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Arthur Jafa at Serpentine Sackler Gallery (+ Grayson Perry)

Recommended summer viewing:

Arthur Jafa: A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

8 Jun 2017 to 10 Sep 2017

Featuring Ming Smith, Frida Orupabo and Missylanyus. The Serpentine presents the work of the acclaimed US filmmaker, cinematographer and artist Arthur Jafa. Across three decades, Jafa has developed a dynamic, multidisciplinary practice ranging from films and installations to lecture-performances and happenings that tackle, challenge and question prevailing cultural assumptions about identity and race.


also – of course check out our own GRAYSON PERRY – just  up the road at the old Serpentine gallery:

Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!


William Kentridge – Thick Time plus Guerrilla Girls

Another recommendation – this show will blow you away..! but be prepared it costs £9.50

at Whitechapel Art Gallery

21 September 2016 – 15 January 2017

South African artist William Kentridge (b.1955, Johannesburg) is renowned for his animated expressionist drawings and films exploring time, the history of colonialism and the aspirations and failures of revolutionary politics.

William Kentridge, The Refusal of Time with collaboration of Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Galison Film Still 2012 5-channel video projection, colour, sound, megaphones, breathing machine 30 minutes Courtesy William Kentridge, Marian Goodman Gallery, Goodman Gallery and Lia Rumma GalleryIn this major exhibition of six large-scale installations by the artist, music and drama are ruptured by revolution, exile and scientific advancement.

This Also at Whitechapel- is very much worth a look.. and it’s free…

Guerrilla Girls  – is it even worse in Europe?

Whitechapel Gallery Guerrilla Girls Commission Is it even worse in Europe (2016) c

Characteristically deploying their strategic combination of humour, information, bold graphics and a subversive use of public space, their latest campaign includes a banner installed on the front of the Gallery and a display of posters and new research.

runs until 5 March

Martine Syms: Fact & Trouble- another ICA show looks worth a visit

Martine Syms: Fact & Trouble


20 Apr 201619 Jun 2016

this show also looks really interesting-



Martine Syms, Lessons I-XXX, 2014


Fact & Trouble is an exhibition by American artist Martine Syms that examines the space between lived experience and its representation. Syms’s video series Lessons (ongoing), on view at the ICA, is a long, incomplete poem in 180 sections. Each piece is thirty seconds in duration and articulates a lesson from the tradition. One of these lessons is painted on the gallery walls. The videos use the idea of inheritance as a departure point, simulating the private-public unconscious of television shows, advertisements, animated GIFs, police cams, surveillance footage, Vines and other digitally-circulated formats.

Guan Xiao at ICA

This show of Guan Xiao at the ICA looks super-relevant to some of the material + research interests in our pathway-

Guan Xiao: Flattened Metal in association with K11 Art Foundation

20 Apr 201619 Jun 2016

Exhibition Opening: Tuesday 19 April, 6pm – 9pm, ICA Bar. Free and open to all.

DJ sets by Eddie Fiction + Friends


Guan Xiao, Documentary: From National Geographic to BBC, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Antenna Space

Working mainly in sculpture and video, Chinese artist Guan Xiao (b.1983) explores how ways of seeing are now influenced by digital image circulation as an increasingly dominant source of knowledge and information exchange. In various works and installations she endeavours to expand the aesthetic and cognitive possibilities for how identity and meaning are assigned and understood.

The Inoperative Community at Raven Row


3 December 2015 – 14 February 2016

This looks like a really great, epic show at Ravel Row. If you don’t know about / haven’t been to Ravel Row gallery – DO IT! Their program is brilliant, and it’s a lovely building to hang out it too, a short walk from Liverpool street station.

This show is screening a vast amount of work- lots of which is not easy to see otherwise, and it’s free. I especially recommend checking out the work of Ericka Beckman

‘The Inoperative Community’ is an exhibition of experimental narrative film and video that address ideas of community and the shifting nature of social relations. It draws on work made since 1968 for cinema, television and the gallery, reflecting the overlapping and entangled histories of these sites.’

Tank TV online video show- New Group Materialism

Some interesting video work here to view online, especially if you are interested in a

“kind of artistic practice that through video mimics the production processes of advertising, TV and fashion – a practice that instead of opposing the corporate/institutional spectacle, flirts with its idioms and subverts its (commercial) objectives.”



December recommendations

Don’t miss this show at Camden Arts Centre, featuring work by Denise Howyrsio a previous lecturer on our pathway:

Film in Space: An exhibition of film and expanded cinema selected by Guy Sherwin


15 December 2012 – 24 February 2013