August 2010 Archives

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Image: Hendrik Kerstens , Bag, 2007, Teutloff Photo + Video Collection, Bielefeld

Do or Die - The Human Condition in Painting and Photography

Collection Teutloff meets Wallraf

17 September 2010 - 9 January 2011

Cologne, Germany

Juxtapositions help illustrate how paintings and photographs conserve cultural symbols and ideas:-


François Boucher (1703 - 1770), Resting girl (Louise O'Murphy), 1751, oil on canvas, 59,5 x 73,5 cm, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Köln


Nan Goldin, Jens' Hand on Clemens' Back, Paris 2001, Cibachrome-Print, 40 x 60 cm, Teutloff Photo + Video Collection, Bielefeld

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The Absent Presence

Massive Attack commissioned seven low-budget videos by both established names and those with little experience of directing. "We are always keen not to be in the videos, and not to compromise the idea by having to make an appearance," says Del Naja. "But on the whole it has been a case of carte blanche with the directors, to the extent where we said: 'We will give you the stems of the tracks and you can use whichever components you want, loop some parts, take the vocals out...' We have always been totally unprecious."

The film looks at human rights with a sonic, scientific slant; imagine sitting inside a perfectly silent space - a room so quiet you can actually hear your own nervous system functioning. Now, imagine the opposite - a dissonant, freezing cold concrete chamber with extremely loud music blaring for hours on end. These two extremes come together in Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin's new film for Massive Attack's "Saturday Comes Slow".

The film was shot in the anechoic chamber at Cambridge University (designed to create total silence) and featuring former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Ruhal Ahmed. The film is a reflection on Ahmed's experiences whilst in detention, particularly how he was interogated using high volume music, and about the physical effect of sound on the human body.


The Skin Exhibition

Wellcome Collection
,183 Euston Road, 
London NW1 2BE

Until 26 September 2010. Free admission

Audio slideshow

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image: william e. gray

Contraband by Taryn Simon

Taryn Simon spent five days photographing items confiscated from people flying into New York's JFK airport.

"These images are from a set of 1,075 photographs -- shot over five days last year for the book and exhibition, "Contraband" -- of items detained or seized from passengers or express mail entering the United States from abroad at the New York airport. The miscellany of prohibited objects -- from the everyday to the illegal to the just plain odd -- attests to a growing worldwide traffic in counterfeit goods and natural exotica and offers a snapshot of the United States as seen through its illicit material needs and desires".

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Bird corpse, labeled as home décor, Indonesia to Miami, Florida (prohibited, 2010

Me Maskuline


Image: Katy Norton

me maskuline exhibition

ArtsBar, Camberwell, 


26th July - 7th August 2010

'me maskuline', is an exhibition of photography and video works focused on masculinity. The two-week exhibition at ArtsBar, Camberwell, will feature artists including Oreet Ashery, Alex Brew, Rosie Gunn, Alexis Hunter, Derek Jackson, Del LaGrace Volcano, Katy Norton, Tracy Allen and Grace Lau. Events include a lecture by Rosalind Gill, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at Kings College London, Join The Mutiny's 'Masculinity on Trial' and Del LaGrace Volcano's film screenings and talk.

Curator Alex Brew

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