL MTL 2014

L’avenir (looking forward)
22 October 2014 – 4 January 2015
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
and other venues

* Part of the exhibition at MACM is extended until 8 February 2014. Shirin Neshat’s Illusions & Mirrors remains on view at MBAM through February 1. (For more info, see here)

Text by M-KOS

After undergoing major transformations which involved merging with the Quebec Triennial, partnering with the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MACM) and recruiting Sylvie Fortin (former editor-in-chief of Atlanta-based art magazine Art Papers) as artistic director, the Biennale de Montreal (BNLMTL) opened its eighth edition between 22 October 2014 and 04 January 2015, under the title “L’avenir (looking forward)”. Fortin teamed up with MACM in-house curators Lesley Johnston and Mark Lancôt in addition to guest curators Gregory Burke and Peggy Gale to invite over 50 individual artists and collectives from 22 different countries. Among this wider range of demography, some have critiqued the Biennale’s lack of diversity since a majority of these artists are now based in Canada, USA and Europe. Yet the numerous individual projects do confront local, national and global perspectives, to relate to current issues such as the global economy, climate change, technology, along with a myriad of other approaches to envisage the possible futures yet to come, in and out of western perspectives. M-KOS offers one last opportunity to review this Biennale for ourselves, now in its final days of exhibition.
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Happy New Year 2015!

Oli Sorenson, La société de la place des spectacles, 2014. Detail. Courtesy the artist. © Oli Sorenson

M-KOS wishes a very happy new year to all its readers.

Memorable Exhibitions 2014 [Updated!]

See below for image credits.

For the occasion of our fourth annual survey, M-KOS again invited a telling selection of art professionals to share their most Memorable Exhibitions: art works, performance, events and other moments of this past year. Since this fascinating diversity of choices resonated differently with each individual, there are no ‘Best’ rankings on this list, or other particular order. Hopefully some entries will be debatable, so you may join us in debating this year’s listings, refute the listed as forgettable, or suggest any other must see art in the comment section below. Read more »

Happy Holidays! / Joyeuses fêtes !

Image: Miwa Kojima

Andro Semeiko & Shino Yanai “Comedy and Menace – The Birthday Party” at White Conduit Projects, London

Shino Yanai, “Screen Memories”, detail, single channel video installation (HD, color, sound) [11’50”] 2012. Courtesy the artist © White Conduit Projects, London

Andro Semeiko & Shino Yanai
Comedy and Menace – The Birthday Party

16 November – 28 December 2014
at White Conduit Projects, London

White Conduit Projects opens its central London location at 1 White Conduit Street N1 on 15th November 2014. It will be showcasing Japanese artists and designers alongside British and international artists in a programme of innovative exhibitions across a variety of media.

The inaugural exhibition entitled Comedy and Menace – The Birthday Party is an ambitious project showing works by two artists, Andro Semeiko from Georgia and Shino Yanai from Japan.

Semeiko has exhibited in various group and solo shows in England. This time he will produce work based on the history of the neighbourhood of the gallery, referring to knightly quests and cycling in Islington. Semeiko’s projects often feature knights. – “These clanking, forlorn knights, in their tragicomic search to find something authentic in this synthetic universe. Never perceiving that their mistake is to look for authenticity elsewhere, when it can already be found in their own purposeful, yet hopelessly misdirected quest.” (JJ Charlesworth) Read more »

Oli Sorenson: La Société de la Place des Spectacles at POPOP Gallery, Montréal

Image courtesy of Oli Sorenson

Oli Sorenson
La Société de la Place des Spectacles

4 – 13 December 2014
at POPOP Gallery, Montréal

Vernissage: Saturday 6 December 2014, 14h – 17h
Performance: Saturday 6 December 2014, 16h

“[…] the very means of damaging these monitors in a performative context, to leave these marks will give exclusive properties to each of them: products of mass consumption will be transformed into unique objects …” (O. Sorenson)

Lodged under the signs of paradox, Oli Sorenson’s performance entitled La Société de la Place des Spectacles is presented on December 6th at 4 pm in Montreal’s Belgo Building. This performance taps right at the heart of spectacular fervor, while investing in the denial his own representation by continuing his series of “revisited works.” This corpus, triggered by a will to comment on the existing work of other creators as much as mass-produced objects, is here explored under the logic of destruction. Strangely, Sorenson’s exercise in transfiguration aspires to restore a stamp of uniqueness onto already original creations. Read more »

“Confusion in her eyes that says it all” at Maria Stenfors, London

Confusion in her eyes that says it all. Installation view. Courtesy Maria Stenfors, London

Confusion in her eyes that says it all

7 November – 13 December 2014
at Maria Stenfors, London

Artists: Tamsin Casswell, Jennifer Douglas, Hans Rosenström

Confusion in her eyes that says it all brings together three artists who each in turn explore perceptions of intimacy and communication, deceptive illusion and control. Humble, everyday materials are transformed, creating new narratives and spaces that draw us in and make us question the nature of experience. Hereby, the exhibition examines the unique perspective an individual experiences at a particular moment in time, and the altered perceptions evoked by an artwork. Read more »